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Old 12-05-2013, 03:23 PM
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Wham-O 86 Softie

The only other thread I could find about this was 3 years old and necro-threads aren't my thing. So, I had a few questions about this disc, mainly who still throws these, for what kind of shots, and outside of putting how do they perform for touch, upshots, and driving?
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:29 PM
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It's a touch disc. If you have the touch, you can use it for putts and upshots. Driving is kinda dicey since they are flippy little bitches but it can be done.

I never developed the touch. I putted with them for years. It was the most confounding disc I ever used. It used to dance it's way toward the chains, only to drop or jump or fade or flip ever so slightly as to miss the sweet spot right before impact. Then it would fall helplessly to the ground. Usually on an edge.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:47 PM
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I have on in my bag, and have a small stack at home. These things are MONEY!! I use mine for uphill or anhyzer putts. I agree with the "touch" comment though. They are definitely a touchy disc, especially for driving, definitely not something you want to use in any kind of wind. I do have a buddy that drives with them though and I've seen him throw some sexy drives with it. The only time I throw it any kind of distance is for catch, and after a few warm-up throws I can generally get some nice long lines with it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:50 PM
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I've been using them for 25 years. They keep floating when other discs would drop. Have a good grip, hit the sweet spot nicely and I do not have the problem 3 putt described.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:56 PM
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I've been using them for 25 years. They keep floating when other discs would drop. Have a good grip, hit the sweet spot nicely and I do not have the problem 3 putt described.
I knew a lot of people that used them for a long time. I used them because they had success with them. It's just not a disc like an Aviar where you would expect most people could pick it up and be successful with it right away. You have to figure it out. I never did.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:57 PM
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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It's a touch disc. If you have the touch, you can use it for putts and upshots. Driving is kinda dicey since they are flippy little bitches but it can be done.

I never developed the touch. I putted with them for years. It was the most confounding disc I ever used. It used to dance it's way toward the chains, only to drop or jump or fade or flip ever so slightly as to miss the sweet spot right before impact. Then it would fall helplessly to the ground. Usually on an edge.
That's the same way the Blowfly was for me. It was very touchy and really all I use it for now is certain approaches and turbo putts.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:08 PM
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I knew a lot of people that used them for a long time. I used them because they had success with them. It's just not a disc like an Aviar where you would expect most people could pick it up and be successful with it right away. You have to figure it out. I never did.
I should point out the only 86 Softies I have and use are the first run. They were not as deep as all runs after that and they are a bit more stiff. Not Roc stiff but relative to all the other 86 Softies after the first run, they're stiff(er).

I didn't like how deep and cushy/soft the later runs were. I got a stack of the 1st runs from the 88 Worlds and still have about 9 left.
I have never lost one, I don't drive with them but they are sweet for a short controlled approach.

I found a brand new one last year from a local and grabbed it. I put it in my bag and turns out I didn't like it. I had to get one of my old beat to hell 86 and put it back in my bag.
I left them at home one day this past summer when I went out to play golf, it was like not having my security blanket. It really messed up my game that day.

My point is my opinion on the 86 Softies is completely bias. I can't play without one in my bag.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:17 PM
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Are most of them black? I only have one & its black.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:22 PM
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Most Softies are black.
This was Steve Wisecup's main putter until he got sponsored. There's even a Wisecup 86 Softie out there after he won the Worlds that is not black. Shortly after that disc came out he got sponsored and couldn't use them anymore.
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