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Old 09-29-2014, 03:20 PM
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What is this disc most like? I have heard the best comparison is the Challenger.

I don't plan to try it out until it's available in BT hard. I'm curious though. I did meet a guy in Colorado that was putting out of his mind with one.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:42 PM
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I'd rate it actually as 2/1.5/0/2. There is zero turn, it is very, very HSS. I find it fades a ton at low power shots. It drops from the sky like crazy. It flexes out of anhyzers. It's fine for close putts but past like 20-25' I notice it drops off more than my other putters (Anode, Wizard, Aviar). For reference to my above rating I would call an Anode 3/3/0/0.5.

When I was forced to use only it for putting in the Trilogy Challenge, I hated it. Now I am using it for a utility role in my bag, for short range hyzers/spike hyzers. For my play style it is useful as a utility disc only.

To summarize, I find it slow, non glidey, extremely HSS, and healthy fade if not thrown very far. For reference I can throw an Anode 300' and this will max out about 20-30' short of the Anode. At that distance the Shield doesn't have a crazy amount of fade, but I'd say when thrown under 250' there is quite a bit more fade than my other putters. I like it for <200' slow lofty hyzers/spike hyzers and not much else.

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Old 09-29-2014, 04:56 PM
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I'd rate it actually as 2/1.5/0/2. There is zero turn, it is very, very HSS. I find it fades a ton at low power shots. It drops from the sky like crazy. It flexes out of anhyzers. It's fine for close putts but past like 20-25' I notice it drops off more than my other putters (Anode, Wizard, Aviar). For reference to my above rating I would call an Anode 3/3/0/0.5.

When I was forced to use only it for putting in the Trilogy Challenge, I hated it. Now I am using it for a utility role in my bag, for short range hyzers/spike hyzers. For my play style it is useful as a utility disc only.

To summarize, I find it slow, non glidey, extremely HSS, and healthy fade if not thrown very far. For reference I can throw an Anode 300' and this will max out about 20-30' short of the Anode. At that distance the Shield doesn't have a crazy amount of fade, but I'd say when thrown under 250' there is quite a bit more fade than my other putters. I like it for <200' slow lofty hyzers/spike hyzers and not much else.
My experiences in the field were very similar. Good review!
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:54 PM
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Yeah he gave everything about it I would've mentioned so not much else to say. I didn't care for it to putt with but it's a beast for stable to overstable approach and driving duties. Not much glide. Reminded me of a more overstable yeti pro aviar. Just kind of had a similar top for me and the lack of glide.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:09 PM
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Sounds like a perfect polecat complement. Still waiting on those zero hards....and a paycheck.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:26 PM
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Well I do putt with the disc as it prevents 3-putting with its very low glide (it simply drops). I wasn't enamored with it as a putter at the Trilogy Challenge, but I chose to stick with it. Now I have a backup for it.
I also like the Shield for 250' and under drives where I am going for placement. Overall, I find it a great P&A as long as you can live without the glide.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:07 PM
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I bet it will beat in and be just fine. Kc aviars can be pretty os at first too.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:13 PM
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An acquaintance gave me a Shield that he'd picked up in the Trilogy challenge(thanks Rhino) I've been switching between a PA2,PA4 and the Shield for putts within the circle. I love the feel of the Shields' base plastic and the feel of the Shields' rim, it fits my grip well. I can't really tell all that much difference between the PA1 and and Shield to tell the truth, both are very OS putters, and both have a similar profile although the Shield feels a bit thicker(taller?).
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:54 PM
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I really didn't like the Shield during the Trilogy event, but it has grown on me since - very nice straight driving putter, and once you get the hang of it, not bad for putting either. My main putter is a Swan2, and I also use the Harp in windy conditions, so I guess I like Westside putters, though I haven't figured out a role for the Shield in my bag yet.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:53 AM
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Are all these experiences with the soft? I guess they have to be as I think that is all that has come out.

I use the Swan and Harp but I hate the soft versions of them. The hard versions are a million times better.
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