MVP Putter Comparison - Summer 2023
Published by Zach Cardoza.
With the release of the MVP Soft Proton Ohm and the Neutron Watt, I decided it was time to re-evaluate my current go-to throwing putter the Neutron Ohm. Part of my reason for selecting the Ohm initially was that I could use its Streamline counterpart the Pilot in Electron plastic as my putting putter, with the Ohm taking the role of throwing and approach putter. This arrangement has proved quite successful thus far as I have become confident in both discs (Ohm & Pilot) and I often plan entire rounds utilizing only these two discs. This is all to say that I'm not looking to replace my current putter setup, but I'm always looking to improve my game which means staying open to the idea that there might be a better option out there.
For this comparison, I focused on the Neutron Ohm, Proton Soft Ohm, Neutron Proxy, Neutron Watt, and Neutron Glitch (which maybe doesn't belong in this list but we'll get to that). As the comparison continued, I expanded to include the Spin, Particle, Entropy, and Pilot to help nail down the differences in these discs.
As a baseline, I will start with my trusty Neutron Ohm. It flies slightly stable with a reliable fade on most approaches and throws at less than 60% power, and tends to turn and fade right on a RHBH power throw over 60% power. The most outstanding feature of the Ohm is its insane glide which gives it a very long flight and the ability to make great approaches with finesse throws.
The Soft Proton Ohm takes the glide factor to a whole new level. I have swapped back and forth between my trusty Neutron Ohm and the Soft Proton Ohm during rounds and consistently the Soft Proton Ohm stays in the air longer for all throws. The shape of the shot is identical between the two discs, it's just that the Soft Proton Ohm stays in the air longer which often results it in finishing further in whichever direction it is fading. The feeling in the hand is great and I'm having a hard time determining if the Soft Proton Ohm completely replaces my Neutron Ohm. For the moment, I've decided to run with one of each in my bag, kicking out one of my Neutron Ohms.
Now to the disc that I am completely baffled by, the Neutron Watt. I don't understand why this disc exists. In testing, it flew consistently understable. On a RHBH hyzer release at 80% power it would flip up and finish right where the Neutron Proxy would hold dead straight on the same throw. It flew very similar to the recently discontinued Neutron Particle, which lead me to start wondering why MVP would remove the Particle to replace it with the Watt. It was, by comparison, nowhere near as understable as the Spin which is my recommended disc for low-power throwers looking for an approach disc. With more stability than a Spin, but less stability than a Proxy I don't see a huge number of players that NEED this disc to fill a slot in their bag.
To finish out the comparison we had the ever-reliable Neutron Proxy and Neutron Glitch. The Neutron Proxy is a fantastic disc and what I consider to be the most well-rounded disc currently produced by MVP. The Neutron Glitch has been a rather important disc for MVP in that it has introduced a lot of players to MVP and has brought some attention back to high glide putters, but I have not found a reason to carry one in my bag as it is too unreliable for use in competitive play.