Frank Delicious wrote:There is a guy around here who tears it up with polecats.
Also Mr. Ellis, if you read this, what are some characteristics I need to look for in a good rattler?
The same as with any putter. The first issue is what feels good in your hand. The second issue is not all that important.
I don't expect much variance within a single putter mold. So a Big Bead Aviar is going to be pretty close to other Big Bead Aviars and whatever differences in flight there are can be learned and adapted to. Most Rattlers will fly darn close to other Rattlers.
I prefer putters which are flat topped and will break in to be slightly concave. I prefer putters in medium stiffness. Putters which are too soft get floppy and feel like they have no backbone (well, actually none of them have a backbone but there is a type of structural rigidity which is lost when they get too soft). Putters which are too hard are often too slippery, especially in wet and/or cold conditions. But those are just my personal preferences. I know fine players who use gummy 86 molds to putt with and I doubt I could ever get comfortable with those.
A Rattler is a floating disc (in the air, not the water). I think it floats better a few grams off max weight so I look for them around 170 grams. But I would rather have a Rattler in any weight they make them than an overstable putter (Challenger, Aviar, Wizard, whatever) for a touch upshot.
The most recent run, the ones on the factory shelves right now, came out in white, orange and blue. Each color was purposely tweaked to make slightly different plastic compositions. The orange came out just a bit domey and slippery for my taste (but I liked the color best). The white were flatter and grippier but I avoid white discs. I don't want to change my bag for weather conditions and you never know when you are going to fall in love with a disc and be tempted to use it in snow. The blue are perfect.
I think the current blues are right up there with the first runs as the best Rattlers ever made.