Well I was only able to get about 30 solid minutes of putting in. I'd say maybe 50 putt max, plus upshots/putts at a 9 hole course.
Off the tee: The first couple times I threw the Ion off the tee it didn't fly very well. The first two times I tried a 3 finger power grip and from my other discs, I really don't like this grip. The next two times and beyond I used a 4 finger power grip. Which I'm most successful at. The first time I used the 4 finger power grip it was on a 300ft hole going some what downhill, with no clearance on top because of trees, very wide though. At around 200ft the disc just fell. It didn't glide, it didn't turn, it just fell right down.
As I got used to the feel of the disc it got so much better. By hole 4(180ft), I parked both ions and actually almost aced with a bullet. Holes 5-6 were all open and 300+ft. I couldn't quite get the ion to go further than my midranges, but I could tell the ion held whatever line I put it on. I slipped when trying a hyzer flip and the disc just kept a hyzer line turning left. I even tried a couple anhyzer lines and it kept those lines as well.
my furthest distance I got was maybe 300ft with an S curve line. I know you advertise this being an understable disc, and I agree with that. I just don't want people to think its flippy, because it's not. It came back for me 9/10. Even if I threw it like my midranges it came back. If I put 100%, of course it flipped but not nearly as extreme as my aviars did.
Upshot/approach: I only got to experience 3-4 x2(2 discs at each hole) approach throws since this course was so small. I'll just say the Ion kept its line the whole way. I was really impressed by it inside 100ft. I did two jump putts and actually came close to hitting metal. I'm a terrible jump putter so that's good for me!
Putting: After a quick round I stayed at hole 9 and did some 360 drills for a bit. It was getting ready to rain and it was already cold so I kind of hurried. I didn't bring a jacket warm enough for that weather. Anyways, I won't go on to say "omg I made every putt, this putter is amazing!" because I didn't. I'm actually a terrible putter outside 25ft. Inside, I was making 90% or so. The grip of the putter was great, no slips at all. It actually felt so much better than my aviars. One thing that was odd, and since I only got hardly any putts in, take this with a grain of salt. When the wind was to my back, it felt like a normal putt, maybe some added push, but nothing new. When I was putting through a head wind the disc cut through it like scissors. From 30-50 putts I will say this putter did better in a headwind than in a tailwind. Extremely weird to see happening but it did. Again, the sample of data is too small to say for sure this is true, so who knows. All I know is I wasn't worried about what my disc was going to do in a head wind what so ever. It flew perfectly in to basket.
My biggest compliment would be these putters hold on to chain like it's no ones business. I swear it was like glue as soon as it hit chains. I actually noticed the chains popping up and folding into the disc, which I never really noticed with my dx aviars. So that rubbery/soft red plastic on the rim is AMAZING. A+
That's all for now. I hope to see some more reviews from better educated players. I by no means experienced enough to get a proper, well deserved review. haha.
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