Axiom Discs is starting to enter into a new era of disc releases. We’re starting to exit the era of their first initial offerings and now we’re starting to see discs that complement their molds that are already popular. The Axiom Discs Theory is an understable midrange that offers a large amount of control and something to offer to disc golfers of nearly any skill level.
Axiom Discs says this about their second midrange disc:
The Theory is the perfect complement to the Alias. A flat release with moderate power will allow a gradual and predictable turn with great drift. Low power throwers can achieve very straight, neutral lines. Power throwers can also use this for consistent hyzerflips with an extended glide.
Axiom Discs sent us a Theory to review and after playing with it on the course we drew some similar thoughts to both the Axiom Discs Alias and MVP Tangent. The Theory follows more of the size and feel of the Alias, but the flight is similar to the Tangent. The Tangent has a very small profile to it and feels quite small in the hand. The Theory on the other hand has a little more beef to it and fills out your grip a little more. While the top rim of the Theory has a nice round arch to it, the bottom half is slanted on a relatively steep angle. It feels different from other midranges in the Axiom/MVP line up, but actually has a nice comfortable grip to it.
The flight of the Theory is one that is very hard to hate. It isn’t going to be your big wind fighter and it isn’t going to be the longest midrange in your arsenal, but it could easily be on of the most accurate. Before we talk about the Theory off the tee, we wanted to focus on the Theory has an approach disc.
Even from a stand still throw, the Theory was about as straight as you can get in a disc. With a nice understable flight, it loves when you can take a little power off of it and just let the disc fly. We first took the Theory on a hole where the best approach was straight at the basket. No need for any hyzer or anhyzer in this shot. You can aim straight ahead and let the disc fly. With slightly less power behind it the Theory would flip up from a slight hyzer or hold a nice flat release with a hint of a turn and glide on down the fairway. The Theory has a touch more glide than the Tangent and even a touch more than the Alias as well. This helped us get the Theory to carry a little further than the Tangent on shots like this.
What surprised us the most about the Theory was the very soft fade. At first we thought it had zero fade at all, but after some more throws there is a hint of fade. You can quickly learn just how much fade to expect from the Theory. This helps you execute those dead straight shots that you desire. On more than one occasion we were able to tuck the Theory right behind the basket on approach shots. We started out the shot just slightly to the left of the the chains and let the disc float on in.
Where the Theory also shined was on controlled anhzyer approach shots. It has a natural understable flight and off the tee you won’t need to help it turn much, but on approach shots you’ll be able to turn over on it yourself. We found a few holes where a controlled anhyzer would easily put us near the basket and the Theory performed like a champ. The limited fade certainly helps it maintain the angle it was flying on and finish on that same line
We also saw some nice results from the Theory on short little hyzer approaches. It would still flip up a little bit on us, but if we gave it enough hyzer it would only flip until a point and then ride out the rest of the flight on the angle it stops at. Don’t expect a big finish either. Again, you have a lot of control and can really put the Theory where you want it.
We backed things up to see what the Theory could do at full power off the tee and again enjoyed what it had to offer. First off, this is a hyzer flip machine. Release it with some hyzer and rip on it and watch it fly on a straight line, flip up and maintain that angle the rest of the flight. If you were liking the very straight flights you were getting when you took some power away from it on approach shots, a hyzer flip on a drive will give you the same result.
On a flat release the Theory will certainly show some turn, but it almost had a limit to it. Will it flip? Yes, but it is like it has a governor on it and flips to a point and then maintains that angle. It is more undertstable than the Tangent and Alias, but a little more stable than a Discraft Comet or Latitude 64 Fuse. Once the turn starts for the Theory it won’t think of returning on you. It will ride this anhyzer line before showing just the slightest amount of fade which really just returns the Theory to a relatively flat angle to land.
Overall, we’d rate the Axiom Discs Theory at 4.5, 4.5, -2.5, 0.5. You’ll get a nice combination of speed and glide with an understable flight that you can control all around the course.
The Axiom Discs Theory is a nice understable cousin to the Alias. While it will certainly kick into a decent turn when you really power into it, we feel the Theory might perform best when powered down and used on approach shots. Even from 200-225 feet, we were getting some great straight flights out of the Theory. From straight shots with a soft finish, controlled anhyzer shots, or even slight hyzers, the Theory can do it. An understable midrange should be a must have in any disc golfer’s bag and the Axiom Discs Theory can certainly fill that slot.
I recently picked one of these up while traveling, and when powered down, it’s like throwing a rope straight at the target. I do agree with the writer about the soft fade part; when tossed with neutral hyzer, it is a graceful finish to the left (RHBH) and not even a fade that we are used to (i.e. Roc3, Buzzz).
Being able to point and shoot directly at the basket without having to estimate my adjustment for fade is the ultimate dream! I’ll be getting one of these today!