I’ll start this post out just like every other post I’ve done in the last few months…thank God it’s finally 2021! 2020 has been rough. Covid 19 has caused a lot of sickness, quarantine, and even worse, cancelled disc golf!
But that hasn’t stopped the sport from growing or keeping new players away. In fact, according to this disc sales post from InfiniteDiscs.com, they’ve seen a spike in traffic and disc sales on the site. That means more people playing and more new players!
So if you’re new to disc golf this year, you’ll need some awesome discs to play with. And it all starts with your putter. In this post, I’m going to show you 7 of the best disc golf putters for beginners in 2021 and help you understand why putters are so important to your disc golf game. Alright, let’s go!
Why you need a good putter
1. Easy discs to throw
Overall, putters are just easy discs to throw because the majority of them are fairly straight and you don’t have to put a lot of speed behind them to throw. That makes putters perfect because beginners usually can’t throw discs very fast at first. New players can disc down, or go down in disc from advanced drivers to intermediate mid-range discs or easy drivers so that you can learn how to throw correctly. Once you get better, you step up into mid-range discs and eventually drivers.
2. You can use them for almost all shots
When it comes to you as a beginner, you already know that you should disc down to putters when you play. That’s just to help you learn the game. But the great thing about outters is that they can be utilized for just about every shot in disc golf. I mean, they’re just so dang dependable. You’ll often see pros take advantage of a putter’s accuracy and reliability on shorter holes or really tightly wooded holes.
Putters are great for any shot except those extremely long drives. But you won’t worry about that until you work your way up to drivers. Until then, you’ll use putters to drive, approach the basket, and putt.
3. Can help you focus on your technique while learning distance and other skills
As you’re learning the game, using putters will help you learn a bunch of different skills. Those skills are as follows:
Technique: discing down will allow your flaws to come out. If you’ve got bad form and technique, and then you use putters, all of it will be exposed. Using putters will help you focus on learning better technique and not just throwing the disc as far as you possibly can.
Throwing power: discing down can help you learn how to throw the disc harder without sacrificing technique. With putters, you’re training your body to throw the disc hard to get distance with your discs instead of relying on your fast speed discs for distance.
Distance: because you’ll be learning how to develop your throwing power, your distance will develop just as well.
Strategy: lastly, playing with putters can help you develop your overall strategy. Now that you’re not throwing with high-speed or max distance discs, you’ll need to learn new shots or how to approach your shorter throws to figure out how to get to the basket. This will quickly help you learn and improve on the disc golf course.
So you can see that, If you use putters, you’re game can improve tremendously. Let’s take a look at 7 of the best putters to help you improve on the course!
The 7 best putters for beginners in 2021
The Judge has been a fan favorite for years now. It has been especially prevalent in my disc golf game ever since I started playing. Up to the end of 2020, I had not yet found a putter that I liked as much as the Judge. Some came close and some were terrible, but nothing matched the Judge.
With flight ratings of 2, 4, 0, 1, It has been reliable, dependable, and insanely accurate. It feels nice in the hand with the perfect rounded sides, no dome, and really firm in all of the plastics. It can do anything and everything you ask of it and it always forgives when thrown a bit poorly…at least in my experience with it. I would definitely check out the Judge here on InfiniteDiscs.com. You can also see Dynamic’s review of their putter in the video below ⬇️.
For the disc that I finally found to match the Judge, check out #3 below ⬇️.
The Aviar has been one of the most popular putters in the world now for many years. Disc golf pros have won more championships with this disc than any other model on the market today. It’s flight ratings are 2, 3, 0, 1, so a very similar flight line to the Dynamic Discs Judge.
Heres what Innova has to say about the Aviar: “The Aviar Putt & Approach is our most popular disc model and the number one putter in disc golf. It is versatile and is dependable in all conditions. A must have disc for any serious competitor’s bag. This is the beadless model that provides an excellent grip. It is a straight flier with a predictable finish.”
Well, I’ve finally found a disc that I like as much as the Judge. And that disc is the Rune. It was sent to me from Infinite Discs to test out and review and I’m super happy that they sent this one. I’ve been considering some of the European and Asian discs, but had yet to pull the trigger on buying any. Luckily, Infinite had a few extras and sent me a couple of discs.
If you wanted to compare the Rune to any other disc, look at the Innova Nova (honorable mention on this list). The Nova is a ridiculously straight, super popular disc that is deadly accurate. The Rune flies almost exactly the same. The Nova has flight ratings of 2, 3, 0, 0. The Rune has flight ratings of 2, 4, 0, 0, meaning that it will stay really straight and glide for just a bit more than the Nova. In my opinion, that makes this disc just a bit better. If you’d like to give it a try, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Tomb is another disc that I’ve started playing with recently that I’ve really enjoyed. It’s feels similar to the Discraft Zone but it flies much straighter. With flight ratings of 3, 4, 0, 1, the Tomb has the potential already to be a player’s go-to putter.
Here’s what InfiniteDiscs.com has to say: “the TOMB is a flat-topped, low-profile, putt-and-approach disc with a comfortably smooth, beaded rim. The Tomb has just the right amount of stability to cover ground while threading the needle on approach shots, whether thrown forehand or backhand. It can also be used as a crossover mid-range, driving putter, or to hold the line while putting for distance or in moderate winds.”
The Pure is an absolutely awesome disc and is dead straight with a little bit of turn if you really give it some power. With flight ratings of 3, 3, -1, 1, the pure is a great, neutral putter and one of the most popular throwing putters out there. I would highly recommend this disc for beginners. Grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The P1X is another disc similar to the Judge. Discmania really got it right with their beaded putter. With flight ratings of 2, 3, 0, 1, the P1X is a great choice for new players.
Here’s what Discmania has to say: “Do you need a laser pointer in your bag? With the super straight flight of the P1x you can hit the tightest of tunnels. The P1x is the P1 evolved. The unique wing shape of the P1x gives it a smooth flight and an exceptional fit in the hand. The bottom of the rim is convex and it also has a medium sized bead. This makes it fit like a glove for both putting and throwing grips, while also keeping the flight pattern very straight across a wide range of speeds.
The shortest route between two points is the straightest one. Choose the P1x if you want to hit it.
Good for: Putting, approaches, straight drives, for beginners, advanced and pro players alike.”
The Nova is last but definitely not least on this list. It has flight ratings of 2, 3, 0, 0 and is probably the straightest flying disc to have ever graced the game of disc golf. Seriously, if there is a straighter disc, please let me know. Excellent disc for new players and an overall awesome disc for all skill levels on the course. Get yours here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
The Gateway Wizard has been a phenominal disc golf putter for as long as it’s been out now. It’s also one of the most popular putters in the world according to the #discgolfcommunity. I’ve put the Wizard at honorable mention simply because it’s close to being good for beginners but not quite the best disc for them. You can feel free to rank it as you like, but either way, it’s in the top 3 best disc golf putters ever made (along with the Judge and the Aviar).
With flight ratings of 2, 3, 0, 2, the Wizard might be just a bit too overstable for beginners (maybe a bit too hard to throw). But it wouldn’t be too hard for a beginner to work up into. I would start out with any of the other discs on this list first and then grab a Wizard once you played a few rounds. Get yours here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Don’t forget about the book!
Before you go, don’t forget to check out the best beginner disc golf book on the planet, “The Disc Golf Player’s Manual” This ebook is packed with over 200+ pages of the best tips, tricks, and advice for new players