Welcome to 2022! Wow, that feels really weird. Seems like just a little bit ago that we were talking about 2020. Then 2021. Now we’re looking at discs for 2022. Pretty cool. This year I’ve tried to change this list up a little bit. Most of it is pretty similar to last year, but I’ve added a few new releases to the list. So hopefully this list will help you make the right choice as a new player this year.
But before we dive right in, I want to go over a couple of quick things that I think will help you as a new player in regards to using putters. This next section will cover why you need good putters as a beginner.
Alright, are you ready? Let’s get to it!
Why you need good putters as a beginner
Easy discs to throw
First off, putters are just plain easy discs to throw. As a newer player (or beginner even), you have to start off with putters. This is extremely important. Everything you learn from the moment you start playing should be using putters. The other discs are usually too hard to throw at first.
Putters are perfect discs for beginners because they usually fly straight and don’t have to be thrown very hard to fly in the right direction. Beginners normally can’t throw that hard to begin with, so putters are naturally good discs to start out with. Then once you start getting better, you can start throwing mid-range discs, control drivers, and eventually, distance drivers. But first, putters.
You can use them for almost all shots
This is kind of continuing my first point that beginners should be throwing putters. What’s the great thing is about putters, though? It’s that they can be used for all types of shots – driving, approaching, and putting. Even professional disc golfers can attest to this. The pros use putters in a variety of different situations on the course, all the way up to short drives off the teepad. This should be you until you get better. Once you improve, you’ll learn your range and what exactly you need to throw. Until then, putters.
Can help you focus on your technique while learning distance and other skills
As you are slowly learning how NOT to play disc golf (because believe me it is hard and frustrating at first), you’ll use putters to throw consistent shots while you work on other parts of your game.
Technique: it’s extremely important to learn the technique of actually throwing a disc before you try to start throwing discs that are more advanced. If you have poor technique, you won’t ever be a good disc golfer. Use putters while you learn technique.
Throwing power: as you improve, and slowly start to master disc golf technique, your throwing power will inevitably improve. It also helps when your confidence and ability to throw a disc straight reach peak levels. All of these allow you to use your body to get more power behind the disc.
Distance: with good technique and improved throwing power comes increased distance. I wouldn’t even worry about trying to increase distance for the first few months. Just use putters while you learn technique and work on your throwing power. Distance comes with time. Be patient and your distance throwing will get better.
Strategy: after you improve all parts of your game, you can begin to implement real strategy into your game. Using putters in certain situations can really help you lower scores and ultimately become a great disc golfer. Pro players use putters for short drives, approaches, finesse shots, and for putting. But if they think a putter is right in a certain situation, they may use one. You can choose to do this as well once you get a little bit better. You’ll be able to mix and match which disc works for which scenario on the course. But whether you’re learning technique, increasing throwing power, working on distance, or figuring out course strategy, be sure to start with putters first.
We’ll be talking about the different flight ratings that each individual disc has. Flight ratings, or the four numbers on a disc golf disc, are basically how a disc is supposed to fly if thrown correctly. It’s tough to explain in just a few sentences, so if you’d like to learn more about disc golf flight ratings, check out my post here: “What Do the Numbers on a Disc Golf Disc Mean?”
Alright, so now we’re going to finally dive into the good stuff. Let’s take a look at the 7 best putters for beginners in 2022!
The 7 best putters for beginners in 2022
Our #1 Pick – Dynamic Discs EMac Judge
Coming in at #1 is the brand new Dynamic Discs EMac Judge. Last year’s list featured the original version of the Judge at #1(see the original Judge here on InfiniteDiscs.com), but I’m changing it up a little bit. Why? Well, because the new EMac Judge is an even straighter version of this already awesome disc.
Even though the flight ratings read 2, 4, 0, 1, this disc really flies straighter. I would argue that the disc is actually 2, 4, 0, 0. I’m not sure why Dynamic Discs markets this as a straighter version of the Judge with “less of a bead and a bit less fade,” but that’s on them. A little bit less fade from 2, 4, 0, 1 should be 2, 4, 0, 0. But I won’t argue. They gave us a really great new disc in the EMac Judge.
If you’re a new player, you’re going to benefit from either disc honestly, but the EMac will fly a bit straighter and that’s really the key for new or brand new beginner players. You want a dead straight putter and that’s the EMac Judge. Overall, perfect beginner disc.
To grab the new EMac Judge, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Latitude 64 Pure
With flight ratings of 3, 3, -1, 1, the Pure is hands down one of the best disc golf putters for beginner players. Really it’s one of the best discs, period, for newer players. But as for putters, it is a REALLY great beginner disc. I didn’t rank this first because I don’t believe the Pure can serve as more than a beginner putter. Sure, newer players can putt with this. But it’s simply a beginner level putter and that’s that. Great disc, but there are other awesome putters that can serve higher-skilled players (like some at the bottom of this list and in my other posts linked at the end – be sure to check those out as well). Overall, though, the Pure is a really great putter for beginners.
If you’d like to grab a Pure to improve your game, you can get it here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Innova Nova
The Nova is an insanely straight disc. If you want something that doesn’t move left or right AT ALL, you want to pick up the Nova. I was blown away by how straight this disc really is. Remembering back to throwing this disc is still blowing my mind by thinking about what this disc’s flight path was like on every throw. Seeing that it has flight ratings of 2, 3, 0, 0, this disc should fly pretty straight. And it does.
That makes the Nova great for a couple of different things. First, new players can take advantage of the straight flight path. Easy enough, right? Further, the Nova’s straight flight make it an excellent disc for hitting your lines. By that I mean it’s going to stay on the line that you throw it on and won’t deviate much. Lastly, this disc, again because it is such a straight-flying disc, is a perfect tunnel shot disc. Tunnel shots are ridiculously hard and the Nova can potentially help you tackle them when you’re a little bit more skilled as a player. Overall, great beginner putter.
4. Viking Discs Rune
Oh, man. I LOVE the Rune. The Rune was actually given to me by Infinite Discs in exchange for a review of it. And I’ve got to say that this disc has certainly surprised me. I didn’t expect much out of it, but it quickly became a highly used, permanent disc in my bag. I actually used it so much that I quickly wore down the base plastic and am definitely in need of a new one for the upcoming 2022 season (which I will definitely get).
With flight ratings of 2, 4, 0, 0, the Rune is an incredibly straight-flying disc. If I had to compare the flight to another disc, it would probably be the Innova Nova. This thing crushes lines, stays straight, doesn’t really turn or fade, and feels awesome in your hand. Even though it’s a base plastic, the ground plastic feels great. Definitely one of my favorite base plastics. Overall, the Rune can make a really great beginner disc.
5. Loft Discs Hydrogen
The Hydrogen, with flight ratings of 1, 2, 0, 0, is a disc that I haven’t had much exposure to yet. I mean, the company itself is based out of Denmark (the first disc golf company in Denmark – congrats to them!) and was founded at the very end of 2020. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, which you can check out here, Loft Discs launched and brought us the Hydrogen. Loft Discs claims that the Hydrogen is “the straightest putter in disc golf,” a claim which will be undoubtedly tested by many (because there are just so many great, super-straight-flying discs).
But this disc looks really cool and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. If you’d like to try out the Loft Discs Hydrogen, check it out here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. MVP Electron Nomad
The new MVP Nomad is the first disc in the James Conrad lineup of discs at Maple Valley Plastics. According to Infinite Discs, his new lineup of discs “is set to feature some of his favorite places to travel and tie in MVP’s theme of science.” This specific disc was inspired by Park Avenue Trailhead in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
The disc itself has flight ratings of 2, 4, 0, 1 and is considered slightly overstable, so it’s a little bit tougher to throw than the first few discs on this list. But it’s still a good disc and has been a very popular new release amongst the #discgolfcommunity.
If you’d like to get a Nomad, check it out here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
7. Ev-7 Phi
Coming in at #7 is a disc from Ev-7: the Phi. Now this disc is fairly new, but it’s gotten a good deal of hype so far. I’m very curious about this one. I can’t wait to try it out.
The company itself was founded in late 2020 by PDGA Hall of Fame National Tour Champion and 2009 Masters World Champion Phil Arthur.
The Phi has flight ratings of 3, 4, 0, 1 and is pretty overstable so I wouldn’t recommend this to a day 1 beginner. But it’s a putter, so it shouldn’t be too tough to throw.
If you’re looking for something new, consider checking out the Phi here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
Honorable mention – Axiom Discs “Special Edition James Conrad Signature Series” Electron Envy
I threw this version of the Axiom Envy on here because it is an Epic disc. After James Conrad won the World Championship with the help of his Axiom Envy, Axiom decided to release this special commemorative version.
The Axiom Envy is, first and foremost, a REALLY awesome disc. It sports flight ratings of 3, 3, 0, 2, so it’s not really a beginner disc. But once you’ve played a few rounds, this disc isn’t that hard to throw. I’ve liked the Envy ever since I first threw it and now with the James Conrad stamp, it will undoubtedly help you win championships…you know, if your name is James Conrad.
If you’d like to grab a Signature Envy, you can get one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
At last, we’ve made our way through all 7 of the best disc golf putters for beginners in 2022. I did add in that honorable mention just because I love that disc. But overall, this is a good list that should help you choose the right putter for you as a beginner. If you don’t want any of the recommendations on this list, or you’re unsure about what to pick, check out my other related posts below ⬇️.
Don’t forget to check out 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. This book is Epic. So don’t miss out!