Understable discs are great. Especially putters. Back when I first started to play disc golf, I had no idea about stability and how different discs were used. I just had a few discs recommended to me and I hoped for the best. Those discs were too fast and too stable. It took me a long time to improve because of it.
When I finally got fed up with playing bad, I started researching what discs I needed to play with to improve my game. Everything on the internet said that I needed to use understable discs, especially putters and mid-range discs. Well, I got some of both and ended up using mostly putters for awhile.
It went well. I improved and was able to start throwing those tougher discs again. But I attribute a lot of my disc golf improvement to using those understable putters and mid-ranges. Those discs are super important for new players. That’s why you’ll see a lot of beginner level posts like this one in my site. Because I want you to get the right information on the right discs.
That’s what I’m bringing you today. In this post, we’re going to talk about 3 things:
- A quick rundown on stability
- 3 reasons why you need understable putters and…
- The 11 best understable disc golf putters
Alright, so let’s get to it.
(Note: all throws are assumed to be with a RHBH – right-handed backhand thrower)
Stability is a disc’s tendency to turn over to the right, fly straight, or fade to the left during the flight of the disc. Discs, when released, will fly according to their stability.
Overstable – these discs will fade to the left quicker after they’re thrown. Basically, overstable discs are harder to throw for newer players. If an overstable disc is not thrown hard enough or flat enough, it will begin to fade to the left faster after being thrown (most of the time resulting in a poor throw). Newer players normally can’t handle overstable discs at first.
Stable – these discs will fly straight after being thrown. Stable discs are fine for beginners. These discs mostly stay fairly straight so I do recommend quite a few straight-stable discs to beginners. Some stable discs are tough to throw as well but aren’t too bad for new players.
Understable – these discs will turn to the right when first thrown and normally won’t fade a lot on the end of flight. For brand new players and beginners in general, I always recommend understable discs. In the next section, I’ll give you 3 reasons why.
Lastly, if you’d like to know more about stability, or if you’d like to learn more about flight ratings, check out the two posts below ⬇️:
3 reasons why you need understable putters
1. Easy to throw for brand new players: I mean, understable putters are just straight up the easiest discs to throw in disc golf and are simply the best disc golf discs for new players. Mid-range discs are decent, and I normally alway suggest a Buzzz or something similar, but I always recommend a very understable putter as well. Because they’re just easy to throw from day 1 on the course.
2. Help you learn skill shots: once you improve on the course, you’ll start learning all kinds of specialty skill shots like the hyzer flip, flex shot, s shot, overhand shot, forehand, turnover/ anhyzer, and a couple of others. With understable discs, you can crush a few of these with ease once you learn how to throw accurately. Understable discs allow for huge anhyzers, hyzer flips, spike hyzers, and flex shots. These rock and can really improve your skills if thrown correctly.
3. Highly controllable for advanced players: this kind of builds on that last point. Understable putters are highly controllable discs. Even past the skill shots, you can use these discs to hold lines and hit tough finesse shots like its nobody’s business.
So we got through all of that, now let’s go check out the 11 best understable disc golf putters!
The 11 best understable disc golf putters
My #1 Pick – Latitude 64 Ruby (3, 5, -3, 1)
The Ruby is hands down my #1 pick in the understable disc golf putter category for multiple reasons. First, it’s a ridiculously easy disc to throw. It’s very stable so beginners can easily use this as a day 1 disc out on the course. This disc and the Buzzz would be the perfect two starting discs for a new player. Anybody remotely starting out is going to like this disc.
Once you start improving, this disc gets even better. Intermediate level players can start using this disc to learn specialty shots like the roller, anhyzer, hyzer flip, and flex shot. Advanced players will find this disc highly controllable but possibly with too much turn for most of the advanced-level shots. This disc is probably best for beginner to intermediate players, but really any player should find this disc appealing. Overall, amazing disc.
To try out the Ruby, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
2. Dynamic Discs Deputy (3, 4, -1.5, 0)
The Deputy is a fantastic disc from Dynamic Discs. As you might’ve read once or twice on my site, I’m a huge fan of this brand and I love almost all of their discs. The Deputy is no exception. This understable putter is hands down one of the best on the market…maybe even one of the best putters on the market. But that’s just my opinion.
As for its flight, this is a decently straight flying disc. This 3 speed disc is incredibly easy to throw and has good glide for its 4 glide rating. The -1.5 turn ratings will see just a bit of high-speed turn right away and then almost no fade at the end of flight. All of that being said, all skill levels will find this disc to be fun, easy to throw, and very controllable. Overall, super great disc.
If you’d like to give the Deputy a shot, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
3. Discraft Fierce – putt and approach (3, 4, -2, 0)
The Fierce was the first disc in Discraft’s Paige Pierce lineup of discs. While this disc was a big hit when it launched, it didn’t quite match the popularity of Paul McBeth’s lineup. This disc was still more popular than most everything else out.
The disc itself is a beadless, understable putter with a grippy plastic feel. Most of what I like in a putter. The flight ratings sit at 3, 4, -2, 0, making this disc just a touch more understable than the Deputy above. Almost no fade. Finally, a 3 speed and a 4 fade make it very easy to throw.
If you want to try the Fierce, pick one up here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
4. MVP Spin – putt and approach (3, 4, -2, 0)
The MVP Spin has a flight that is almost equal to the last disc, the Discraft Fierce. The plastics between this one and the Fierce, though, couldn’t be any more different. The Fierce is super grippy, while the Spin is a very smooth double mold. Classic MVP ingenuity.
Here’s what MVP has to say about the Spin:
“The Spin has a deep profile like the Ion and Anode, which makes it great for glide-filled lofty flights. Its controlled understability makes it suitable for both new and advanced players alike.”
5. Westside Discs Swan 1 Reborn (3, 3, -2.5, 0)
The Swan 1 Reborn was designed to be a lot more understable than the Swan (original Swan was at 3, 3, -1, 0). But that’s completely okay. Because more understability means more players can utilize it for either a day 1 beginners disc or for learning those specialty skill shots out on the course.
As for flight, it has a 3 speed and a 3 glide. It’s easy to throw and will stay in the air for a decent amount of time. The -2.5 turn means that this disc just wants to turn on you. A 0 fade rating means the complete opposite. This disc has almost zero fade. Just a bit on the very tail end and that’s the flight you get every time. Predictable and fun.
If you’d like to check out the Swan 1 Reborn, grab yourself one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
6. Gateway Magic (2, 3, -1, 0)
Gateway isn’t a huge disc golf company, but they’ve made a couple of really awesome discs. The Wizard is by far their most popular. This is an awesome disc that I was able to pick up used at a local Play It Again Sports. It was in fairly good condition so I was happy about the purchase.
Ever since I’ve gotten it, I’ve really liked this disc and it has lived up to the hype. As for flight, it is very similar to the Innova Aviar but with just a bit more turn. Fade is about the same. Speed and glide aren’t much different either. This is simply a great understable putter.
7. Innova Wedge (3.5, 3, -3, 1)
The Wedge is a pretty underrated putter. It doesn’t have a lot of people talking about it but it is a great disc. This thing is very understable and is an overall fantastic putter for multiple skill levels.
Here’s what Innova has to say about the Wedge:
“Wedged in between a Putter and Mid-Range. The Wedge is easy to grip and release for smaller hands or for those who prefer a low profile straight flying Putter. When used as a Putter, it has a great neutral flight. For beginners, the Wedge is a great all around disc because of its straight flight and minimal fade. The Wedge is an accurate Mid-Range roller and turn over Mid-Range flyer for more advanced players.”
8. Prodigy PA-4 (3, 3, -1, 1)
Big fan of the PA-4. This is a REALLY fun disc to throw. I only like a few of Prodigy’s molds and this is probably my favorite one. It’s slightly understable. But not so much that you’re really going to be able to tell. It has a small amount of high-speed turn and a small amount of fade, making this mainly a straight-flying putter with an “understable” designation. The flight ratings actually suggest that it’s more stable. This disc, paired with the Ruby and the Buzzz, would be three great starter discs. Players with more skill will appreciate how controllable and reliable the PA-4 is.
If you’d like to try it out, grab one here on InfiniteDiscs.com.
9. Latitude 64 Pure (3, 3, -1, 1) black
The Pure is another fantastic understable putter from Latitude 64. It’s not quite as understable as my top pick, but it’s definitely not a bad disc by any means. The Pure flies a little bit straighter but it can still allow you to crush a lot of different shots out in the course. It’s also a really good beginner disc.
Very similar to the Prodigy PA-4 above in flight and in its flight ratings. At 3, 3, -1, 1, this disc is a remarkably straight disc with just a bit of turn on it (enough to call it understable). Overall, I like the Pure a lot. Great putter.
10. Axiom Proxy (3, 3, -1, 0.5)
The Proxy is a nice disc. A little bit of understability and a mostly straight flight. You can’t beat that.
Here’s what Axiom says about it:
“The Proxy shares the Envy mold’s core, lending the same low-profile feel and solid grip, along with a short wing width and wide flight plate diameter for superior glide. The Proxy sets itself apart from the Envy with a remarkably straight forward-fading finish. A bit of high-speed turn potential allows the Proxy’s lines to be manipulated over a broad range of power and helps less powerful throwers achieve straight putter drives.”
11. Innova DX Aviar (beat in) (2, 3, 0, 1 – possibly 2, 3, -1, 1 after being beat in)
I can’t really say enough about the Aviar to do this disc justice. It’s one of the most popular putters in all of disc golf and is loved by so many players. I’m not quite on the Aviar bandwagon, because this isn’t one of my favorites by any means, but it’s still a great beginner disc. Brand new, this isn’t an understable disc. But once this disc gets beat in a little bit, and by that I mean used quite a bit, it will become way more understable in a hurry. Once this disc is beat in, it becomes a fantastic understable option for your disc golf game.
Here’s 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.”
So that’s all for understable putters
Yep, that’s everything I could think of for this post, disc golfers. I’ve given you 11 of the absolute best understable disc golf putters, along with a quick rundown of stability and a couple of reasons why you need some of the discs on this list. Hopefully it’s been able to help you find a couple of good disc recommendations. If not, I still appreciate you reading and I encourage you to check out all of my related content below!
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