Finding a good disc golf putter is easy.  Finding the BEST POSSIBLE PUTTER for your game can be quite a bit more difficult.

In this complete guide to selecting the best disc golf putter for your game, we’ll show you the biggest single question you need to ask for proper putter selection, and also highlight key design features that can further enhance the putter’s performance.

The Most Important Decision when Selecting a Putter

The single most important decision you need to make when selecting a putter is this: how do you plan to use it?

Despite what many official descriptions may say, all putters are not good at all things. For optimal performance, players must determine in which of the following three ways they plan to use the putter:

  1. As a Putting Putter, optimized for putting under 40 feet
  2. As a Hybrid / Multi-Use, with the flexibility for driving or putting
  3. As a Driving and Approach Putter, specifically designed for drives and long approaches

Here’s our complete guide to each type, including specific examples:

#1 Pure Putting Putters

Pure Putters are specifically designed with very little Fade to produce very straight flights at low speeds (i.e., putting speeds).

Pure Putters give you the best possible chance of hitting putts from distances of 40 feet or less.

Example: Prodigy PA3 300

This Fade 0 Putter flies incredibly straight at low (putting) speeds, and (for the same reason) also one of the two most popular putters used by the world’s top professional players.

While the PA3 produces slightly less predictable flight patterns at driving speeds than the Aviar (see below), if you are looking for a putter purely for putting the PA3 is your best bet.

For the most consistent performance, we strongly recommend the heavy 170-174g weight class paired with Prodigy’s 300 plastic blend (specifically designed for high grip and solid putting feel).

See the PA3’s Full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews

#2 Multi-Use / Hybrid Putters

These balanced putters are often a player’s best overall choice, particularly if you only want to carry one putter mold.

They do fly very straight at low speeds (though not quite as straight as the pure putters) but also provide predictable flights when thrown at high speeds, allowing you to also use them confidently on long approaches or as a driver on short holes.

Example: Innova Yeti Pro Aviar

All versions of the Aviar are extremely overstable, providing very predictable flights in the widest range of wind conditions and release velocities.

We specifically recommend the Yeti Pro model because its uniquely shaped lid (slightly concave) generates the highest level of resistance to blowing winds and also allows the player to better grip the disc with their thumb.

Additionally, the Aviar has very low Fade, ensuring straight flights on short putts as well as straight finishes on long putts and approaches.

The Yeti Pro plastic is a modified version of the torque-resistant “Pro” plastic with significantly increased tackiness and grip. To achieve maximum consistency we recommend the heaviest weight classes possible. In this case, 170-175g.

See the Yeti Pro Aviar’s Full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews

#3 Driving and Approach Putters

Like the Multi-Use above, driving putters produce very consistent, predictable flight patterns when thrown at high speeds (even in strong winds), but what really sets them apart is their distance control, ensuring that you don’t drop your drive 50 feet short (or sail it 50 feet past the basket)!

This control is generated through a combination of low Glide (to give you more control over the flight distance) and High Fade (that pulls the putter in a sharp, distance-controlling hook as it slows).

Example: Discraft Challenger OS

This overstable variant of the Challenger is specifically optimized to provide superior flight consistency and distance control, allowing you to drop the disc as close to the basket as possible when driving or making long up-shots (approaches).

The Challenger OS’s Fade 3 (VERY high for a putter) makes it more difficult to use as a pure putter, but when you want to drop a disc as close to the basket as possible from 175 feet out, the Challenger OS is your best bet.

We strongly recommend the Challenger OS paired with Discraft’s highest grip material, Jawbreaker, and in the heavy 170-174g weight class.

See the Challenger’s Full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews

Three Other Key Putter Features and Factors

Now that you know what style of putter you need, there are a few additional design features to consider in your selection process.

Beaded Rims

Beaded rims were originally designed to reinforce the rim and thereby slow the natural process by which discs become more understable with use.

Comparision of Beaded Rim Vs Standard (see more info on P2 Psycho here)

For putters, beaded rims have a few added benefits.

Firstly, the beaded profile help the discs better grab the chains, reducing pass-throughs and bounce-outs. Secondly, the many players feel the bead helps to improve their grip on the disc to ensure a solid, clean release.

Beaded Putters Mentioned in this Analysis: PA3, Yeti Pro Aviar, Banger GT, MVP Ion

Grip Features

In addition to high grip plastic (all of our selections above use high-grip plastic), some putters have additional features for enhanced grip and more confident releases.

These top-track features also act as air-foils that further enhance stability and wind-resistance.

Example: Discraft Banger GT

The Banger GT is an excellent Hybrid / Multi-Use putter with a distinctive, wide thumb track around the entire flight plate.

The track not only ensures a better grip, it also provides a reference point to ensure your thumb is in the same position for every putt — critical for repeatable precision when putting.

We recommend the Banger GT in affordable, grippy (but firm) Pro-D plastic in the heavy 170-174g weight class.

See the Banger GT’s Full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews


Overmolding allows disc manufacturers to combine the best properties of two materials into one disc, and place those materials in the areas of the disc where they are needed the most.

For example, manufacturers can combine a flight plate made of very rigid, torque resistant material with a softer rim material that provides extra grip and dent-resistance, thereby giving players the best of both worlds in one product.

Example: MVP Ion

The Ion is an overstable driving and approach putter with a special overmolded rim that not only provides extra grip and damage-resistance, the rim material also has a higher molecular weight than the plate material.


By shifting a higher percentage of the disc’s total weight to the rim, the disc’s rotational inertial and gyroscopic stability are both increased.

The increase in gyroscopic stability helps reduce “wobble” when the disc is thrown at low (putting) speeds, and also delays Fade to help ensure a straighter finish — both highly desirable features in a putter!

We specifically recommend the Electron Ion. Electron plastic is not only budget-friendly, it also offers the most grip of any MVP plastic, helping to deliver confident releases in any weather.

See the Ion’s Full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews

A Final Option….Go with the Pros

With putters, it never hurts to look at which putters the top PDGA pros are using.  For complete detail, you can read our guide on the Current Top Professional Discs.


Still not sure? No problem! Let us know what questions you have through our Contact Page!

4 thoughts on “Putter Selection: the Complete Guide

  1. Jim John Marks says:

    Have said it before, and will say it again — Vibram. Their “medium” (aka their original) X Link rubberized material is grippy-er and softer than most plastic putters. They also use the same blend up through their entire [growing] line of approach, mid, fairway and distance discs, so your fingers aren’t constantly having to make fine adjustments in grip to avoid slip outs or grip lock when your hands confuse your mid grip with your distance grip. Having exactly one material in my bag has revolutionized my game. I’m unaware of any other brand which can offer this. Every batch of Champion Aviar is different from one another let alone a Champion Aviar vs. a Champion Firebird vs. a Champion Mako vs. a Champion Boss — not to mention the complications of driving with a Blizzard, making your up throw with a Star, approaching with a Champion and putting with a super chain gripping material.

    At this point I use Vibram’s flat stable putter for everything inside 200 feet. Our local course has two or three very short pins and I throw the putter from the tee, use the same to approach on longer pins from the fairway , and it is flat enough to confidently pitch putt from up to 30 feet out.

    Having lots of highly specialized discs (true putter, approach, driving putter &c.) in the bag is one approach, but usually results in your off-arm shoulder being more tired than your throwing arm by the time you get to the “19th tee”. As an aging player I am finding more and more success with a small collection (4-9) of carefully selected discs which offer the most utility rather than lugging around a backpack full of uni-taskers which take years to break in because they get thrown no more than once a round.

    • Bart Bird | Site Manager says:

      Hi Jim John — not sure if you heard the surprising (and very sad) news, but Vibram is exiting the Disc Golf market! So….if anyone wants to add a Vibram Disc to their bag, they should get one now before they are gone forever!

      • Jim John Marks says:

        Had not heard. Very odd, they recently completely re-vamped almost their entire line-up.

        Quite honestly, at my age, once I run out of their discs, I’ll stop playing. Nothing else will be worth throwing after their discs.

      • Jim John Marks says:

        Too late 🙁

        Many molds are already only available in Firm, Glow &c. — clearly their Medium material was by far the most popular. Maybe if they had just focused on one material they’d have been able to justify the program.

        It is a shame no one else seems to understand the crucial value in having consistent material from disc to disc and batch to batch.

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