The putter is the single most important disc in every player’s bag, often making the difference between birdie or par (or, *gulp*, par or bogie).

So how do you choose the best one?

In this guide, we’ll demonstrate the 5 most important aspects of putter selection, and tell you which putters ranked as the overall best in our analysis.

The 5 Key Criteria

During our evaluation, the following key criteria were used to evaluate the dozens of putters on the market and help ensure you have the best overall disc golf putter for your game:

  1. Consistency / Predictability
  2. Versatility
  3. Grip
  4. Chain Contact Performance
  5. Wind Resistance

After testing a number of different putters from different manufacturers, we’ve settled on two top picks.

Top 2 Overall Putters

PA3

Manufacturer: Prodigy
Plastic: 300
Weight Class: 170-174g

Why the PA3?

Firstly, this Fade 0 Putter flies incredibly straight at low (putting) speeds (Criteria #1), helping players significantly improve their putting percentages, particularly with putts under 30 feet.

Secondly, while many putters with extremely low Fade also demonstrate mediocre levels of wind-resistance, the PA3’s flat-to-slightly-concave top actually provides superior performance on windy days (Criteria #1,#5).

Finally, the PA3 is slightly less overstable than the average putter, allowing it to hold a wider range of shot-lines, thereby greatly increasing its versatility (Criterion #2).

Why 300 Plastic?

300 was created for use in putters and midrange discs, providing superior grip to help deliver consistent and controlled releases, even when cold or wet (Criterion #3)— critical in all putting styles.

In addition to the grip for your hands, 300 also produces a gripping contact with the chains to prevent bounce-outs (Criterion #4).

Weight: 170-174g

The PA3 was specifically optimized to provide the best overall performance in the 170-174g class.

See the PA3’s full Flight Ratings Analysis plus Reviews

Further Evidence for the PA3

The PA3 is currently the most commonly found putter in the bags of the current Top 15 PDGA pros.

If you want to bag the putter that is helping move the most players to the top of the professional ranks, the PA3 is for you.

Classic Aviar

Manufacturer: Innova
Plastic: DX
Weight Class: 170-175g

Why the Classic Aviar?

Classic Aviar also has very low Fade, ensuring straight flights on short putts as well as straight finishes on long putts and approaches (Criteria #1,#2).

The Classic Aviar is actually Innova’s straightest-flying putter during all stages of flight.

All versions of the Aviar are extremely overstable, providing the most predictable flights in the widest range of wind conditions and release velocities (Criteria #1,#2,#5).

Why DX Plastic?

DX’s excellent grip characteristics help deliver consistent and controlled releases, even when cold or wet (Criterion #3)— critical in all putting styles.

Despite the introduction of many new materials, DX remains the only available plastic option for the Classic Aviar.

Weight: 160-175g

To create maximum control, wind resistance (Criterion #5), and consistency (Criterion #1), we recommend the heaviest weight classes possible. In this case, 167-175g.

For more carry/float (to help prevent the Aviar from dropping too quickly when putting) we recommend the lighter 160-166g classes.

See the Aviar’s full Flight Ratings Analysis plus Reviews

Further Evidence for the Aviar

The Classic Aviar has been used to win more PDGA world championships than any other putter, and if you look in the bag of almost everyWorld Champion you will find at least one Aviar.

PDGA Champions with Aviars

 

The Best Specialty Putters

While the PA3 and Classic Aviar rank as our Top 2 overall, there are other putters that provide superior performance in specific categories.

Depending on your specific needs and style of play, each of these putters could also make an excellent addition to your bag.

Best Driving Putter

Challenger OS

Manufacturer: Discraft
Most Common Plastic: Jawbreaker
Weight Class: 170-174g

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’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 a fantastic option.

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

See the Challenger OS’s full Flight Ratings Analysis plus Reviews


Putting Technique

Many people ask us “what is the perfect putting technique?”. For Best Disc Golf Disc’s full guide to putting, check out our Top 6 Tips to Improve Your Putting today.

Once you’ve mastered the mechanics in our guide, as one final pointer always get the most stable a footing position your lie will allow. This will be key to your balance, and ultimately the accuracy of your putt.

We hope this helps! If you have any additional questions, please let us know through our Contact page and we will respond as quickly as possible!


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9 thoughts on “Putters: Which are the Overall Best?

  1. jr_rider says:

    Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with any Aviar, but I agree that the R-Pro is the one to get if you are only playing with one. Great grip without feeling floppy.

  2. Kari T. says:

    Is Innova your sponsor? I mean I have noticed that all disc recommendations have been lately from Innova. I like your tips a lot but being sponsored by one particular disc manufacturer damages the credibility. I would like to see recommendations from other brands also.

    • Bart Bird | Site Manager says:

      Hi Kari – Thanks for the compliments and question!
      The short answer is no, we are not sponsored by Innova. The reason we often use their discs as examples in our videos is that Innova’s 4-point flight rating system and very extensive product line provide a great platform for us to explain advanced flight concepts and subtle delineations amongst different discs.

  3. john says:

    I had been playing with a few different Aviars and just couldn’t seem to master consistency. I then started using a Wizard, which worked pretty well, but the difference in the thickness of the rims between putters and drivers just left me feeling that I really had to focus on gripping the two types of discs differently, and the putters never seemed to feel quite as comfortable in my hand, resulting in awkward releases at times (slips, inconsistent height release, etc.). I recently bought a 172 g Star Colt for the specific reason that the rim was thinner. My putting game has gotten a lot more consistent using this disc. It holds its line well, glides longer than my Wizards (also 172 g) so I don’t have to think about drop angles on medium to long range putts nearly as much, but can just shoot straight at the basket.

    • Jim John Marks says:

      The more disc golf I play, the more clear it becomes that consistency is almost everything. I switched to all Vibram discs about two years ago specifically because the blends are exactly the same from putter to fairway to driver and this allows for a much more consistent grip and release. They also don’t produce (that I know of) high dome putters and so the difference between say a Ridge & a Lace isn’t all that difference in terms of feel in the hand; again more consistency.

      I believe strongly at this point that any player who is thoughtful about their discs eventually ends up with a bag full of discs which allow them to throw the most consistent throws for their style of play, regardless of brand, blend, shape &c.

  4. Steven A Spence says:

    I own an Aviar but I rarely use it, I find my 165g Shark is great as a putter especially in the wind…my 142g Beast works great for throw-ins outside the circle.
    A comment to the poster about this site being sponsored by Innova, when I read the article on the best distance drivers I had to go through quite a bit of the list before I found any Innova disc, rather surprising to me.

  5. Daniel Paisley says:

    Im kind of a newbie but I was wondering what putter/disc would you recommend for 70 feet to 100 feet, I many times am stuck with deciding whether to use my Luna or a midrange like my buzz or something.

    • Jim John Marks says:

      Would recommend practicing to the point you can work with a putter out to about 200 feet.

      I can rarely throw a driver more than 350 (I’m nearly 50 and built like a twig) under ideal conditions, but I don’t reach for a mid range until 225.

      “Up and down in two when inside 200” should be a mantra not an Everest. But it takes practice. Find a course you can play more than once a week and focus on building your game from the putt out, not the drive in. Hit every six foot putt. Then every twelve. Then every twenty. Keep building out. When on an approach know six different ways to throw a disc to ensure you always have a look no matter what you got stuck behind.

      It isn’t all about distance. Putters fly flat, straight and true and if you can build your game around the consistency of grip, line and control you get with them, over time, the rest is gravy. If you watch top pros on a tournament round they don’t reach for drivers unless something unusual is called for. Otherwise it is all putters and flat mid range.

      If you’re ready for a mid range, the Buzzz was a classic for years and years, the Mako3 is similarly flat, and Discmania’s MD is the same.

      I throw Vibram Ibex, but Vibram stopped pressing discs some years ago, sadly. Their combo of grip, durability and consistency across runs and molds was amazing.

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