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 putter 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:
- Consistency / Predictability
- Chain Contact Performance
- Wind Resistance
After testing a number of different putters from different manufacturers, our top pick (not surprisingly) has also been used to win more PDGA World Championships than all other putters combined. What is it?
Overall Best Putter
Plastic: Yeti Pro
Weight Class: 170-175g
Why the Yeti Pro Aviar?
Firstly, 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).
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.
Secondly, the Aviar has very low Fade, ensuring straight flights on short putts as well as straight finishes on long putts and approaches (Criteria #1,#2).
Why Yeti Pro Plastic?
The Yeti Pro plastic is a modified version of the torque-resistant “Pro” plastic with significantly increased tackiness and grip.
Yeti Pro’s excellent grip characteristics 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, the Yeti Pro also produces a gripping contact with the chains to prevent bounce-outs (Criterion #4).
To achieve maximum distance, light-weight discs are the best option. For putting, however, to create the maximum control, wind resistance (Criterion #5), and consistency (Criterion #1), we recommend the heaviest weight classes possible. In this case, 170-175g.
Further Evidence for the Aviar
We are huge fans of the “In My Bag” Series by The SpinTV, which features the current favorite discs used by top pros. The drivers used by the pros typically require excellent technique and tremendous release velocity to fly properly and are generally not recommended for beginners.
The putters, however, are discs that can (and should) be adopted by players of all skill levels, and if you look in the bag of almost every World Champion you will find at least one Aviar.
As you can see, some pros carry as many as 4 Aviars.
Why so many?
Firstly, the top players will typically have one putter they throw exclusively from the tee box or on long approaches. The remaining discs will be a mix of plastics and wear levels to provide a wider variety of shots and performance characteristics.
The Best Specialty Putters
While the Yeti Pro Aviar ranks #1 overall, there are other putters that outperform the Aviar in specific performance categories.
Depending on your specific needs and style of play, each of these putters could also make an excellent addition to your bag.
Straightest Flying Putter
Manufacturer: Prodigy Disc
Most Common Plastic: 300
Weight Class: 170-174g
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, 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).
Best Driving Putter
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 Challengers 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.
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!