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
- Mold: Aviar
- Manufacturer: Innova
- Plastic: XT
- Weight: 170-175
Why the Aviar?
Firstly, the Aviar is extremely overstable, providing the most predictable flights in the widest range of wind conditions and release velocities (Criteria #1,#2,#5).
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 XT Plastic?
XT is Innova's "Xtra Tough" and "Xtra Tacky" plastic, providing superior torque resistance and producing solid, gripping contact with the chains to prevent bounce-outs (Criterion #4). XT's excellent grip characteristics also help deliver consistent and controlled releases, even when wet (Criterion #3)— critical in all putting styles.
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.
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.
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!