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:
- Consistency / Predictability
- Chain Contact Performance
- Wind Resistance
After testing a number of different putters from different manufacturers, we’ve settled on two top picks.
Top 2 Overall Putters
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).
The PA3 was specifically optimized to provide the best overall performance in the 170-174g class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!