There are LOTS of different putting styles seen in Disc Golf.
Our research on techniques used by the top pros and coaches in the game shows that there is a definitive methodology considered to be the overall best for both rapid improvement and high-percentage accuracy.
For this analysis, we are highlighting images from the 2013 PDGA World Master’s Championship, showing putts from 5-Time World Putting Champion, Jay “The Yeti” Reading.
Adopt these six tips and you should see immediate, noticeable improvement in your game:
#1 Use a “Fan” Grip
When driving, the snap of the release and resulting angular momentum create stable motion. With the slower, lower-spinning releases in putting, however, your grip must also provide additional stability for improved accuracy.
Place your Index finger along the lip of the disc, with your remaining 3 fingers fanned out along the bottom. This “fan” of fingers spread across the base helps provide the additional stability needed for a straight flight.
#2 Point Your Front Foot Toe at the Basket
One of the most common mistakes we see is players lining up putts with their lead foot perpendicular to the basket. Pointing your toe at the basket allows you to properly bend your knees (See Tip #4) and release straight ahead with your body balanced and centered.
#3 Keep Your Backswing Low and In Front of Your Body
Pull the disc generally straight backward and toward your midsection in your backswing, ending at or slightly below where your belt buckle would be.
#4 Shift Your Weight From Back To Front
During the backswing follow these steps:
- Bend your knees
- Shift your weight onto your back foot
- Push off with your back foot to shift your weight forward and onto your front foot
The Push-Off is critical to help generate forward disc speed. As you can see from the images, Jay uses a full push even when the putt is relatively short, which highlights the importance of consistency in your motion from putt to putt.
Your push and shift should pull your back foot into the air as you follow through. Just make sure you keep your body centered and aligned with the basket.
#5 Have a High Release Point
From your backswing, the motion of the disc should be straight forward and toward the basket, releasing at shoulder or eye level. Many beginners use a lower release for fear of overshooting the basket, only to instead have the putt bounce off of the basket or fly under it. For long-term success, you must release high.
#6 “Push” The Disc
BONUS #7: Choose the Right Putter
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?
Best Putter Mold: Aviar
- Manufacturer: Innova
- Plastic: R-Pro
- Weight: 173-175g
Why the Aviar?
Firstly, the Aviar is extremely overstable, providing the most predictable flights in the widest range of wind conditions and release velocities. Secondly, the Aviar has very low fade, ensuring straight flights on short putts as well as straight finishes on long putts and approaches.
These two features combine to provide maximum versatility and consistency.
For the best possible wind-resistance we strongly recommend the heaviest weight class available (173-175g), and the R-Pro plastic ensures superior grip and flex, even on cold days.
We hope this helps! If you have any additional questions please let us know through on our Contact page — we are always happy to help our subscribers. Also, if you want to see Jay in motion, check out the full 2013 Masters video.
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