Clearing the ground behind the mini, the right foot is planted just millimeters away from it. Standing upright in line with the basket, with the putter gripped with the right hand and held perpendicular to the ground. Pumping the disc up and down a few times, finally dropping the disc low and snapping up quick, it’s released on a line towards the basket. The wind picks up slightly, nudging the disc to cause a slight wobble. It fades towards the chains and…..
This is the point where we imagine the disc banging the chains and dropping in the basket for a birdie or and eagle. More often than not, I myself am putting for par or bogey. By no means is it due to missed putts, but usually due to an errant tee shot, or troublesome trees. Putts from the circle and beyond are sometimes close, with the occasional one falling in the basket. I practice when I’m able to, but plans are to purchase a practice basket for the backyard in the near future.
On to putter selection. I won’t give any advise on how to select a putter that’s good for your beyond saying get what feels good when you grip it. To me, that is an important aspect of the putting realm of disc golf. I own a decent number of putters with no more than two of any one mold. If memory serves me correct, there was some advice given by a pro somewhere in some post that once you have a putter you like, buy ten to fifteen of them for practice. Another thing I’ve seen from a lot of pros is they have their putting putters and their throwing putters. Patrick Brown’s In The Bag video on The SpinTV Youtube channel is a good example of this.
My current go to putter is the Prodigy PA4. Flight numbers listed on Infinite Discs have it at 3/3/-1/1, which to me makes it a stable disc. It can hold an anyhyzer line, give me a nice S flight when needed, or hyzer like a freak. It doesn’t have a bead and has a very blunt nose. I carry two, one in 750 plastic at 171g and one in 400(S) plastic at 174-5g. Those weights are approximate, as I don’t pay much attention to weight when picking one to use.
My throwing putter favorite is the Dynamic Discs Warden. Rated by DD at 2/4/0/0.5, I would agree with those ratings. Infinite Discs has the glide at 3.1 and the fade at 0.2, but the difference in those numbers is negligible to me as a recreational player. I have one in Fluid plastic at 175g and one in Classic Soft at 174g. It is my go to upshot or off the tee putter. It is great when throwing a forehand as well, which is my primary type of throw.
So do you throw your putters or putt with your throwers? I certainly don’t, mainly because I feel that a disc in true flight should act and fly different than one that you only pitch towards the basket. We all love certain discs for hyzers, anhyzers, or rollers, and putters should be no different. Some pros don’t keep throwing putters, and just use mids for upshots, which is perfectly fine. The softer touch that I get from throwing a putter on an upshot makes a mid-range almost unneeded in my bag since I can make a fairway driver and mid-range disc do practically the same things.
Whatever you choose to use, use it with confidence and don’t let bad shots get to you. Make each shot count and everything will work out. Watch some 2015 PDGA Pro World Championships footage, and you’ll see how meaningful it is to play your game.