In practicing for my first ever tournament, I’ve been working on putting a lot. Many, many, many putts have gone in the practice basket at a course near my work, and just as many have missed. Distances past twenty feet have been disregarded for the time being in favor of working on a consistent release and form that is repetitive due to muscle memory. It’s been some kind of work for me, as I had never seriously practiced anything for disc golf in the past.
Here’s a quick rundown of putters I own and when I got them. January 2014 – DX Aviar P&A from the Innova Starter Pack. April 2014 – Innova DX Dart. May/June 2014 – added Discraft Pro-D Challenger. October 2014 – Innova DX Rhyno. December 2014 – Prodigy PA4, 750 plastic, from PAR2 event in Memphis, TN. January 2015 – Innova XT Whale. February 2015 – Dynamic Discs Classic Soft Warden @ Two Disc Challenge in Tupelo, MS. March 2015 – Prodigy Proto PA4, 400 plastic. May 2015 – Dynamic Discs Fluid Judge Misprint. July 2015 – Dynamic Discs Fluid Warden.
If I’m counting right, that adds up to 10 putters that I own. Most were purchased or came as part of an event I participated in, with one won in a giveaway. I’ve written in a previous post about which putter I currently use, which is the Prodigy PA4. I only use it for putting, whether from 60 feet or 6. Any shot that will be an upshot just to get close to the basket, I use other discs to do so, with the Dynamic Discs Warden my favorite for doing so. Strictly talking about putting, I like how the Prodigy PA4 fits in my hand and they way it flies in my putting form. Take a glance at my putting in these two Instagram posts.
I’ve seen some video of pro disc golfers practice putting. There is a Paul McBeth putting video where he putts 50 discs into a practice basket. I don’t have that kind of a stack of putters to practice with, much less more than two of the same disc to consistently practice with. So when I do get some putting practice in, it’s with multiple molds. Using the same form for putting, I can make all of the molds I have work for me when practicing. With so many putter molds on the market today, and people’s preference for a particular style of putter, it makes me wonder, is it the mold or the person’s putting form that makes the difference?
Disc golf for me has only been a part of my life since January of 2014. During that time, I’ve switched stances, discs, grips, and just about anything else to improve my putting. The Instagram videos above show what my putting has developed into. Inside twenty five feet, I would estimate that I make eighty percent of my putts. Outside that distance, maybe thirty percent, mostly due to not practicing putting as much as I should. As mentioned earlier, any of the putters I use will work for my with my form. I see many on social media who say “this putter is similar to that putter,” or “this putter is that putter with a bead on it,” and many other similar statements.
Paul Mcbeth I am not, but I do ok for a heavy mid-30’s guy. While my first tournament is in about three weeks, it is not my only motivation to practice. I want to get better at the sport. A practice basket for home use is in the plan, but until then, I have to hit the one at the local courses when I can. The main thing is that I am practicing my putting form, not to putt with the Prodigy PA4. Which one are you practicing, your form or your discs?