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I've been plating disc golf for about 3 years now, and I've finally gotten the hang of my driving and approach part of the game, but I've always felt uncertain about my putting part of the game. For example, my brother plays like once a month and he's a better putter than me, but I always beat him by 15-20 strokes because my drives are around 400-450' while his are at 250-300' max.
Anyway, that's not really my point; I'm posting here because I need advice on putters.
I've been through a lot of putters over my years, and I've never really found that one putter out there that's right for me. Drivers. mids, approaches are pretty much settled now, but not putters for actual putting.
I'll try to remember all the putters I've gone through and tested but did not really like and why:
Latitude 64 Zero Spike - great grip, nice and shallow, but too flippy. Sort of just comes out wrong out of my hand.
Aerobie Sharpshooter #3 - it's a weird disc, I know, but it's really grippy and very shallow. This has been my go-to-putter for a long time, but the reason why I've never really settled on it is because it's just too darn overstable. It's a beast, so nothing outside of 30' will go consitently at the basket. Very nice for forehand approaches, though, so it stays in my bag anyway. I either have to throw it crazy hard for it to maintain straight or predict a fade at the end. Which I'm not too fond of, because it has the most insane low speed fade ever. It just plummets after it's lost it's speed.
MVP Proton Ion - a nice disc, really, but I've never really gotten the hang of it. The soft ones are nice and grippy, but the medium ones, which I used for a long time, are just too slick to get a confident feel for. It is a nice disc, but I've never really gotten the hang of this disc. It can go left, right or straight in.
MVP Proton Anode - I really like the MVP discs, but with this, as with the Ion, there's something that just doesn't feel right. I have this in the medium version which, with the Ion, is just too slick to the feel. But I really like the way it flies. I might go for a soft one of these.
Innova Dart - tried this in Star and R-Pro. It's just too deep for me, althoug the R-Pro has a really good grip. I still keep it my bag for longer approaches or short hole drives.
Innova Aviar - I've never really gotten what all the fuss is about. I've never liked this disc. It's too deep and too slick to get a comfortable feel. I know a lot of my mates use this, but this is a disc I'll never get the hang on, and after trying for too long, I've just given it up.
I've tried a few others as well. but nothing worth mention more by name, really. Innova Polecat, Vibram Sole, Vibram Ridge and innova Rhyno.
So I guess some of you might think there's something wrong with my form, and I'm open to that, but the most important thing for me when choosing a disc is how it feels in my hand. That applies for drivers and mids as well. I have an Echo Star Roadrunner which is my go-to-disc for the moment, mainly because it feels really good in my hand. That gives confidence and helps for a cleaner release. I can throw that thing about 400' simply for the fact that it feels right in my hand.
So if any of you have any suggestions on putters that are shallow, grippy and somewhat neutral in flight, then please share! I've been looking at the Discraft Banger GT, but I've spent a lot of money on discs that I don't use, so I'll ask here for advice before I buy every single disc the world has ever produces for that one true disc that feels right for me :)
I use the rhyno alot.. a friend of mine just got a discraft banger GT soft and damn I want to buy one now.. it feels amazing.
my go to putter and shorter upshot disc is the Gateway Magic. its become my favorite putter. its actually the only disc i have 4 of. (same weight and plastic)
Discraft doesn't make a Zero Spike..but Latitude 64 did..
You are absolutely correct. I knew that, but I guess the sneaky little voices in my head convinced me otherwise :)
check this out and just find one that fits in the hand.http://vimeo.com/19847946
I use a soft banger gt.....love it !
Try a DX TeeBird. Sounds like just what you need.
Putting isn't so much about the disc as it is about confidence and follow through. I also don't buy into the whole "grippy" thing. A disc that stays in is a disc that was put on target. I have seen plenty of soft putters spit out.
Check out the link 4 posts up...
Yes, but here they see it. The link does not work directly on my PowerBook.
Have to drag it to the menu bar. This way you go directly to it.
A habit to make it easier.
I really like my Yeti Pro Aviar its got a nice "low pro" feeling to it, it was the first putter that ever felt right in my hands so I would check that out perhaps. I also really like the Gateway putters as well, and there Voodoo has a very nice feeling to it as well.