Disc Golf Putting: Top 6 Tips to Improve Your Game
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:
Top 6 Disc Golf Putting Tips
#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
Think of a putt as pushing the disc forward toward the basket, rather than throwing it. The push will keep your throw straight and use the power generated by your weight shift (Tip #4).
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: PA3
- ABOUT THE PA-3 - The Prodigy 300 PA-3 is a laser straight flying putter which is great for all levels of players whether you are a beginner or a pro. It will even hold true in wind
- HOW IT FLIES - The Prodigy PA-3 is meant for those straight as an arrow drives or approach shots, and as the plastic beats in, it becomes a hyzer-flip to flat disc golf putter.
- ABOUT THE PLASTIC - The Prodigy 300 Plastic is a special blend of materials that is durable enough to take solid impact, but can be beaten in over time. It maintains its grip and great feel
- FLIGHT RATINGS - The PA-3 is rated at Speed 3 | Glide 4 | Turn 0 | Fade 1. This means that it is perfect whether you are throwing it off of the tee or using it for putting. It will fly laser straight
- COLOR & STAMP MAY VARY - Please be aware when purchasing the Prodigy 300 PA-3 that the disc color and color stamp will vary from disc to disc
Why the 300 PA3?
The PA3’s high wind-resistance and predictability have made the PA3 a top professional putter selection.
Additionally, the PA3 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.
The PA3 was optimized for use in the 170-174g weight class, and Prodigy’s 300 plastic was developed specifically for putters and midrange discs.
See the PA3’s full Flight Ratings Analysis and Reviews