The 13 Best Disc Golf Putters For Beginners

by Denis Flaschner, Professional | PDGA #49081

Best Beginner Disc Golf Putters

Watching a perfect drive land on the green is a beautiful thing. But an air-ball on the subsequent 20 foot putt can is quite possibly the worst feeling in disc golf. Without a confident putting stroke, an easy birdie can quickly devolve into a disastrous bogey.

For new players, mastering the subtle art of the putting game is the first step towards lower scores, and choosing the best disc for the job is a tough decision. In this article we'll break down the best disc golf putters for beginners.

If you don't have time to read our review, we recommend the Discmania D-Line P2 or MVP Electron Nomad as the best options for beginners.

What Makes A Putter Good For Beginners?

The best beginner disc golf putter will have the following characteristics:

  • Slow Speed Rating - Speed control is essential when tossing putts and approaches, and the putters on this list will all have a speed rating of 1 or 2.
  • Versatility - Beginners learning about the sport need a versatile putter to experiment and tinker with new shots and techniques.
  • Neutral Flight - Choosing a putter that is too overstable or understable may lead to developing bad habits that are difficult to correct, so the best putters for beginners will have neutral flight characteristics.

3 Things To Consider Before Buying A Putter

1. To Bead Or Not To bead?

The "bead" is a small ring of plastic that protrudes from the bottom of the rim of a disc. Since we use them for short finesse shots, the presence of a bead is more pronounced in putters. Some players like to rest their index finger against a bead, while others feel like the bead gets in the way and alters their grip.

Beaded Putter

In the image above you can see that the putter on the left has a bead, whereas the putter on the right is beadless.

2. Putter, Thrower Or Both?

Many beginners underestimate the range and utility of putters. While it's exciting to grab the faster and more aggressive disc for a 250ft drive, most new players would be better served by choosing the slow and reliable flight of the putter.

Your choice of putter should take into account how it flies off the tee just as much, if not more than how it will perform inside the 10 meter range. The best putters for beginners will be versatile enough to use on the green and off the tee.

3. Spin Putt Or Push Putt?

A player's personal putting style will have an effect on which mold is best for them. The two dominant forms of putting are the spin and the push putt, and the most basic difference between the two are as follows:

  • A spin putter has a more stable lower body and relies on an active horizontal wrist flicking motion to generate forward momentum on a laser straight flight path
  • A push putter utilizes a lower body weight shift while maintaining a stable wrist and vertical swinging arm motion to generate forward momentum (think of a slow pitch softball throw). This motion puts the disc on an arcing path that dives down into the chains.

There is no right or wrong putting technique, and both styles have their pros and cons. Generally, the fade rating of a putter will have a greater effect on push putts, while the speed and glide numbers will have more effect on spin putts.

Keep in mind these are all broad generalizations. The bottom line is getting the biscuit in the basket, by any means necessary. The following list of putters gives a wide variety of options for spinners, pushers, splushers, pitchers, turbo-ers, or whatever name you give your personal putting style.

Discmania P2

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm
  • Rim Width: 1.1cm

Popular Plastics

  • D-line Flex 2

Discmania P2 Putter

The P2 is one of the most popular putters for pros, but that doesn't mean a beginner should avoid giving it a try. A fantastic putter for tee shots, the P2 has overstable flight characteristics but isn't so beefy as to become a utility disc.

The P2 flies on big hyzers and flex shots at slow and controllable speeds. This putter holds remarkable distance potential, and could be a beginners key to unlocking the wonders of long putter shots.

For short putts, the P2 is a very reliable option. It is very stable at slow speeds, and will maintain a straight flight for aggressive spin putters and a consistent slight hyzer fade for push putters who like to see the disc dive into the basket.

Since moving production to Europe, Discmania has released the P2 in a new D-Line Flex 2 blend, available in our store now. This plastic has the comfortable feel of a base line plastic, but is durable enough to hold up to heavy use. Watch an excited Simon Lizotte unbox and test out this new run of P2's in this video: 

 

Innova Aviar

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 0.9cm

Popular Plastics

  • DX
  • Pro

Innova Aviar

The Aviar is quite simply the best selling and most thrown putter in the history of disc golf. A tentpole disc in the Innova empire, this classic putt and approach is a perfect introductory disc for any beginner. Great from tee to green, the Aviar is a perfectly neutral putter and one of the most versatile discs in the world.

The cheap and always available beadless DX version is a solid choice, but there are also several popular variations of Aviar:

  • KC Pro - this stiff beaded version sits deeper in the hand and flies more overstable off the tee
  • Yeti Pro - made with a slightly grippier plastic, the Yeti is a puddle-topped cousin of the KC Pro that has a slightly lower profile
  • JK Pro - a soft beaded Aviar made with soft and flexible plastic

This is just the tip of the iceberg in the Aviar world. There is probably an Aviar out there that is perfect for your personal style. We recommend starting with the Nexus Aviar, a version of the standard beadless Aviar made in a durable yet grippy plastic blend.

Discraft Roach

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 1.1cm

Popular plastics

  • Pro D
  • Big Z
  • Jawbreaker

Big Z Roach

Grab a Roach if you want a dead straight flying disc right out of the box. An extremely beginner friendly disc, this beadless and slightly understable putter is fantastic for beginners who need to learn hyzer flip and turnover approach lines. Within the circle it is a reliable option for all putting styles.

With a generous 4 rating, the Roach has incredible glide. This is especially helpful in increasing putting range into the 30ft - 60ft range. Where a more overstable putter will hyzer out and drop to the ground, the Roach gets more forward floating penetration towards the chains.

However, the Roach's floaty and understable characteristics make is less reliable in windy conditions.

We recommend trying out the Roach in the grippy yet durable Jawbreaker plastic blend available in our store now, but this popular putter is also produced in premium Big Z and cheap baseline Pro D plastic as well.

Check out our review of the 9 best Discraft putters.

Discraft Challenger

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.2cm
  • Diameter: 21.0cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm
  • Rim Width: 1.0cm

Popular plastics

  • Jawbreaker
  • Pro D
  • Titanium

Discraft Challenger Putter

The Challenger is a do-it-all putter that excels as an approach disc. It maintains enough stability absorb moderate power and still fly straight and finish with a gentle hyzer fade, making it a useful tool off the tee on shorter holes. In terms of hand feel, the Challenger has a relatively tall profile and deep rim. It does not have a bead.

A very popular mold, there are a wide variety of Challengers available in many different plastic blends. Discraft also offers variations on the Challenger, the "SS"(So Straight) and "OS" (Over Stable). This allows a newer player to fill out the putter slot in their bag with a variety of flight options with the same hand feel.

You can check out all of our Discraft discs here.

Discmania Link

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 1.0cm

Popular plastics

  • Exo Hard
  • Exo Soft

Discmania Link

The Link is a flat-topped stable putter. While it has a bead, its low profile and shallow rim keep it from feeling too deep in the hand. In comparison to Dismania's beadless P2 mold, the Link has a noticeably shallower rim, giving it a more comfortable grip for many players. Beginner players would be well advised to pair these two discs together to see what works best for them.

In terms of plastics, the Exo Soft blend will have a grippier texture that spin putters may appreciate, while the Exo Hard blend has that stiff and slick feel that will cleanly pop out of the hand for push putters. We have both the soft and hard versions available in the store now.

For beginners looking for a putter that can do it all, the Link is an excellent option.

Dynamic Discs Judge

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 1.1cm

Popular plastics

  • Classic
  • Prime
  • Lucid

 

 

The Judge is a beaded, low profile putter with similar qualities to the Link. However, the Judge is generally cheaper and more widely available. It also comes in a wider variety of plastics and has a longer history of success. Many players like the Judge because of its combination of a big bead and shallow rim.

The Judge is included in Dynamic's starter pack and is often recommended for beginners. Equally useful in the circle and off the tee pad, the Judge offers the kind of versatility every new player needs. It has exceptional glide and will get extra distance with less effort, a key quality for beginners who are learning how to throw finesse upshots.

Loft Hydrogen

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 1
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 0

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 0.7cm

Popular Plastics

  • Alpha Solid
  • Beta Solid

Loft Discs Hydrogen Putter

Loft is a new company in the disc golf world, and the Hydrogen is their inaugural release. This unique mold has a thin rim, a blunt edge and a flat top.

The design translates to a very slow and extremely straight flight with zero low speed fade. Release this putter soft and level and watch it float straight ahead before running out of steam and landing flat on the ground.

The Hydrogen is the best disc golf putter for beginners who have experience throwing a traditional catch frisbee. Former Ultimate players will find the Hydrogen's hand feel very familiar.

It is also a very safe choice, as its lack of hyzer fade will keep it from skipping or rolling away from the target. Both the firm Loft Alpha Hydrogen and gripper Beta Solid Hydrogen are available in our store now.

Gateway Wizard

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 2

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.1cm
  • Diameter: 21.0cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.8cm
  • Rim Width: 1.0cm

Popular plastics

  • Super Soft
  • Super Stupid Soft
  • Super Stupid Silly Soft

 

 

The versatile Wizard is far and away Gateway's most popular disc. A classic beaded putter, this disc has stood the test of time as a reliable option for players of all skill levels. Its deep rim gives a lot of space to grab ahold of.

Combine this with its slightly overstable flight and you have an excellent throwing putter that is also slow and steady enough to use on the green.

Perhaps the Wizard's most distinctive quality is its incredible amount of plastic options. In addition to the "soft" varieties, it has also been produced in Firm, Eraser, Hemp, Pure White, Special Blend, and on and on. With all these options, there is surely a blend that is perfect for your particular putting and throwing style, as you might want to use a stiffer blend off the tee and a softer option on the green.

MVP Nomad

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 1

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.0cm
  • Diameter: 21.2cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.4cm
  • Rim Width: 1.1cm

Popular plastics

  • Electron Firm
  • Electron Soft

MVP Nomad

Designed to the exact specifications of 2021 World Champion James Conrad, the Nomad is a great introduction to the MVP line of putters. Conrad has long history of cashing putts from all distances, and he uses the Nomad for his distinctive step-through push-putting style.

View a detailed breakdown of his thought process when designing the Nomad in this video.

A shallow 1.4cm rim and small bead give this disc a sleek feel that will fit comfortably in any hand. With neutral flight numbers and a high glide rating, this putter is ideal for learning flat and straight drives and approach shots. MVP's base line Electron Firm Nomad and Electron Soft Nomad plastic blends are very affordable and available from our store.

Discraft Fierce

Flight Ratings

  • Speed: 3
  • Glide: 4
  • Turn: -2
  • Fade: 0

Dimensions

  • Height: 1.9cm
  • Diameter: 21.1cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 1.0cm

Popular Plastics

  • Jawbreaker
  • Z Line

Discraft Fierce

The only 3 speed on this list, the Fierce is a great beginner putter because of its high glide and extra turn. This beadless putter excels from 30ft and beyond. When other putters hyzer out early, the Fierce stays aloft and floating into the chains.

Designed by long putt assassin Paige Pierce, the Fierce has very forgiving flight characteristics that allow players to point and shoot. Its consistently understable flight path makes it a fantastic hyzer flip approach disc for low power players.

The Fierce is produced in a variety of plastics. The durable Metallic Z Fierce in is perfect for long putts and approaches, while the grippier Jawbreaker Rubber Fierce variety could be your all-around workhorse.

Innova Nova

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 2
  • Glide: 3
  • Turn: 0
  • Fade: 0

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.7cm
  • Diameter: 21.3cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.5cm
  • Rim Width: 1.1cm

Popular plastics

  • XT

The Nova is ideal for practicing clean and smooth throwing technique. The turn and fade of 0 indicate that the Nova is a perfectly neutral flyer. As such, it does not have enough stability to correct an errant release or absorb excess torque. This putter makes form issues immediately apparent, allowing a beginner to self-diagnose bad habits and correct their technique.

The Nova is designed with an "overmold," meaning the rim and flight plate are two separate plastics fused together. It also has a very tall and domey profile. These qualities give it a very unique hand feel that may take some getting used to.

Not many players utilize the Nova as their primary putter, and beginners looking for an everyday workhorse should try something else. But for aspiring pros who want to drill perfect fundamentals from day one, the Nova is an excellent teacher.

Innova Sonic

Flight ratings

  • Speed: 1
  • Glide: 2
  • Turn: -4
  • Fade: 0

Dimensions

  • Height: 2.3cm
  • Diameter: 21.6cm
  • Rim Depth: 1.6cm
  • Rim Width: 0.6cm

Popular plastics

  • DX

It's odd shape and flippy flight lead many players to dismiss the Sonic as a novelty more akin to a toy catch disc than a serious disc golf weapon. When Garrett Gurthie won the 2019 Master's Cup while using the Sonic as his primary putter, he proved that all wrong. The most important part of putting is comfort, and Gurthie's history of playing catch with the slow and floaty Sonic built his confidence up with the disc.

This disc simply will not fly on hyzer. Released at a steep angle, it will immediately flip up to flat and turn over. You really need to dial down the power to toss this disc, making it perfect for beginners and juniors who are brand new to disc sports. Advanced disc golfers may like keeping the Sonic in the bag for a game of pre-round catch.

Ready to shop? Check out all of our available disc golf putt & approach discs!

More Disc Reviews:

The Best Disc Golf Drivers For Beginners

Axiom Envy vs Nomad vs Atom

Discmania Link vs P2 Review

Discraft Comet vs Meteor vs Sol


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published