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Overstable putters are dependable in any weather conditions and are one of the most popular types of putters used by professional players.
When searching for putters, they typically come with one rule of thumb: “whatever feels best to you” is the best putter. More often than not, you’ll want to throw the disc that feels incredible. You most likely won’t be reaching for the disc that feels uncomfortable in your hand. When it comes to putters, there’s a wide variety of features to take into account: the plastic type, stability rating, rim depth and shape, bead (or lack thereof), etc.
We’re going to be focusing on overstable putters. While putters are typically considered the most beginner friendly due to their slow speed and great glide, overstable putters are typically strategically utilized more by intermediate and advanced players. You may see lots of advanced players prefer their overstable putters in premium plastic, for example, as it tends to make the mold a bit more overstable and hold its flight path for longer.
When you think of putters, you might just of using them for putting only. But as your game matures, you’ll realize that putters are extremely versatile (much more than they’re usually given credit for.) Putters are often classified as “putt and approach” because of their popularity for making those delicate upshots that can make or break your game.
For example, the Discraft Luna (3, 3, 0, 3) is a super popular putting putter. At first glance, the flight ratings show that this disc is overstable. And it is- for longer putts, that is. But for shorter distances, the Luna can be relied on to fly laser straight. It’s precisely this versatility that makes overstable putters (at least, in the right hands like Paul McBeth’s) a staple in many bags.
Depending on the type of putter you use, as well as a variety of other factors, these accurate, slow-flying discs will help shave strokes off your game. You can use them for any longer shot that requires a lot of fade, or for those short distances to the basket where accuracy is of the utmost importance. They’re also utilized when weather conditions are especially windy, or if the player is facing a gnarly headwind.
Another instance in which an overstable putter would come in handy would be if you’re facing a shot that’s shorter in distance than what would normally call for an overstable midrange. Forehand dominant players also tend to use overstable putters due to the disc’s predictable fade and ability to handle some torque.
That being said, an overstable putter is an absolute must when it comes to parking yourself as close to the basket as possible, as these discs are relied on to not skip and find the ground quickly. Knowing your game and what you’re missing in your bag will help guide you figure out which kind of overstable putter you need.