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Understable disc golf putters are great for beginners or anhyzer lines when you don't have a straight shot to the basket.
Understable putters are typically the first discs that beginner disc golfers encounter. These slow-flying discs are frequently used for scoring, throws covering short distances, and can also be used for approach shots (or upshots, as some people call them.) Newer players typically can throw putters up to and around 150ish feet, but a majority of advanced players and professionals will utilize these discs strategically as hyzer flip or turnover discs at longer distances.
When looking at a putter’s shape, they will have deeper rims than other discs, which makes them slower due to their not-so-streamlined body. The benefit of the putter’s rounded shape is that it makes the disc much better suited to landing softly as well as great at sticking to those chains. Putters will come with speed ratings ranging from 1 to 4, but when it comes to glide, turn, and fade ratings, there is a huge variety!
For example, an understable putter with a low speed and high glide rating will give you almost the feel of a midrange, which would make that particular disc a potential good choice for soft approaches that will land closer to the basket, rather than skipping past it.
So depending on how you plan on using your putter, the stability can affect the situation in (and out) of the circle. Understable putters won’t fade as much as their stable and overstable counterparts, and therefore will fly straighter (and longer). For short putting differences, this may not make much of a difference, but for a farther putting attempt (for anything over 50 feet, for example), it may.
Because understable putters are designed to ‘go right’ (when released flat with the correct amount of power) for those with slower arms, this disc will still go relatively straight. Understable putters are also great for beginners who are working on their spin putting game. Many disc golfers will bag several of their favorite molds in different plastics, such as base and premium, for the different situations that may call for a better grip or a slower approach that won’t skip on the ground (therefore preventing disc wear.)
That being said, when it comes to putting, most putters in general will fly in a similar fashion. The most important thing to remember when it comes to selecting a putter is comfort. Essentially, the best putter you have is the one you’re the most familiar with- and if you’ve ever thrown a putter that doesn’t feel incredible in your hand, you’re most likely not going to play with it too often.