It’s time to “nip it in the bud” and fix your long distance putting. Dynamic Discs brings us the Deputy via the 2017 Trilogy Challenge. Is this the putter that even Barney Fife could use?
“The Deputy commands disc golfers to cease the search for a reliable, understable putter. The Dynamic Discs Deputy has minimal fade at putting speeds and a gradual, consistent turn when thrown for drives and approaches. Spin putters will love its straight flight, and push putters will love its increased glide. The Deputy is the Dynamic Discs contribution to the 2017 Trilogy Challenge.”
Available plastics: Prime
Flight Rating: 3 speed, 4 glide, -1.5 turn, 0 fade
When the discs for the 2017 Trilogy Challenge were announced, I was excited to see the Deputy noted as an understable putter. I instantly assumed that this would be the Dynamic Discs version of the Westside Discs Swan 1 Reborn, especially since Team DD member Paige Pierce putts with a Swan.
After picking my Deputy, I immediately noticed how different this mold is from the Swan 1 Reborn. The new putter from Dynamic Discs is a little deeper and the nose feels a little bigger in the hand, though this is still on the shallow side. Look really close and you may also notice the microbead underneath (it’s hard to see in the photo).
By the Numbers
Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf
I thoroughly enjoyed putting with the Deputy. I had some concern that the understability would lead to too much glide, meaning missed putts continue to float past the basket. That wasn’t the case at all though. I tested the Deputy alongside the Judge and the Swan 1 Reborn and they all have similar glide. Up around the basket, the 2017 Trilogy Challenge putter is comfortable and easy to control. I had a lot of confidence putting with it inside the circle.
Unless you are a pro like Ricky Wysocki or Paul McBeth, you’ll probably make more putts from long range with an understable putter. Our putting stroke just doesn’t generate a consistent amount of power to be accurate at that range. That’s where a disc like the Deputy finds its niche. Just like the Swan 1, I was able to do some good work out to 100′ on a very usable line.
Being an understable putter, you may not want to rely on the Deputy in high headwinds but it makes a great tailwind putter.
The Deputy likes to ride a straight to turnover line as well as a soft anhyzer line. Shorter shots with reduced power will fly nice and straight. With enough practice this could become your favorite short approach disc.
When you add power, the Deputy responds with a great turnover flight. Straight for a little while but then a clean, turning line that ends significantly to the right. It reminds me a lot of a shorter flying version of the Gateway Shaman. I was actually surprised with how much power I can put into this disc – it seems fairly torque resistant.
Forcing the putter to move right on an anhyzer line works well as long as you add enough height. Otherwise you’ll lose too much distance as the putter turns into the ground. The same goes for a forehand – throw it high and let it turn over and glide to a finish.
As much The Dynamic Discs Deputy is a perfect companion for the Marshal. Both have a microbead and handle a decent amount of power. It also works well enough as a long-distance putter companion for any stable to overstable putter. All that said, I could see a lot of amateur players using the understable Deputy as a primary putter too.