What is the best disc golf putter for beginners? These are the top putters for a new disc golfer to try.
- Discraft Challenger
- Innova Aviar
- Black Zombie Chainsaw
- Dynamic Discs Warden
- Westside Swan 1 Reborn
- MVP Atom
- Latitude 64 Pure
Why Are These Disc Golf Putters For Beginners?
We’ve tested each of these putters extensively and found they have characteristics that we believe are beneficial for new disc golfers.
Most beginning disc golfers benefit from high glide putters that allow them to focus on their putting form instead of generating power. These beginner disc golf putters also show flight characteristics that are mostly stable (straight) to slightly understable (turn right when thrown right-hand back-hand). Overstable putters (fade left when thrown right-hand back-hand) can give new disc golfers difficulty, but putters that are severely understable can result in developing bad putting habits and may slow progress.
Just to be clear, there are many other putters that will work great for beginners, but these are the putters that we most commonly recommend to new disc golfers based on their preferences. And just for the record, these putters are not exclusively for beginners, they work great for advanced disc golfers also.
Beginner Friendly Disc Golf Putters
There are specific reasons why we commonly recommend this list as the best beginner disc golf putters. Read on to learn what makes each putter a great choice for a beginner.
The Discraft Challenger is slightly more overstable than the other putters on this list. However, it is a slow speed with high glide and extremely workable. It should feel comfortable for most putting styles and feels like a traditional putter with the blunt nose.
The Innova Aviar is one of the most popular putters made and is often the first recommendation for a beginning disc golfer. This is one of the most versatile discs available and it comes in many variations to suit your evolving putting style. The Aviar is the quintessential disc golf putter.
Black Zombie Chainsaw
The Black Zombie Chainsaw is not very well known, which is unfortunate because it is a wonderful disc. It has the top flight plate of a Gateway Wizard, but it is straighter and doesn’t fade as hard. The Chainsaw still has just as much glide as the Wizard, but it’s much easier to shape your lines. It’s also a faster putter than most on this list which makes it a great option to use as a driving putter.
Dynamic Discs Warden
The Dynamic Discs Warden is a fairly straight putter with incredible glide. This allows a beginner to easily toss it toward the basket with little effort. The high glide of the Warden also give it finesse so you will be able to bend the flight path in ways other putters won’t allow. The Warden is also not considered understable which may give it extra consistency which makes for a great beginning disc golf putter.
Westside Swan 1 Reborn
The Swan 1 Reborn is the most understable putter on this list. It’s perfect for a beginner that doesn’t have much power. Since it is available in multiple different plastic options, the Swan 1 Reborn fits well for both spin and push putters. As the beginner player matures this disc becomes a go to option for longer putts.
The MVP Discs Atom is one of the straightest discs we’ve ever thrown. Even better, the Atom also has high glide and it is often difficult to find a high glide putter that is straight. The Atom uses MVP’s overmold technology giving it a great feel and the added benefit of the overmold’s gyroscopic effect. The Atom is also a smaller diameter putter than most putters which often feels more comfortable as a beginning disc golf putter.
Latitude 64 Pure
This is another extremely high glide putter. The Latitude 64 Pure is known for finesse and ability to find any line. It’s a beadless putter with a flat top and low profile so it fits comfortably in many disc golfer’s hands. The Pure has just a little more fade than the Atom which can add confidence to a longer putt.
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The RMP Discs Tui has a flight that resembles its stamp; intricate, beautiful and precise. RPM discs has been manufacturing discs for many years but has only recently begun selling them mainstream. The Tui is their first putter and fills many needs on the disc golf course.
RPM Discs has been molding discs in New Zealand for over 20 years, but have only recently started promoting their product to other countries. Their newest putter, the Ruru, might be the best putter you haven’t heard of yet.
Discraft recently sent us a Z FLX Thrasher to review and compare to the original Elite Z Thrasher. If you haven’t read our Elize Z Thrasher review yet then I’d strongly recommend you read that first here: http://dgputtheads.com/discraft-thrasher-driver-review
Here’s what Discraft says about their Thrasher: http://www.discraft.com/prod_thrasher_z.html
As you would expect, the Z FLX Thrasher has the same feel and all of the outstanding traits of the Elite Z Thrasher, but there are a few significant differences. The Z FLX Thrasher is extremely gummy. Some Z FLX molds, such as the Undertaker, are only moderately softer, but the Thrasher in Z FLX is gummier than most other Z FLX molds I’ve thrown. This does have advantages such as an incredibly smooth release, very little bounce and greatly reduced roll. But the disadvantages include lower torque resistance and a slightly less consistent release when using a power grip. Although, I noticed that throws with a fan grip were still consistent. Keep in mind that in cold temperatures the plastic will condense and will not be nearly as gummy.
The Z FLX Thrasher is noticeably more understable than its Elite Z counterpart. In warm weather this was difficult because the Thrasher mold is already quite understable. The Z FLX Thrasher turned too much for me to comfortably control on most throws over 75% even when dropping the angle. This turn is more controllable with a fan grip as I mentioned above, but it still turns fairly heavily. In temperatures below 40 the turn was more controllable and dropping below 30 the Z FLX plastic condensed nicely and the disc performed much better. I didn’t notice any difference in how the different plastics handled the wind, so the Z FLX Thrasher should be a great winter option.
I found that the Z FLX Thrasher has just as much glide as the original mold, maybe even more. With approximately 50% power I can easily throw this driver 325-330 feet. I also found that the malleable plastic allowed me to throw extremely controlled rollers. The roll was reduced so I didn’t have as much distance on my roller shots, but the roll was pure to its path and didn’t bounce out of control.
In the Elite Z Thrasher review we mentioned that there are many uses for this mold for a variety of players. I feel that the Z FLX Thrasher is more of a niche disc and when used properly it will hold high value. It should be an excellent for beginners looking for effortless distance and will be a good cold weather option for more experienced players who bag a Z Thrasher in warmer months.
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The Element Discs’ Plutonium is the second putter released in their line and is the more conventional of the two. This stable putter loves a straight flight and should bode well for any putting style and any level of disc golf experience. Element Discs recently sent us a Plutonium to review and I was quite impressed!
Continuing their current trend of designing easier-to-throw discs, Discraft has released the Thrasher. This high-speed understable disc also resists a full flip, meaning you can power it up and watch it fly.