Most disc golfers categorize their putting style as spin putting or push putting. Sometimes a player has a slight mix of styles and I’ve often described my putting style as a straddle spush putt. I’ve been thinking a lot lately and I believe the straddle putt stands alone as a putting style. Here’s my implementation of straddle putting.
One of the most common questions we get is “How do I get better at disc golf?”. The answer to this question is very simple, just throw; we must do in order to improve. But the person asking this question is usually looking for a deeper answer. The simple answer is correct but let’s dig into why.
Watch a round of disc golf at the local course or a professional tournament, and you’ll notice something very quickly: there are a lot of different putting styles! Spin, turbo, push, spush, walking, and list could go on. Each of those basic putting styles has seemingly unlimited possibilities and personalizations. Zoom out a little and you’ll notice that successful putters have a few basic similarities regardless of individual technique.
What is a disc golf stall shot? I’m always surprised by the number of times I’m asked that question when I describe my putt and approach game, but it seems that either the shot or the term is not as common as I had assumed. A stall shot is purposely throwing nose up so that your disc either rises drastically or catches enough air that it stalls early in in the flight path. While usually referred to as a stall shot, I’ve also heard it referred to as an air bounce because the putter appears to bounce off the air, a bounce putt, a loft shot, rise shot, or generically a nose-up shot. Read more
During one of my first rounds of disc golf in 2002 I lined up for my first disc golf putt with my index finger on the rim of my Discraft Elite Z Putt’r. My mentor, Matt, immediately corrected me and sternly stated, “Never putt with your finger on the rim!”. Matt never provided a compelling reason against using my index finger to support the putter, he only warned me that that it can cause unbalanced putts and suggested that many people carry this habit over from throwing ultimate discs or casual Frisbees.
So is it okay to put with your index finger on the rim of your disc golf putter? Read more
When I first started playing disc golf, I was terrible at putting. I used the typical wristy motion that almost all beginners attempt. I would miss way right of the basket, or way left if I forgot the natural path of the disc, or really long if I threw with decent enough form to create glide. As a result, my first several rounds involved laying up from 20′ and out. I was so scared to miss badly that I just went for a toss near the basket.
Then, I came across a video of a great clinic put on by Dave Feldberg. Read more
During lunch today I practiced putting in the heat by playing The Range disc golf putting game with a coworker. I made it through nearly 200 putts before my putters started floating errant. The sun and 85 degree heat had finally caused putting fatigue to set in and this was a prime putting practice opportunity. I was determined to keep up my putting form and focus during practice so it would come much easier while on the course. Read more
It’s indisputable that putting practice is essential for your disc golf game, but putting practice is sometimes monotonous and can become boring if you’re not the type of person who find this peaceful and meditative. So what can you do? Try different disc golf putting games! Here are a few putting games that DG PuttHeads recommend.