Westside Discs Harp Review

Westside Discs Harp Putter

The Westside Discs Harp is here to tune in your approach game and help you string up some birdies.

Manufacturer’s Notes

“The Harp is our most reliable approach disc. Designed to withstand and type of conditions. It will hold in the wind. In our BT Soft plastic the Harp is very flexible and feels great in your hand. Use the soft in cold weather and it will still have that soft feel. Use the BT stiff in the summer and it will still hold its shape. For professional players this could be there only approach disc they will need to carry as it can hold anyone’s arm speed and still hyzer. For slower arms it will be your most over stable approach disc. Westside Harp is a PDGA approved disc. “

http://www.westside.fi/putters/harp

Available plastics: BT Hard, BT Medium, BT Soft, VIP, Tournament

Flight Rating: 4 speed, 3 glide, 0 turn, 3 fade

Initial Reactions

The harp comes equipped with a nice flat top and comfortable grip.  It looks and feels very similar to the Dynamic Discs Suspect.  This specific mold is in the BT Medium plastic, just like the Shield we reviewed previously.

Westside Discs Harp Profile

 

By the Numbers

Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf

 

Putting Notes

Westside Discs describes the Harp as an approach disc, but I have tried it out as a putter in the circle as well.  Even shorter putts dump to the left very quickly.  With enough practice, I was able to find a nice hyzer putting line.  The disc releases consistently and feels a little like the Swan 1 Reborn.  With low glide and overstable tendencies, the Harp tends to sit still on missed putts and works very well against a heavy headwind.  Those properties don’t make it a good option for turbo putting however.  I haven’t experienced any crazy rollaways, but that may be the BT Medium plastic allowing some flex to the disc when it lands on edge.

 

Upshots

This disc is made for upshots and approaches!  Throws from 100′ consistently fade left and land softly with minimal skip.  Need a short hyzer bomb? grab the Westside Discs Harp and throw it high.  Anhyzers quickly flex back and fade left, but you’ll see some additional distance and a straighter line overall.  I was able to put some decent power into a flick and the Harp responded with a nice straight but slow line.

From the tee, the Harp allows for full power throws similar to the Prodicus Jokeri and the Kastaplast Berg.  I’m comfortable throwing the Westside Discs Harp with a decent amount of power; it yields a nice 200-220′ result that always finishes left.

Putting uphill with the Westside Harp
Approaching a basket on a hill like this often takes precision. Matching the disc’s landing with the shape of the ground is difficult, but the Harp made this shot easier for me.

 

Final Verdict

So far, I’m going to keep the Harp in my bag and let it battle with the Discmania P3 for my overstable approach disc.  I believe the choice between the two discs comes down to a few simple features.  If you desire a mid-range feel that will allow for some skip lines you’ll choose the P3.  If you prefer a putter feel and want a more consistent landing, the Harp will be your choice.  That said, the Dynamic Discs Suspect is very similar to the Harp too.

 

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2 thoughts on “Westside Discs Harp Review

  • July 11, 2016 at 8:49 am
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    At least here in Finland Harp is also available in VIP and Tournament plastics

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    • July 11, 2016 at 10:56 am
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      Thanks Kimmo, you are correct and I have updated the review.

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