Westside Discs Swan 1 Reborn Review

Westside Discs Swan 1 Reborn

The Swan 1 Reborn is our first review of a Westside Discs putter.  This re-release of the understable putter brings high hopes to fans of the original Swan 1.

Manufacturer’s Notes

“The Swan 1 was our original putter and it would fly straight for anyone right of the shelf. Since we had such good feedback we decided to produce the Swan 2, the exact same feel as a Swan with a better flight. The Swan 2 holds the line a little better and can be used in the wind with success. The Swan 1 was designed to give lower arm speeds a straighter putting line, the Swan 2 will give all players that long straight putt they have been looking for on the course. Westside Swan 1 Reborn is a PDGA approved disc.”

http://www.westside.fi/putters/swan1

Available plastics: BT Soft, BT Medium, BT Hard

Flight Rating: 3 speed, 3 glide, -1 turn, 0 fade

Initial Reactions

With a hard plastic and shallow rim, the BT Hard Swan 1 Reborn feels great in my hand.  The bead is not noticeable and the plastic feels a little tacky.

Westside Discs Swan 1 Reborn Profile

By the Numbers

Flight chart courtesy of inbounds Disc Golf

 

Putting Notes

I’ve never thrown a Swan 1, but the Swan 1 Reborn feels great.  Inside the circle, the putter performs well for push putting and spin putting.  Even at the 30 foot mark, I can pick a straight line. I consistently achieve a perfect release and the Swan takes a nice flight.
 
For longer putts and jump putts, the Westside Discs Swan 1 does not disappoint.  Obviously the longer distance requires aiming to the right to accommodate the natural fade.  I was able to throw several nice jump putts at the 80 to 90 foot mark.  The Swan 1 has a perfect amount of glide, forcing the disc to the ground instead of sailing past the basket.
 
This is an understable putter indeed.  Keep that in mind if you are putting with the Swan 1 on a windy day.  It works well with a tailwind and ok with a right to left wind, but the disc will lift away if the wind has a chance to catch underneath the flight plate.
 

Upshots

Give the Swan 1 a nice smooth throw and you’ll see a clean, understable flight, with a smooth landing.  Too much power, though, and the Swan 1 will drive to the ground.  It doesn’t handle a forceful forehand shot either, but an occasional easy flick will work just fine.  As with other discs molded in a firm plastic, there is a little risk of rollaways on missed shots.  A softer version of the disc would mitigate this risk.

Final Verdict

Westside Discs calls the Swan 1 a straight putter and I don’t disagree.  This disc has replaced the Innova Colt, which has already broken down too much for me.  The Swan 1 performs similarly to the Colt at long distances and approaches, but is more consistent and also works for the occasional anhyzer putt.  Understable from the tee and straight flying approaches moves the Swan 1 Reborn into my bag.
 
Do you want a putter that flies straight at 50-100 feet?  Do you need a turnover approach disc?  Do you want to to bag one of the best understable disc golf putters available?  If so, give the Swan 1 a try.

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