Just the Tip – Putters Aren’t Just For Putting

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Last week, I wrote a post about learning to throw from a stand still.  Specifically, the recommendation was to learn to do it with your putter.  You’ve heard me recommend this plenty of times before, but it can’t be stressed enough.  Learning to throw a putter off the tee and for upshots is one of the fundamental skills to master in disc golf.

First, if you can’t throw a putter very far it means your form is off.  You can mask it by throwing super over stable discs and never get very good, or you can take the time and learn to throw on plane and correctly.  Almost every top pro that has addressed the topic recommends taking some dedicated time and learning to throw putters.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but the simplest is that it teaches you to throw smoothly and cleanly without rolling your wrist over.  I could write one of my normal 1000+ word posts extolling the virtues of throwing with a putter, but I won’t.  If you’ve played disc golf for more than a couple of months, you’ve already heard it anyway.  The question is, why haven’t you done it yet?

If you don’t want to listen to me, listen to Simon:


While you are here, allow me to throw the Mind Body Disc newsletter into your email box once a week too!  I promise not to roll my wrist when doing it!

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2 thoughts on “Just the Tip – Putters Aren’t Just For Putting”

  1. So in learning to drive with a putter, what grip do you use, the fan, power, Climo’s fork?

    • Hey Steve,

      I use the same grip for every throw except putting. It’s a modified fan/power grip that I learned in a clinic with Feldberg and Jenkins a little over 10 years ago. I would use whatever grip you use with other discs. The idea is to take the lessons the putter teaches you and transfer them to your other discs. That’s easier to do if you use the same grip in both places. Hope that helps!

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