Disc Golf | Push Putt vs. Spin Putt with Eric McCabe
How to Push Putt in Disc Golf
Putting is one of the most important aspects of disc golf. Consistent putting can separate great players from good players. The push putt style of putting allows the thrower to be accurate and consistent. It is a simple putting style that minimizes the amount of moving parts on the body. In this article, you'll walk through the entire process of putting, specifically using the push putt style.
Preparing Before the Throw
Identify how far away you are from the basket.Take note of whether you are inside the "putting circle" or not. The putting circle is within 10 meters of the basket.
Identify the direction and velocity of the wind.The wind will affect your disc while it is in the air. In general, the following are true:
- A tailwind will push your putt down.
- A headwind will will make your putt rise.
- A crosswind will push the disc in the direction of the wind.
Choose your disc.If you have multiple putters, you should take the previous two steps into account when choosing which one to throw. For the majority of your putts, you should use a stiff putter that you are comfortable throwing.
Mastering the Grip
Place your index finger so the knuckle closest to your finger tip is resting on the bottom of the rim of the disc.
Keep your thumb pressed on the top of the disc.
Place the rest of your fingers where you feel they are most comfortable.You will be pushing the disc with your palm when you throw, so you just want to make sure the back of your grip is firm.
Mastering the Stance
Face the basket.
Place your dominant foot ahead of the other, so it is closer to the basket.Your dominant foot is the foot on the same side as the arm you throw with. Your feet should be about shoulder length apart.
Point your forward foot towards the basket, but slightly turned toward your opposite foot.
Place your back foot so that you could draw a line from the basket, through the ball of your front foot to your back heel.Your back foot should be on similar angle to your front foot.
Make sure your knees are bent and you are balanced.
Bring the disc out in front of you with your arm out, about chest level.This is where you will be releasing the disc. The orientation of the disc as it leaves your hand will determine how it will fly. For a push putt, you want to release the disc slightly nose up, to make sure you get the disc to the basket. Your wrist should be slightly bent to be in line with your feet.
With your arm extended, bring the disc down to your front thigh.
Shift your weight backwards.All of your weight should be on your back leg while your front leg is straight with the knee locked and your toe off the ground.
While raising your extended arm to the release point, push off of your back foot and move your weight back onto your front foot.As your arm raises, your back leg should lift off the ground.
Release the disc when your weight is fully forward.The momentum needed to get the disc to the basket is going to be created from timing the movements correctly. You want to aggregate the energy from you lower and upper body into the exact moment you release the disc. You will get a minimal amount of energy from your wrist as it moves back to a straight position on release.
Following Through After the Throw
If you made the putt, good job!Quickly collect your disc from the basket so the next person can throw.
If you missed, try to identify what went wrong.Don't dwell on it, but make a point of it, so you can throw better on the next try.
Continue practicing.It may feel like an unnatural technique, but the push putt style will enable you to be a consistent putter.
- If the disc is wobbling on the way to the basket, look at your grip. You are probably are gripping the disc too tightly with your index finger and thumb. You want your grip to be loose in front, so your fingers do not get caught on the disc during release.
Video: Disc Golf putting clinic by David Feldberg (2011)
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