What the pros throw: Putt and Approach

What the pros throw: Putt and Approach

Hey Ledgestone fans! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to throw what the pros throw? At worst, wouldn’t it be nice to know why and when they throw what they throw so you can learn how to replicate it?

We’ve heard your burning questions and we’d like to help.

We listened closely to Team Discraft to get the best insights into why the pros bag the specific discs that they do. And now we’ve compiled their answers into a succinct database for you to refer back to when choosing your next game-changing disc selection from shopledgestone.com.

Let’s take a closer look at some putt and approach discs.

Why should you throw a Discraft Zone?

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The Zone is Discraft’s most popular approach disc. Good for both forehands and backhands, this extremely overstable mold can handle significant torque and always provides a reliable finish to its flight, no matter the angle.

You have to have Zones. I bag both the Z Zone and the Jawbreaker Zone. The Z Zone is pretty overstable, so it always has a good, little, dumpy finish. The Jawbreaker Zone is nice and straight. I don’t even have to throw it that hard and it will go really, really straight. It has been nice for those slower forehand approach shots and tunnel shots that are under 250 feet.” 

- Holyn Handley

Why should you throw a Discraft Luna?

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The Luna was the first disc designed with, and for, Paul McBeth upon his arrival to Discraft in 2018. It has flourished alongside the popularity and success of the 6-time World Champion and has become one of the most used putters on the planet. The Luna’s beadless rim, limited glide, and overstability inspire confidence in both high-speed and low-speed arms. The overstability makes the Luna a popular choice for a throwing putter as well.

“I can really rip it into the wind if I need to, or I can actually get a long flex out of it if I need to go over water and it'll finish back toward the basket. I use the Luna for all types of shots and distances. It's my putting putter, but I use [other plastics] mainly for upshots and drives. One of my favorite things about the Luna is how it feels in my hand. It has a rounded shape to it so it comfortably fits in my fingers and it's very controllable. The Luna is made for everyone. Anyone from beginners to touring pros can throw the Luna. It was the first disc in my lineup because of that fact.”

- Paul McBeth

Why should you throw a Discraft Challenger?

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The Challenger is a beaded, slightly overstable putter with a deep rim. The smooth, rounded rim gives the disc a comfortable feel in the hand while the flat flight plate allows for an easy release. 

“This is my main putting putter. I love it for the feel. It's very stiff and comfortable in the hand. I use my [CT Challenger] when I'm in the circle and at about 40 feet. I also have a more understable, regular Challenger that I've had for a long time and it's more worn-in. I use it for longer distance putts and sometimes shorter upshots, sometimes up to 100 feet.”

- Paul Ulibarri

Why should you throw a Discraft Challenger OS?

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The Challenger OS is a beaded, overstable putter with a deep rim. The OS’s flatter flight plate adds to the stability of the regular Challenger mold. Even as a 2-speed disc, the Challenger OS is known for its resistance to high-speed turn, filling the gap between Ringers/Zones and the rest of Discraft’s putter lineup.

Even after it’s beat in, it’s really good in the wind. It is really a nice disc to hold a consistent line. It doesn’t like to flip like the normal Challenger does when there’s a really strong wind.” 

- Corey Ellis

Why should you throw a Discraft Roach?

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The Roach is a neutral stability putter with a beadless rim known for its comfortable feel in the hand and its glide while in flight. It first appeared as the 2015 Discraft Ace Race prototype.

This one I use for soft, little approaches if I’m in a tight hallway and I still want to comfortably throw on a hyzer. It will pop up straight and hold. It’s also my main putting putter. I’m a spin putter, so I like that it’s beadless and has a clean release off the fingers. It’s a point and shoot-type putter. Wherever you aim it, it’s going to carry that straight line. I love the Jawbreaker plastic (for putting) because it's soft and a little malleable, but not too flimsy.” 

- Vanessa Van Dyken

Why should you throw a Discraft Focus?

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The Focus is a large-beaded, slightly overstable putter. The soft fade gives the Focus predictability on the green while the rounded rim and domed flight plate catch chains.

I’ve been putting with the Focus ever since I switched to Discraft. It has been really good for me. They have the bead and the rounded edge and they’ve just been going in for me. I’ve used the CT and the Putter Line hard plastic in the past and now I’m using my Signature Blend.” 

- Adam Hammes

Why should you throw a Discraft Banger GT?

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The Banger GT is a fairly low-profile, beaded putter with a unique groove top providing natural thumb placement for any player’s grip. It has a straight flight with an overstable finish and remains a favorite for approach shots and arcing, hyzer-style putts.

The thumb grip feels nice for me. It’s really nice to throw and it’s very, very straight. It doesn’t get a whole lot of turn to the left or to the right, unless you put your wrist on an angle to show it that, but it’s really true to its flight and goes exactly where you point it.” 

- Paige Pierce

Why should you throw a Discraft Fierce?

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The Fierce is an understable putter with a beadless rim and strong glide. It is a popular choice for long putter throws, short approaches, and putting. This putter was designed specifically for Paige Pierce upon her return to Discraft at the end of 2019.

It makes me smile every time I grab it. It flies so well. The Fierce is pretty comparable to the Banger GT, but it’s a little bit more understable at the end of its flight. If you throw it as hard as the Banger GT, it’s going to get a little more turn to it. It’s super glidey and I love this disc for approaching.” 

- Paige Pierce

Blog by: Jacob Arvidson

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