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Disc golf putting grips are a common topic, particularly among new players.
Grip refers to how you hold a disc when performing a shot.
There are different grips you can choose from, including:
- Stacked grip
- Split grip
- Modified power grip
- Fan grip
Each grip covers a different aspect of disc golf; hence why you should familiarize yourself with them to understand their strengths and drawbacks.
While each grip is excellent in its own merit, never compromise your comfort too much when holding a disc for the sake of using a specific grip.
Disc Golf Putting Grips: An overview
Forehand grips are very unconventional when it comes to putting, and most players naturally shy away from them.
However, with a little practice, you should be comfortable using the following forehand grips when putting.
The forehand stacked grip provides an excellent balance of accuracy and extra distance driving power.
If your playing style naturally leans towards forehand grips, then this should be an excellent all-round grip for you.
The stacked grip is stable and controllable enough without compromising your ability to add more power to your shots.
To perform this grip, begin by resting your thumb on the disc’s top flight plate.
Stack your index finger and middle finger on top of each other on the disc’s bottom flight plate and rest them on the inner lip.
Rest your ring finger and pinky on the outer lip for extra support.
Arguably, no other forehand grip provides more accuracy than the split grip.
It works more or less like the backhand fan grip by spreading the index finger and middle finger on the disc’s bottom plate for additional support and control.
If you feel more comfortable with forehand grips, then the split grip could be your go-to for approach shots that typically require more control.
This grip can be particularly useful when facing obstacles such as large bushes or trees that you have to get around.
With sufficient practice, the split grip can make your shots more controlled and accurate.
To perform this grip, begin by placing the disc between your thumb and the rest of the fingers.
Rest your thumb on the disc’s top side, while spreading out your index finger and middle finger on the disc’s bottom flight plate making a peace sign.
Your middle finger should rest along the disc’s inner lip while the pinky and ring fingers rest on the disc’s outer lip for additional support.
Most players naturally feel comfortable using backhand grips, whether for putting, fairway driving, mid-range shots or teeing off.
There are three backhand disc golf putting grips you can add to your arsenal of techniques to become a more versatile player.
Modified Power Grip
As the name suggests, this is the modified version of the backhand power grip.
You can use this hybrid grip to achieve a balance of accuracy, power and distance.
Unlike the power grip, the modified power grip will make you forego throwing distance in exchange for extra accuracy.
If you are like most players, then you will enjoy the additional control provided by this grip.
Besides putting, this grip is excellent for fairway drives and teeing off.
Also, if you feel comfortable enough, you can make this one of your alternative grips for midrange shots.
This grip has its share of similarities with the power grip, except for a few adjustments.
Begin by firmly holding the disc at the center of your palm.
Rest your thumb on the disc’s top flight plate while curling the rest of your fingers around the disc’s edge on the bottom flight plate.
Unlike the power grip, however, rest the fingers tucked around the disc’s edge on the inner lip while splaying them out slightly more.
This should provide your forefinger with enough space to wrap around the disc’s outer edge rather than tucking it under like the rest of the fingers.
This grip is the best when it comes to achieving high levels of control and accuracy.
However, to attain high levels of control and accuracy, you will have to sacrifice distance and power significantly.
That said, the fan grip should not be your go-to four long-range shots.
Instead, only use it for approach shots and putting that typically require a lot of control and accuracy.
To perform this grip, begin by holding the disc in the middle of your dominant hand and splay out all your fingers, except the thumb, while resting them on the disc’s bottom flight plate.
Rest your index finger along the outer edge of your disc for extra support.
The positioning of your index finger should provide you with extra control and accuracy compared to other grips.
Modified Fan Grip
This grip is a hybrid of the modified power grip and the fan grip.
It combines various aspects of these two grips to provide you with a relatively high degree of control and accuracy while allowing you to throw the disc with extra power for more distance.
Depending on your situation, you can also use this grip for approach shots, putting, fairway driving and mid-range shots.
The modified fan grip can quickly become your go-to for throwing putters due to the firm grip it allows on the disc and throwing midrange discs as well.
Begin this grip by curling your index finger and pinky around the edge of the disc while resting them on the inner lip.
Curl your middle finger and ring finger around the edge of the disc as well, but keep them slightly straighter and rest them on the bottom flight plate.
If done right, this should give you a firm grip of the disc for extra control without compromising power too much.
Change the position of your thumb relative to the forward angle you wish to achieve.
Generally, the closer your thumb is to the disc’s center, the higher your likelihood of releasing the disc nose up and vice versa.
How strongly you hold the disc varies depending on your choice of grip.
Ideally, you should hold the disc firmly for more power, spin, distance, control and accuracy.
Balance your grip pressure according to the results you seek to achieve.
However, never grip the disc too tightly to hurt your fingers or too loosely to wobble the disc during release.