Discraft Magnet Review: Pro-D Plastic

I am admittedly somewhat obsessive about putters. No matter which one I am throwing during a given month, I always need to throw more in my quest for the perfect putter. While I'm not sure there is such a thing, my latest purchase was the Discraft Magnet.

The Magnet is Discraft's version of the Innova Aviar: a go-to putter for any situation. The magnet has a higher than normal profile and is available in either soft or more firm plastic. Unlike some similar "soft" discs, the soft version of the magnet really is soft! You can bend it very easily (think rubber) and it sticks to the chains quite nicely ...like a magnet...get it?

Whether you throw the soft or regular magnet, you will find the disc is slightly overstable, especially during low speed fade.  However, when thrown with some authority it will hold a very straight line. As a result the magnet (especially the more firm version) makes a very nice approach disc for those with bigger arms.

Whether you are putting from inside 25' or approaching the target from 100' out, the magnet will give you a stable flight path that you can depend on. For those of us on the Discraft side of the age-old debate, the magnet is a stand-by putter for a reason.

Discraft Rattler Review – An Old School Putter

If you get the opportunity to pick up a Discraft Rattler Putt and Approach Disc you will quickly realize it is unlike any other golf disc in your bag because it actually feels like an old-fashioned "Frisbee". Its deep groove and thin outer edge will bring back memories of throwing discs at the beach or playing ultimate. Make no mistake though...this disc is designed for long approach putts.

The Discraft Rattler Putter is specifically designed to fly straight and quickly fall to the ground after it hits the peak of its flight. How could this be useful? Well...imagine you are about 100ft away from the basket. Sure...you could throw your mid range (like a Buzz or Meteor) and hope you don't overthrow. You could also throw the same mid range disc at 50% power. However, we all know decreased throwing power can cause your disc to hyzer or anhyzer prematurely.  The Discraft Rattler is designed for long putts such as these. Ideally, the Rattler is supposed to arrive near the basket then drop within feet of the chains.  Where some putters with more glide may overshoot the basket, the Rattler will provide you with an easy 2-putt (assuming you do not make the long putt).

I used my Rattler at the Rockburn Disc Golf Course in Howard County, MD a few days ago.  It flew just as advertised. The disc reminded me of a hovercraft as it floated towards the basket.  The flight was extremely slow, but also very true.  It took some getting used to, but eventually I became very comfortable throwing the Rattler both inside and outside the putting circle. Seeing this disc's unusual flight characteristics might just be worth the price of admission (about $8 MSRP).

Overall, will this disc replace your current favorite putter? Probably not. Could it be a great situational putter? Absolutely. I will definitely find a use for this disc in my bag,  especially on longer putts where overshooting is not an option (around water hazards, dense forest). I recommend that you pick one up and try it out (especially at its inexpensive price tag)...you just might find the Discraft Rattler a useful addition to your bag too.

The Good:

  • Very straight flight path
  • Predicable on long putts
  • Will not overshoot your target

The Not So Good:

  • Can not be given a hyzer or anhyzer easily