The Dynamic Discs Guard is their deepest rimmed putter to date. Is this the protection you need to keep those bad putts away?
The marketing department at Dynamic Discs describes the guard as follows:
When you need a bit of extra glide to get your putter to the basket, look no further than the Guard. The Guard can handle some power, and it excels as a neutral flyer when used off the tee or for upshots. With a deeper profile and beadless rim, the Guard will help you protect against those dreaded low putts!
Available Plastics: Classic, Classic Blend
Flight Rating: 2, 5, 0, .5
Initial Reactions on the Guard
Deep. Pick up a Guard for the first time and you’ll likely say the same thing. You may also notice a different feeling on the bottom of the rim. It is hard to describe, but it has a unique contour.
Dynamic Discs Guard
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If you’ve been playing disc golf for a while, you know that a high glide putter is really fun to use for longer putts. From circle 2 and beyond, the Guard gives a little extra air-time to get to the basket. Play the wind correctly and you’ll be rewarded with a straight putt that travels further than expected. The floaty flight reminds me of the MVP Discs Atom we reviewed a while back.
I had a little trouble consistently releasing the Guard. This was especially evident inside circle 1 where my putting percentage saw a slight decline. I’m sure I could practice enough to release properly, but I don’t think this putter was designed for my average sized hands.
Upshots and Approaches
The “glide” feature of a disc is often misunderstood. I see it this way: a faster disc with less glide can travel a similar line as a slower disc with more glide. Less glide means less affected by the wind but also can result in more ground play. More glide means less effort needed to get distance and should allow for more overall consistency.
Approach shots with the Guard land very soft. The deep rim might even enhance this characteristic by slowing the disc down enough so it doesn’t skid much. Easy hyzer and anhyzer upshots are very possible with the Guard. Even longer anhyzer approaches work well, almost similar to a Gateway Wizard.
I’ve been working a lot on my sidearm/flick approach shots because I prefer to look at my target while throwing a shot requiring so much accuracy. The deeper rim on the Guard allows more room for my fingers than many other putters.
Latitude 64 Dagger – Similar feel although the Dagger has a bead, giving it a beefier feel in the hand. The Guard fades a little less but also seems to have a little less glide.
Dynamic Discs Warden – The Guard has more glide than the Warden but a similar flight path.
Discraft Roach – Again the Guard has more glide. The Roach has a little more fade.
Infinite Discs Myth – The Guard and Myth are similar with the Myth showing more fade.
Dynamic Discs Guard Final Verdict
My fingers aren’t long enough to get a comfortable grip on the Guard for putting. If you already know you prefer a deeper putter or you have longer fingers and are searching for a putter, the Guard is worth a try. It may even protect your bag from pesky intruders.
If you want to try one out for yourself, jump over to Infinite Discs and buy a Guard today.
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