Disc Golf Putting Rules

disc golf putting rule

New players must understand disc golf rules, especially putting rules, to avoid confusion.

In this article, we’ll explore the crucial rules of disc golf putting. Understanding these rules benefits players since putting is both fundamental and technical, underscoring its significance in disc golf.

Disc Golf Putting: The 10 Meter and Other Rules

Within 10 meters, PDGA rules classify throws as putts from the target base. Players must maintain balance to avoid a stance violation and penalty stroke.

To putt correctly according to the PDGA rulebook, familiarize yourself with the various putting rules it contains.

The Lie

In disc golf, your lie, per PDGA rules, is determined by leaving the disc where it landed or using a mini marker placed in front and at the edge of the disc, with the back of the mini-marker disc as your lie.

Your lie measures 20 cm by 30 cm, like a sheet of paper; ensure your planted foot lands within this area behind your mini marker or disc when throwing.

The Putting Stance

As per PDGA rules, one foot on the lie must not touch the ground in front of it during your throw and release, staying within the “sheet of paper” area behind the lie.

The 10 Meter Circle

The 10-meter circle around the basket is the putting area, extending 10 meters or less from the base of the basket, and you must demonstrate control to move towards the target. When putting, you cannot go beyond the rear edge of the marker disc without first displaying balance and control. Once you throw the putt, you cannot go past the rear of the marker disc until you show balance and control.

Past 10 meters, step beyond your marker disc, keeping one supporting point behind it and the other foot ahead, following the stance rule.

Putting Outside the 10-meter Circle

putting outside the 10-meter circle

Outside the 10-meter circle, you can fully leverage the rules to maximize power in three ways when putting.

Step Putt

In a step putt, one foot must stay behind the disc marker, and release the disc before the other foot lands; otherwise, it’s a violation with a stroke penalty.

The Jump Putt

In a jump putt, start with your stance, release the disc before leaving the ground, and land ahead of your lie, with both feet leaving the ground after the throw.

Modified Step Putt

In a modified step putt, keep your main supporting foot behind the marker disc and release the disc before your other foot lands.


Learning and understanding the disc golf putting rules is essential for all disc golf players. You must know the rules before performing a putt, as outlined in the rulebook. As you know, there are many things that you need to know if you want to putt by the rules.