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Started Jan 02, 2011

What do you need:

Watch the Mark Ellis Putting Confidence Program Video

Two putters.

A basket or Target to Putt at

about 30 minuets a day

Motivation/ Patience


Post every day that you did your putting so that you can track your progress and see others progress as well.  This is not my program I owe all credit to Discraft and Mark Ellis. 

Anyone is welcome to join me in this program


Mark's Assignments:

1.  Unbalanced.  The assignment is to work on balance by purposely placing yourself in unbalanced positions while you putt.  Think about where you naturally place your feet for a staggered or straddle putt and change your stance to uncomfortable positions.  I putted in my basement and used a bunch of props to create odd positions, chairs, stairs, ping pong table, skateboard, walls, etc.

  During a round you find yourself in many weird putting positions.  So in your practice you should recreate weird positions: under, over, around, stretching out, kneeling, etc.  This should be a regular part of putting practice anyway but tomorrow, focus on unbalanced positions

2.  STRADDLES.  Most players throw a straddle putt only when obstacles or the terrain require it.  When you straddle you need to square your body and shoulders as much as you can and focus on hitting the post.  So the line is critical.  Once you can hit the line, adjusting up or down is relatively easy.

 All good players need to be able to straddle putt with (almost) equal competence to a staggered putt.  That only happens with practice

3.  5th Putt.  In this game you will take 6 putts, keeping track of how many you make.  Pick a spot to putt from within your comfort zone but outside your gimme range (so for me about 25 feet).  Since this game is about dealing with pressure, the penalty for failure is severe (you can make it up to suit your imagination, so losing means death or some other horrible result).  Winning means reward, the reward based on the degree of success.  In order to win you must make your 5th putt.

    If you miss #5 then you lose, no matter if you make some or all the others.  If you make the 5th putt then you win, even if you miss the rest.  If you make the 5th putt, then the higher total you make the greater your reward.  Again, you can allow your imagination to create any kinds of rewards, up to the ultimate reward based on making all 6 putts.

      So you win if you make the 5th putt.  You lose if you miss the 5th putt.  The 5th One Counts.

If you find yourself missing the 5th putt, then the next time you play the game, pick a closer spot.

4.   Make two to finish: The wind was up enough that putted in a circle until I found the two angles where the wind made the putts the hardest to cash ( sideways wind blowing from my right to left and a predominately headwind  with a slight right to left slant).  Then I concentrated on these two lines.  To finish my session I decided to keep putting until I made 2 in a row form each of the two spots from about 32 feet out.

     It is amazing how close you can come to making putts but still miss in bad winds (not even counting the good putts which came back off the post).  It took me longer to finish my session than I would have guessed



Here are some other videos on putting that might help

Ken Climo putting video

Discraft Putting Basics

Cameron Todd and Dave Feldburg

Dave Dunipace wrist action

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Comment by mr ed on February 8, 2011 at 8:12am

Played and putted on the 5th.Ice Bowl generated a great turnout of 100 players.

Putted on the 6th.

Putted on the 7th.

Comment by Ghost on February 7, 2011 at 8:04pm
I did my Putting 07FEB.  .50 in 5th Putt (7.40)
Comment by Ghost on February 6, 2011 at 5:08pm
I did my Putting 06FEB.  I took 1st in Advanced today at the Ice Bowl.  Started rough but finished strong with 6 birdies in a row. Double Turkey!
Comment by Ghost on February 5, 2011 at 12:40pm
I did my Putting 05FEB.  .90 in 5th putt(6.90).  Mark  Hopefully I will be able to get up to 40 feet or so soon.  I got to around 30-33 feet so far.  Mr. Ed good luck today hope the elbow holds up for you.
Comment by mark ellis on February 5, 2011 at 10:40am

Thanks to Ghost for starting up this putting clinic, luring me into doing it again.

A couple things I cycled into the program this time were adding some longer putts (40 feet or so) and forehand putts.  With the timing of this clinic coinciding with winter I did most of my putting in my basement (low ceiling) somewhat counteracting the lack of wind with a required low trajectory.


To all of the faithful putters who invested a month of your lives in this program I give you congratulations.  Having done it once you now know that in a couple days of returning to the program you can re-groove your putting stroke and/or regain your confidence.


Practice well.  Play well.


Comment by mr ed on February 4, 2011 at 4:09pm
Did putting the last two days.Good luck in your last Ice Bowl.Saturday is Ice Bowl,not Bowel.;>}It might wind up being sh--y since I took one hell of a tumble in the meat freezer and damn near busted my elbow.Might have to toss lefty.
Comment by Ghost on February 4, 2011 at 1:52pm
I did my Putting 04FEB.  2.05 in 5th Putt ( 6.00 Total) I'm ready for my final Ice Bowl on Sunday
Comment by Ghost on February 3, 2011 at 6:50pm
I did my Putting 02FEB 2.10 in 5th putt . I did my Putting 03Feb .85 in 5th putt.  The internet is finally back on
Comment by mr ed on February 1, 2011 at 6:06pm

I did my putting today.Good reward system.Played just 10 baskets today,Graboide and Relic putters grabbed chains despite windy conditions.Rollers were tricky with the wind on two open baskets.Bounced off some trees,landed in the fairway though.Perhaps the wind played a good part afterall.


Comment by Ghost on February 1, 2011 at 5:34pm

I did my Putting 01Feb.  Mr. Ed Good Luck at the Ice Bowl.  I have had a few people tell me that putters make excellent rollers.  Rollers are something that I need to practice.  I brought a champ beast because I have used a friends(which was beat up and he used for his dogs to chase) and could roll it about 250-300 into the woods with a lot of steam left.  Snow makes it very difficult. 

  I also came up with a great reward system for 5th Putt.  it is the way I am getting my disc golf budget. 

           Make         Miss

1         +.10           -.10                          

2         +.10           -.10                  

3         +.10           -.10                    

4         +.10           -.10                  

5         +.25           -.25                     

6         +.10           -.10                   


Make all 6 gets you a .25 bonus.  Miss all 6 you loose and extra .25

Each round has the potential to earn  1$

Today I earned 1$ even.  Also I played more then 4 round but I made sure that the putts were difficult and I make sure to include off balance and straddle putting into it.  I do 2 regular 1 straddle and 1 off balance

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