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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 January 31, 2011 at 6:15pm

Did my putting the past two days.Unofficial putts with the rip discs are grabbing chains.Find that the roll away when disc rim hits basket rolls almost back 25 ft.Want to try these as rollers at the dg course on Tuesday.Confidence is back with my Aviar and Wizzard hitting chains,3/6 5th one counts putting game.

Might look into getting an ION this weekend at the Sky Pilots Ice Bowel.

I'll continue putting likewise Ghost.Bring on the short month of Feb;>}

Comment by Ghost on January 31, 2011 at 4:49pm
I did my Putting 31Jan.  3/4 5th Putts. when I was doing my make two in a row to finish I watched 3/6 (every other one) bounce out or go through the chains. followed by 8 in a row that did the same thing.  took me about 10 minuets to make 2 out of 2.   Ready for winter to be over.  Two days left in the program.  I plan on putting everyday in 2011.  Everyone is welcome to continue with me if you wish.
Comment by Ghost on January 30, 2011 at 4:24pm
I did my Putting 30Jan.  Took 1st in Advanced division today in the Ice Bowl with a good bit of snow.  2011 is starting right
Comment by joe martinez on January 29, 2011 at 10:20pm
did my putting today .
Comment by mr ed on January 29, 2011 at 3:54pm

Similar to the ION putter but different,give that one a  demo putt if possible.Grabbed chains nicely,no blow thru.Like the feel of the hard plate on both.Still a work in progress is the ABCdisc putter,MONEY.

Enjoy the Ice Bowel.I remember those cold,white winters from Jersey and then Va Bch,Va.Last snow we encountered was in'78-79 in Va. area.That was quite the year for white winter also.

I did my putting today.Still enjoy the results even if not PDGA approved yet.Avir and Wizzard are still the main two putters in bag.

Comment by Ghost on January 29, 2011 at 3:20pm

I did my Putting 29Jan.  Mr Ed glad that you are enjoying the RIp putters.  i want to give them a try but I already brought 2 new putter this year and received another as a gift. also I would like them to be PDGA approved before I start trying them out as a primary putter.  How is the Graboide with that huge bead that it has on it. 

Got another Ice Bowl Tomorrow Going to be a more snow on the ground then I have every played in

Comment by mr ed on January 28, 2011 at 7:07pm

Did my putting today,1/28/11.Recieved two of the Rip Discs putters today.First two sets had the discs grab,stick for all 6 putts.Two putts that normally would of fell from hitting the basket rim and out,stayed.Second set of putts,missed only one putt.First toss,all 5th one counts stayed.

Later on in the day I used my two putters that I've been tossing and results returned to blow thru's,rim basket shots falling away.

Comment by Ghost on January 28, 2011 at 5:41pm
I did my Putting 28Jan.  Fresh Powder on the ground.
Comment by joe martinez on January 28, 2011 at 2:42am
did my putting today.
Comment by Ghost on January 27, 2011 at 3:19pm
I did my Putting 27Jan in 8-10 inches of snow.  I feel ready for another Ice Bowl on Sunday.  Mark, yes the month is about to end, however I will be continuing the program.  Thanks for all the hints, tricks, assignments and motivation that you have contributed so far, and for the program in the first place.  You are always welcome to keep posting assignments and tips whenever you feel like helping some amateurs develop their game.  My putting has gone from horrible to good in a very short time.  My range has gone from about 15' to about 27-28' in 3 1/2 weeks.

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