The Community of Disc Golfers and About All Things Disc Golf

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

Views: 314


You need to be a member of www.DiscGolfersR.Us to add comments!

Join www.DiscGolfersR.Us

Comment by mr ed on January 27, 2011 at 1:36pm
Did my putting today.Cold front moved overnight,cool weather for us in Fl.Had to retire my banger gt today after hitting chain,cracked  after 7 yrs of service.Improvement on 5th 1 counts.
Comment by mark ellis on January 26, 2011 at 8:52pm
Back to civilization and back to putting.  We only have about a week left on the month.  The putters I am using are showing significant wear: sort of like battle scars of honor.
Comment by mr ed on January 26, 2011 at 6:47pm
Did my putting today,no snow,plenty of wind.
Comment by Ghost on January 26, 2011 at 4:41pm

I did my Putting 26Jan.  Cold windy with snow ice and rain.  Made all of my 5th putts today from difficult spots for me.

Comment by joe martinez on January 26, 2011 at 9:44am
Did my putting yesterday the 25th.
Comment by mr ed on January 25, 2011 at 6:50pm

likewise,congrats on the smoke quit.Food,beer will taste much better now along with the $$avings;>}

Putting has improved,just keep missing the 5th.

Comment by Rock Out With My Roc Out on January 25, 2011 at 5:18pm
Thanks Ghost feels great to be here, and (snnnnnnnnif) smell that fresh air, ahhhhhhhhh....
Comment by Ghost on January 25, 2011 at 4:32pm
I did my Putting 25Jan.  5th one counts I am making the ones 25 feet and in most of the time.  Outside of that I hit about 50% . Overall I am putting much more consistently.   Roc welcome to the blog.  Congrats on the smoking.
Comment by Rock Out With My Roc Out on January 25, 2011 at 11:01am

I was posting i for awhile in the original but have been bussy lately.Not too busy to putt, just too busy to post. Time to play catchup.

I have been putting since Dec 1st, which was also the first day i had under my belt without a cigarette (quit on the 30th of Nov.) In the last 55 days I have noticed DRASTIC improvement in my putting game. Also the not smoking has helped in trudging through the snow in these wintry rounds in Michigan, not to mention I have saved $336.05 since I quit. now that I'm all caught up...


1/25/11 Day-56

I did my putting today, and have still not smoked a cigarette (Total savings=$342.16).

Comment by mr ed on January 25, 2011 at 10:41am

Did my putting on 1/24.5th one counts is kicking my butt.Seem to nail basket on the 4th & 6th putt;>{

Putted today 1/25.

Blog Posts

Disc Golf Approach Shot Tips by Paul Ulibarri

Posted by Alan Barker on October 30, 2014 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

State of Disc Golf: Disc Golf Growth

Posted by Alan Barker on January 29, 2014 at 2:26pm

What are your favorite Disc Plastics?

Posted by Alan Barker on November 4, 2013 at 1:38pm

2 Tips For Guys To Entice A Girls

Posted by Frederick Cranford on September 11, 2013 at 5:42am

Disc Golf Answerman Episode 6

Posted by CoolDaddySlickBreeze on August 13, 2013 at 4:40pm



© 2015   Created by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service