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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 Ghost on January 24, 2011 at 3:49pm
I did my putting 24 Jan.  Had a unusually high number of low putts today
Comment by joe martinez on January 24, 2011 at 9:47am
did my putting sat and sunday got to play 18 yesterday!
Comment by mr ed on January 23, 2011 at 4:54pm

Congrats Ghost .

Did my putting today,1/23/11.Decided to putt lefty,moved into the 20 ft range and was rather surprised with the results.I've been practicing putting lefty,but nothing past the 15 ft range for work in progress.Won 3 of 4 putting the 5th 1 counts.

Comment by Ghost on January 23, 2011 at 3:35pm
I did my putting 22Jan and 23 Jan before my tourney. Took 1st in Advance division on a very cold and windy day.
Comment by mr ed on January 22, 2011 at 4:40pm
I putted today,1/21/11.Slight breeze with cooling temps,5th 1 counts session losing more than gaining.Put the straddle put away,use Climo or handshake putt stance.hitting chain on first two,miss the next 3,hit on last.Blow thru and hit metal on the ones I miss.All fingers under rim.
Comment by Ghost on January 22, 2011 at 12:08pm
I did my Putting 21Jan.  Bitter cold this morning
Comment by Ghost on January 21, 2011 at 7:08pm
I did my Putting 21Jan.  Tourney on Sunday
Comment by joe martinez on January 21, 2011 at 1:20am
Did my putting today jan 20.
Comment by mr ed on January 20, 2011 at 6:33pm

Did my putting the past two days.Finding that 25 ft is challenging for the 5th one counts.

Best of luck in your tourney Mark.

Comment by Ghost on January 20, 2011 at 2:14pm
I did my putting 20Jan

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