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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 31, 2012 at 10:03pm

I did my Putting 31Jan12 3/4 in fifth putt

Comment by Ghost on January 30, 2012 at 4:46pm
Did my putting 29jan12 won adv division in a local ice bowl.did putting on 30jan12 4 of 4 in fifth putt
Comment by Ghost on January 28, 2012 at 6:05pm

I did my putting today 28Jan12 3/4 fifth putt strong wind again

Comment by Ghost on January 27, 2012 at 8:41pm

I did my putting today 27Jan12 5/6 in fifth putt windy 15mph with 20 gust

Comment by Ghost on January 26, 2012 at 4:06pm

I did my Putting 26Jan12 4/4 on fifth putt.  Sorry to hear about your course. Glad you where able to adjust and keep it going though

Comment by mr ed on January 26, 2012 at 3:47pm

Likewise.Did my putting the following past 2 days with another round @ our remodeled dg course.We lost 7 basket positions to the county for another BB field.NCAA will have one nice new field for their college games in sunny Fl for March play.New refigured design brings water into play on 3 baskets,extra tee pads along with extra baskets on 4 holes.Challenging wooded dg course.

Comment by Ghost on January 25, 2012 at 7:50pm

I did my Putting today 3/4 Fifth Putt.  Also hit an ace today.  Mr Ed its good to hear from you again.  Hope you are having a Great 2012.

Comment by mr ed on January 24, 2012 at 5:23pm

I did my putting today.Road tripped to our dg course and shot fairly well,putting had helped.


                            Happy New Year 2012

Comment by Ghost on January 24, 2012 at 4:46pm

I did My Putting 24Jan2012 5/6 on fifth putt

Comment by Ghost on March 9, 2011 at 10:08pm
I did my Putting 7Mar, 8Mar, 9Mar

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