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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 March 8, 2011 at 10:15am
Best of luck this weekend,putt solid.
Comment by Ghost on March 7, 2011 at 12:31am
I did my Putting 06Mar rain and wind. The wind has picked up here in the last couple of days too. I did not catch any of the memorial this weekend. I did put the back 9 baskets in at a local course. In the couple of weeks that I did not have a basket I noticed my putting was lacking. I'm glad I got a basket now I gotta practice before a tourney this Saturday.
Comment by mr ed on March 7, 2011 at 12:18am
still putting.Right to left wind is tricky to navigate,wind has picked up this past week so it was trial and many errors.catch any of the Discraft live tourney from Arizona?I was able to watch on Thursday with no problem.many comments were made about being able to have a strong putting game to save the game.
Comment by Ghost on March 5, 2011 at 3:14pm
Finally got a new basket. Practiced putting for the first time in a few weeks. I have been putting almost everyday in rounds since my basket broke though.
Comment by Ghost on February 15, 2011 at 9:42am
High winds broke my basket a few days ago Gotta work on getting a new one
Comment by mr ed on February 11, 2011 at 6:43pm
Played two rounds at our dg course on the 8th,shot better then the tourney.Oh well,putted at home.
Missed two days,9&10, i putted on 11 & 12.Hit the 5th one,good thing that one counts ;>}
Comment by Ghost on February 11, 2011 at 6:13pm
I did my Putting 11Feb. 2.00 in 5th putt(10.40). Putted excellent during my round today no misses inside 30' and hit 2 40 footers. -7 with no bogies
Comment by Ghost on February 10, 2011 at 5:22pm
I did my Putting 10Feb. .40 in 5th Putt(8.40)
Comment by Ghost on February 9, 2011 at 4:30pm
I did my Putting 09Feb. .20 in 5th Putt(8.00).
Comment by Ghost on February 8, 2011 at 4:43pm
I did my Putting 08Feb.  .40 in 5th Putt(7.80)

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