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Jacob
07-16-2009, 01:08 PM
Okay, i have been playing for over a month now and I putt with a 167g DX Aviar. Recently i have started having anxiety about putting inside 20'. Not full on anxiety attacks but enough to freak myself out of some very close ones (I missed a 10' putt by about 10' yesterday).

Any advice or tips that could help me cool myself down before putting?

Roc1Time
07-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Take a deep breath before you release

krallbd
07-16-2009, 01:48 PM
Find your routine. Everyone has a specific routine of putting, once you find yours, it will serve as a mental cooldown before you putt it.

zenbot
07-16-2009, 01:54 PM
Try to think of a great putt you've made in the past.

Dthunderchicken
07-16-2009, 02:06 PM
I try not to think too much at all. I find I do better if I just walk up and throw rather than draw it out and give myself time to stress about it.

skottyb
07-16-2009, 02:25 PM
It sounds like you've already missed the putt before you've even marked your lie... have confidence in yourself. It goes a long way.

biscoe
07-16-2009, 02:27 PM
practice putts you can make to build your confidence- even if you have to start 5 feet away.

find a routine and stick to it. my preference is to putt pretty quickly to keep my head from getting in my way. world champs cam todd and ron russell both did this as well.

my routine amounts to clearing the crap behind my lie to make for good footing without really looking at the basket, taking a breath (still not looking at basket), look up at basket, find a chain link on the opposite side of the basket to aim for, putt.

12StonesScott
07-16-2009, 02:39 PM
I've found that the more I think about it as "putting", the harder I make it on myself. I played throw-and-catch games and freestyle and such so much as a youngster that it helps me to approach it like playing catch with a metal partner -- I know I can do that, and I question and doubt myself less that way. For a while, I was my own worst enemy by trying to incorporate too many "tips" into my routine -- the whole "paint the pole" thing, etc. I've found that the fewer parts of me I have in motion before the actual putt, the better off I am. Of course, the farther out you are, the more you need move in order to get momentum transferred, and anything outside of 20' is still pretty much a crap shoot for me these days.

Of course, everyone's different, so your experience may be the direct opposite of mine.

billnchristy
07-16-2009, 02:42 PM
and anything outside of 20' is still pretty much a crap shoot for me these days.

Amen brother!

mashnut
07-16-2009, 03:13 PM
Think about the putt going in to the basket before you let it go, don't think about all the ways you could miss it. It's all about confidence.

koenken
07-16-2009, 03:15 PM
practice putts you can make to build your confidence- even if you have to start 5 feet away.

find a routine and stick to it. my preference is to putt pretty quickly to keep my head from getting in my way. world champs cam todd and ron russell both did this as well.

my routine amounts to clearing the crap behind my lie to make for good footing without really looking at the basket, taking a breath (still not looking at basket), look up at basket, find a chain link on the opposite side of the basket to aim for, putt.

You got some good points. I practice putts I can make to build my confidence when putting and it helps. I think finding a routine is another key to putting.

gvan
07-16-2009, 03:47 PM
I make the putt in my head twice in a row before letting go. I KNOW it's going in, or I don't throw.

For SOME reason, the others on my card make me physically throw it anyway. No faith.

Go figure.

Omega SuperSloth
07-16-2009, 04:37 PM
i dont know if this will help with the mental part but on those close putts i like to point at the basket after i throw kinda helps me know why i miss it cause usally im pointing straight at it when it goes in.

it might also make you feel better when it goes in, like take that mfer or like youve got mind control or something.

Midnightbiker
07-16-2009, 05:45 PM
Okay, i have been playing for over a month now and I putt with a 167g DX Aviar. Recently i have started having anxiety about putting inside 20'. Not full on anxiety attacks but enough to freak myself out of some very close ones (I missed a 10' putt by about 10' yesterday).

Any advice or tips that could help me cool myself down before putting?

I used to have the same problem. Just relax and take your time. I see too many beginers just walk up , pick up their putter and throw. Take you time when you putt.











Also investing in a Discraft Magnet will help also:D

jdggna
07-16-2009, 06:31 PM
Also investing in a Discraft Magnet will help also:D

ha...you would go there.

Confidence and relaxation the main thing. Practice a lot and remember how those feel when you're on the course. You've got plenty of great tips so far. One thing I think helps with concentration is picking out the link in the chain you want to hit. Aim small, miss small.

biscoe
07-16-2009, 06:52 PM
for a good read on the mental game of golf which is highly applicable to disc golf try "golf is not a game of perfect" by dr bob rotella. great ideas couched in a pretty easy read.

milow369
07-16-2009, 07:29 PM
Throw lots of practice putts a couple/few days a week. I recommend Perfect Putt 360

Develop a routine that you follow every time.

As you walk up to your putt on the course - the one that counts - tell yourself that it's a practice putt (I say "backyard putt") this helps me calm down the jitters and locks me into the chains/basket.

My putting game has been on fire since I started following this routine.

j_mardis
07-19-2009, 01:43 AM
milow's suggestion of Perfect Putt 360 is a great one, plus Mark Ellis has a Putting Confidence Program. I have written a bit on each in my blog: http://www.discgolfheaven.blogspot.com.

Having a basket or two at home helps too.

Jordan

wolito
07-19-2009, 04:49 AM
I think I am one of those who definately putts better when I just quickly step up and throw. Not a walking putt though. I have practiced quite a bit trying to learn my form and hone my skills trying to putt better, but anything outside of 20 feet, if I just step up, look and throw without concentrating or thinking to much about it, I tend to make a lot more of those. I need to put this to a test and actually calculate it out if this will be my best option. Any other thoughts on this? Anyone else switch from a very rigid form to a quick throw of the putter and improved their putting?

Mattallica
07-19-2009, 05:33 AM
Think about the putt going in to the basket before you let it go, don't think about all the ways you could miss it. It's all about confidence.

I have hit more long putts this way than any other method I have tried.

Nick C
07-20-2009, 02:21 PM
It might sound weird and counter productive but what I do is kind of get mad at myself. A lot of putting is not worrying about what will happen if you miss because if you do you'll throw a weak putt and more than likely you'll get off line. So what I do is kind of yell at myself (in my head of course) "Don't be a wuss (i generally use a more harsh word) and just throw it in already!" After that I just line up and throw like I should and it seems to be working out. I do this because it can be easy to become scared of failing so if you just tell yourself something that helps you not worry about failing then you won't.

bazillion
07-20-2009, 04:56 PM
I doinked a drop-in yesterday so I don't know if any of this mental stuff is worth the paper it's printed on ...

... one more to go and i'm a birdie!

... i'm a-gonna wait for a good one and just keep editing this one until it rolls around.

... does this qualify as a threadjack?

... LOL and ROFLMFAO - somebody give me a beer!

JoshBusche27
07-20-2009, 05:21 PM
It's like with a lake hole.

If you think... "don't throw it in the lake, don't throw it in the lake, don't throw it in the lake." You will throw it in the lake. You have to think, "I'm going to throw it on the green." And then picture yourself throwing on the green.

Same for putting. Go through your routine, get your footing right, and envision yourself making the putt.

Rattle Rattle

ChainMan
07-21-2009, 03:27 PM
It might sound weird and counter productive but what I do is kind of get mad at myself. A lot of putting is not worrying about what will happen if you miss because if you do you'll throw a weak putt and more than likely you'll get off line. So what I do is kind of yell at myself (in my head of course) "Don't be a wuss (i generally use a more harsh word) and just throw it in already!" After that I just line up and throw like I should and it seems to be working out. I do this because it can be easy to become scared of failing so if you just tell yourself something that helps you not worry about failing then you won't.

Let me know if you need some external help with that buddy! Seriously though, isn't that what we do a lot of times if we miss a putt we should have hit and then pick up the closest disc and just fire it in? On the one hand we're relaxed because we already missed the one that counted so we can "fire with impunity" but on the other hand we're angry at having missed so we fire with the kind of intensity that looks like we're trying to break chains.

Putting just seems to be one of those things in sports that takes the right amount of intensity, the right amount of calm and sprinkled liberally all over with confidence.

Jacob
07-21-2009, 03:52 PM
After practicing in my yard (throwing at a lawn chair), I tried something of a pre-putt routine. I grip my putter ready to throw and make the arm motions of putting without releasing the disc. I think I already did this because it felt very comfortable but now i do it conciously. And it really did help my putting game! played 3 rounds and didn't miss anything over 15' (which is a substantial improvement for me!)

XxInnovaxX
07-21-2009, 04:02 PM
Okay, i have been playing for over a month now and I putt with a 167g DX Aviar. Recently i have started having anxiety about putting inside 20'. Not full on anxiety attacks but enough to freak myself out of some very close ones (I missed a 10' putt by about 10' yesterday).

Any advice or tips that could help me cool myself down before putting?

drink beer...you wont care if you make it or not:D

Omega SuperSloth
07-21-2009, 04:07 PM
After practicing in my yard (throwing at a lawn chair), I tried something of a pre-putt routine. I grip my putter ready to throw and make the arm motions of putting without releasing the disc. I think I already did this because it felt very comfortable but now i do it conciously. And it really did help my putting game! played 3 rounds and didn't miss anything over 15' (which is a substantial improvement for me!)thats how i putt , one or two circles then throw without ever stopping motion , keeps me from locking up and lets me get a little more pop.

i guess for me its more of a routine than ritual kinda like the two shakes at the stall joke anymore than two and your just ........, i always felt rituals are bad just another thing you can screw up and have to go over when your not doing something right.

solomon.trenton
07-21-2009, 04:10 PM
drink beer...you wont care if you make it or not:D

dont you mean 151?

XxInnovaxX
07-21-2009, 05:09 PM
dont you mean 151?

thatll work...or have you ever tried joose?...you wont even care about makin a putt anymore, youll be wondering wtf you are at and what you doing there:D

Roc1Time
07-21-2009, 05:10 PM
My buddy brought some out to towne lake the other day..funny funny