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Old 05-17-2012, 12:02 AM
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If you could only practice putting for 10 minutes a day -
What distances would you focus on?
How many putters would you use?
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:20 AM
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15-20'

My whole stack of putters to save time going back and forth to the basket.

The last discgolfer mag had a good routine for putting using a main and secondary style. mark out 3 spots with minis. Putt the same number of putts from each spot. If you make the putts flip the mini over. When you get to the marker on the next round you either do your main putt again (mini right side up) because you missed some, or you work on a secondary putt (like a straddle) if your mini is flipped. When you have completed the circuit you can see which putt is your strongest and which to work on. Also you can gauge out a distance to start. Each time you completely finish the circuit (both putts, no misses) move the minis back say 5'. Wash, rinse, repeat. remember that you should pick a distance that you can make your putts. Practicing missing is just practicing how to fail.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:23 AM
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I would use as many putters as I can, if they are the same mold and weight(somewhat). I wouldn't practice putting with anything other than what I'm gonna putt with during a round. And I'd probably focus on the 20-40ft range, that tends to be where I have some issues, and also where I end up during a round. Vicious circle i guess.

AND he^^ is right, practicing missing is learning to miss, so I'd work my way back like he said and focus on the before mentioned distances.

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:07 AM
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These are both really good posts!

I've always heard 2 discs, but I think 3 is okay especially if you only have 10 minutes.

My routine:
I typically make a 10 foot mark (confidence booster and good way to start by seeing your disc hit chains) a ~16 foot mark, and a ~22 foot mark. You can add marks further back from this if you'd like, but I'm new to push putting and trying to get form and accuracy together.

I do similar to what was posted above about the minis, except I play an "around the world" type game.

I start at 10.
Make: Move back to the next marker (16)
Miss: Try again at 10

At 16:
Make: Move back to 22
Miss: Try 16 again. If I miss, I move forward one (in this case to 10). If I make it, however; I "reset" and act as if it's my first time at 16. So in order to advance after your first miss you have to make two consecutive putts.

etc..
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i never use more than 3 if i am putting. quality trumps quantity. part of getting better at it requires a greater emphasis on the value of each putt. you have to develop a routine and get comfortable doing it whether it's a gimme or a challenge.

i would do a mix of all distances. warm up on the easy ones, stretch it out to stuff outside your consistent make range. mix in some short throws/jump or walk through putts. never throw the same shot twice. changing the line/distance, forcing yourself to reset the visual target and your feet is crucial in the routine.
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I use 10 putters, I don't hurry, and I disorient myself between putts. I make it to where I have to reset before I putt.

As for distance, I start at about 10 feet and keep backing up till I start missing.
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ONE putter only. 6-7 paces (18-21 feet). Try to make 10 in a row. If you miss, restart. If you keep missing, move closer.

Using more than one putter is nothing like what happens on game day. You only get one chance.
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Using more than one putter is nothing like what happens on game day. You only get one chance.
while i do agree that this is what happens at go time, i also believe that you have to build up muscle memory and walking to pick up a putter every time waste time IMO...

however i do believe that getting 10 putters is a little much, i have as bad a plastic addiction as the next guy but for me throwing that many putters only tends to make me not concentrate as much, so for me 3 is the magic number, 3 IDENTICAL putters....

I will start from 15 feet and hit at least 20 in a row, making sure to move a foot to the left or the right on each shot so i have to completely reset... i won't move on until i hit at least 20 (my record is 32) ... the nice thing here is that as you get higher in your 'in a row' count the pressure mounts and you get a more pressure putt feel that you will have during a round... after at least 20 i will move out to 20 feet and repeat (i have not gotten out past 25...yet...)

I cant claim this advise to be my own, i have to credit John Murphy (Philly / Bucs county area pro) , but it has helped my game TREMENDOUSLY.

good luck and keep practicing.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:27 AM
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To cover it from a new player perspective, there is a TON of value in quantity.

Grabbing a big stack of putters and putting the same putt over and over with as little downtime as possible is critical to developing feel within limited time constraints. There should be a focus on keeping a good pace so you stay within form (meaning don't go too fast).

I tend to focus on 20' & 30' putts as that's where I feel like I should be able to sink it from. My putts have improved 10 fold since I started doing this regularly.

You could probably get off 50 or so 20' putts in 10 minutes with a stack of 10 putters.
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i use the same method that was in that issue. got a stack of 7 darts i use only for practice, its all about consistancy

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15-20'

My whole stack of putters to save time going back and forth to the basket.

The last discgolfer mag had a good routine for putting using a main and secondary style. mark out 3 spots with minis. Putt the same number of putts from each spot. If you make the putts flip the mini over. When you get to the marker on the next round you either do your main putt again (mini right side up) because you missed some, or you work on a secondary putt (like a straddle) if your mini is flipped. When you have completed the circuit you can see which putt is your strongest and which to work on. Also you can gauge out a distance to start. Each time you completely finish the circuit (both putts, no misses) move the minis back say 5'. Wash, rinse, repeat. remember that you should pick a distance that you can make your putts. Practicing missing is just practicing how to fail.
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