Putting. It’s the one basic disc golf skill that everyone needs more practice at. No matter how good you get, regular putting practice will become a permanent fixture in your disc golf life if you hope to stay good. I’ve even heard it said that to be great at disc golf, you have to fall in love with putting.
That’s all well and good, but I’ve got a new flash for everyone. Putting practice is boring. Oh, you can dress it up any way you want. You can even make it moderately interesting. But for most of us, putting practice isn’t on the top of our list of disc golf related things we love most.
If you are going to practice putting, however, you should at least get as much as possible out of it. Because it’s something that a lot of people just try to “get through”, they often default to what I call rapid fire putting. This is when you grab a stack of putters and then bang, bang, bang, you fire them all in in rapid succession. Rinse and repeat and you have a practice session, right?
Wrong. The goal is to practice how you play. First, you don’t have a stack of putters in your hand when you play. Second, when you play, each putt gets your entire pre shot/pre putt routine (yes, you should have a consistent pre shot routine). Every practice putt should get the same treatment.
So, the next time you practice putting, set your putters on your stool. Grab one at a time. Set up for each putt just like you would on the course. And putt. Now you can rinse, repeat, and call it a practice session. It will take longer, but it will also get you better results. And that is what we are all after, right?
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