Posted by Tricia Lafferty
If you ask any golfer what the weakest part of their game is, most will say putting. Putting is the most important part of the game, because it is how you actually close out a hole. It’s importance is also overlooked by a lot of players. It’s fun to go rip drives and see how far you can get a disc to fly, but standing 10-30 feet from the basket and repeatedly throw at it is less appealing. The most important part of putting is confidence. When you walk up to your lie and look at the basket, you have to believe you are going to make the putt. If you don’t, you’ve missed it before the disc even left your hand. Practicing putting will not only increase your putting skill, but confidence in yourself.
Sarah Hokom started a 100 Putts for 100 Days Challenge back in November. Starting in November takes her through the 100 days the lead up to The Memorial, which is officially the start of the National Tour for disc golfers. As of now, she is on day 56 of the challenge. She has been posting results, tips, putting games, and other information on her Facebook page. She is getting great results too! Follow along with Sarah here:
I am now a part of Team Infinite Discs, and am attending the Glass Blown Open in April/May 2015. Seeing the great results Sarah is getting, and knowing that I need a lot of work on my putting as well, I have been motivated to start the challenge. I began my challenge on January 1st, which will take me up to about two weeks before I leave for GBO. Having the two week window will also allow me to make up a day if I have to miss one.
For Day 1 and 2 of the challenge, I set my baselines. The two styles of putts I want to work on are spin putts, and straddle putts. I did 100 putts in each of these styles over the first two days from 15 feet. 15 feet may seem short, but these are the putts that can’t be missed. I got 75/100 for Spin putts, and 77/100 for Straddle putts. My goal over this challenge is to increase these percentages to at least 85-90%. I will do a baseline check every two weeks to see how I am improving. I will also start baselining further distances as the challenge goes on.
In between these baseline checks, I will be playing putting games and changing things up every day so that I don’t get into a stale routine and lose interest in the challenge. I will be posting my progress and what I am doing on my Facebook page, so please follow along and give my page a “like”. Also comment and let me know if you are interested in your own challenge, or any advice and tips you may have for me!
Best of luck for a great 2015 Disc Golf Season!
Posted by randomtiz
Now a quality app that tracks your putting statistics!
I have a practice basket at the house that I typically set up in the backyard to practice my putting on days that I can’t get out to the course for a round. Most of us frolfers have heard the saying “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough” and that my friends, is definitely true. Like ball golf, it’s all about the short game. You might ask yourself, What types of putts am I best at? What types of putts or conditions do I need the most improvement on? Well earlier this summer I came across a new app called ProPutt. And you might just find it to be the answer to all of the questions above.
According to their website, ProPutt is:
“ProPutt gives you the ability to effectively record your putting sessions and analyze where you need improvement. This will lead to more confident shots which will allow you to shoot lower scores every time you hit the course.”
This sounded like a really cool concept so I had to give it a try. Prior to this app, you’d find me out in the backyard with a stack of putting discs [and I say "putting discs" because I'm not a fan of real putters. I put with Innova Leopards, no joke. Anyway, I digress.] and a notepad and pen recording all of my putts. It was cumbersome and I looked like a middle school gym teacher with my clipboard. An app that could actually do this makes so much more sense.
*If you’d like to follow along with the actual app, you can download it here from the iTunes App Store for $1.99
Getting Started:What I like about this app’s, is how easy it is to use. Large buttons for those that have clumsy fingers (like me). It has a very clean, modern look to its interface. From the home screen, you have four main options: New Session, Sessions, Analyze and Settings. Let’s start.
Click the New Session button to get started [See Fig. 1a]. Here you’ll be able to set your variables for this putting session. I like to warm up at a closer range and then work my way back to a further distance. I’m going to start at 15′ for this demo [See Fig. 1b]. Next enter in how many putts you want the set to consist of. Since this is my warmup and I’m only putting from 15′, I’ll just start with 10 [See Fig. 1c]. It’s a nice sunny day out with a subtle breeze–light enough to not even call it windy. So I’ll check “calm” as the weather condition [See Fig. 1d]. I putt regular (as opposed to straddle putt) and I’m in my backyard, so my terrain is “flat”. There is an option to record “comebacks” as well. This is optional but it’s to track your progress on “dots” and “flushes”–which I’ll get to later. Now hit “Create”!
You’ve now created a session for 15’ (or whatever distance you chose). Within this 15’ session you created, you can add as many sets as you’d like. Lets just focus on one for now, the one we’re about to play. In the lower right corner, hit “+Add Set” [See Fig. 1e]. Now you’re ready to begin your first set.
TIP #1: I would recommend recording your dots. This way–especially from longer distances–you can help keep track of your improvement of metals hit. Say for example if you’re putting from a further distance such as 50′ out–where normally you’d miss most of the shots from this distance. If you were tracking dots, you would know from set to set how many more shots you hit metal on.
TIP #2: Want to speed up your set scoring? Record only the dots as you hit them. You can tally your flushes after you’ve thrown the full set because those are the ones lying in the basket. Say you might forget how many metals you hit if you try to total those at the end of the set.
Watch as you record your flushes and dots, the “Putts Remaining” counts down. Once you’ve putted all your discs for that set, click “Save” in the upper right to record your set.
Viewing your Session:
After you complete your set and save it, you’re brought to the Session screen [See Fig. 3a]. Here you can view a summary of all your sets for the session. It shows how many sets you’ve played for that particular session along with how many flushes, dots and misses you scored. It also gives you your putting average.
If you swipe to the left, you’ll see the second screen where it allows you to enter notes for that session. For this session, for example, I was using my dgNOMAD portable target. It’s important to me that I notate that in the notes section because this particular target has a much smaller diameter target area to hit. That way I can see how my accuracy percentage increases on such a tighter target area [Fig. 3b].
From this screen you can start a new set or view previous sets. If you click “Sets” in the lower left, you’ll see all sets recorded for this particular session [Fig. 3c]. It shows the flushes made, dots and misses along with a timestamp for each one.
It’s a Wr(app):
Overall I’ve been very pleased with the ProPutt app. I’m a very statistical person and love numbers. This app has been great for me tracking my putting statistics. I now have a better understanding from what distances I’m consistent with sinking (or nearly making) putts and in what conditions. I really like how easy it is to use and tracking my progress. I find myself out in the backyard practicing more and more using the ProPutt app by my side. The only thing I wish the app had was something that lets you record a specific disc with a set. For example, there’s several different models of discs that I putt with. I’d like to track my percentages with those different discs so I know which ones I’m more accurate with. I guess I could always put the name of the disc used in the notes section for each session and label it according to which set I used what disc.. I may just be overcomplicating things. If you’d like to improve your putting by learning which types of shots you’re more accurate from in certain conditions, I would definitely recommend this app. Thank you @ProPutApp for a well-made app!
You can download it here from the iTunes App Store for $1.99 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proputt/id630269889?ls=1&mt=8).
For more info on ProPutt, check out their website here.
Posted by randomtiz
Thanks to our friends at @ATRDiscGolf on Twitter for recommending this Disc Mania putting video to us, featuring Pro Disc Golfer/ World Champ Avery Jenkins. Very high quality video as well as audio. A lot of disc golf videos I’ve seen out there have poor editing, graphics and camera angles in general. Not this video. Well worth the 7+ min watch. This is just the first episode in the series. Looking forward to watching many more. Check it out!