How to throw your putter

Disc Golf Instruction: How to Learn to Throw Your Putter + Tank’s Putting Tips
by Ken Franks

Recently, I have had about 5 people, I dont know, approach me on the course with the want to get better. They always ask me how they can acheive this. I tell them the same story.

A friend tried to teach me 4 years ago this importance on learning to throw a putter. I tried and tried and couldn’t do it and I eventually told myself “I can become a great Open Player without learning to throw a putter.”

Not true!!

I have forced myself to learn it and I have seen it shave strokes of my score. You have a truer line for your shot, the shot is very predictable and you will always get less “skip away”. Today,I am excited once I get within 200-250 feet so I can reach for the putter.

How do I teach myself to throw a putter you ask? Great question!

The Putter Toss:

You will need:

– 10 putters (the same mold)
– A temp Basket or anything that can be a target. I actually used to use a 55 gallon trash can.

Set your target out about 200-225 feet.

– Throw all 10 putters hyser at the basket, go get them.
– Throw 10 shots all anhyser, go get ‘em
– Throw all 10 straight at the target…go get ‘em

That’s one set.

Repeat this step about 5 sets or as long as you can remain focused and fundaMENTAL. Obviously, the more you do it, the better you will get, faster. Do about 5 sessions of this and you will shave 2 strokes off your average.

At this range, you will feel confidence from closer in and throwing in putters from all over the course will become a trademark move.

TanK’s Tips – Putting:

Putting threads are my favorite. Allow me to share so of my knowledge. I hope ya’ll will find it resourceful.

I consider myself a good putter because I have developed a routine that works for me. I do it everytime, same routine

routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine,
routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine,
routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine, routine,
routine, routine, routine,…

Find a routine..

It truely doesn’t matter what putter you use, just use the same mold. Remember, it’s the archer, not the arrow.

Dave Feldberg gave me a putting lesson a year and a half ago and I watched myself go from 938 to 992 and climbing. Its not my driving that’s for sure.

He pointed out a few issues I had ( ie, balance, holding the disc, etc…) and he corrected it all and told me ” Practice, Practice, Practice to improve your luck” In which I did, do, and the results will be blatant.

When you putt, or any shot for that matter, you want to develop a easily, repeatable movement or throw. That where practicing and routine come into play.

Good Putting Practice:

You will need 3 putters the same and a mini:

– Take 3 putters and disperse them in differnet areas of your putting green within 25-30 feet of the Unit. DO NOT putt from the same spot consecutively.

Address each lie as if you were in a tournament:

Mark your lie, Take your time, focus and visualize the line your putt will take into the chains and release. After you sink that putt move to the next putter. Putt all three, than disperse again.

Real life putting situations:

I like to put each putt in a REAL situations. For instance, I might walk up there and ask if I’m out or say nice drive to the ghost players. I may ask a person to move from behind the basket or to move back. I will address my lie get ready to putt and step away because of a fake car horn or someone shouting of in the distance. Put yourself in real life situations.

My nieghbors probably think i’m crazy cause I’m talking to no one, but I don’t care. I’m out living my dream and not trapped behind my TV.

Now after 30 minutes or however long you can remain focused, I take 10 putters from 25 feet from the same spot and make all 10 or I can’t go inside until I do. You can maybe start at 15 or 20 feet.

Now, I absolutely LOVE to putt. Well, I always have, but now more find the bottom of the Unit.

I hope you find this resourceful and applicable…

Now go practice!

- TanK