It’s indisputable that putting practice is essential for your disc golf game, but putting practice is sometimes monotonous and can become boring if you’re not the type of person who find this peaceful and meditative. So what can you do? Try different disc golf putting games! Here are a few putting games that DG PuttHeads recommend.
Single Player Putting Games:
Tens is extremely repetitive putting practice, not allowing you to overlook even your strong areas.
Choose three putting spots each 10 feet from a basket. Rotate throwing 10 putts from each spot. When you make 10 in a row from one spot, move that spot 10 feet back. Continue rotating until all three spots have been moved back twice (now at 30 feet) and you have made 10 putts in a row from each of those spots.
Additional challenge: Move the putting spots back for a third time (to 40 feet) or just start further back (such as 15 or 20 feet).
The Ladder disc golf putting game focuses on your weak points and forces you to slowly push back your comfort zone.
Start five feet away. If you sink a putt, the next putt starts a foot further away. If you miss a putt, the next putt is from a foot closer. The more putts you make the further back you putt from.
Around the World
Forces putting practice from all angles and requires consistency.
Set somewhere between 8 and 15 throwing spots around the basket, the more spots the more difficult the challenge. Start at the first spot, if you make the putt proceed to the next spot. If you miss you may try with a second putt, but if you miss that putt also then you must start over from the first spot. The challenge is completed when you’ve successfully navigated through each spot.
The Gauntlet putting challenge attacks your disc golf stamina, this helps immensely in the latter parts of a long round.
Set 10 to 15 putters randomly on the ground near a basket. Pick up any putter and try to make your shot. Immediately walk to the next putter, take your shot, then proceed to each putter you have laid out. You can see that the further your putters are spread the more difficult this putting game becomes as you’re moving further and putting from varying angles.
Additional challenge: Set the putters in a straight line with the basket just off to the side of the middle putter. Start at the middle disc working your way outward but alternating sides each on putt, and for a workout run between discs.
Be careful not to let your form degrade, push yourself to move quickly between discs but don’t rush your putt!
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Multi-Player Putting Games:
This one needs little explanation, but in case you’re not familiar with it here it is. The competitive aspect gives you some real experience putting under pressure.
Take turns calling your putt and attempting to make the putt. After a player makes a putt, all subsequent players must make the same putt and if they miss they receive a letter. When you acquire all letters of “horse” you’re out.
Additional challenge 1: If all opponents make your called shot, you must validate by making the shot again. Miss and you get the letter.
Additional challenge 2: Force players to call a putting location and the specific line. For instance, this must be an anhyzer putt.
This is our favorite disc golf putting game. The Range putting challenge exercises your ability to analyze the risk vs. reward of your putt and develop a strategy.
Set three to four putting spots near and around the basket at different angles and distances. Assign a point value for each spot (typically 1 through 4 points) and alternate turns putting. Putt from any spot you choose under this risk/reward system. First player to reach 20 points is the winner.
Additional challenge 1: Outlaw putting from the same spot two turns in a row
Additional challenge 2: Throw all discs in the middle, pick any disc from the pile, replenish pile after all discs have been thrown once.
Additional challenge 3: The rebuttal. When a player hits 20, all other players get to shoot until they miss in attempt to catch up.
Same rules as Solo Ladder putting game, except with increments of 5 feet (and starting 5 feet away). Players take turns throwing between 10 and 15 discs (depending on the level of challenge you desire) and player who ends furthest away wins.
Baseball – Check out disc golf blog’s description of the game
Here are a few other great resources for your putting! Disc Golf Putting Tips and Best Disc Golf Putter!
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Back when I got serious about Disc Golf in the late 90’s, I invented a game to teach myself how to putt at a high level as quickly as possible. A game that was fun so that I’d keep doing it, but also one with a scoring system so that I could introduce the stress of actual golf putting situations, teaching the mental as well as the physical game at the same time. I just found this old link to it, and thought it would be fun to share: http://www.dgcoursereview.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295
There’s some interesting comments after and neat variations on the game.
I like it! A penalty for missing the gimme and another penalty for three putting. Thanks for sharing!
Great article. I have found putting games the only way to me me involved mentally when practicing.
I’ve always either felt I was “on” or “off” when putting. Either I was draining twenty-plus footers or missing gimme ten-footers. Practicing my putting always lasted a dozen or so tosses with no goals or game plan in mind. Needless too say, practicing without some type of reward or end game soon brought on boredom.
I found that putting games held my attention and kept me on the practice basket a little longer. Did it improve my putting? I wasn’t sure. Maybe. Something was still missing. I could practice putting, even get more involved in my putting, but I had no viable means of gauging if I was getting any better.
All this leads to a shameless plug, if so allowed ….
I first created a Google spreadsheet to document my putting practice, then applied a scoring formula to rate my “rounds” of practice. In time, a mobile app was developed that scores my putting rounds, creates a rating, and graphically show my “success” percentages from various distances. It’ll even handle putting competitions for multiple players. As in a regular round, it rewards you for “made” putts, but “missed” ones can cost you dearly!
The Pure Putt 11 app has brought more enjoyment for my practice, more confidence to those less than twenty-footers, and informs me as to the distances I need more practice! I am more consistent and concentrate on proper technique better than ever! I have seen a difference … at least on those days I feel my putting is “on”!
I share it here as it fits the article nicely. If you’re seeking such an alternative, give it a try!
For more info., check the app out on GooglePlay here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mississippi.pureputt11&hl=en The Iphone version should be ready sometime this Summer as well.
Thanks for reading and commenting! We’ve heard of Pure Putt 11 before, Matt at Country Disc Golf had some good things to say about it. We definitely agree that creating a game, and especially competition, to practice keeps it enjoyable and improves the efficacy! We’ve been intending to round up some of the available putting apps and we’ll be sure to include Pure Putt 11 when we finally get that article together.
I have made this putting game: http://alarauta.com it’s based on game called “jyly”. It goes like you first measure 5,6,7,8,9 and 10 meters from basket and then just throw 5 putters where the game says. More you get in, more you have points. For example 5 in will put you to throw from 10 meters. 3 in and you throw from 8 meter etc. Check it out!
Thanks for reading and for sharing your game. Your game looks like good practice, it is an easy concept to follow and and your interface is clean. Keep us updated if you enhance the site or features!