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Ricky Wysocki is one of the best players in the world, and there’s a reason why. He’s almost mechanically perfect when he plays. His form is amazing, and he very rarely makes a mistake. In this great video, Ricky breaks down 5 tips to improve your putting.

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Approach shots are an important part of the game of disc golf. They can make or break your score, so it’s important to practice them as much as you can. Here’s one way to improve your approach shots. Stand 75 to 150 feet out of your target. Use about 5 of the same putters. Get the disc as close to your target as you can and repeat for 45 minutes.

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I was playing a tournament a few weeks back and I found myself with an impossible layup. Stuck behind a wall of trees and about 60 feet out, my only option was a flick roller. I drew it up in my mind pulled out my Toro, an overstable approach disc with a wide rim. My thinking was if I can just get it to stand up straight it should curl nicely to the left and finish right under the basket. I released nice and straight and it proceeded to flip right onto it’s lid and I took a 4. Thus, highlighting the importance of practicing escape roller shots.

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Beginner disc golfers often struggle with distance putts. Common problems arise from either weak-arming the disc to the basket and coming up short, flinging it accurately but too much past the basket, and/or loosing accuracy by taking a more fairway stance and approach. Building up your putting distance and accuracy mainly takes practice, repetition, and confidence. Here are the Dojo’s tips to speed up the process of increasing your putting distance!

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Disc golf is great way to get out in nature, get your steps in and heart up, meet new people, and the sport is growing like crazy! I’m constantly running into new players every time I hit the course, from all walks of life. If you’re just starting out and want to improve your game, or know someone that is, let’s get started with our beginners guide to disc golf! 

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“Drive for Show, Putt for Dough”

If you’re looking to improve your disc golf game, then start with this putting drill I call “9 & 15.” Putting is the most important and easiest place to start working on fundamentals. I’ve recently started heading to the practice basket and putting for a hour, and I’ve seen some great and unexpected effects on my game. By developing a good practice routine, I’ve benefited from having a stronger putting throw (more distance putts), more accuracy, more comfort with my discs, and probably the most important and unexpected gains…more confidence that carries over to driving and approach shots.

My Disc Golf Putting Drill

Requirements

 

  • 30 minutes to an hour
  • 5 to 10 putters (but I also will throw drivers and mid range discs)
  • Athletic shoes (I turn the retrieval into a cardio workout)

Setup. Place two markers (cones, discs, or whatever) on the ground in a line from the basket; one at about 9-10 paces out (one normal walking step) and another at about 15 paces. I start out with just my putters for the first half of practice. I have about 5 Aviars that I use — with mixed plastics and weights (Currently, (3) 175gm DX Innova Aviar’s; (1) 150gm DX Innova Aviar; (1) 175gm Yeti Pro Aviar). After I throw my putters, I integrate more discs so I bring out about 15 discs including distance, fairway, and mid-range drivers.

Warmup. I start by throwing round after round of my putters form the first closest marker. I retrieve my discs at a fairly fast pace and incorporate squats into picking up discs that didn’t make it into the basket. I’m also stretching a little in-between to make sure I’m loose. After about 15 minutes of continuous putting with five discs you should get a decent workout. You can go about this drill gingerly too, especially if you have health issues. The part of the drill that’s most valuable is the repetition, and focus on footwork, accuracy, etc.

While putting, I try and pay attention to my foot position which is wide-stance perpendicular to the basket. I also am working on building a fluid arm stroke toward the basket that eliminates drag and wobble, and of course aim. For windy days you can work on the glide and dip of the disc.

Routine. After I’m warm and have a good feel for my putting discs, I move on to incorporating all of my discs…at a rapid fire. Once I am consistently hitting the basket I move back and continue the drill. For me, I’m working on arm strangth and going straight at the basket, so I’m incorporating a jump forward on the longer putt, going straight at the basket. By now incorporating all my discs, I start to get a bit of a file for how each disc flies at short range. While this is not always practical to use your drivers at short range — it has helped me build a bit of a “vocabulary” of what my discs can do. I’ll then alternate, from the closer marker to the farther marker depending on how I feel.

Finishing. While it’s not totally necessary, but I try and finish my disc golf putting drill with a few last rounds with my putters. Then I take a few notes using my memo app on my phone. This helps me in the field when I’m missing putts. Like, “Head up, shoulder back on up hill shots.”

 

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Daily Ruminations

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”

– Mia Hamm
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“I don’t really think about the degree of difficulty or the possibility of making a mistake. I just try to relax and let my preparation and training take over.”

– Simone Biles
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“Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.”

– Spartan Warrior Credo
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“A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up.”

– Nancy Lopez
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“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash… Be water my friend.”
– Bruce Lee
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“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”

—Magic Johnson
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