May 29 2009, 03:59 PM
So I have a portable basket I setup in my backyard to practice putting. I was wondering is there a big impact if you throw different types of putters for practice or should you only throw the same putter type and weight you throw in the game? I have about 12 putters but only 2 or 3 of the same type. I want to practice but I do not want to hurt my game. I guess if I am serious about it I should buy a dozen of my favorite putter. What are your thoughts?

May 29 2009, 04:18 PM
I guess if I am serious about it I should buy a dozen of my favorite putter. What are your thoughts?

Use what you practice with.

May 29 2009, 04:38 PM
Use what you practice with.

Yes but if I did I would have to pick up the 2 discs every 2 throws. That is allot of bending over (if I miss) and fewer practice throws before I fall asleep. Guess what I am asking is does it hurt to use 12 different discs or does it not make that big of a deal as long as you throw the same technique. If I can save myself $100 that would be a plus, but other that have been playing more than me may have a better opinion and say it is or is not a necessity to only practice putting with the same type and weight every time. Still new enough where I cannot tell if it will hurt me or not in the long run.

May 29 2009, 04:58 PM
I find that the best is to use 2 of the exact same putter. Sure its a lot of walking/picking up, but its much more golf like and doesn't ask such unrealistic concentration through so many throws. It will also be better to use the same thing you play with for practice. Builds confidence and you don't deal with the feel of many different putters.

May 29 2009, 05:03 PM
Quality over quantity.

I use 5 of the same mold and run. Buy new putters and make sure they are all the same (make,model,weight, and color) I mark off every 5 feet out to 25 feet never putting from the same spot twice in a row. Walk up to first five feet, place your mini (key to remaining consistant) shoot your shot put pick up the mini. Move back 5 feet and repeat, once you get to 25 move back in to 20, 15, 10, 5. If bending over starts to bother you go down to one putter, it tends to lessen the pain.

One bad thing to pick up is the rapid fire practice session.

May 29 2009, 05:07 PM
i think a combo wouldnt hurt. use all 12 putters to practice your release, just throw them in one after another to get your release point down. once you feel good with that, use the putters you putt with in tournaments and practice your whole pre putt routine using those putters. u can try only using one too, simulate a tournament experience. put down your mini, approach it like the others on your card are watching you, try to simulate the pressure and then putt.

thats what i like to do anyways and its really been helping lately cuz putting is soooo mental

May 29 2009, 05:22 PM
Great responses and I like the idea of the different distance approach to practicing. Makes it a game so it's not so borning but still keeps it feeling like a real putt. Yeah I guess I can see where rapid fire practice would be bad. I guess I will stick to my two discs until I can part with a few $$$ to buy a few putters at one time. Thanks for the help and I hope this post has helped others too.

May 30 2009, 03:16 PM
This has a lot of helpful info.

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Jun 01 2009, 12:28 PM
I practice with the same two putters I carry in my bag, and no more. Ron Russell was teaching this before Mark Ellis. If a really good pro comes along with the 12-putter method, and they aren't putters he gets a commission on, I'll reconsider the 12 putter method.

But if you do the click-click-Ctrl C-hover-click-back-back-back you'll see that my opinion should be weighted lightly.

Jun 01 2009, 01:07 PM
i think it depends on the stage your putting is at- if you are a relative beginner then using a bunch of putters can help you develop muscle memory more quickly, if you are a more accomplished player then your putting practice is more mental than anything else and it makes more sense to use what you'll be using in competition.

Jun 01 2009, 01:19 PM
I was watching one of Cubby's videos of him practicing putting in the backyard. He was throwing 20 disc from one basket to the other. I asked him what discs they were and he said every disc in his bag. I would be scared to practice putting with drivers and all, but then again I am no Cubby. :) I have started my 2 putter 15 x 2 min sessions yesterday. Thanks again for all the advice.

Jun 01 2009, 09:05 PM
But if you do the click-click-Ctrl C-hover-click-back-back-back you'll see that my opinion should be weighted lightly.

Hilarious because the old system was so much quicker. :D I almost feel like I'm hacking someone's personal identity just by looking up his or her rating.

Jun 04 2009, 04:48 PM
Im almost going agaisnt the grain of this thread. I actually putt with about 15 discs out in the yard and only a couple are shaped similar to my regular putter. It doesnt hurt my game. as a matter of fact, im putting better than i ever have in my career becuase of the practise im putting in the yard. Repetition and maintaining the same form is whats important.
just a different view point...everyones different.