Jun 22 2009, 11:12 AM
Im going to Worlds next month and I realize im not really practicing much. Im busy at work till usually 6pm, then head down down to the course and play 1 round then go home. i usually do this 2-3 times per week.
I get frustrated with the majority of my buddies who seem to not have jobs and school me at tournaments because they play all day.

Any one have a practice routine they like to do, different days etc.

Most pro golfers have routines. thought some of you guys might like to share your practice routines.

thanks, Jeremiah

Jun 22 2009, 12:40 PM
3 keys to success. Drive, Approach, Putt. Work each segment separately.

Drive - do not go to a course - go to an open field throw your entire bag (not literal)including mids and putters - focus on technique not distance.

Approach - go to a course and play an entire round with nothing but mid range discs and putters. Leave the drivers at home (if you have them you will use them)

Putt - Use what ever routine you want but again focus on technique and not just throwing 100 putts. My two favs are the 2 putt ladder and one disc around the clock with a mini.

Jun 22 2009, 12:50 PM
thanks, will you describe the 2 putt ladder and clock one, thanks

Jun 22 2009, 02:59 PM
Ladder (best on days with less than 10 mph winds)

Starting at 10 ft mark off 2 foot incraments out to 30 feet.
Start at 10 ft.....
If you make 2 putts in a row and move back to the next marker (12 ft)
If you miss both putts then you move towards the basket one marker
Make 1 of 2 and you get to try again (if on your second attempt you do not make 2 in a row then you have to move toward the basket one marker)

The ladder is especialy good at pointing out what distance you need to work on and you will spend a lot of time in your trouble zone. I do this for 15 - 30 minutes and when I am close to being done for the day I go to the furthest step that I reached and putt from there until I make 10 putts from that distance (not in a row)

Around the clock (best on days winds over 10 mph winds)
10, 15, and 20 feet circles with 12 equal points around the basket on each circle (imagine the numbers on a clock)
Start at 10 ft at the 12 o'clock position place the mini and go through your tournament preshot routine. Make the put and move onto 1 o'clock position (move the mini each time and go through your preshot routine) there is no penalty for missing a put at this time, simply try again. Once you make all 12 positions on the 10 ft circle move back to 15 foot and repeat, then move to 20 feet and repeat. Once done with 20 footers move back to 15 foot and repeat. The final step of this is to move into the 10 foot circle with one variation, if you miss one you have to start over making 12 in a row to finish (nothing worse than missing a 10 footer during a tournament). You can add distances out past 20 foot as your putting improves.

Jun 30 2009, 09:29 AM
Any one have a practice routine they like to do, different days etc.

One way to maximize limited play/practice is to work on breaking the "I throw the 175g, worn [choose favorite disc] here" habit: Instead of throwing the same old disc the same old way, pick a different disc and try for a good result. You could empty the bag doing this - start with your most overstable driver and work down to the most understable or something. This way, you're learing to throw your discs not just the hole.

Jun 30 2009, 02:26 PM
Since it is summer you may be able to find an empty football field to pracice on. Just measure a distance from behind the 1 yard line and practice your drives. This way you can use the field as a measurement for your distance and accuracy. Plus there are usually handy water fountains to help fight the heat nearby. Just run when you see grounds keeper Willy though.

Jul 14 2009, 01:12 AM
One thing not mentioned that is useful when daylight is hard to come by.
Get a long exercise band, connect one end about chest high.
Go through the last step of your X-step and out to your release point.
The band should be still when you get there.
If it is moving up and down, you are moving your hand below and/or above the plane of the throw.
If it is moving in and out, you are probably moving your hand away from your chest as you come through.

This helps develop a clean-on plane disc release. If you have either problem, it will increase you distance if you clean up your release.

Aug 07 2009, 05:05 PM
I know that this is a little late, but im sure that you will be in another tournament soon.

Here is something that just got passed down to me by a pro (he knows who he is) and its helped me in the week so far.

For this pre-round/practice routine you will need an large open area and a basket, stool with a bag sitting on top, a trash can, basically anything that you can throw at to simulate a basket. = OR = Simply do your approach work on one hole, then go and warm up the drives on another hole. You can do the putting work anywhere.

Get 50 feet from the basket and start out throwing approach shots. Dont try to hit the basket, just setting the shot underneath it or in your safety zone (meaning where you can hit around 80% of your putts) Work your way out to 200 feet.

Now that you have warmed up your arm, your ability to focus and your aim, lets throw some drives! Basically work your way from 250 feet to about 350 feet or where you feel comfortable.

Last, but not least is the putting. This is always the last thing you should do before a round. At a tourney, do it before the players meeting and then again for before the 2 min warning. Statistically, the further from the bucket you are the lower your percentage to make a putt. Start from 5 feet and just let your hand eye coordination get synced up. move out 5 feet after you make 20 in a row. you should never putt from further than 20 to 25 feet. Law of Diminishing Returns and all. Practicing jump putts simply ruins your feel for your putt. If you are hitting your putts from 20 - 25 feet then in a round you have that confidence and KNOW that you can make the putt.

All my friends want to know that im doing differently to gain all this consistency as of late, and I dont want to share.... but then again we do play for tags and cash.

just remember that a bad drive can almost always be saved by a solid upshot and putt, but great drives cant help poor approach/putt skills.

Aug 11 2009, 04:19 PM

Drive for show, putt for dough!

Aug 12 2009, 12:26 PM
Practicing jump putts simply ruins your feel for your putt. .

Disagree completely with this statement.

Aug 12 2009, 05:32 PM
I know this will sound crazy to most of you, but I really do NOT like putting right before a round. It took me awhile to realize it, but it seemed if I jumped in with a group of 4 or 5 guys throwing putts I wouldn't be as focused on my putting routine as other discs were flying towards the basket, thus throwing sloppy putts. This would put a small tick in my game as I would remember how my sloppy putts reacted and would try to make corrections during the round.

I find myself MUCH more accurate if I just play putter catch with someone for a bit before a round. When I begin the round, I've still got all the confidence in my putting, and it will last throughout the round, even if I miss a couple.

Now, as my rating reflects, I do not know everythig there is about tournament play, but I have fallen in to a place where I can improve my scores just by playing more rounds. So I don't really recommend this to anyone, as it seems most people benefit from putting right before, but I just thought I'd share a quirk.

Aug 12 2009, 11:44 PM
ok, to be realistic, I always throw a handful of putts just to make sure my arm works and I remember how to putt :)

Aug 13 2009, 01:34 PM
Disagree completely with this statement.

I would be willing to bet that you are spin/push putter by that statement.

Aug 16 2009, 11:44 AM
I said that because you never know when you may have to make a jump putt. May as well practice them before a round along with other types of putts.

Come on, you're a boyscout...be prepared! :)

Aug 25 2009, 11:05 AM
Oh im an Eagle Scout.... Im always prepared. I even have a first aide kit in the bag.

I do practice my jump putt, but i mainly do it if the course has some hole that are 50 feet or less from being over 500 feet when open and 350 feet wooded.

I didnt do too bad using this practice routine this past sunday either. Shot 50 points better than my rating so its working for me.

Aug 25 2009, 11:29 AM
Oh yeah, and hit 2 jump putts from 50!

I just find that a jump putt is just like my regular putt except I almost fall on my face.... Why do i need to practice doing that?