A disc golf training experiment
My disc golf game has been at an inconsistent plateau. I’m confident in my physical ability, it’s my mental game that is the road block, and the closer I get to the basket, the less consistent I am.
I’ve read about putting technique, watched videos, explored different approaches to putting practice, tried different practice routines, and talked to incredible putters around the country. I’ve met the gifted players who’s practice routine was 10 putts before the tournament and it was game on, they were few and far between and I’ve learned I’m not one of them. Nearly invariably though the best putters preach endless practice, an obsessive amount of practice, thousands and thousands of putts. So, in a serious attempt to improve my game, the next 30 days will be my journey into an intense practice routine by making two major changes to my game.
First off, focusing on the mental aspect of the game I’m going to live by “Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game.” It is a highly regarded book on the mental game of ball golf, that easily translates to disc golf. I will listen to the audio book, in 20-30 minute blocks of time focusing on the lessons learned, most likely working my way through the audio book several times in the next 30 days.
And, in addition to my current practice routine of playing at least a round per day, I will throw 1000 putts each day. 1000 putts broken up into blocks of 100, each block of 100 will have its own focus (a variety of distance, indoor, outdoor, wind directions, etc) with at least one round of pp360 each day (1 indoor control to monitor improvements). Putts will be thrown in rapid succession of 10 (pp360 will reset between each shot). 1000 should be attainable on most days in this time frame, If 1000 proves to be too many per day, I may drop to 500 on days that life may be busier, but no less than 500.
Abstract: Build muscle memory, improve confidence, and putting performance. Master the mental aspect of the game.
Smart: Shoot -10 at Bancroft. Shoot -10 at Riverland. Top 3 at the Albert Lea Big Freeze (Day 10 of experiment). Top 15 showing in MA1 at BG Ams (3 weeks after conclusion of experiment). Monitor improvements in PP360 scores.