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Learn better disc golf putting to lower your scores

Updated on March 14, 2015

Get better at putting

If you watch the disc golf pro's, you will see that putting is a big part of why they score so low. slamming several puts over 30 feet in a round, can make a huge difference in your final score. To improve your scores, putting is an essential part of the game to practice and improve.

There is no miracle putter, or any special way of putting that is better than others. The key is to find what works for you, and perfect your style and technique. There is no shortcut to getting better, The only way to get better is to practice and practice some more.

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The basic disc golf putt

The first thing is to find out what works for you. There are 2 main forms of putting. The straddle put, and standing in line with the basket. Many players use one stance for close up putts and the other for longer putts. Some use the same stance for long and short. Neither is correct. They are both right in the right situation for different players.

There are also people who combine both types into one what works for them. The most important part is to make sure you have a solid stance and you are in balance when you are putting. A simple pre-shot routine that you go through each time you putt will help you to focus and not take nonchalant putts that cost you strokes. A pre-shot routine will also take away the tension and give you the confidence to make the putt.

disc golf basket
disc golf basket

Preshot routine

Your pre-shot routine should consist of a quick look at the shot. Make sure you see obstacles that are in the flight path of your putt. Check to see if the wind is going to have an effect. Visualize the disc golf shot going in to the basket. Take a warm up shot or 2 without releasing the disc, just to feel the release point. Pick a chain link to aim at. Take a deep breath and think it's going in, and take the shot. This sounds like a lot to do. It should take no more than about 15 seconds to do this.

Putt going in

Shot I took in Wisconsin
Shot I took in Wisconsin
Shot from Highbridge
Shot from Highbridge


When you release the putt, try to move your body as little as possible. Keeping your balance and stability is important in making sure the disc goes exactly where you want it to go. Once you commit to the shot, don't analyze it anymore. Take the shot and be positive and confident.


The putting grip is much different than the grip for driving. A fan grip or having your index finger outside on the rim of the disc is common.

There are several different popular grips that good players use. This is something you need to find what is comfortable and what works for you. The grip should be firm enough to control the release point exactly, but relaxed enough to not overpower the disc. There is no right or wrong way to grip the disc as long as it works for you.

mark Ellis putting


If you really want to improve your game, you need to be in good shape, and you need to get your own disc golf basket. You can get a decent basket to practice with for around $100. After you get the basket. Work on the things above until you find what works best for you. Try several different putters. Some people will try many different ones before they find the right one.

Once you find the right putter for you, practice ever day if you can. Practice will give you the confidence to not be tentative and put it in the basket. You will have the needed confidence, you will almost never miss a put that is within 25 to 30 feet. It will make you a much better player. Mark Ellis from Discraft has a very good putting program that you can go through and drastically improve your putting. Check it out below.

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