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Eric Oakley Disc Golf Clinic | Putting

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(upbeat hip hop music) (zooming) – We’re gonna talk just real quick about putting and the mental part of the game. So, I love doing these two together, because I believe that they go hand-in-hand. Cuz putting is all mental. No, I can’t say, “This is the way you should putt. “You should draw back, “and release the disc this way.” All of our bodies are different. All of us are gonna find a way to putt differently. And if you go and look at everybody who putts and everybody who’s good at putting, I don’t think any one is the same. You have people who are really good at pitch putting. You really people good who are good at spin putting. Spush putting. Turbo putting. You’ve seen it all. We’ve all been there. I myself am a spin putter, and I just like to spin putt because it’s what has come naturally to me. I get a good motion out of it, I can hit longer putts that way, I can use the angles and the speed of the disc to carry it longer distances with the spin. And that’s basically it. But for me and putting the biggest thing that worked for me was I found a routine that I could repeat.And I started with a five-step routine. And now I don’t even have any steps, because I’ve used that to build what I do now. So now it’s muscle memory as the whole sport is, is all about muscle memory. And I used to have a step one, point two, drawback three, exhale four, five release. That was what I did. That was just my motion. And it worked for me. But now I know I can just step up, feel it, feel it, feel it, yep that’s the one, bang.And try and execute my putt. And we always, always, always have to remember that putting comes and goes. And if you’ve found something that does work, then you go out the next day and it doesn’t work, if it felt so good, and it felt like it was perfect, that’s the putt, that’s what I wanna do, stick to that putt. Stay with that putt. Even the top players can tell you, sometimes they just have a bad putting weekend. Ricky Wysocki has bad putting weekends. As crazy as that seems, he has bad putting weekends. It happens. But does he change, does he switch putters, does he go and change his whole style? No, he sticks to what he knows, and he sticks to what feels good.The next part about putting that dials into the mental part of things is you gotta be confident. You gotta believe that you’re going to make every single putt that you’re gonna make and you’re gonna throw. If you ever step up to a putt
and you say, “Man, I dunno. “I might miss this.” The easiest thing you can do, use your 30 seconds. Take a deep breath, wipe your hands, switch putters if you have two putters and you’re comfortable with that other putter.And re-center yourself, and say, “I can make this putt.” And execute. Cuz having that confidence and building on that will only make you better. And that goes to every shot you throw. And that’s where we talk about the mental side of things. Believing that you can execute a shot. Believing that, “Okay, I have to throw this tunnel shot through these trees, “I’m not very good at tunnel shots.” Take a step back, “I’m gonna hit this tunnel shot. “I got this.” Boom. You will execute more often than not when you are that confident and that positive in yourself in those moments. You will execute more often than if you ever have a shadow of a doubt that you’re gonna miss. So keep that confidence, build on that. And now, the mental side of things, is keep that positive mentality going. And I’m not only saying just internally.Spread it. I’m not saying you need to go be buddy-buddy with everybody you play with and every card you play with in a tournament, but the one thing we all should try and avoid is don’t be that guy. And I can say that, “Don’t be that guy,” and I don’t even have to go that much farther and you already have ideas of what that guy is. You know, the guy. Just angry, punchin’ things, kicking stuff, being mad. Don’t be that guy. And if anything, be to the opposite. Be the guy that says, “Hey man, good shot.” Even, “Hey, you’re alright,” if somebody smacks the first tree. If somebody says, “Hey man, I don’t need you to talk to me,” then move on. You’ll feel better about being more positive to the rest of your card, and being more positive to the people around you.Cuz the way I look at it and the way I’ve always looked at it is if I’m gonna beat somebody, I wanna beat them at their best. Cuz then it shows their best and my best was just a little bit better. And that feels good. Winning feels really good. Rather than your buddy going and missing a bunch of 12-footers, you say, “Hey man, don’t worry about it. “Just get it in the basket, let’s go.” Then you feel good about your game.So don’t be that guy. Believe in yourself. Build a routine that you can repeat. Those are the simple things that I think for putting and mental game that I hope will help you guys.
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