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Putting from Crouching Position

Postby practically invincible » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:24 am

It's reached the point on my home course where I can drive to within a reasonable birdie distance of about 30 feet on about 10 of 18 holes. The issue I'm seeing a lot is being just under one of the many big ol pine trees that are very close to the baskets. Most have branches high enough up that I can crouch underneath, but the problem is I rely a lot on weight transfer in my putting and I can't get the oomph I need, and maintain accuracy, while crouched. Just wondering what techniques you guys like to use for those weird spots?
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Dig It » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:10 pm

In these situations I usually switch to a straddle putt. Even though I don't straddle as my main putting vehicle I do practice it when I practice putting.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby inthedrift » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:54 pm

Try messing with your nose angles on these putts and maybe going to more of a spin putt. I think you'd be surprised how far you can power a putt under a low ceiling this way.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Mark Ellis » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:59 pm

practically invincible wrote:It's reached the point on my home course where I can drive to within a reasonable birdie distance of about 30 feet on about 10 of 18 holes. The issue I'm seeing a lot is being just under one of the many big ol pine trees that are very close to the baskets. Most have branches high enough up that I can crouch underneath, but the problem is I rely a lot on weight transfer in my putting and I can't get the oomph I need, and maintain accuracy, while crouched. Just wondering what techniques you guys like to use for those weird spots?


Do what you have to do, including turning sideways and throwing it forehand or backhand. Not everyone is blessed with a great wrist. The rest of us have to adjust and find a way to become effective. With enough practice most shots can be developed.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Star Shark » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:51 am

I'm not sure if we're talking about squatting or kneeling. I throw kneeling putts all the time and you can get a little weight transfer on those shots but to get any kind of distance you're just going to have to put more snap/spin on it. I borrowed my kneeling putt style from Des Reading. Saw her throw a kneeling putt on hole 4 of 03 Worlds finals and liked it.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Dag » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:17 am

Another option to consider when putting or throwing from a disadvantaged position would be using a lightweight disc. I've been using a <150g putter for putt and approach shots where I can't get much momentum into the throw. My less than stellar wrist plus an inch or two of forearm movement will easily net me effective range for a 30' putt. Whether I make it or not....
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Dookville » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:14 pm

If you are hunched over under a bush, try letting yourself go down to one knee to give yoursefl a little more upper body movement and work on it. If you can pull off a spin putt with a little tail up aiming at the top of the chains you should get a good arm extention.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Mike C » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:44 am

I throw RHBH. What I do on a similar hole on my home course is put my left knee on the ground and keep my right knee up with that foot planted firmly on the ground. Then I rotate my body body a little like on a short approach and use a lot of spin to keep the disc floating in the air while only 4 or 5' high, which is all this particular hole allows me. If I make it, it feels great, if it blows past it sucks :P Aim well if you do this.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby JHern » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:19 pm

Kneeling putts are an essential skill on many courses I've played. It definitely favors a spin putt-like throw.

Incorporate it into your practice routine. Most people practice putting in the wide open, in their preferred stance, under the most ideal conditions they could ever experience, but which are rarely realized on the course.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby JR » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:22 pm

JHern wrote:Kneeling putts are an essential skill on many courses I've played. It definitely favors a spin putt-like throw.

Incorporate it into your practice routine. Most people practice putting in the wide open, in their preferred stance, under the most ideal conditions they could ever experience, but which are rarely realized on the course.


True but you can give yourself a break on longer shots if you drop the arm from Doss like aiming along the center line of the disc (visually aiming that is) to almost touching the ground and immediately raising the arm like in a loft putt going spin putt only in the end. Thus you get a rising momentum and more arm acceleration room for more speed as well. Or you could do this to reduce the amount of needed arm speed. the advantage is more controlled muscles under lesser strain and a quarter elevator type of flight that won't blow by far if you are at close to maximum range. I've had weird issues doing this and standing up using a Yeti Aviar and airballing it far when i'm close 15-25' so it gets getting used to.
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby Apothecary » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:55 pm

jr: that was a lot of nonsense.

op: practice putting with all arm from the belt buckle with no weight shift. if you can learn how to get a nice pop with that technique it will translate to being able to do the same shot from a knee when it counts. ;)
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Re: Putting from Crouching Position

Postby JR » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:16 pm

Apothecary wrote:jr: that was a lot of nonsense.

op: practice putting with all arm from the belt buckle with no weight shift. if you can learn how to get a nice pop with that technique it will translate to being able to do the same shot from a knee when it counts. ;)


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A little hint because you seem to be confused so often: If the world seems like a chaotic place that you don't understand you would be right often and wrong quite often as well. Just because you don't understand something it doesn't mean that it isn't correct. Your bullshit indicator gets more accurate when you study a lot. If momentum, a term in physics, of the arm going from low to high means nothing to you it isn't coming from fools in the world doing chaotic things. It comes from the chaos of your head. You've been getting high on your own supply too much in favor of reading physics this time.
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