In this lesson, the student will learn to:

  • Perform a skill blindfolded or eyes closed to develop, learn, and improve skills in a different manner
  • Interact and help others with verbal cues during the putting routine
  • Understand the basic putting motion needed to propel the disc into the basket


  • Disc golf target(s)
  • Five discs (putters) per target
  • One blindfold per basket


  • Place targets in a line equally spaced apart
  • Mark putting lines at 15 feet for the main distance or 20 and 25 feet for advanced skill levels
  • Divide class equally among the targets


See it. Feel it Be it. is an advanced putting activity that provides some exploratory fun for students as they learn about themselves and kinesthetic imagery/sensory while learning to hone their putt. It is important to thoroughly discuss the definition of kinesthetic imagery and give examples of kinesthetic imagery/sensory to the students at the beginning of the lesson. This is a great activity for disc golf clubs.


Introduction: (5-10 minutes)
In most sports, players benefit from kinesthetic imagery and kinesthetic sensory or the power of visualizing and feeling the performed skill. Putting may be learned at an advanced level when the students are taught to feel a successful putt.
Kinesthetic Imagery is derived from the word kinetic, which means movement or motion. Dynamic kinesthetic imagery is the cognitive creation of the feeling of movements while physically moving. For example, a figure skater may imagine the feeling of routine elements while walking through the pattern, or a skier may imagine the feel of the course while standing, shifting weight, and moving the shoulders. Kinesthetic Sensory then is the actual feeling of movement such as walking without looking at your feet or typing, but not looking at one’s hands.

Free throws are a great example practicing a movement while concentrating on the visualization and feeling involved with successful makes. This practice creates movements that happen naturally and without forcing thoughts onto the mechanics of that movement.

Michael Jordan used kinesthetic imagery and sensory when practicing free throws while blindfolded, which helped his regular free throws and shots in general. Jordon had a 70% accuracy rate when shooting ten free throws while blindfolded.

See Putting Lesson Plan “Line Your Putt” for the set up and sequencing of this lesson; with “See It. Feel It. Be It” some twists are added.

Lesson: (10-30 minutes)

  • At each target, players partner up and line up behind spot #1. The first time through, one partner should feed the other 3-5 discs to putt at 15 feet from the target. The partners will switch roles the next time through the line. The primary kinesthetic focus is on the feel of the disc, with the weight transfer of the legs, body, and arms being a secondary point of focus. With a larger group, the line can be split and have two sets of partners going on either side of the marking spot. Just be considerate to wait until both sides are complete before retrieving the discs.
  • The next time up, partners take turns and attempt two regular putts and then three blindfolded putts at 15 feet. Prompt players to visualize their body’s actions and visualize the disc flying into the chains before attempting each putt. The partner is encouraged to give verbal feedback on the putt’s flight and finish.
  • On the third time through, players throw all five putts blindfolded from 15 feet still visualizing their shot beforehand. Once students accept losing their visual cues, they should find success in “feeling” a successful putt. This activity works well with all age levels to a varying degree of understanding. It should be used after proper putting technique is developed and understood.
  • Students should focus on the feeling of the disc flying to the target.
  • Consistent grip and putting motion help the student feel the shot.
  • Kinesthetic imagery may also lead to performance enhancement if practiced while at rest before falling asleep. Visualize the entirety of making putts in your head before calling it a night.
Other blindfolded activities can assist in reinforcing the concepts like guiding a blindfolded partner throwing a ball at a target, shooting a free throw or walking around.