Peter Knight: Avoiding bad shots

ONE of the simplest things you can do to help you play better golf is learn top think the right way.

TODAY I want to talk about thought processes when you’re playing and how they can have a really big impact on how you play.

Have you ever played a shot, hit it poorly then immediately said to yourself “I knew I was going to do that”?

Most of us have and it’s not really a surprise if you think about it.

What’s most likely happened is that you’ve created a mental representation of the shot you don’t want to hit then executed it perfectly.

You may not have wanted the end result but it was the shot you set yourself up to play mentally.

Given that you have to be thinking about something before each shot it’s a good idea to think about what you DO want to do rather than what you DON’T.

Part of every shot is deciding where you don’t want to hit the ball but the key is to deal with that first.

Once you’ve established in your own mind what you DON’T want to do then switch to thinking about what you DO want to do.

The way the human mind works is to focus on whatever it’s attention is drawn to. If yor last thought before you take the club away is to picture ethe water onthe3 left of the fairway then that’s what your mind is focussed on.

So the simple message is that you should always think in terms of what you do want to do not what you don’t want to do.


Peter Knight

As one of only four Master Professional Coaches with the PGA of Australia, Peter Knight has a long track record of helping players whatever their age or ability level.

Peter applies the same care in coaching you as he does international teams and professionals.

All he asks is that you are prepared to put in a little practice to reap the rewards you want from your game.

 You can book lessons with Peter at Yarra Bend Golf Course either on the website www.yarrabendgolf.com or by calling (03) 9481 3729.

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