Peter Knight: Variety in practise

PRACTISE is an important part of improving your golf but you have to make sure you are doing it the best way.

NOT all golf practise is created equal and today I want to talk about adding some variety to your practice.

Al too often I see people at the range focusing all their energies on one or two clubs with the thought process of mastering the particular shot they’re working on.

They’re afraid to change clubs because they feel their performance will actually deteriorate if they have to vary their set up and swing.

But even though it seems counter intuitive, that’s actually a good thing. On the golf course, we never get multiple goes at the one shot with the same club so why practice that?

What I like to see people doing is changing things up and trying different shots.

How many times have you hit a bunch of 7-irons at the range and by the end you’re hitting them really well then you step on the first tee and the shot required is a driver or 3-wood and you hit it terribly?

The more variety you build into your practice the more it challenges you to maintain the same motor pattern of your swing with different clubs.

What I like to see is people hitting one or two drivers then a couple of pitch shots then a mid-iron followed by a 3-wood and back to an 8-iron or something along those lines.

The other thing which is valuable is to alter your target.

Most driving ranges have mats or markers that are aimed somewhere and that can be similar to hitting the same club over and over.

Try turning one way or the other and aiming at a different target and vary the length of your shots as well.

Then you can add in practicing different shapes and trajectories, hitting fades and draws and high and low shots.

If I asked you to hit two fades then a draw then another fade and then a straight shot you would find it easier to hit that straight shot than if I just asked you to hit it from the outset.

The other thing I encourage you to do is experiment. Don’t be afraid to muck around with the path of the swing or the face angle to see what happens.

If you can combine some of these ideas with a some good technique coaching you’ll be well on your way to being a better golfer and enjoying your golf more.


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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Peter Knight