Peter Knight: Visualising shots

PEOPLE talk a lot about visualisation in golf but I think it is important to involve all the senses in the pre-shot routine.

TODAY we’re going to discuss something you’ve probably heard a lot of top players and coaches talk about and that’s visualization.

Often you’ll hear people talk about this process as part of a pre shot routine, something they do before they hit the shot at hand.

But there are a couple of things you need to know about this process because it’s actually a little bit different for everybody.

Some players tell me they see the shot in their mind, with the ball against the sky and coming down at the target almost like they were watching it on TV.

For others they say they see something but can’t really describe what it is they see while some others don’t see anything at all, they just get a feeling about playing the shot.

I think the important thing to remember is not to get hung up on the word visualization because if you’re one of those people who doesn’t really see a shot that doesn’t mean you should be engaging that same process.

Instead, I like to think about it in terms of creating a blueprint for the shot and engaging as many senses as possible in that process.

Think about the sound impact will make and the feel of the swing that you need to make to create the shot.

Doing this will enrich your experience of the shot and is far more valuable and provides more feedback than just trying to see the shot, especially if that’s something you have trouble with.

Give this process a go and you might be surprised at the results. When you engage as many senses as possible you’re far more likely to produce the shot it is that you’re trying to hit.


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