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Hitting Over Water

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Here we are today at Windaroo Lakes Golf Club on the beautiful 15th. It's a par 3, just over 100m, we call it Pump House.

It's a lovely little hole but how many of you get to this hole, get out your old ball and think "Oh no, I hope I don't hit it in the water."

That's not telling yourself anything positive.

So here are a few tips that might help you with water holes.

1. Asses the situation

Are you into the wind?

Where's the danger? On this hole, short is danger.

2. Pick the right club

Give yourself enough club that you know if you don't quite hit it right it will still be enough club to get over.

3. Put your old ball away - be positive.

You can have your practice swing knowing that there is water in front of you. So if you have a bad swing, no matter what your handicap, I play off low mark but if I have a bad swing I can put it in the water as well.

You want to have a nice confidence practice swing, then step up over the ball and get ready to hit.

Some of you have said to me you have different thoughts going through your head, which are normally negative.

Here is a tip for you:

Stop Negative Thoughts

As you go to stand over the ball, pick your target, try to think of something - I like to think of a colour.

While you are thinking of something else your brain can't think of the things you don't want to do with your golf swing.

So line yourself up and think 'pink' because while you're thinking 'pink' you can't think 'oh no, there's water'.

Then make a nice, confident swing!


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