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Lenny has just won a bow and arrow competition with ease.

The bow and arrow competition consists of running through the woods firing at stationary targets.

Lenny has an advantage.


You see Lenny’s hobby is to go into the Northern Territories in Australia with his friends and shoot Water Buffalo with his bow and arrow.

Generally with Water Buffalo you have to sneak up close and shoot them with the arrow. However if you miss you now have one rather large Water Buffalo close to you that isn’t in a particularly good mood!


Buffalo charge 1a


So you HAVE to be good. You have to be adaptable as the target is normally moving. 

Lenny has an advantage over his competitors because his training environment is harder than his competitive environment.


This is a true story adapted from a good friend and Golf Coach Graham Bolton, Graham is based in Cairns, Australia.

Graham's website.


You get lots of shots


Andy has just lost a golf competition on the last and is tired.

Andy never got his round going until about 6/7 holes into the round.

Andy has a disadvantage.

Andy is practicing loads over the winter, however it is after work in the dark on a driving range.

Andy has a disadvantage.

Andy hits balls with the same club over and over again to no specific target for the first 30 minutes at the range.

Andy thinks he is hitting the ball great at the range, however doesn’t understand why it takes him so long to warm up on the golf course.

Andy struggles to transfer his range form to the golf course. He always finds it takes him a few holes to get into a rhythm and his bad shot off the tee always creeps in at the start of the round, a hook to the left.

Andy is at a disadvantage because his practice is much, much easier than his competitive environment.

Andy doesn't need to be switched on in practice.


You only get one shot!

The Intervention


Andy has an advantage.

Andy’s training environment is now harder than his competitive environment.

Andy is still going to the range, however the range is farther away and takes longer to get to.

After a small warm up along the lines of what Andy normally does when playing golf -


If he hooks the ball left of target set at 30 yards wide on the range, Andy hands the rest of his balls to the person next to him and goes home.

If Andy hits it through the gates he stays.

Andy now HAS to be switched on from the start in his practice.


Above was part of my suggestion and obviously an extreme version of what we could do depending on ability.

So I wouldn't expect Andy do the above straight away, however maybe build up to something resembling this.


Andy and I also discussed how we could make practice in the winter more game like and try and tackle Andy’s slow starts when playing golf.


I set Andy the task of making up his own game.

Here it is:


Consequence management: Thought I’d start realistic and can tweak from there.

50balls at the range.

3 practice wedges (simulating a poor pre game warm up) then first shot cannot go left of a range marker whilst if it does 10 balls have to be left in the basket at the end of the session. 2nd shot can’t go left or another 5 balls have to be left in the basket.

Keep going with 5 ball penalty for first 5 shots.

Then play shots as if it was my home course with 5 ball penalty in play for the holes where I potentially would be ob, water, lost etc.


What do you think of Andy’s practice plans?

And mine?

What are you doing in practice to aid transfer to the golf course?

Do you have any issues transferring your winter practice to the course?

I look forward to hearing from you to assist in sorting through your ideas and creating new ones as well.


I look forward to hearing from you to assist in sorting through your ideas and creating new ones as well.




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