Tasmanian juniors golfers get taught a lesson by Australian PGA coach Peter Knight

TECHNIQUE: Top Australian PGA coach Peter Knight corrects the stance of Prospect Vale's James Fiddian during an elite clinic at Launceston Golf Club. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

TECHNIQUE: Top Australian PGA coach Peter Knight corrects the stance of Prospect Vale's James Fiddian during an elite clinic at Launceston Golf Club. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

Renowned coach Peter Knight is determined to shave mere strokes off the game of Tasmania’s single-figure handicapped juniors.

“It’s really about making them even better. Once you become good, it is harder to get incremental improvements,” Knight warned.

“But if they drop their handicap by two shots over the next 12 months, that’ll be a great achievement.”

The golf stalwart behind many Australian emerging professionals for more than 25 years was “absolutely” impressed with the discernible teenage talent that had gathered on Tuesday.

The turnout at Launceston Golf Club featured males and female players among the top of the leaderboards at Tasmania’s annual junior tournaments.

OUT TO IMPRESS: Golfers Lily Caelli, Ryan Thomas, Zahara Lemon and James Fiddian practice their tee shots for eminent coach Peter Knight. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

OUT TO IMPRESS: Golfers Lily Caelli, Ryan Thomas, Zahara Lemon and James Fiddian practice their tee shots for eminent coach Peter Knight. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

“We’ve actually got quite a mix of players who are playing off single-figure marks, which is fantastic for the future of Tassie golf,” Knight said.

“But we’ve also got a lot of younger players who are relatively new to the game – they’re the ones I think that are going to be the golfers who will be improving very quickly.”

Knight planned to get inside the head of players about their golf to better understand their game.

They will undergo development in technique, shot selection, short-game, putting, along with mental skills, decision-making and strategic thinking throughout the elite four-day camp. 

“We’re going to be doing a lot of competitive drills for the idea to create pressure in practice,” he said.

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