Squad pitching for control

THE Tamworth Golf Club NIAS golf squad met for its final regional training session for the program on the weekend.

The two-day session at the Tamworth Golf Club focused on their short game.

“We worked on pitching inside 100m and getting our distance control right,” head coach Brock Sampson said. It was stuff they’d been over before but invaluable to do well.

“It’s (short game) the most important part,” Sampson said.

“With juniors they seem to work on hitting the golf ball more than working on their short game.

“They should be spending nearly 50 per cent on their short game and filter down from there.”

Late on Sunday they also had a look at the boys’ swing to give them something to “go back home and work on” before their next tournament.

For five of the nine that will be the Peter O’Malley Junior Masters at Bathurst on April 5 and 6.

Following that the squad will play at the ClubsNSW Academy Games.

Sampson said the boys had improved over the course of the program.

“They’re all losing shots off their handicap,” he said.

“Now the real test is to see how they play on other golf courses they haven’t played on before.”

He’ll be keen to see how they handle that.

The Bathurst tournament will have many of the top juniors in the state playing in it, so will be a good gauge of where they rate against other players their age.

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