Russell Knox offers advice to the ordinary hacker

Wednesday, the middle of the week. Also known as hump day. For golfers it’s two days closer to their much-anticipated weekend rounds.

By today most will have secured slots at their local clubs and might be toying with the idea of heading out to the driving range before then to tweak one or two things, depending of course on how their rounds went last week.

While smacking a few balls at the range may be a great way to relieve stress after a tough day at the office, pro golfer Russell Knox, believes that it’s got to be done with a purpose.

“You’ve got to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Take a piece of paper and write it down before you head onto the range. Then work on it for 45 minutes,” world No 31 Knox said during a clinic at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships on the weekend

“People have a short concentration span and if you don’t stick to the time you’ll find yourself just mindlessly using the driver and not achieving anything,” the Scotsman, who claimed his sole European Tour win at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, said.

En route to victory, the likeable Knox had to duel with big-hitting Dustin Johnson on the final day and, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to match his opponent for distance off the tee he simply opted to turn his back whenever the American hit a tee shot.

“I didn’t want to be sucked into his game. I knew that he’d bomb the drives and clear mine my miles but I just didn’t let it get to me,” Knox said. Important advice for guys in a  similar situation in their four-balls.

Perhaps the best bit of knowledge imparted on the group was this; “Stay calm and stay patient. There’s always another shot. There’s no point getting upset about it because it’s just golf,” Knox said.

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