Understanding your shot pattern

Last updated: June 2, 2023

As golfers, we get so immersed into hitting the ball high, straight, and far enough, that we sometimes forget where we are trying to send the ball. Picking the right target is more than just where we want the ball to go. We have to factor in where your ball might end up going, on a slightly missed hit shot. I can't think of many events that would frustrate me more, than to hit a decent shot that ended up in a severely challenging situation.

In the image, the black lines represent the line between a range mat and one of the poles at the end of the driving range. from the perspective of a 125 yard shot, hitting the ball one pole to the right of your target (the trampoline) you will be 6.5 yards right of your target.

The green circle on the driving range represents the green size of hole #18 at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course The Blue circle on the 18th green represents the size of a trampoline.

So what should this tell us?

Well, if you can't hit the trampoline at the Burnaby Mountain driving range at least 50% of the time, you are probably better off aiming for the middle of the green. Let’s have more putts for birdie, instead of bunker shots or flop shots.

Watch this video to see how you can use the poles at the end of the range in your practice routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQP5rAIopoA