A good pre-shot routine will help make your swing more repeatable and your game much more consistent. Most people have a pre-shot routine regardless of whether they are conscious of it or not.
A good pre-shot routine should be positive in nature – it should reinforce what you want to happen rather than what you want to avoid. If, as part of your pre-shot routine, you focus on hazards and where you don’t want the ball to go, it actually increases the chances of that poor shot happening.
- Stand behind your ball and find your ball-to-target line. Some golfers like to hold their club up horizontally so that it runs through the ball and straight to the target – as a visual reinforcement of the ball-to-target line.
- It can also help to pick out a patch of ground, or a leaf a few feet in front of the ball that sits on your ball-to-target line.
- Now, come into the side of the ball to make 2 practice swings. Even though these are practice swings, your stance and the alignment of your feet, hips and shoulders should be running square to your ball-to-target line.
- During the first practice swing, you can think about 1 or 2 technicalities in your swing. If you’re working on something specific, you can quickly remind yourself during this first rehearsal swing.
- Take a second practice swing, but drop any technical thoughts from your mind.
- Just a feel for a nice smooth rhythm and tempo.
- Now go ahead and make your shot. As you set up to the golf ball, cross-check the alignment of your stance with your ball-to-target line and the patch of ground a few feet in front of the ball.
- During this swing, you must keep technical swing thoughts out of your mind.
- Should your pre-shot routine get interrupted (you get distracted by something in your environment or a negative thought), step away and start again at the very beginning – i.e. stand behind your ball and get your ball-to-target line etc.
Practice this on every shot to become a more consistent golfer!