I often get asked for swing advice and usually the problems are due to poor setup. Fixing setup issues are fundamental but if the player doesn’t have a solid pre-shot routine, achieving the proper setup becomes incredibly difficult.
A good routine helps you get aligned correctly to your target and helps get your body into the correct setup positions. These are two critical elements to play more consistent golf.
The misconception a lot of golfers have is that the routine needs to be complicated. A simple and short routine can help you eliminate mistakes. Having no routine leads to sloppy, frustrating play.
Tips for developing a winning routine
- Watch other golfers that you admire and get ideas for your pre-shot routine.
- Spend time on the range to create and practice a brief routine.
- Make sure it fits your personality. If you are a fast paced person it is best to have a quicker routine that matches your natural rhythm.
If you watch any professional or top amateur events, you will see every golfer has a repeatable pre-shot routine. I think this is an important part of the game that often gets overlooked. Remember, keep it simple and automatic.
What are your pre-shot routine secrets?
photo credit: Zach Dischner