Plan Your Shot
Step up to the tee box or lie and view the target. Determine the distance and any obstacles between the tee or lie and the target. Determine the ball flight (trajectory) needed to get the ball to the target. Consider the wind speed and direction. Examine the lie if your ball is in or along the fairway, in greenside rough or in a hazard.
Select the Right Club
Select the club that is right for the distance and trajectory, and for the lie condition. Remember to adjust the club selection based on flagstick placement on the green, wind conditions and elevation change between your shot and the target.
Do a few stretches and full swings to prepare your muscles for the golf swing needed for the shot.
Stand behind your ball and envision the shot. Select an intermediate target between your ball and the actual target. Use this for your alignment when you address the ball.
Take Two Practice Swings
Step up to a location at your ball that is a pace back from where you will address the ball. Take two practice swings to prepare your muscle memory to take the swing with the proper stance and swing-speed.
Address the Ball and Take the Shot
Re-establish your intermediate target if necessary. Step up to your ball and assume the address position. Take the shot.