You probably hear about or read about the term Pre-Shot Routine. Most of the time you think about it only for a full swing, on your drive. Well you should have maybe five pre-shot routines: one for your drive; one for your fairway irons; one for chipping and putting; one for bunker play; and one for pitching.
Different Pre-Shot Routines for Different Shots
Different routines for all of those. I am going to go through my routine for putting. This is not necessarily your routine; it is a routine, one that I am going to show you that I like to do. First thing I ask myself when I come up to the green is I try to check out if this putt is uphill or downhill. Surprisingly you hit a lot of putts and you say, oh, it was uphill. Well that is too late. Then I try to figure out if it breaks to the right or to the left, and when I do that of course I am looking at slope and the grain.
Those are two things that the fine US Open Champion Lou Graham one told me. That is all I do in putting is I go up there and do this and do that and this is my pre-shot. I add three things. I say to myself, I see the line, so I see the line about four inches out to the right. I am going to imagine a yellow line going right down to that line; that is where I am going to aim it. Then I say I feel the distance. In my routine I like to swing my hand back and through, back and through.
There we are; that is going to get it there as far as how hard I have to hit it. Now I make a practice stroke with what it felt for how hard to hit it and I say I am going start the ball right along that yellow line and roll it right to the cup. That is the positive affirmation necessary to make it go down there to make it go it. So a pre-shot routine and having that kind of confidence really makes you putt better.