Checklist for a Perfect Pre-Shot Routine
Let's talk a little about the importance of a pre-shot routine. If you turn on your television set on any weekend afternoon and watch the Senior PGA, the LPGA or the PGA, you will note that all the good golfers have a pre-shot routine. By that I mean they have some idiosyncrasies or little tendencies, things they do before they hit the golf ball.
Pre-Shot Routine: Become a More Consistent Golfer
There is a reason for this: every golf shot is a bit different. We're always in unfamiliar territory and the pre-shot routine gives us some sense of continuity, it's like feeling at home. So I'm going to show you mine and I would recommend you try something similar to this.
- First of all, I walk behind the ball and I try to picture the perfect shot and the shot I intend to hit. I also draw a direct line between my ball and my target. I picture a gorgeous golf shot, eliminating all the bunkers, water hazards and trees that may come into play.
- As I'm looking at this shot I walk forward, I keep the club in my left hand, and as I walk forward I continue looking at my target. I'm still picturing the shot that I intend to hit.
- When I get to the ball I put both hands on the golf club, I step forward with my right foot and then I place the clubhead down directly behind the ball, keeping that line to my intended target. I actually extend a visual all the way through.
- As I continually look at my target, I take my stance, now I'm in a stance which is comfortable with perfect alignment and without being contrived.
Once you achieve this position make sure you don't alter your body, don't start moving your feet around to the right or to the left because that will give you improper alignment. Stick with what you achieved the first time, it's going to help your golf swing and you're going to hit the ball on line much more frequently, which is going to lower your scores.
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