Learn the Best Pre-Shot Routine

Learn the Best Pre-Shot Routine

How do you start your golf swing? What do you go through to give your body the ability to do what you want it to do, which obviously is to move athletically to product a good shot. It is kind of an interesting question because a lot of us do not have a starter. We do not know what to do to get going so what we do is wait around for our brain to tell our body what to do. Watch this.

4 Things You Need in Your Pre-Shot Routine

I just went through a very precise pre-swing routine. That routine accomplished four things: my grip, my alignment, my posture and my ball position, and it took me five steps to accomplish those four basics. Watch again now that you know what I am doing.

  • Step one [left hand grip]
  • Step two [right hand grip] and I then look at the target before I step in to the ball.
  • Step three, I am aligning the club while I am posturing the club and myself.
  • Step four is ball placement.
  • Step five is width of stance and a waggle. I am now ready.

Upon completion of the routine and the shot what we want to do is hold the finish until the ball completes its entire journey, every single time. Why? Rhythm, balance, identify the ballflight. Watch it once more. When the club is in my right hand I am doing whatever I want to do, mentally and physically.

As soon as I switch hands, when the club goes from my back hand to my front hand, I am now into golf mode. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Last waggle and hit it. Consistency is your game. You need a routine. Would I recommend the one I just did? Absolutely! It has worked for me for many years, have fun with it.

Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub-Category: Address/Set-Up, Alignment, Grip
About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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