Improve Your Short Game in 5 Steps

By Mike LaBauve

I got a little five-step routine that I see most great players using and I think you should use one too because at least you'll look good.

5 Part Pre-Shot Routine

  • One: Assess the lie. Either the ball is going to be sitting on top of the grass or it might be sitting down a little hole and if it is, you're going to have to adjust your ball position.
  • Two: Visualize the shot. I saw this one year with Greg Norman at the U.S. Open, he was actually tossing balls to try to visualize the trajectory and the roll that he needed. Once you find that exact trajectory and roll then you've got a good feel for the shot you need to play.
  • Three: I'm going to pick a club to produce that shot and trajectory. So I've got my pitching wedge and that leads me to number four.
  • Four: My rehearsal swing. In my rehearsal swing, I am going to try and get a feel for how much swing I need to go to that target and I'm going to try to hit the grass right in front of the ball. I also make sure the bottom of my swing is in the right place.
  • Five: I'm going to execute the shot and hold it. Notice my finish position, how I've held the position at the finish.

You need to do this, at least it will make you look good when you finish. Remember, assess the lie, visualize the shot, pick your club, rehearse for success, and then execute and hold the finish. I promise you your results will be like a pros.


Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub Categories: Follow-Through, Psychology

About the Instructor

Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283