Jack Nicklaus Pre-Shot Golf Routine

By Jim McLean

The Jack Nicklaus Pre-Shot Golf Routine

When we talk about the history of the greatest players in the game, the list starts with Jack Nicklaus. What I would like to talk about today is his pre shot routine and the intermediate target that he used as he went in to set up.

Find a Target Where to Hit the Golf Ball

Now Jack started every shot from behind the ball as do most great players, but you could really see Jack pick out one or two intermediate targets plus his primary target, where he was trying to hit the golf ball. So you could see him do this from behind his golf ball and then stare out to where he was trying to hit it. As he walked around and approached his golf ball and set up, the first thing that he would do is line up his club at the intermediate target. Now that is so much easier to do, to aim at something very close to my golf ball than something 200 yards out. So Jack was meticulous about this, he would not put his feet into position until he felt that he had that clubface squared up.

Prepare for Every Golf Shot

Then he would take his stance. From here as he waggled the club he would look out to his target then to his intermediate target and back to the golf club. I think it is very important to realize that most good players are looking at the golf club, not the golf ball. Intermediate target, primary target, back to the intermediate target, back to the clubface, maybe a repeat, and back and then Jack would hit the golf ball. But one of the things that made Jack so good was his meticulous care in preparing for every golf shot that he hit.


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About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL