Establishing a Pre-Shot Routine

Thanks for previewing this video. Please upgrade your account to Pro to finish watching and get unlimited access over 1,000+ training videos. Click here to see all of the other perks you'll receive as a GolfLink Pro!
OK
Establishing a Pre-Shot Routine
Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub-Category: Psychology, Address/Set-Up
Other videos in the series Develop Your Pre-Shot Routine with Richard Coop:

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Establishing a Pre-Shot Routine

Every golf shot should start with a good pre-shot routine. There are a number of things that go into a pre-shot routine, for example, how you step into the ball. Kim will demonstrate a couple of different ways swing teacher have taught her. I do not have any particular preference for either one of these; they both work well for some people. You can put both feet together and then step into position, or you can put your right foot closer into the ball and then step in with your left foot so you are aligned. The important thing is to do it consistently so that you are aligned every time. The things that I am interested in come from a psychological perspective. There are three: 1) Have a good intermediate target so that you have a good clear spot to aim over in front of your ball; 2) A trigger or some kind of signal or mechanism to come into focus so that you totally lock into concentration before you start into your golf shot. A number of different players use different mechanisms and we will cover that when we deal specifically with this step; and 3) A cleansing breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth breathing from your diaphragm. So the three things that you must have are an intermediate target, a trigger or signal mechanism to come totally into focus on each shot and a cleansing breath to relax your body and oxygenate your blood. If you do those three things consistently you will set yourself up every time for the best swing you have that day.

About the Instructor
Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500

Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.


ACTIVITY FEED

River I.  left a review and uploaded photos of River Isles

River I. unlocked the Photo Virtuoso Achievement!
Uploaded 10 golf course photos

River I.  uploaded photos of River Isles Bradenton, Florida

River I. joined GolfLink
Young H. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Reading Greens Watch Video>>

Definition of the Hook Hooks are caused by the disconnection of the left or right elbow to the body, which forces you to flip your hands over before impact during the downswing
Start the Forward-Swing Many golfers start the forward swing with a violent motion rather than a gradual acceleration of the clubhead through to impact
Hit it Straight from the Start Learn two simple drills to hit the ball in a straight line