Pre-Shot Golf Routine: Keep It Simple

By Ed Ibarguen

Pre-Shot Golf Routine: Keep It Simple

The Mental Part of Your Golf Swing

One of the things that is very important for a golf instructor to find out from a student is what is going through their mind as they are approaching the ball, and sometimes there are even a lot of thoughts going through their mind while they are hitting. For example I had a student last month and I asked him that question, I said Harry what are you thinking about in the backswing. He said not too much.

  • I get here and I want to be sure I have a slight shift to the right to take it back.
  • I want to start to cock my wrists and by the time my hands are at my knees I want to have them set at a 90 degree angle.
  • I want to keep my elbow close to my side, keeping my head very still on this side, making sure that even though I have this shift I am still balanced.
  • When I am coming up to here I want to make sure the clubface is in a really nice position coming away, I like to have a lot of width in my swing so I want to make sure I am pushing against this.

I said wait a second Harry, your hands are not even hip high and you have already given me seven swing thoughts, that is too many. I know there are a lot of you out there, you may not have as many as Harry, I think Harry for his whole swing registered a total of 37, I said how can you think of so many. He said I think of Mary had a little lamb. So don't be Harry.

Limit Your Thoughts During Your Golf Swing

Here is what I want you to realize, the golf swing from the very beginning all the way to the finish takes less than two seconds to execute. Two seconds, how many things can you think of effectively?

  • What I want you to do is I will often tell my students, I will say take this ball and I want you to toss it to me.
  • They do this, here they go they are gong to toss it, here we go, they toss it. That is perfect. Toss it back.
  • This time I want them to toss it to me while I am moving.
  • So I will be moving and they toss it to me again and I say, hey, what were you thinking about when you tossed me that ball so perfectly because the scientists here at Duke say that the act of tossing a ball is a complex physiomotor activity. If it is so complex what were you thinking about?

They always say I was not thinking about anything. I say that is the way I want you to play golf. So we are going to do a series of tips to talk about pre-shot routine, what to get you thinking so that instead of trying to consciously trying to steer your swing and make yourself hit a good shot you are just going to let yourself hit a good shot. Tune in for these next couple of tips, they will really help you.

Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub-Category: Psychology

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