Block Out Distractions with a Golf Pre-Shot Routine

By Ed Ibarguen

Great Golfers Have Excellent Focus

If you were watching the Bay Hill Classic last week you happened to see Tiger Woods make an unbelievable putt and he was so in the moment that he threw his cap down and the announcer said boy its unusual for him to show that much emotion. I want to let you know that when his caddie picked up the hat and gave it to him, Tiger was kind of surprised, he said how did you get my hat. He was not even aware of what he was doing. He was so in the moment. He was so focused. So how do Tour Players get their mind so focused that they block out all the distractions, they block out all the negative shots?

Develop a Consistent Pre-Shot Routine

One of the things that we will start to watch and one reason why I love to watch golf on TV is that I start to notice the things that the best players in the world do. One thing that they all do consistently is that they have as pre-shot routine. That is just a basic routine that allows them to take a look at a target, see the ball, make the right decision of choosing a club, moving into that shot, setting up over the shot. There is not a lot of swing thoughts here, they are just getting up, getting ready, coming back, boom, making the shot to the hole. What I want to talk about today is how can you get a pre-shot routine.

Block Out Negative Thoughts Before You Swing

Understand one thing, when you are developing your pre-shot routine it does not have to be like mine. It does not need to be like Tiger Woods. It needs to be yours, but there needs to be some consistency in it. let me make a suggestion, I am going to give you a couple of ideas, try to go through this with me. You can use this as a starting point and then try to work your own. Be patient in developing a pre-shot routine, it is not going to happen overnight, you keep on finding what your tendencies are.

Remember, the main purpose of the pre-shot routine is to block out all those negative thoughts. The oh gosh I don't want to hit it in the water, or that big bunker is in the front. You want to block all that out and move into your shot. Take a great set up and make a great swing.


Category: Pre-Shot Routine
Sub Categories: Psychology

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