Creating a pre shot routine will help you foster positive behaviors that allow you to reduce tension and free your mind so you’re able to take a good golf swing. The pre shot routine combines physical and psychological steps to help you hit the best shot you are capable of hitting. Using positive reinforcement and repetition before every shot relieves tension and frees your mind, creating a more fluid swing. Use these steps (or a combination of them) in your pre shot routine to help you relax and focus.
- Stand behind the ball. Find a line starting just behind the ball and follow it through the ball, directly to your target.
- Pick an intermediate point between 3 and 5 feet in front of the ball on that line.
- Put the club face on that line FIRST, and then set your feet in place perpendicular to that line.
- Waggle your feet a few times, moving your stance from left to right. This will help you establish rhythm and aids in balance.
- Keeping the club face ABOVE the ball, move it back and forth using your wrists. Holding the club in the air forces the arms to bend, which reduces tension and makes for a more fluid shot.
- Now, focus on your target to make sure your line is correct. Adjust if needed.
- Glance at the ball, then back at your target.
- Put your head down and swing on your line.
You can also add practice swings or short breathing exercises to your pre shot routine. Always remember that you pre shot routine is designed to loosen you up and concentrate on your shot. Your pre shot routine should never become something you do without thinking.