The place where you must be most confident in the game of golf is after your pre-shot routine, when you are standing directly over the ball right before you strike it. In order to have high level confidence at address you must be decisive. The best way to be decisive is to maintain a consistent pre-shot routine, focus on the outcome you desire, and not step up to address until you are ready to pull the trigger.
Golfers often run into trouble when they address the ball before they are ready because they don’t engage a consistent pre-shot routine. Whether their mind is clouded with too many thoughts, doubt, past shots, or lack of confidence, many players attempt to play with an unstable mindset, and then are frustrated by the results they get. Remember that your thoughts direct your actions. So when your thoughts aren’t quiet and centered on the task before you, you can’t expect an ideal outcome. And if you don’t use an effective pre-shot routine, and find yourself addressing the ball while you are still planning your shot, your mind will be unable to send your body a clear command to initiate a solid shot.A solid pre- and post-shot routine will help you play with greater consistency. Click To Tweet
Setting Yourself Up for Success
There are 4 things you should be doing in a consistent pre-shot routine to set yourself up for a great shot:
Step 1 – Observation
Instead of looking at everything around you, be selective to only gather the data points that are essential to your shot planning process.
Step 2 – Selection
Be decisive as you select your target, club, and the type of shot you will make that will lead to a successful outcome.
Step 3 – Rehearsal
Take the time you need to engage in a dress rehearsal of the shot you’ve planned. This step helps you turn on the mechanics and connect to the feel of your swing.
Step 4 – Execution
The three previous steps are the essence of your pre-shot routine, during which you make your plans. Once you are 100% committed to your plan, you will be ready to pull the trigger. At address your thoughts should be quiet, and centered on your target and repeating your good practice swing. Give yourself permission to step away from address if you find yourself unprepared mentally, and restart your routine. Your goal is to have a quiet mind over the ball, while feeling confident that you can create the outcome you desire.
If you need help to refine your pre-shot routine, give me a call at 239.431.6810 so we can talk about a golf school or private coaching option to get your game on track. What you choose to do consistently before and after every shot will determine whether or not you reach your potential in the game to PLAY GREAT.