The next time you watch golf on
TV notice what the players do before they play each shot. Each one of them will go through
their "pre-shot routine" which will be exactly the same each time.
So many golfers come to school each week saying that they would like to be
more consistent, and I tell them that this is one way to ensure that. Each pro has his or
her own pre-shot routine and I will describe mine in order to give you something to build
I think the two elements that should be included in the routine are
visualization and alignment.
As you can see in picture #1 I take my practice swing first next to the
then in picture #2 I stand behind the ball and visualize the flight of the
shot I am about to hit. Once that is done I pick a spot about 2 feet in front of my ball
but on line with my target, walk around and align the clubface to the spot as in picture
I then go into my address position and hit my shot.
Pre-shot routine will not only help your consistency but with
visualization will improve your overall game. The key point to remember is - do the same
thing each time - don't vary your routine at any time.