When you step onto the first tee of the golf course, your physical skills are what they are. How well you access your best skills, is largely down to the quality of your golf pre-shot routine. How you feel and what you focus on before and during every shot will have a big effect on your execution. In this article, we’re going to unpack the pre-shot routine in golf and determine the steps that you need to take to maximize your chances of a good outcome.
What makes golf difficult is the thousands of different golf instruction methods available and the endless confusion it causes golfers. Most golfers get overwhelmed and lose sight of the very basic steps that are needed to play better golf. The internet has caused much confusion to golfers with its endless supply of videos and articles giving golfers a non-stop supply of knowledge on their golf swings.
Are you confused about how to grip a golf club? Not sure which way to hold the club and feel like an idiot on the first tee? Maybe your golf grip just doesn’t feel right and perhaps contributing to your poor golf scores? If any of these sounds like you, you’re not alone. Poor golf grips are a huge contributor to bad golf scores by most beginner and social golfers.
Do you struggle to hit consistent, solid golf shots from tee to green? Maybe you feel uncomfortable at address and stumble awkwardly every time you hit the golf ball? If this sounds like you then there’s a good chance your golf posture is not right and it is causing a number of bad things in your golf swing. You’re not alone, as most beginner and amateur golfers fail to get in the correct golf posture at address.
Every wondered how the pros hit those clean, crisp iron shots to the greens? You probably can’t understand why your iron shots come off the toe or you thin them through the back of the greens … am I right? Maybe you think your set up is okay because one of your mates told you so, but for some reason you are still not getting the results you want? Like most things in golf it all starts with the set up. If your golf iron set up is not right you are harming your chances of hitting great iron shots right from the start.
Does your golf swing feel off track right from the get go? Maybe it feels like you are pulling the club to the inside and your swing gets over the top? Getting the proper golf swing takeaway is vital to ensure the fluidity and plane of your entire golf swing. The good news with just a few minor changes you can develop your own takeaway to match that of your favourite touring professional.
Do you take the golf club way too far on the inside on the takeaway of your golf swing? Maybe you take the golf club too far on the outside on the takeaway? Are you not even sure which way the golf club should be facing on the takeaway and are confused on how it should look? You’re not alone, knowing the proper golf swing takeaway confuses most golfers especially those struggling to break 100. The good news is it’s really easy to get the correct position and once you know this you can replicate it time after time and enjoy great results with your golf swing.
Does your backswing feel out of sync from the time you commence the takeaway? Do you feel like your lower and upper body aren’t working together correctly which gets your swing off to a bad start? Learning to perform a proper golf backswing is vital if you want to lower your golf handicap and golf scores. The good news is you can do this regardless of where your golf swing is at right now.
Do you pull a lot of golf shots or hit a big slice that puts your ball in a whole lot of trouble? Maybe you push the golf ball way right of the target and hit a lot of fat and thin shots? If this sounds like you then there’s a good chance you are getting your golf club in the wrong position in your downswing. You’re not alone, as most golfers from beginner to amateur alike fail to get the golf club into the right position in the downswing.
It’s impossible to play great golf without the proper golf swing plane! If you’ve heard the phrase before and not taken much notice of it, stop and listen. Maybe you’ve heard your playing partners talking about swing planes before? You probably thought that were talking about jumbo jets or 747 air-crafts? Maybe you have some knowledge of the swing plane but don’t really understand it?
Are you struggling to make any sort of solid contact on the golf ball? Maybe you feel like you are coming down steep and chopping the ball resulting in a big banana slice? If this sounds like you then there's a good chance your golf swing plane is way off and it's causing a multitude of problems with your golf swing. You're not alone, as an ‘off plane' golf swing is extremely common and effects over 90% of amateur golfers. The good news is with just a bit of understanding you can find the correct golf swing plane for you and really see some fantastic improvement in your golf scores.
Do you hit a lot of golf iron shots off the toe that fly out to the right and miss your target by 30-yards? Maybe you feel like you lose 6 or 7 shots a round because of poor ball striking with your short wedges? Whilst there are many parts to completing the perfect golf swing, in the wash up it all comes down to how you end up in the golf impact position that determines where your golf ball goes. The good news is any golfer of any skill level can learn to get the proper impact position and compress their golf shots like a touring pro.
A poor golf swing follow through or finish invariably will result in a poor golf shot. It’s very difficult to hit a good golf shot without finishing the golf swing correctly. With most golfers you can usually tell whether they have hit a bad shot or not just by watching their follow through. The good news is it’s not a very hard thing to fix if you know the right positions to be in the finish of the golf swing. Have a close look at the picture above and you will see a good position. In particular look at the position of the right foot and the right shoulder.