A solid preshot routine is a must for good golf


Series:

Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 | 12:36 p.m.

Do you have a Pre-Shot Routine? Do you know it? So many golfers have a Pre-Shot Routine for most golf shots but don't even know what their routine is when asked in a lesson.

We don't want to be the golfer who makes a swing, when it finally feels right. Unfortunately, without a good Pre-Shot Routine it may never feel right, opening the door for tension and anxiety to creep into our game, and as we all know, tension and anxiety are the killers of both your Golf game and life itself.

Since golf is not a reaction sport, that golf ball is just going to sit there and sit there until the golfer addresses it and executes a shot. Let's find a Pre-Shot Routine that we will understand and rely on when it is time to make the swing. Understanding your Pre-Shot Routine will really help to keep the tension and anxiety levels way down. Watch the professionals on Television and you will see that they all have a solid Pre-Shot Routine.

At my Academy I have video of Tiger Woods going through his Pre-Shot Routine in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 & 2006 and in all the swings he made his Pre-Shot Routine never changed. It continues to be simple and consistent.

Some will tell you that Pre-Shot Routine involves selection of a club, checking the wind etc....and that is not wrong at all. For me, it is after those other decisions have been made, and now it is time to execute the shot.

Here is My Pre-Shot Routine:

Guzzi_1.jpg

It starts behind the ball, looking down the line of play to get a visual for the shot. I then stand parallel to the line of play, still well behind the ball and make 1 to 3 practice swings, looking to feel the swing that I want to make for that shot.

Guzzi_2.jpg

Now I am behind the ball, with arms hanging low and trying to get as loose and relaxed as possible.

Guzzi_3.jpg

I now look down the line of play and bring my line of play in, closer to the ball (about 3 feet). I am now staring at the spot 3 feet in front of the ball and approaching the ball while still staring at that spot until I get my feet parallel to the spot and the line of play.

Guzzi_4.jpg

Now that I am in a good set-up position and ready to make the swing I waggle and look, a 2nd waggle and a look and as soon as my club touches the ground after the 2nd waggle and look I swing.

Balanced Finish:

KeepEmInTheFairway.jpg

Because I know that I will be swinging after the second waggle, tension and anxiety are kept at as low a level as possible giving me the opportunity to execute the best possible swing.

Study the professionals; watch for their Pre-Shot Routine and re-evaluate yours. Find a style that fits your game and practiced it on the range. Remember, it is important to know your Pre-Shot Routine so that you will be prepared to make the best possible swing for the shot at hand.

Personally, I love Tigers, Mark O'meara's, Annaika Sorenstam's, and Phil Mickelson's just to name a few.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article and my hope is that you will find some of this information useful, making your golf game the best it can be.

Lou Guzzi, 2003 Philadelphia Section "PGA Teacher of the Year"

Awarded as one of Golf Range Magazine's "Top 50 Golf Instructors in America"
Listed as one of Golf Magazine's "Top Regional Teachers in America"
Listed as one of Golf Digest's "Best Teachers in Your State" for Pennsylvania
Nominated-"National PGA Teacher of the Year"
Class A - Member of the PGA of America
PGA Presidents Counsel - Member
Additionally, Lou has written articles in the past for Philadelphia Golfer,
PGA Magazine and has appeared on ABC Channel 6 Action News "Tee Times" and on Comcast CN8's Golf Shoot-Out providing Golf Tips and as a Broadcaster with Lou Tilley and Kevin Walsh.

Guzzi_thumb.jpgFor more information you can contact Lou at:
Lou Guzzi Golf Academy at Talamore Country Club
Book your lessons online 24-7 at www.louguzzi.com
215-901-7192