The Master Pre-Swing Routine

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This presentation describes a step by step method for getting ready to play every shot you will ever hit on any golf course.  T might seem like a huge amount of information to digest and to use. After learning and practice, the correct execution of this routine will only take 10-15 seconds.  The benefits of using a complete routine cannot be calculated.  This method for getting ready for each shot will take you from the practice tee to the course and it will then tie all the pieces of the puzzle together into a cohesive whole!

General Concepts

Using a Master Routine Makes Learning Easier and Performance More Consistent By Integrating the Pre-Shot Requirements for EVERY Shot in the Game

Learn as little as  possible … focus your attention on mastering consistently executing a few critical, essential elements.

Rely on technique more than talent … some days chicken, some days feathers … you will not have your “A” game every day, this is when technique, which you CAN bring to the course every day, is better than talent.

Every shot, regardless of circumstances is reduced to its elementary requirements which can be approached in a systematic manner.  A “IT’S JUST A PUTT” attitude brings your fear of failure under BETTER control.  A drive is played the same way as bunker shot which is played the same way as a short putt.

A Master Routine reduces the requirements for ANY shot down to a manageable routine which controls ALL of the variables required for ANY  shot

Confidence is developed.  You learn to think that every shot is manageable because you have already played a similar shot

Learning on the practice tee carries over to the golf course

Your can perform much better under pressure

The Five Stanza Poem

First Stanza, Think … Analyze, Select and Visualize (behind the ball)


Distance to the hole

Desired target and bailout point … based on obstacles near the target area

Environment between you and the ball …wind, rain, altitude/temperature (extra carry)

Lie conditions of the ball … normal, deep grass, soggy/wet turf

Select … Make a Positive Decision and Stick to it

Choose the shot … the more skill you have, the greater the number of choices

Choose the club required for the shot

Don’t second guess yourself either now or after the shot

Visualize (behind the ball)

External Visualization of the Perfect Shot

Take a “long distance” view of the perfect ball flight trajectory, landing and rollout

You are not in this picture … no reference to who is making the shot

“See” in color and in great detail

Internal Visualization of the Perfect Shot

Put yourself into the picture …”See ” the motion

”Feel” the kinesthetic swing ques required to execute the shot

Second Stanza, Do … Practice Swings

Face the target; look at the aiming point you have just visualized and pick the kinesthetic que you will use

 Three Part Practice Swings … “mini swing” (¼ impact area for hand action; “partial swing”; 3/4 should turn; full normal swing

DO NOT hit any shot until you are fully focused and physically loose enough to execute the swing motion

Third Stanza, Think … Approach the Ball

“Point and Paint” … don’t wait for a visual image to appear like magic, create it yourself

”Point” your finger at you aiming point and “Paint” a imaginary yellow line (like the yellow rope used on a driving range) back through the ball

Locate two easily identifiable points about 9” in front of and behind the ball (correspond to where you will align your shoulders)

Fourth Stanza, Do … Setup to the Ball

The Club is Your Boss … if it moves, put it back … you setup to a correctly fit club, it does not setup to you

Use the 5-Part Subroutine

Club … sole the club flat and square

Grip … a fundamental and an individual technique, assemble your hands on the club

Point … move your feet into place and position the forward “press” of the club by pointing the handle of the club at your left chest

Aim … align your shoulders and knees

Hangle … hang and dangle your arms; check your balance

Learning Technique:  “Bow, Squat and Hangle”

Critical Concept:  “Posture creates the Possibility for a natural, free-flowing swing”

Fifth Stanza, Think … Clear, Focus, Fire When Focused and Think Again

Clear Your Mind … re-rehearse the visualization you used when making your practice swings

Be process oriented not outcome oriented to reduce fear of failure … it’s too late to learn, now is the time to perform

“See” a successful shot

Focus … isolate a single kinesthetic swing cue … use the same one you used behind the ball

Fire When Focused …when you mind is clear of extraneous thoughts and is sharply focused on your cue, swing away

Analyze, Correct and Reward

Analyze … Effect, 1st Cause, 2nd Cause

Effect … watch the flight of the ball … enjoy the good shots and don't blow a gasket over mistakes … composure

1st Cause … compare what you see to what you know about impact physics

2nd Cause … compare your knowledge of impact physic to what you know about swing mechanics

Correct … DO NOT try to fix single errors, ONLY fix patterns of mistakes


If the shot was successful, give yourself a pat on the back

If the shot was less than successful, still give yourself a pat on the back for taking command of your game

Learn from EVERY shot, even on the practice tee

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