Last week we covered how you can get more confident when putting and part of that was the pre shot routine. Today we are going to take a deeper dive and look at 4 steps you can take to develop your own solid pre shot routine.
This is the part that most people are familiar with. Actually getting comfortable over the ball. This is important and should be done the same way every time, because if you don’t have consistent preparation you can’t have consistent execution.
The first and most important part is to make a plan and STICK TO IT! You’ve got to remember that if you waffle in your decision making you send mixed signals to your body. That creates inconsistency as to which signal should be followed.
It doesn’t have to be a truly visual process, you just have to know what you want it to do. An easy ways to teach yourself the process is to think about how you read breaking putts. This is exactly how you would visualize a regular shot too.
Whatever your key thought is going into the swing it’s important to stay focused on that. Some common things I have focused on in the past are balance & rhythm.
if you stay over your shot too long you start adding risk & anxiety (or sometimes fear) to the mix. I always try look back to a time when I really performed this type of shot well. It keeps me positive & confident through the execution.
Do you have a hard time making the important putts or do you tend to psyche yourself out before you even address the ball? Try some of these practice drills and exercises to help you make your flat stick one of the strongest parts of your game.
For this week's episode I'm sharing with you the best strategies I've learned to help increase your confidence and ability to perform under pressure. This really comes from the fact that I've seen these few drills/exercises make HUGE strides for my students. It's something that I do myself all the time so I can sometimes forget how big of an impact this has on my game, but seeing the success my students have had by adapting these tips has definitely reinforced it's importance.
Rick is a Member of the PGA, Doctor of Applied Sports Psychology, author of Golf, The Ultimate Mind Game, Instructional Editor of Golf Tips Magazine and he stops by to share some of his keys to think your way around the course in the most efficient way possible.
Pressure means different things for different people. So don't get psyched out when you see someone drain a put for a million bucks on TV when you still struggle to make consecutive pars.
Awareness is a key component to learning the mental game. If you’re aware of your thoughts and how you’re reacting in specific situations that’s half the battle.
Be fair to yourself. If you hit a great shot, let yourself celebrate! Even if it’s just internally, take a second to give yourself props. You know that you will beat yourself up over every bad shot so let’s make sure we’re as balanced as possible.
Focus on what’s in your control, then think about cause and effect. It’s not always the mental game, sometimes it’s a bad swing!
If you can free yourself and just react to a target you can get some fantastic results – Try looking at the hole while you’re putting (just like Jordan Spieth).
Rick's Books - Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game
Rick's book for a golf - Mindset by Carol Dweck