Review of the Post Shot Routine:
What others are saying about the post-shot routine.
Comments and clarifications
How about this: Another short version of this article could be summed up this way: Stay in the present moment. Once the other shot has happened there is absolutely nothing you can do to change it; So take the Buddhist approach and simply make an observation about it and then immediately let it go. All your energy needs to be focused on being fully present to the next shot.
by Kelly Adams
Greg (golf professional)
Personally, I do work on this part of my game and teach the philosophy to my students. …..I do not explain it as definitively as you……I will put this new vocabulary into use for my students and myself…..
Tommy (golf professional)
Thanks for the reminder. I have to always monitor my post-shot language, orally and with my body!……
…………I’m delighted when coaches and teachers monitor themselves in competition to better understand how to deliver information to their students. The same goes for me.
…………..It wasn’t the final round of the PGA, with thousands glued to their TV sets watching every shot down the stretch, but play in the 2nd flight of the SG&CC match play last weekend, tested the results of my post shot routine just as sternly. I missed some shots and putts, too, when it really mattered, although I also strung together some beauties.
…………I won one up on Saturday by holing out from 25yds on 18, and lost one down on Sunday.
My response to a mis-hit was just as important as it was for Furyk and Dufner. Ok! I lost the target on my down swing and didn’t release fully. The message is; get ready for the next one right now!
Nancy (college golf coach)
Nice writing Glen…would like to hear more specifically about post shot routine and how players can use the post routine to become closers…Nancy (college golf coach)
…………Practice a post shot routine at every opportunity until it’s a learned behavior. Then monitor its application on the course during informal play, holding players accountable for refocusing. Develop a self-report system, which players use at the completion of every competition round to account for the success and failure of their refocus process. That’s part of the Closer’s performance repertoire.
In the post-shot routine article, we said: when in competition never fix yours swing after missed shots, fix the execution.
…………Clarification. The first step is to review your SAT with questions like: Did I commit to the strategy? How was my aim? Did I trust that one? From those questions/answers you’re able to review, replace, refocus. That process could be completed in two seconds, or if your managing your disappointment, it could take a few steps toward your next shot.
A review, replace, refocus can include a swing feel. When you pick yours be sure it unites your swing with the target. Examples I’ve heard. Lighten up your grip and feel tension free. Let your swing go. Feel a full turn back and through. Watch the ball and feel a full release at impact.
………..I was working with a young student last week who is also an accomplished musician. We were applying the post shot routine and he was struggling to understand. I asked him what he does during a jam session when he hits a wrong note. He said, I play the next note. He loved the analogy and got it right away.