The Anatomy of a Pre-Shot Routine
Next time you watch the best players in the world perform, pay attention to the consistency and precision of their pre-shot routines. Although pre-shot routines may vary in pace, time, physical movements, starting places, and imaginative mind activity, the structure and components of each pre-shot routine do not. Try the SAT procedure to help organize your routine.
‘S’ ~ Pick a strategy that fits your game, the situation and your skill. Usually a conservative strategy is the best plan.
‘A’ ~ aim your body, club-face, and mind to the target.
‘T’ ~ trust your swing; let your swing go without conscious control.
It’s see the shot, feel the swing that matches what you see and trust what you see and feel. As you identify your pre-shot routine through experimentation and practice, the link between strategies, aiming and trust will become clear. A precise, systematic pre-shot routine will give you the best chance for each shot.
With practice, for example, once you’ve totally committed to a shot of your choice, to the green, the aiming and trusting part of the SAT will follow automatically.