Making You a Better Golfer: The Pre-Shot Routine

Rob FergusonContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

As we get closer and closer to the courses opening up for the 2009 golf season, it is time to start thinking about ways to improve your game this summer. We will begin with one of the most commonly given tips, but one of the least followed ones.

Developing a pre-shot routine is something that every low handicapper and professional has done. It is essential to be comfortable and confident before every golf shot that you hit. The best way to ensure that you are comfortable and confident is to begin each shot the exact same way.

Have you ever noticed how basketball players do the same thing every time before they shoot a free-throw? Or how baseball players will waggle their bat, and tap the plate the exact same way every time before they get ready for the pitch? Golfers do the exact same thing before every shot.

My routine involves me stepping back three steps from the ball, tapping my club three times, lifting my right arm to 90 degrees, and pulling my shirt tight on my right shoulder with my left hand. I then walk to the ball, line myself up, waggle twice, drop the club behind the ball, and swing.

It allows me to visualize the shot I want to hit from behind the ball, commit to the shot, and relax.

I became a significantly more consistent golfer the moment that I incorporated a pre-shot routine into my game, and it will have the same effect for you.

If you have never had a pre-shot routine before, now is the time to develop one. Regardless of your handicap, it will make you a more consistent golfer. 

Remember: The best way to become a better golfer is to see your local PGA or CPGA Professional for lessons. Pick their brain, practice what they teach you, and you will become a better player.  

-Rob Ferguson is a CPGA Professional at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club