How Good Is Your Pre-Shot Routine?

This is one of the most important parts of learning the mental game of golf.

The Pre-shot Routine is what we need to continually repeat and practice to become better players. It enables us to go into a concentration zone on demand, during our rounds and practice. Watch any of the top players in the world and they have the same approach to EVERY shot, which optimizes their chances of playing it as they intend. The Pre-shot routine enables us to switch from being relaxed and enjoying where we are and what we doing, into a highly focused state which connects us with the shot required.


Most negative interferences in the execution of a shot happen before we start the back swing. The routine takes us away from potentially negative thoughts and reminds us to be in a positive state of mind. Our routine will lead to an increased sense of comfort and confidence for each shot, by knowing that we are visualizing, feeling, setting up correctly and positively commiting to the shot.

European Tour Instructor Denis Pugh, gives us some great advice on building a good pre-shot routine in the video below:


David MacKenzie

is a golf coach and golf publisher and lives in Washington DC. He is the founder of Golf State of Mind a teaching program designed to help golfers eliminate negative mental interference and play with confidence.

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  1. Jason

    My preshot routine blows. Thanks for reminding me that rather than worrying about where my playing partners are lying and what they’re hitting, I really need to develop a routine that gets me mentally prepared to hit my next shot and score well.

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