The Anatomy of a Pre-Shot Routine: What is your SAT score?

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.


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Dr. Glen Albaugh

has created a unique Applied Sport Psychology Consulting Service for a wide range of professional and amateur golfers. Glen taught sports psychology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California for 28 years where he coached the Pacific Tigers golf team. It was during this time, while working with the finest sports psychologists, coaches and golf instructors in the world, that he formulated the basis for the principles in his renowned book, which was authored with Michael Bowker, Winning the Battle Within. These principles have been refined over the years through applications and consultations with established touring pros, and a broad-base of amateurs – juniors to elite. By establishing structure in pre, post and in-between shot routines, Glen gives golfers the ability to apply his most profound insight “the perfect swing is the one you trust”. In Winning the Battle Within - the book and workshop/consultations – Glen features quality practice describing drills that will enhance learning and improve performance. Glen also takes you on a journey into the inner game where he tells you about the “zone;” what it is, how to get there, and how to stay there.

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