Skip to main content

Develop your pre-shot routine like the world's best

Muirfield pre-shot 304
Getty Images
SANTANDER, SPAIN - MAY 10: A giant photograph of the late Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros looks down during the La Liga match between Racing Santander and Atletico Madrid on May 10, 2011 in El Sardinero stadium in Santander near Ballesteros' home village of Pedrena, in Spain. The funeral for the legendary Spanish golfer, who died at the age of 54 following a lengthy battle with cancer, will be held tommorow in his home town of Pedrena. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)  - 

Golf is a difficult game. It’s tough to swing the club great every time you play and conditions are always changing.

To play your best when you hit the links and to perform better under pressure, build a solid pre-shot routine and stick to it.

After all, every player you’ll watch at the British Open this weekend has their own pre-shot routine. So why shouldn’t you?

And whether you’re on the course or enjoying a practice session, every shot you hit should include a pre-shot routine.

Here are some steps you can use to build a pre-shot routine and perform your best on every shot:

1. Choose your target standing behind the ball. Look down the target line and choose a spot a few feet in front of the ball. Keep your eye on that spot and approach the ball by setting your clubface pointing to the near target. Make sure the club is on the leading edge.

2. Once the club is set, align your body parallel to the target line with the butt of the club pointing at your first belt loop left of your navel.

3. When it comes to the grip, hold the club up vertically and take your grip, making sure it is in your fingers. Keep that 45-degree angle. Next, push your rear end out, bend at the hips with the knees slightly flexed and place the club down behind the ball.

4. Next, take a practice swing. Try to hit the turf in front of the ball, toward the target. Feel the swing and then step back up to the ball.

5. Take one last look at your target. Focus on the front of the ball and take your swing striking through the ball and hitting the turf in front of the ball. Then come to a full finish and hold your finish until the ball lands.

Take an online lesson with Bernard Sheridan.