With the plethora of things to remember on the golf course, it is not unusual to forget a swing ‘thing’ or two. While focusing on healing my back, I overlooked a basic pre-shot routine process that had a tremendous impact on my ability to lower my scores and increase my greens in regulation (GIR). Last Monday I remembered this small thing and the difference between the front and back nine was amazing!
After making this important find, I was able to easily and effortlessly re-incorporate this minor change. On a side note, I am really surprised that I stopped doing it in the first place. I guess, there were too many other things needing my attention and this one slipped right by. Oh well, I am back on track now and all I can say is thank goodness!
My challenge was all in my set up. After standing behind my ball and picking my line, I would select a mark about 3 feet in front of my ball. I would use this mark to square my club face. As I was aligning the grooves with the mark, I would adjust the club accordingly. Then I would set my feet to match my chosen direction. Lastly, I would grip the club in its perfect position.
This is where things fell off the rail. For some reason I was gripping the club before alignment and the tried to adjust my body accordingly. Regardless of how I gripped, I would not change. It was like I had a Vulcan Death Grip on the club and my life depended on not letting go. I am not really sure how I stumbled on my pre-shot routine error, but I am sure glad I did.
So, between the front and back nine was 5 strokes. More importantly, my front nine I had 4 GIRs and 7 GIRs on the back. This minor re-alignment in my pre-shot routine paid off huge dividends. Even the shots I missed were close and I was able to get up and down on one and chipped in for birdie on the other (with my 7 iron).
Sometimes, taking the time to go through my entire shot routine is beneficial. I find that if our group is playing quickly, I seem to truncate my shot processes and that is were trouble arises. Regardless, this is all part of being an amateur and I am back on track now. I plan to carry on with my renewed success moving forward.
Do you ever practice your pre-shot routine?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!