Proper Alignment Off The Tee Is The First Step To Great Golf

The proper alignment off the tee is important to low golf scores. I realize that this is an obvious statement, yet I watch many players forget to align their shot off the tee (and from the fairway). They pick a line, walk up to their ball and hit. Then wonder why their ball is not heading where they intended and they are left with a more difficult shot to the green. All because they were misaligned due to their an improper set up.

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Tiring Of The Same Golf Routine

Golf is all about routine. Whether it is a pre-shot routine, a swing routine, or putting routine, the better we play is based on doing the same process and mechanics over and over again. I am a strong believer of following a process because it makes golf easier to play. I know it sounds boring, but it really is not and my scores prove that my approach is successful. The challenge is when my routines become boring and I tire of following my successful process. The good thing is I know what the challenge is and how to fix it!

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Do You Rush Your Golf Shot?

Many golfers try to establish a rhythm when they play. This playing tempo drives virtually all aspects of their game and if done properly can lead to some great golf scores. If rushed then disaster can ensue. It is a matter of control, but sometimes when I play I get caught up trying to play fast, my whole processes fly out the window. The next thing I know 14 holes are over and I cannot seem to slow myself down enough to even line up a shot. It really is a challenge sometimes not to rush past the enjoyment of the round.

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Playing Golf In Front Of A Crowd

Have you ever played golf in front of a crowd? I mean more that the group in front and the group in back watching/waiting for you to hit. Well, I have actually played a few holes where the crowd exceeded 50 people. The funny thing is that as I played more holes with a crowd, the better I played. Not surprisingly, the more holes I played my confidence grew to a point where the presence of the crowd was a non factor. Let me explain.

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Pre-Shot Routines That Are Distracting

Pre-shot routines are a must if you want to become a serious golfer. They are the corner stone of my game when I am focused on scoring low. The days of just walking up to the ball and whacking away are long gone and as a result I have taken a great deal of time developing a pre-shot routine that is effective, efficient and does not take a great deal of time. There is a happy medium between a routine that sets a player up for success or is a detractor for them and their playing partners. I cannot say with certainty what the proper combination is for each player, but I do know when I see a routine that is detracting and might need some honing.

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