Consistency with Pre Shot Routine

Are you looking for that next spark in consistency with your game? The pre shot routine will accomplish this task.

If you ever watch the pro's on tv you will notice that every single one will have some sort of pre-shot routine. Before they hit a shot you will see them either standing behind the ball or staring down their targets while taking practice swings.

This type of zeroing in on the target like a bull seeing red is allowing them to commit to the shot and become comfortable with the shot they are about to hit.

If you have ever struggled with nervousness or first tee butterflies during a tournament then you need a preshot routine.

Executing the pre shot routine correctly each time could be the difference maker in eliminating those shots that you weren't 100% totally focused.

Sometimes when playing this game it is hard to focus 100% on every shot, and when that happens disaster is lurking around the corner. To prevent this it is crucial to have a routine that is repeatable and comfortable.

Here is an example of a pre shot routine that you can follow:

  • Pick a target and stand directly behind ball with ball between you and target

  • Analyze where you want to hit your shot

  • As you analyze your target consider your options of whether its smart to go at target or is it safer to hit away from pin
  • Once you have your destination in mind it is now time to imagine yourself hitting the perfect shot
  • After you have this visual it is time to commit and setup over ball
  • Take a few looks at pin like a vacationer seeking the beach and then swing

Pre Shot Routine

With this type of approach your mind is going to be focused more on the destination than how you're going to do it. Our bodies are amazing when it comes to muscle memory and if you allow your mind to get out of your body's way your results will start speaking for themselves.

While you are setting up over the ball it is important to not second guess your plan of action. If you do it is ok to back off and repeat the pre-shot routine over again.

The key is to be committed and have trust in yourself with the shot at hand. You need to be realistic with yourself as well when you're doing the visual in your mind.

For example, if you are trying to pull off a 40 yard cut around a huge oak tree and it is not a realistic shot within your playing ability then you are only kidding yourself. So, be realistic when choosing your shots beforehand because having trust in your ability to hit the shot will have an impact.

To see an excellent example of a PGA Tour player executing the pre-shot routine, watch the video below of Martin Flores.

I promise as you keep investing the time in becoming more target oriented and preventing your mind from interfering with your muscle memories you will start seeing consistent shots that you didn't think you had.

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Bo, I wanted to thank you for your help so far with my golf game. I wanted to let you know that I shot a 75 the other day in a tournament round, my best round ever. I had 32 total putts and NO 3 putts. I definitely couldn't have done that before. Thanks again and I'll be back in touch soon to get some more lessons lined up.


Bo I just wanted to tell you about another tournament I played in. I went out and played and shot a 75 which is one of my best rounds this year so I think everything is coming together. I've been making alot of birdies lately and just wanted to thank you for everything!

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Hey Bo when I got back from camp I played really well I’m putting great and I’m hitting the ball well. Thank you for everything at camp.


Hey Bo!!! I have been playing my best in golf, mostly because of you!!! two days ago I shot an 80 in my club tourney and came in 3rd place.

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I played in a tournament when I got back from camp and shot 76 and came in fourth. I feel much more confident on the course with my mental thoughts. I used the tips you wrote down on that sheet and they have helped me alot.

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