Golf tip of the week: A pre-shot routine helps you focus

PHOTO PROVIDED A pre-shot routine will block out other distractions and keep you in the game.

Golfers that overlook perfecting a pre-shot routine are missing out on one of the essential parts of a golf swing.

Watch PGA professionals and low handicap players, they all utilize a personalized pre-shot routine and do not deviate from it regardless of the situation. The reason is, it helps them stay in the moment and it blocks out other distractions. A pre-shot routine should become a ritual for every golfer regardless of their handicap.

It’s a simple task to design a personal pre-shot routine. Below is an example of how to get started:

1. Always approach the ball from the back looking at the ball and get a line to the target.

2. Address the ball with the left hand and club appropriately in place.

3. Adjust your feet and shoulders before placing the right hand on the club.

Make it the most important step before hitting the golf ball on every shot.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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