The PGA Tour makes its way back to the mainland to La Quinta, California for the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. This week players will have to navigate around three different courses; Arnold Palmer Private and Jack Nicklaus Private courses at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club. With three different courses to on their agenda, players cannot put it in “cruise control” and play the same shots each day. They’ll have to maintain consistency with their swing so that the results will be similar even though the golf course is not. Here are two things you can focus on to keep your golf game nice and tight!
Master Your Pre Shot Routine
The pre shot routine is an extremely underrated and rarely discussed part of the game, but it’s one of the most important factors when becoming consistent. Once your mind starts the routine, it tells your body “Hey, we’ve done this before” and instinctively creates a relaxing sensation that’s needed to repeat a motor movement over and over again.
Think of a basketball player shooting free-throws. They all have a routine: dribble the basketball three times, take a breath, and shoot. They never waiver from this routine and when it comes to a high pressure or unique situation, they can trust their routine which will ultimately make the shot easier in their mind!
Going through your routine before each shot relieves your body/mind of any external factors which could be detrimental to the particular shot you’re facing.
Focus on Your Swing Thought and Not the Outcome
Do you ever find yourself thinking of one swing thought on the tee box then something completely different in the fairway? Keep your swing thoughts consistent hole to hole. Your thoughts can change from round to round but once you tee off, stick with that swing thought. Patience is a virtue, try your best to stick with it, it’ll pay off! It may not work on one hole but if you keep changing your thoughts it won’t work on any hole.
1. Master Your Pre Shot Routine – Creates trust in high pressure situations
2. Focus on Your Swing Thought and Not the Outcome – Once you tee off, stick with one swing thought
Master these two things and you’ll begin to see consistency in your golf game!
Looking for more instructional tips from our PGA Professionals? Check out last week’s tip on how to master playing in the wind.