So what does it mean to be consistent at golf?
Is it even possible to develop a consistent golf game?
In this article I'm going to share with you a simple pathway to a more dependable, confident and consistent golf swing, which will give you more self-belief and certainty over the golf shots that you hit.
Developing a reliable golf swing begins with a definition of what golf consistency means to you. For many amateur golfers it means to develop more positive and predictable results in their short-game and long-game. For others it's about achieving more consistency in their golf scores, which means reducing the distance between their lowest scores and their highest scores.
Either way, acquiring more consistency and confidence in your game necessitates a change in your approach to how you go about producing results in your golf swing and score. When you think about consistency, what we're really talking about is any routine or ritual that is as regular as clockwork.
Now this routine could easily be a routine that influences your thoughts, or your golf swing or a part of it, a putt, a chip or pitch, or in-fact any skill or part thereof that has a significant influence over your golf performances.
Building consistency into your golf game will be easier by understanding and applying the following simple formula.
'golf swing consistency = deliberate pre-shot routine x deliberate practice strategy'
This formula explains the two key components you need to develop to build positive, steady and dependable consistency into your game.
These two critical consistency components are:
1. A deliberate, well thought out pre-shot routine that incorporates precise club and body alignments prior to swinging the golf club.
2. A deliberate practice routine that focuses on incorporating the key aspects of your pre-shot routine into every practice shot.
What one undeniable factor sets pro's apart from amateurs? The answer apart from the obvious is a premeditated and precise pre-shot routine.
A pre-shot routine is a well-planned and precise process where a golfer goes through a carefully choreographed sequence of movements prior to hitting his golf shot that ideally incorporates the following six factors;
- A mental strategy that describes exactly how you want your golf ball to behave prior to hitting it
- Careful placement and pressure of your hands on the golf club
- Careful aiming of the club-face to the target-line before you establish your body alignment and posture
- Establishment of the correct postural angle and knee flex
- Careful alignment of the stance, hips and shoulders to the target-line
- The final balancing of your body prior to initiating the backswing phase
When these steps are carefully and thoughtfully incorporated into your pre-shot routine you will be giving yourself the best chance of executing your golf shots confidently, successfully and consistently.
A Deliberate Practice Routine
Practicing your new pre-shot routine over and over again will take your pre-swing routine from a set of rehearsed conscious actions to an automatic mental-physical shift that guarantees that your golf shots will become more consistent as will your golf scores.
When you practice hitting golf shots, carefully coordinate your routine so that it incorporates a clear decision as to exactly how you want your golf ball to behave as it travels to the target, followed by careful placement of your hands on the grip.
Then aim the club-face before you aim your body, establish your stance line and upper body alignment.
Once you have arrived at this division of your pre-shot routine you can simply swing away.
This very precise sequence of events carefully thought out and assembled is the formula for achieving positive, steady and dependable consistency in your golf swing which will greatly increase your golf confidence, lower your golf scores and give you the consistency you have been searching for.
Lawrie Montague and David Milne - Pro Tour Golf College
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