I hear a lot of players talking about how they hit the ball well on the range, but can’t do it on the golf course. I think that there is probably a simple explanation for it. Most people don’t practice like they play.
I see players who never hit a shot on the range using their normal preshot routine and then go to the golf course and use an elaborate 45-second routine. The preshot routine should be developed and honed on the range and the putting green before put to work on the course.
A consistent preshot routine can be a player’s greatest asset to help focus the mind, instill confidence, and eliminate distractions. It should be simple and tailored to a player’s preferences, but still achieve those three objectives. Your routine should be relatively short and simple, but should consist of the following ingredients.