Generally little considered by amateurs during practice and on the course, routines prove to be the very essence of progression in golf.

Routines, these key elements to progress in golf

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What does the word “routine” mean exactly?

The definition in the Larousse dictionary is: "Mechanical habit, unreflective, which results from a succession of actions repeated without ceasing: work which becomes a routine".

For us, it is therefore a question of creating good automatisms which in the long run will allow us to be in ideal conditions to undertake a serene course.

What are their interests? Let us take a few examples. Driving a car, brushing your teeth, tying your shoelaces, have all become habits that we instinctively do. Despite the skill that it initially took, we now perform these tasks every day without any particular emotional state, or even having to think about how to go about it. We just do it, it works great like that, and that's it.

As far as we are concerned, our objective is to put the ball exactly where we want, without being impacted by these uncertainties which condition our failures. You will therefore agree that creating good routines throughout the course (and not just one just before the stroke) will considerably lighten our emotional states, thus contributing to lowering our index at the same time.

It is for this reason that by working on the right adjustments, we are all able to achieve total control of an action that brings us closer to this state of mind called "flow". If you have ever experienced such happiness, then you will remember this total abandonment in the process, devoid of particular emotions apart from this indescribable serenity. Everything is there, there is nothing more to add, just to let it happen. Routine…

What Are the Benefits of Creating Effective Routines?

Safety

They structure and create a stable base for our golf course. Their mechanisms provide us with points of reference providing a feeling of security, a feeling of accomplishment, thus reducing stress. A well-established routine guarantees that the most important is done, it allows us to better control our game and gain real influence over our games.

Energy savings

As we perform our routines mechanically without having to "worry" about them, we spend almost no energy. We therefore feel much less fatigue and stress throughout the course, despite the efforts made. It also allows us not to invade us with information to remember, vectors of doubts and failures.

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As a routine allows you to set up your swing "autonomously", we therefore have more time and lucidity to anticipate possible strategies or course hazards.

Creativity

Good routines therefore allow you to free your mind. By creating good automatisms, we allow ourselves more to get out of our comfort zone. This leads to more creativity, therefore more pleasure to play, which in conclusion gives more confidence in his game.

How to create effective routines?

It is first necessary to take into account all the elements having influence (or incidence) in order to be able to work effectively. It is therefore imperative to know all these mechanisms specific to a good golf routine. Once all these elements are taken into account, it is still necessary to adjust some essential points to the particularities of each one for another 1, 2, see 3 sessions. From that moment the game is over. Repeat, repeat, repeat, taking care to NEVER change anything in YOUR routines, before they happen automatically.

How long does it take to train?

To be taken for granted, a routine must be repeated as often as possible for at least 3 weeks. Even if it's hard, even if you don't feel like it, it is only by repeating as often as possible that it will become natural.

After this period, your routines will activate on their own without having to think about it and the benefits to your game will be greatly felt.

You will understand, it is not your driver that changes, but the way you prepare to play it.

So that your routines bring you comfort and performance,

Brice Touchard, www.coach-mental-golf.fr.