What is Your “Go To Shot”?
Your golf ball is not in the best position. Making par is critical at this point in your round. What shot will you choose to hit that insures your best possible chance to make Par? In this situation, most golfers have a “Go To Shot” they feel most comfortable playing. What is Your “Go To Shot”? Most often, its probably resembles a “Chip Shot.” But I have seen plenty of golfers use other types of shots to get out of nasty situations.
The Five Steps to Hitting Your Go To Shot
Regardless of what your “Go To Shot” maybe, it all boils down to properly planning the shot and giving yourself the best chance to feel fully committed to the shot you planned. Follow this easy checklist the next time you’re in a stressful situation on the course insuring your “Go To Shot” has the best chance to succeed:
• Choose a Club Correct for the Situation – The biggest mistake all golfers make is choosing the wrong club, regardless of the situation. Be sure to choose the correct loft first, then the length of club, which best fits the situation you face.
• Find a Target where You want the Ball to Land – Find an absolute specific place where you want your shot to land. Imagine a towel or another flat object laying on the ground in the place where you want the ball to land.
• Insure Your Best Set-Up Position – All good shots start with a great set-up position. Insure you are in a well-balanced position to make an efficient swing. Take into consideration any abnormal conditions or obstacles. This is the only chance you have to make adjustments and place yourself in a good set-up position.
• Rehearse the Shot Looking at Your Intended Target/Landing Place – Doing so provides your eyes and brain an opportunity to feel comfortable hitting the shot. If you feel uncomfortable rehearsing the shot, make what changes necessary.
• Create Now Commit (a phrase I coined several years ago) – To this point you have “Created” the ideal shot and the right conditions to get out of trouble. But are you fully “Committed” to hit the shot? DO NOT hit a shot, under any conditions, unless you feel confident and fully committed you’ve made all the right decisions and you’re ready to hit the best “Go To Shot” possible.
Your “Go To Shot” is the Pressure Beater
What is Your Go To Shot? Don’t be surprised if all 5 of these simple steps allow you to hit a better “Go To Shot” when you need to, when under the most pressure during your round. Slowing down, remembering what steps provide you the best opportunity to succeed, and following those steps in a relaxed way will reduce the chances of you compounding a mistake, by making another.
Want to Learn How to Hit Your “Go To Shot”?
You can learn your “Go To Shot” at the Practice Facility or On the Golf Course when you reserve your Coaching Session with John Hughes. Contact John at 407-852-8547 or email John at John@JohnHughesGolf.com to schedule your Go To Shot Coaching Session today!