Visualization is one of the most important elements of the pre-shot routine. Its function isn’t simply to pre-play the shot you’re about to throw. It serves to move you out of your analytical mind and into the visual/performance part of your brain. In order to do this, the visualization must be as detailed as possible.
Effective use of imagery in the pre-shot routine will help eliminate internal distractions by giving you a clear picture of the shot you are trying to execute. As part of your pre-shot routine, try to incorporate visualization that includes:
- a first-person perspective;
- a key feeling from the approach (i.e. an effortless swing);
- the intended ball path and result.