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Prepare for Success with Your Pre Round Routine

PGA of America
Prepping your mind, body and equipment is the key to on-course success.
Jack Dean
author 'High Fives'

Series: Already Golf

Published: Friday, March 25, 2016 | 10:00 a.m.

There's a phrase: "practice makes perfect."

It's never questioned. There is no doubt that the people who are always prepared to succeed, usually do.

If we apply this timeless wisdom to our golf games, whether you're beginning your season or are lucky enough to have been playing over the winter months, it's important to prepare your mind, body and equipment for success on the golf course.

Let's start with equipment and take stock of what's already in your bag. A great place to begin is by cleaning each club, checking it from top to bottom and seeking the review of your PGA or LPGA Professional. The Professional's eye will check your grips for alignment, that the shafts are straight and that the critical lofts and lies of your iorns are set to to the correct specs. It will be tough to play your best golf if your clubs aren't contributing their full worth.

Next, let's get that body ready for your best rounds yet. A PGA Professional can help you discover a pre-round routine that works for you and sets you up for success. Before any round, it's vital to prime your muscles for action. That means a consistent pre-round stretching routine and warm-up routine that works for you! 

Finally, prep your mind. Afterall, thanks to the great Bobby Jones, we all know that golf is a game played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.

Preparing for success means getting your gear, body and mind ready for the task at hand.

And if all else fails - or either your mind, body or equipment aren't cooperating for the day - remember to find the joy in the round. Make it fun for you and your mates. After all, they call it a game!

Written by contributing author Jack Dillon of "High Fives"