Tiger Woods Pre-shot Routine
How Tiger addresses the ball for most shotsI've been trying to develop a pre-shot routine thru experimentation and have been paying close attention to the tour pros during telecasts. One of my major problems is alignment, I have a hard time being consistent on the course where I do not have an alignment aide (club on the ground) as I do on the range. I noticed that Tiger so smoothely (more so than the other pros) addresses the ball and pulls the trigger. I started analyzing his pre-shot routine (via slow-mo on the DVR) and thought I would try it.
What Tiger does for most shots (excluding the short pitches and chips) is stand behind the ball holding the club in his right hand while looking down the target line, visualizing the shot and picking an alignment spot a few feet in front of the ball. He then takes a forward step slightly to the left with his left foot, then steps forward with his right foot which slightly crosses his left foot (while looking at the spot in front of the ball). He then pivots off his right foot, rotating his body square to the target line while stepping his left foot into position, then finally his right foot moves into position once his left foot can hold his weight. Possibly a very minor adjustment after that (usually stance width and not direction), a few waggles, and BAM, another great shot.
I tried my best to describe this 4-step process, pay attention to this when you watch him play. At normal speed it looks completely natural and seemless. If you slow it down, especially with the driver where the steps are longer, the pivot moving the left foot into position looks kinda awkward, he really reaches out with the left leg to get the foot into position. I tried this on the range and at first it felt unnatural, but after a while I got the hang of it and was setting up much better. The thing that amazes me is that Tiger does this with different length clubs and never needs to re-adjust his position from the ball. I think he judges the distance by using the club to measure his steps, not to mention he probably has done this routine a few million times!
What pre-shot routines have you perfected that helps you address the ball on the correct target line, and with a consistent ball position?