Every golfer has heard about the value of a pre-shot routine, but a post-shot routine can be equally important. The No. 1 priority is to pay attention to your ball flight. Write down the number of times your shots went low, left, right, etc. This is great information to bring to your next lesson, so you can get the most out of your time with a teacher. Here are two other things to do after the shot.
1) If you hit a poor shot, try to forget about it and move on. Make the mental portion of your post-shot routine involve leaving a negative feeling or thought behind. You can learn a lot from your mis-hits, but now is not the time.
2) When you hit the ball well, take note of your carry distance. This will help you choose the correct clubs later, especially on holes with hazards or other trouble that you need to allow for in club selection.
CAROL PREISINGER, a GOLF MAGAZINE Top 100 Teacher, is director of instruction at the Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.