Swing Analysis: Pre-Shot Routine with Brendan Steele and Jimmy Walker

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

In this video I go over the pre-shot routines of Brendan Steele and Jimmy Walker at the Frys.com Open. Both were playing well and right in contention, making it a good time to check them out. I have two shots of Steele’s and one of Walker’s, and the interesting thing is that Steele takes exactly the same amount of time to hit both of his shots (although he parcels out the time slightly differently) while Walker does a whole different thing but takes the same amount of time as Steele. The idea for any player is to have a consistent routine that does not allow too much time over the ball to over-think about technique. However, in the 2 or 3 seconds between the last look at the target and the moment the club begins its movement backwards away from the ball every player has something going on in their minds, whether it’s simple swing keys or a rhythm thing or whatever. I can’t tell a player exactly what to think about before the club goes back: that is something for the player to work out. What is true, though, is that the more you practice and the better you get at the things you work on the less you have to pay close attention to them, which frees you up to concentrate on the most stubborn and chronic of your flaws.

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David W November 10, 2015

Thank you again Wayne. In 12 minutes I got a lesson on pre shot routine that is hard to find. I know as I am able to work this in to my routine improvement will follow. Watching Steele and Walker they seem to focus on alignment and feel and not much time for anything else to creep in. 1.2.3 go you know. 11 seconds isn’t very long when I try it but can do it. Helps the total rymthom also. Cool. Thanks. D

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