1. LINE UP YOUR TARGET
Pick a precise target for every shot. Stand behind the ball and find an intermediate target three to six inches in front of the ball on the target line. Once you have determined your intermediate target, visualize the golf ball flying or rolling to your target. Strong visualization skills lead to strong golf shots.
2. SQUARE THE CLUBFACE
The clubface is the only thing that touches the golf ball so it should be squared before anything else. Without taking your grip on the club, lay the clubface down so the leading edge is 90 degrees to your target line and it is soled flat on the ground. Use the intermediate target to determine the target line. It is much easier to be consistently accurate using a close by target as opposed to a far away target.
3. GRIP THE CLUB
Making sure the clubface does not move, take your grip. Set your left hand first then your right. Your swing will be much more efficient if both hands are parallel to each other and to the leading edge of the clubface. Double check to make sure the clubface is still square.
4. TAKE YOUR STANCE
Align your shoulders, hips and feet parallel to your target line. Center your weight between the balls of your feet and your heels. Your arms should be hanging vertically from your shoulders and they should be completely free of tension.
5. RESIGHT, RELAX, FIRE
Visualize the target spot and ball flight, relax your muscles and swing. The longer you take to complete this step the worse your chances become to produce a good shot. Do not allow excess thoughts to creep into your mind. Once you get to this step, focus on the target and pull the trigger. The longer you stand over the golf ball without swinging the tenser your body becomes.
Personalize this routine and use it on every shot. It should only take 10 to 15 seconds and it will make a tremendous difference in your game.