Improve Your Golf: The Post Shot Routine

Post-Shot Routine

A what? I hear you ask…

We all know what a Pre-shot routine is but what the hell is a post-shot routine?

Well think about it? If the Pre-shot routine’s role is to ensure that consistent shot preparation leads to consistent shot execution*, what could the post-shot routine be used for?

Answer: To either anchor good results or to ensure poor results are not negatively reinforced in your mind.

However, there aren’t many players who have a post-shot routine. So once again, you will be incorporating a technique into your game that will move you further ahead of the field. Most players simply shove their club back into the bag and move on – when their shot comes off the way they wanted it to – or they SLAM the club back into the bag and reinforce the negative anchor*, when the shot doesn’t come off the way they wanted it to.

Let’s look at the “positive” side of Post-Shot Routines first.

Instead of just watching the ball travel and landing with no real enthusiasm, watch the actual ball flight; notice its shape and how it reacted when it landed. Then congratulate yourself, calmly, if the shot shape matched what you planned and the ball ended up in your desired location. Anchor* the good feeling of success. Stop and reflect quickly on your setup and the feelings you had prior to making the shot. It’s a good strategy to reinforce what you do well. A constructive review with a post-shot routine will do just that.

What about if the shot did not come off the way you intended?

If the shot did not come off the way you intended – don’t blow up! “Play” the shot again while other players are actually taking theirs (as long as you’re not in their line of sight!). Get a feeling for what went wrong; make a note to correct this on your next shot and once more “play” the shot, successfully this time, and let your mind register what should have happened. See the ball doing what you intended it to – in your mind’s eye. This way you still re-enforce a positive from your mistake rather than anchoring the mistake (as would happen if you blew up and slammed the club into the bag or threw it away.)

Very often it’s our thinking prior to our swing, not the swing itself that “caused” the poor result. It will become an extremely useful habit to consciously use a post-shot routine. You will become a much more focused player through its repetition and adoption.

A well run and practiced post-shot routine is a practical way to manage your emotional resources. There is nothing much to it yet don’t discount its simplicity. Add it to your game and reap the rewards.

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Enjoy your Round!

Brian 

*These concepts are explained in the Inner Golf Coach Audio Programme

Holiday Shipping at the Post Office

The holidays are officially upon us! If you’re planning on shipping gifts or anything else, we have a few pointers for you to keep in mind when you go to the post office to ship your packages.

Do your holiday shipping early!

Do you want your package delivered by December 25th? The post office recommends that first class mail be sent no later than December 20th. If you’re sending postcards or holiday cards, that’s your absolute drop-dead mailing date. The parcel post mailing deadline is December 15th, so if you’re mailing packages that don’t fit into the flat rate Priority boxes, that’s your deadline date. Get your shopping done, get your boxes packed and get to the post office!

One of the best shipping deals around right now is the U.S. Postal Service’s flat-rate priority shipping. Whatever you can fit into the box (provided at no extra charge by the USPS) will ship in the U.S., no matter how much it weighs. Your postman will even deliver the boxes to your door AND the USPS will pick up the package. The largest box measures 12″x12″x5-1/2″ and ships anywhere in the U.S. for $14.50, or to APO/FPO addresses for only $12.50. The medium-size box is 11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and only costs $10.70 to ship anywhere in the United States. The small flat rate box is 8-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 1-5/8″ and ships for a mere $4.95!

I recently filled a large Priority box with books; it would’ve cost me a lot more to ship by weight, even with the media mail rate, so keep these flat-rate shipping boxes in mind when you’re shipping packages for the holiday.

The later you ship, the more it will cost you, in both time and money. Other delivery services have later ship dates than the United States Postal Service, but you will pay more. And regardless of what service you use, you will be standing in a line if you wait, especially the last week or so before Christmas.

Bottom line? The post office is your best deal, but you need to get your shopping done and your packages sent sooner, rather than later!

Pay attention to packing

Whether you’re shipping in a Priority box or doing your own packing, pay special attention to how you’re packing your boxes, especially if you have breakable or perishable items. It’s worth the extra attention to make sure everything arrives in one piece.

Consider a padded envelope, which you can then place inside a box for shipping. This is sometimes the cleanest and easiest way to protect what you’re shipping. Styrofoam peanuts can be annoying (not to mention their impact on the environment). A padded envelope is essentially the same as bubble packing, but can be less expensive, depending on what you’re shipping and how much you need.

Shipping home-baked goods

Everyone loves home-baked goodies for the holidays! They can send a message that means so much more than purchased gifts. However, there are some basics you need to know if you’re sending goodies through the post office.

Cakes don’t travel well. Quick breads and yeast breads aren’t recommended because they lose their freshness quickly.

Fruitcake travels well because its taste improves with age, as the flavors mellow. Honest – homemade fruitcake is much better than the stuff you buy through mail order or at the store.

Fudge and cookies make the best holiday mail gifts. Separate fudge with waxed paper and over-wrap, first with plastic and then with foil. Large cookies or cookies that have been decorated should be placed back-to-back and wrapped in pairs.

Metal containers are excellent because they help retain moisture. Clean coffee cans or recycled cookie tins from purchased cookies work great. You can also get tins at most dollar stores. Cover the bottom of the container and each layer of cookies with crumpled paper towels or waxed paper and seal the container with tape. In other words – package to send in much the same way the commercial cookie makers do. What works for them will also work for you!

Holidays are a special time with friends and family. Your loved ones who live far away will enjoy your gifts!

When Repairing Railing Don’t Forget The Post Caps!

Decks and porches require regular maintenance in order to keep them in the best shape year after year. Particularly after harsh winters and other bouts of drastic weather including rain and sleet as well as just plain cold! Your railings and other parts of your deck may require some upkeep from the damage done from these extremes. When repairing these railings, don’t forget the post caps!

Post toppers serve to cover each post on your deck railing, or fence. When you install each fencepost, it is critical that you cover each individual one with a cap. Post caps cover each railing post, and protect them from weather damage, and wear and tear that can occur over time. If you’re repairing your railing, it may serve you best to replace your post-toppers as well if you see damage or cracks in the caps that could let water or insects through to the fenceposts. Take this opportunity to explore more creative post tops. Acorn shaped, rounded, and glass caps provide a decorative touch to your front porch railing, or back deck. You can easily add lighting elements with solar capabilities to your porch with lighted post caps as well. Color, style, and flair can be added with ease, when you install these decorative items to your front porch railings and back porch railings.

If you are a confident do-it-yourself homeowner, you likely know that installing post caps is simple, fast, and easy. If you are a first time porch repairer at your home, rest assured that installing post caps is simple for any level of repair expertise. These protective tops are an essential part of any railing and should be looked upon as an opportunity to express your style and repair talent with creativity and ease.