There’s a lot to think about when you’re playing golf. The less you have to think about, the better it will be for you.
That means making as much as you can automatic. I know that every so often you play less than your best because you forgot to do something important in hitting your shot.
The way out of that lapse is to practice shotmaking habits when you go to the range. This is what I mean.
There’s a ball in front of you. Before you swing at it, check your grip, aim yourself and check your aim, check your ball position, check your posture. EVERY TIME. It takes only a few seconds to do this, and by going through this procedure before every range ball, you take one step closer to not forgetting to do it when you play.
If you have a practice swing technique you rely on, do that, too.
By doing this sixty times before you hit sixty balls, the same way every time, you build habit. You’ll eventually do it right without even thinking about it. That’s your goal.
Or when you putt on the practice green, do the same thing. Before you hit any putt, line it up. Get a feel for the distance, however you do that.* Check your grip. Check how far away from the ball you stand. Check the width of your stance. Check your posture. Check your aim. Check the alignment of the putter’s face. There might be some more things for you. There are for me, but they are personal, so I won’t go into them.
The point is to go through the whole procedure before any shot to build up the habit. All of it is automatic so all you have to think about is hitting the ball into the fairway/green/hole.
I’m not forgetting the short game, but you should be able to fill in that blank on your own.
Another way of looking at this is that automatic features of your game keep you from straying from what works. We get lazy, we forget. Then you aren’t playing well and you can’t figure out what went wrong.
Every time you go the range practice your shotmaking procedures constantly. The little things. You will never get to the point where you can stop doing this.
*Read my distance finding method called Triangulated Approach Putting.