How to visualize your golf swing is an often over looked part of the pre-shot routine. People either write it off as some "woowoo zen thing" or as something that doesn't matter. If the top players in the world have implemented this as part of their pre-shot routine I think it's safe to say it's worth doing.
Jason Day on his visualization process
On a recent broadcast there was an interview with Jason Day about how/why he visualizes. He said that the process helped him manage his emotions in the moment as well as commit to the plan he had in his head. This allowed him to be calmer and more focused while actually executing the shot.
When asked about what he visualizes Jason went on to say:
I see my swing... I'm standing behind looking at me swing to the target. Once I see that I see my set up. I see the swing go back and forth through. I see the ball take off and whatever I see, draw, fade, high, low. Then I see it bounce and roll.
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How to develop your own process
My personal process is extremely similar to that of Jason Day. I do tend to put more focus on the landing zone and what the ball will do after it hits the ground. This is purely a personal preference because I know I have to work EXTRA hard to stay target oriented in my process.
In an interview I did with Rick Sessinghaus (PGA instructor & mental game coach) we discussed how people can develop their own process for visualization. What stuck with me was a great one liner that Rick had.
If you can't visualize then verbalize ~ @RickSessinghaus
Rick said that people who are new to visualization or who struggle with it may want to try talking themselves through the shot. By audibly stating your intent it can help create that internal visual that can help you more consistently perform at a higher level.
Hopefully this has added some insight (pun intended) to your pre-shot routine. Why don't you let us know your pre-shot routine in the comments below.