Warming up is critical in any sport and golf is no exception. But many average and amateur golfers don’t utilize a warm up routine before they hit the course. This often results in a below average start on the first few holes, and unnecessarily adds strokes to their game.
The best way to start an excellent game of golf is to develop a proper warm up routine. Try this warm up routine to see instant improvements in your game.
Be early. Try arriving at the course at least an hour before you r tee time. You have to check in at the pro shop, buy drinks and snacks at the Fairway Grill, go to the restroom, and take care of other general business before you hit the course. Showing up early will allow to you cover all the required bases and give you some time to stretch out and warm up properly. Because your warmup will set the pace for your whole game, you want to prepare at a leisurely pace.
Start on the putting green. Since putting is 43% of your game, spending time on the putting green before your round will allow you to feel the speed of the greens and create a smooth tempo for your round. Starting on the putting green will allow you to ease into your warmup—what’s the point in hitting the driving range first, then spending 10 or 20 minutes stationary on the practice green before your first drive? Try some great putting and short game drills to loosen up before you hit the driving range.
Stretch, stretch, stretch. Ever show up late to a round and skip stretching only to wake up the next morning with a severe case of Batman neck or lower back pain? Stretching not only increases your range of motion, it can help you avoid more serious injuries. You’ll want to stretch out your entire body from head to toe. Begin with your neck and work your way down to your ankles and toes. Try to stretch for at least 10 minutes to ensure that your body is as limber as possible.
Start small. On the driving range, start with your wedges and work your way up to hitting with your driver. Beginning with wedges helps you determine your tempo and rhythm, and helps you make better contact with the ball from the start. After you’ve hit several wedge shots, move up to your woods and irons, focusing on rhythmic swings and controlling your balance. Once you’re done with those shots, take a few shots with your driver. You should be making good, solid contact with the ball now that you’ve slowly worked up to the long shots.
Don’t just stand there. You don’t want to be sitting around waiting for your tee time after you’ve warmed up. Take care of all your business in the clubhouse before you warm up, and time your warmup so that it ends with just enough time to get you to the first tee box. If your tee time is delayed for any reason following your warmup, stay loose by continuing to stretch and take practice shots while you await your turn.
By creating a proper warm up routine, you’ll create the tempo and rhythm that will allow you to have a much better game than if you had just dashed from the pro shop to the first tee box.
Did you give our warm up suggestions a shot? How did it affect your game? Leave us a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.