Before you play your round of golf, do you warm up?
If you answered yes, well done to you, if you answered no, may I suggest that you begin a warm-up routine.
Too often I hear golfers say “oh my first 3 holes were a disaster, I wiped those holes and I started to come good on the 4th hole”.
When you start to come good on the 4th hole it means that you are starting to establish your golf rhythm however, you know have another 15 holes to play where you feel like you can get it together but have to make up for the first three holes. Too much pressure on you!
If you want your performance to improve out on the course then definately start incoporating a warm-up routine.
This is a sample routine that you should try prior to teeing off. Don’t just try it once as it will take a bit of time to get used to it.
- You should arrive to your golf course about an hour prior to teeing off, if you can get there earlier say an hour and a half then that is perfect.
- Check in at the pro shop, pay for your game, get your score card and know what time and tee you are starting from.
(1) Putting Warm-Up
- Start your warm-up on the putting green
- Putt balls along green to gain feel of the putter, the stroke and speed of the green first.
- When that feels good then start putting at the holes.
- Do 5 putts about 1 metre away from hole.
- Do 5 putts about 2 metres away from hole.
- Continue moving back 1 metre at a time until 7 metres away.
- Putt at all holes on green and work on sinking the putt before moving to the next hole (this starts training your brain for the game).
(2) Chipping Warm-Up
- On fringe of green warm-up your chipping technique, don’t aim at holes yet, just get feel for the technique.
- When that feels good start chipping at the holes.
- Do 5 chips at the closest hole and repeat with all holes on the green.
- Work on chipping into the hole, get your brain geared for competition.
(3) Pitching Warm-Up
- About 20 metres from pitching target, start pitching again just to get the feel first.
- When that feel of the pitch feels good, start pitching at targets.
- Do 5 pitch shots at 20 metre target, 30 metre target, 40 metre target.
- Work on pitching right on that target, gets your brain geared for competition.
(4) Bunker Warm-Up
- In the bunker hit about 10 bunker shots to gain the feel.
- Do 5 bunker shots at each hole on practice green.
- Work on hitting bunker shots in hole, get your brain geared for competition.
(5) Full Swing
- Now that you have warmed up your golfing muscles you are now ready to warm-up your swing.
- Start with your 9 iron, hit 5 balls.
- Then hit 5 balls wth 7 iron.
- With your 5 iron hit 5 balls.
- Use a hybrid hit 5 balls.
- Hit 5 balls with your fairway wood.
- Finally hit 5 balls with your driver.
To finish off your routine, hit the another 5 balls with the Club you will first be teeing off with. You may be teeing off with your driver, then use that, or perhaps you are starting on a par 3 hole and may only require a 6 iron for example then finish your warm-up with that. You want to warm up with the last club that you tee off with first. Hope that makes sense to you.
Be consistent and work on your warm up routine, it will take some time to get into a routine, but you will peform so much better right from the start rather than attempting to get your game working by the 3rd or 4th hole.
Share your routine with me would love to hear from you.
To your golfing success,
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