The Importance of Warm Up Exercises
Proper warm up is essential for peak performance in any sport, especially for golf. Athletes always go through a pre-game warm up prior to any sporting event and so should golfers! For example, by the time tour professionals step onto the first tee, they are fully prepared to make their best swings from the opening tee shot.
Get to the course an hour early to allow time to complete your warm up at a leisurely pace, don’t feel rushed otherwise your muscles will tense up. Remember, your warm up routine sets the tempo for the day, move slowly and relax.
Visit the driving or practice range and hit 20 to 35 balls beginning with wedges to short irons to long irons or fairway woods then lastly to your driver. If you play the first 5 holes that would be about 15 to 20 shots taken, so the practice range eliminates having to warm up on those first 4 to 5 holes.
If there is no range but a practice green, then take the opportunity to at least roll a dozen or more putts on the green. Start from a close range of 3 to 4 feet and work back from there, taking putts from a variety of different approaches.
After you get some practice time in you should have a much greater chance of making par on one of those first few opening holes.
Remember, every player in every sport warms up before they start their event, so make this your new routine before every round this year and enjoy some better golf.
Richard Nagle, Contributing Writer