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Last Minute Tee Time: 10 Minute Golf Warm Up

Posted by Katie's Spin: The Links from a Lady's View
Katie's Spin: The Links from a Lady's View
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on Thursday, 17 October 2013
in Golf Instruction

Do you warm up before you play golf? Many golf professionals have made the case for showing up a full hour or more before your tee time to stretch, hit balls, putt, and in theory, play your best golf. I don't disagree that if the situation allows, a full warm up is a good way to go. Unfortunately, as golfers, we face all kinds of situations that require us to adapt from our well intentioned routines. I believe you can play great golf by optimizing the five or ten minutes you have before stepping on the tee.

Professional or "hacker," you may relate to a few of these obstacles:

-Weather clears just in time to play.

-First tee time of the day, the sun may not be out or the range set up in time to hit golf balls.

-Last tee time of the day, range is already closed.

-GPS sends you to the maintenance building or geographic middle of the course property

-Traffic -Road Construction

-Taking care of your kids takes longer than you planned.

-Pull a Rory McIlroy and oversleep, err, I mean, you forget you are in a different time zone.

-It's really hot out and you want to save energy

-It's really cold, you're already crazy for playing and don't want to freeze

-Just got off work

-Has something crazy made you late for a tee time? Share your story in the comments section.

Next time "life" happens before your golf round try this 5-10 minute warm up routine:

1) Place a club across your shoulders and make 10 complete turns back and through. Feel your trunk rotating as you perform the turns.

2) Find a place in the rough and perform 10 swings, first half swings and working up to a full motion.  Imagine a your swing delivering the ball to the target on one of your first few holes.  The rough provides resistance and can also provide a visual of the general path of the club before and after impact.

3) Flip your driver upside down and make 5 "woosh" swings, listening for the sound just past where the ball would be. Research has shown swings with a lighter club may help you generate speed as much or more than swinging with two clubs or a heavy club.

4) Grab your wedge instead of your putter and hit a few chip shots around the practice green. Chipping gives you a feel for green speed, wakes up your muscles and hand eye coordination, and gets you thinking target. Harvey Penick, one of the greatest teachers of all time, recommends chipping a few balls if that is all you have time to do before playing.

Make your short warm up count by waking up your mind and muscles. Play your best golf starting on the first tee, no matter what happens on the way!

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