Proper warmup is essential for peak performance in any sport. If you attend any professional sporting event you always see athletes going through a pre-game warmup, and pro golfers are no different. By the time tour professionals step to the first tee, they are fully prepared to make their best swings from the opening tee shot.
There is few sports where people warm up less than they do in golf, since people usually just go to the first tee with no warm up and they just start playing. Usually people do not realize of the importance of getting the body ready to play but they always complain that they do not start playing good until the fifth hole and it is already too late.
Golf is a very aggressive sport where you have to move your body at 100% of your strength and ability in a very short amount of time. In golf we spend a lot time walking between shots and that makes the swing even more dangerous and explosive for the back. Golf is not a sport like running or swimming with a continuous big body motion, which is why an important warm up is even more important.
These are some warm up advices before a round of golf
1. Get to the Course Early
It is important that you do not feel rushed, and that you allow time to complete the entire warmup period and to get ready and calm to start the round. Rushing is never good.
2. Begin Warming Up on the Putting Green
Putting is 43-percent of golf and the putting stroke is the slowest and smoothest of all strokes in golf. By spending time warming up on the green first, you will not only be prepared for the speed of the greens but you will also be starting the day with smooth, deliberate tempo.
Spend the first five minutes putting to a tee or a coin from twenty, thirty and forty feet and from a variety of angles. Watch the ball and pay attention to how much the ball rolls. Speed control is critical in putting and time spent judging pace will pay off on the course.
You should then spend another five minutes or so rolling putts to a tee or coin from ten feet in to three feet. Do not putt at the cup. You never want to see the ball miss the hole, so just use a tee or coin. Also, if you roll putts at a small target like a tee or coin, the hole will seem huge and, therefore, your confidence level will be high. Confidence is vital to good putting.
Finally, spend a few minutes hitting 25 six-inch putts that run straight uphill. You will make all 25 in a row and this will set you up with the perfect image: the ball rolling in the hole every time.
3. Spend 10 Minutes Chipping Around the Green
To determine how much the ball will roll you must test the firmness of the greens. On hard greens the ball tends to roll more than on soft greens. Also, different types of rough make the ball react differently when the ball hits the green. Spending time around the green will give you some ideas that will help you choose the best greenside shots during the round, and where to land the ball on the putting surface.
4. Begin Your Full Swing Warmup with Stretching
Stretching can improve your range of motion by up to 17-percent. It also helps you avoid injury and it helps relieve chronic joint pain. This portion of your warmup should take approximately 15 minutes.
Now is time to make the best out of your game and have fun!
Here’s the pre-round warm-up routine of Rory McIlroy. Take a look and if you have time after feeding the kids, walking the dog and drive to the course, try to copy some of it.
But the best-ever warm-uper, by far, a galaxy away from the second, will always be Miguel Ángel
All the best
Wanap Golf Team