The course I play on a regular basis does not have a driving range. There is a reasonable chipping and putting green and a driving net. Of course this is not the best scenario for preparing to play golf, but I have developed my own routine make the best of the situation. I use my system when preparing for tournaments and most rounds.
The reason for today’s article stems from a suggestion from Brian Penn from All About Golf. He understands my situation of no driving range and asked what I do to prepare for playing golf.
Overall, my routine takes about 30 minutes. Because I do not have a range, I use other methods to warm up my muscles and preparing my swing for 18 holes. I generally stretch at home before taking the 15 minute drive to the course.
First, I chip and putt for 15 minutes. I start with 10 mins of chipping using all three of my wedges, then I putt for 5 minutes. Depending on how I have been putting over the past few rounds, I might putt for 10 minutes. Usually, I have a feel for my short game after 15 minutes and it is time to get my swing ready.
Next, I grab my 4, 5 and 6 iron and swing them all together. This routine stretches my muscles without taxing them and allows me to move my lower body with the extra weight of 3 clubs. Then I place a weighted donut on my 5 iron and swing that about 20 times. I focus on my lower body weight shift extending my muscles further than with the 3 clubs.
Next I swing my 5 iron freely about 20 times focusing on coordinating all the my swing movements. I also try to extend the top of my back swing to ensure my back has the opportunity stretch with no added weight.
Finally, I head to the hitting net and hit about 10 balls with my 7 iron. It is my best club and helps me groove my swing for the day. I do plan to make one change and to hit my driver and visualize the first hole. Brian suggested that awhile back and I think it is a great idea.
There you have it; after 30 minutes, I am prepared for 18 holes of golf. Of course some of the timings and number of swings can be modified on the fly, but you get my point about the process. Not having a driving range is a detractor for sure, but with my warm up I am usually ready to play golf.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!