If you have 30 minutes to warm up and prepare for your round, what club do you start with to ensure you use this valuable time properly. Do you grab the big dog and let it eat? Or use the flat stick to refine your shoulder movements so you are ready to those pressure putts? Regardless of the club you use, the greatest number of players seem to be like minded and start their warm-up in the same manner. Unfortunately, I am not in the majority on this issue.
60% of golfers start their warm up with their wedges. I guess they find that swinging their scoring irons is the best way to loosen up their body before swinging the larger clubs. I can see how the think this way, but I have a different view on how to best make use of my 30 minutes. Before I get into my side of the story, this is what you said:
I fall into the 21% of golfers who use their irons to start their warm up. Actually, I start with a 7-iron and after hitting 3 balls, I move up to a 5-iron. Then the 4, 6, 8, PW, 9, and finish with my 7 iron. I hit 3 balls between each change. Then, I hit 3 balls with my 3 hybrid, 3 wood, and driver. I finish this portion of my warm up with hitting 3 balls with my 7-iron. Hitting all these balls takes no more than 20 minutes
I finish my warm-up with 10 minutes with my putter. I try to use my star drill and start from close in and work my way out. This way I make the most use of the little time I have on the greens.
After putting, I make my way to the first tee for my and mentally finish preparing for my first shot. I generally warm-up this way and have found it successful over the years. Having said that, I plan to make one change to my warm-up process this year to ensure my game starts off properly.
This year, I plan to make a small change. My last 7-iron will be replaced with the club that I am going to hit off the first tee. This idea was first introduced to me by Brian Penn from All About Golf. I think this is a great idea and is worth trying this season. I will let you know how it goes later in the year.
If you are like me sometimes and run to the tee box out of your car, it takes about 4 holes to warm up…..what a waste of good opportunities! The proper warm-up is very important to prepare for your round of golf. If you have 30 minutes, I suggest you use every minute.
Do you have a warm-up routine?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!