Do you take the time to warm up before you round of golf? Or do you arrive moments before your tee time and rush to the first tee? I can honestly say that I have taken my time and hurried before a round of golf. I will point out that for competitions, I arrive at least one hour before my round and go through a very focused warm up routine. After watching some professional golfers warm up, I feel that my routine is the right one for my game. In case there is any doubt, warming up is very important to playing my best golf.
Today’s article was inspired by Gaby Lopez. I came across a recent LPGA Facebook video (which I cannot display, but here is the link) Her 40 second video demonstrated where she feels her focus needs to be and I can say that my competition warm up routine is very similar. I chip a bit more and hit less irons. Here is an overview of her strokes during her 65 minute warm up regime.
If you are wondering, Lopez’s warm up numbers are very similar to on the worlds greatest golfers. The focus during their warmup is the short game. It makes sense that these, and other professionals, will focus their efforts where they expect to make the most strokes. Fortunately, I have espoused this point since the beginning; I guess I was on the mark.
On a normal round outside competition, I try to arrive at the course 40 minutes before my tee time to warm up a little in the driving net (we have not range at our golf course) and about 20 minutes on the putting/chipping green. During COVID restrictions, this time is less and sometimes the facilities are not open. However, this is a short term challenge. I believe that it is important to warm up before every round. I have found that when I do, I play my most consistent and low scoring golf. Low scores and warming up are directly related 90% of the time. Okay I made up the 90%, but it is very important and I think you understand my point.
Interestingly, my warm up routine also mirrors my practice routine. I try to spend most of my time working my short game. The only time I do not is when I am working on something specific with a longer club. Generally, I will take more time in a specific problem area when I have identified a potential issue while playing. That is what practice is for and I do not worry about the time spent in any one area when fixing a problem.
Warming up before playing is critical to consistent golf. It allows us to work out the kinks, engage our swing muscles, wake up the mind and trigger our body that the great deal of fun is about to begin. Do you have a warm up routine or do you just wing it?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!