How to Warm Up like the Pros on the Range
Last week we discussed hitting the gym for a small workout before heading out to the range in order to get your body ready to play golf. As a fulltime teaching professional on the range, practice green and on the course itself most of every day, I see a lot of players warm up prior to teeing off.
It’s always exciting to get out of the office or home to play, and, of course, everyone wants to play well in front of their friends. The first thing I notice is how a lot of our members would benefit from applying some structure in their warm-up routine. They spend way too much time on their full swing rather than on the chipping and putting green.
Hard work has its place in getting better, but not just before the round. Basically, I recommend two routines: one takes about 45 minutes and the other runs about an hour. Both follow the same pattern but just have different amounts of time dedicated to each task. You can use either depending on how much time you have before your tee time.
Here is a link to a three-minute video showing Tiger Woods’ warm-up routine on the range after he’s warmed up in the gym. He follows the same routine as Jack Nicklaus did in his prime. Follow what clubs he hits and the number of shots he hits with each club. It’s extremely efficient and one that can do wonders for your game, as well
Note the following:
Full Swings: 56
Chip shots: 21
Shots: 117 (52% < 100 yards)
Time: 48 minutes
The beauty of warming up properly is that it doesn’t require any special extra skill, only the discipline to commit to it.
Patrick Parrish, PGA
2016 Northern California PGA Teacher of the Year