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Do You Warm Up For Golf?

This is a loaded question, but what is your warm up for golf? Or, are you like most golfers, and get to the course 5 minutes before your round starts, and rush to the first tee? If so, what was the result? Did you stripe it down the middle long and straight? I think I can answer that question, but I’ll bet you can too! Golf is like any other sport. You MUST warm up to prepare your body to perform. Cold golf muscles do not produce a good golf swing. In fact, your mechanics and power are at it’s lowest point when your body is not warmed up.

Do you think the tour players skip their warmup? Absolutely not. They show up anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes before their tee time, and usually get loosened up by their trainers. I know you don’t have the luxury to have a trainer do this for you, but how about showing up 30 minutes before?

There is a right way to warm up and a wrong way.

Many times you’ll see a golfer holding a stretch out on the range before he/she plays. This is called “static stretching” and is not preferred for golf preparation. The reason being the golf swing is dynamic (movement) oriented, so holding a stretching actually is counter-productive to playing your best.

Instead, you must incorporate dynamic stretches that are similar to your golf swing, or at least, activate the muscles involved in your golf swing, such as the hamstrings, shoulders, and glutes.

When you do the correct warmup, your body will feel better than it’s felt in a long time on the first tee. You’ll have the confidence to make a good swing, and hit it down the middle. The opposite happens when you rush to the first tee. You don’t know what to expect, and just hope you keep it in play. This is not the way to shoot lower golf scores.

If I can get you to think more like an athlete, you’ll be on your way to a power swing that blows by your golfing buddies, but if you have the mindset that golf is a leisure sport that requires no physical preparation or training, then you’re in for a long, and frustrating golfing life, that will get you teetering on the brink of wanting to quit this game, like so many other golfers have done.

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Written by Mike Pedersen

Mike Pedersen helps golfers' improve their golf swing power, consistency and golf swing faults by addressing the physical limitations in their golf swing. For more golf backswing tips, visit PerformBetterGolf.com.

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