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Wednesday September 3, 2014 11:52 AM
Do you warm up before a round of golf?

Well do you? Or better still, do you have a warm up routine you follow religiously prior to playing your round of golf? Inquiring minds would like to know
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Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:41 PM
I do but its a secret and I don't want to share it? Might cost me money.
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Wednesday September 3, 2014 1:29 PM
Since I start almost every round first thing in the morning in the dark, there is no time to hit balls, however I do try to stretch at home before I leave. Johnny Miller once wrote that if you take 20 practice swings prior to your first tee shot, you're good to go, so I try to do that when time permits It's tough to hit that first shot in the morning with an old body, but my goal is generally to just make solid contact and go from there.
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Wednesday September 3, 2014 1:45 PM
The only times I hit balls on the range are if I haven't played for a long time or if they're included in the rate and I have time to kill. Instead I just stretch a bit and take a bunch of swings to loosen up.

I definitely prefer to have at least 5-10 minutes on the practice putting green beforehand, though.
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Wednesday September 3, 2014 5:21 PM
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Actually I prefer to go to the range a day or two before playing, working on short game at least an hour AND I don't mean putting... (20 - 80 yard shots, bunker then back to 20 - 80 yard shots) Then I take the remaining 25+ golf balls & hit certain clubs working my way up to the Driver which is my last club for positive thoughts!

On game day, I stretch using my heavy hitter wedge & a weighted driver....

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Thursday September 4, 2014 3:16 AM
Yes, i do. Its crucial to prepare your body before a round of golf. And worm up is best and effective.
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Thursday September 4, 2014 3:28 AM
Yes, if it is early I have a bloody mary. Later in the day I will have a beer.

All kidding aside, I stretch often.

Hit the range if it is included, otherwise a few practice swings, chipping, and putting should suffice for my warm up.
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Thursday September 4, 2014 9:03 AM
For the results I've seen with my rounds, I'd have to say, excessive warm ups or hitting plenty of balls prior to a round is over rated. (for me)

There has been a few times that I've only hit less than 5 or 6 balls and my round's results were either the same and some were better.

Stretching helps, and not only on prior rounds, but after work during the week and in the mornings.

My warm ups are usually with the short irons and a few drives.

Practice is a totally different story.
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Thursday September 4, 2014 9:42 AM
Time allowing on the day, I like to get the body warmed up by swinging a couple of clubs, do some basic stretches, hit a small bucket, do some chipping and finish off putting. Running late or no time: do as much warm up and stretching the few minutes allow and then focus on eliminating anxious thoughts of not having hit balls, etc., calm down, slow down, step up to the first tee and accept that the swing will be what it is.

If it's a round of 18 to which I am particularly looking forward, (which is most of the time) I ideally like to go to the range the day / evening before, work out the kinks as best I can and, if time, a little pitching and chipping. If I can do that, then on the day, I do the warm up and stretching but hit the minimum of balls to get loose and just confirm that I am making good contact. Mostly spend the time getting the short game dialed in.

My early experiences with my dad when he was introducing me to the game, usually entailed him calling me/ us over to the first tee because there was an opening to get out right away, after we had only hit a few balls on the range. So I was usually starting out feeling rushed and ill prepared. God, how I hated that—as if the game isn't tough enough! I hate that feeling of having to "find" my swing out on the course after starting out with no confidence and a couple of crap shots.

So, apparently, I've got daddy issues and the main thing for me now, whenever possible, is to avoid feeling rushed. If I can only do a minimum warm up, but I know in advance that is what will be the case, then that's what I am mentally prepared for and I don't feel rushed.

[[Edited by t8fish on Thursday September 4, 2014 9:45 AM]]
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Thursday September 4, 2014 9:49 AM
I've lacked flexibility my entire life. So, hitting 20 or so balls before playing is crucial. I begin with a stretching routine, then swinging my driver with one of those clamp-on weights to really stretch out. Then I hit about 5 balls with PW, 7-iron, 4-hybrid and driver. Hit a few putts and I'm GTG. I have a hard time at courses that don't have a range (Dos Lagos, Indian Hills), but a lot of that is mental as I can't see what my ball flight is at that moment. Seriously, when hitting warm up shots on the range before a round, I can see whether I'm hitting a fade or a draw that particular day and then allow for it. I used to try to make adjustments to achieve the shape I wanted, but over time I've come to the realization that it's better for me to just play with what I happen to have that day.

Stupid game .

Pat.
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