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Golf Tip of the Week

Warm Up before every game

Proper warm-up is essential for peak performance in any sport. If you attend any professional sporting event you always see athletes going through a pre-game warm-up, and pro golfers are no different. By the time tour professionals step to the first tee, they are fully prepared to make their best swings from the opening tee shot.

Most amateurs, however, get “warmed up” by dashing from their cars to the pro shop to check in, then running to the first tee, all within five minutes or so. To avoid injuries and a disappointing round of golf try the following quick warm up routine:

· Get to the course early. Ensure enough time to carry out the necessary “admin” – check in, changeroom, golf attire etc.  It is important that you do not feel rushed, so allow time to complete this entire warm-up period at a leisurely pace.

· Begin warming up on the putting green. Putting is 43-percent of golf and the putting stroke is the slowest and smoothest of all strokes in golf. By spending time warming up on the green first, you will not only be prepared for the speed of the greens but you will also be starting the day with smooth, deliberate tempo.

· Stretch the body.  A very simple and easy exercise/stretch for golfers to do is the standing twist. The Standing Twist with a club is a rotational stretching exercise that benefits the golfer’s core. As such, it is an excellent exercise for any golfer to incorporate into his or her stretching routine.  Here is how to do it:

1.      Hold club chest high, arms straight out in front, with grip shoulder-width apart.

2.      While keeping feet and hips fairly stable, rotate club to the right and then the left.

3.      Try to breathe out on every turn to release tension.

4.      Repeat each side 10 times.

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