Simple Golf Warm Up Exercise
Golf warm up you say? Aren’t you supposed to rush to the course, pull out the BIG DOG, take a few hacks at it and start your round? Is that what you do? Come on be honest with yourself. If so, what was the result on the first tee? I’ll bet it wasn’t even a par! Am I wrong?
Tip: Perfect your posture and grip to get the most from your swing. Your thumbs should be pointing downwards, with the handle of the club resting against your palms.
I don’t mean to add too much sarcasm in there, but I want to get your attention to the importance of doing golf warm up exercises to avoid those big numbers the first few holes.
Are you with me? Good.
Now let me talk to you like you’re an athlete for a minute. Time to re-live the glory days one more time.
Now remember back in the day when you had a game, meet or competition. Did you run out on the field or court and start playing your sport?
I’ll bet not!
You did a sport-specific warm up didn’t you?
Well why wouldn’t you do one before golf then? Ah…gotcha didn’t I!
Tip: For long putts, concentrate on hitting the ball with the correct speed. Avoid the temptation to go straight for the hole, instead choosing a larger target area.
You would most definitely do a warm up. Not just pounding balls either. That’s the worst thing you could do. You need to do golf warm up exercises to prepare for optimal performance on the course.
Tip: Frame golf as an enjoyable activity, not something you have to master right now. Practice as often as you can, and look for more information and assistance to improve your game.
Now picture the golf swing and all it’s moving parts. The shoulders are very active, if not the most active in the golf swing. So better do a couple of exercises for that area.
Tip: Ensure maximum opportunity for consistency with your drives by always using the same tee height. Teeing too low can lead to grounders, while teeing too high can cause you to pop the ball up and lose valuable distance.
What about your golf posture? Well…your bent at the waist with tension on your lower back, hamstrings and glutes. So you better do one or two golf warm up exercises for those areas also.
Tip: When playing golf, keep moving and never allow the game to slow down. One of the most frustrating things to deal with on the course is the slow play of others.
Have I convinced you yet? If not, then keep your same routine and expect the same results. I hate to sound too negative, but I strongly believe you need to do your golf warm up exercises.
Here’s one golf warm up exercise of eight, that I have put together to get you started on the right track.
I call it the squat with an arm raise:
Tip: Although it may be hard to believe, you can improve your golf skills by playing miniature golf. Miniature golf involves putting predominately, and this will help you get better on your short game quite a lot.
* Feet shoulder width apart.
* Place club in front of you and hold with both hands for balance.
* Lower body by bending at the knees not hips.
* At the same time raise the club horizontaly up in front of you.
* Raise back up, lower the arms and repeat 15 times.
* Keep upper body very erect.
This is a great combination exercise that warms up the legs, lower back and shoulders all at the same time.
So next time you get to the course, at least do the above golf warm up exercise.