Re-thinking your warm-up routine
By Erika Larkin on 8/29/12
What is your pre-round warm up? I don't think there is a right answer... you have to do what works best for YOU. However, many of my students are not consistent with their routine and don’t have a clear purpose for their warm up.
Does this sound like you? Arrive at the course, check in, go straight to the range, start with a mid-iron right into full swings until you feel "loose" and then hit a few drives, see which way it's going, make a few tweaks, and then maybe if you have time hit 10 putts on the green and go to the first tee and finally take a breath. Some people "work" on their swings too much before playing and they get overloaded with swing thoughts that they won’t be able to transfer to the course, others don’t warm up at all and their first few holes reflect it.
Make a concerted effort before your next round to get to the course about forty-five minutes to a half-hour early. These should be your goals:
I can think back to many a time where I've had great warm-ups and played badly, and have had bad warm-ups and played great. So, remember what your expectations should be before a round, come up with a plan for which you make time, and it will pay off!
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virigina. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine... and she's oobgolf's newest columnist. She will be writing on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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