Warming Up Properly

Warming Up Properly

So many people go to the first tee of the golf course not warmed up. They do not hit any balls and they do not do any stretching. At our golf schools I try to teach all of our students some sort of warm up drill when they do not have time to hit golf balls. If you are just going to the first tee you need to do a few things to get yourself loosened up, give yourself a chance to get off to a good start. Here are a couple of tips. One is to put the club over your neck and I would like you to make a turn like you really would in the golf swing. Do not just go back and forth a little to loosen up, make a nice turn and hold then go all the way through. Do a few of them to stretch out your back. Jack Nicklaus used to do them this way, with the club behind his back but in his elbow joints, and I still see Tour Players on the range do this before they hit balls. Just to loosen up the back and get some tempo and timing in your feet and legs. Another one I like people to do is pretty simple to loosen the wrists and arms up is to just take the club over your head and swing it in little circles in the air. That is a really good one, just get this thing going, really loosen up the wrists and get some speed going, get your arms going. Shake your arms out, really loosen them up, then make small swings, increasing the length of the swings gradually, it is called the momentum drill, and you will continually add a little bit of length to that swing until you are making full swings. Then just continue making those full swings until you get a nice swish going down there and you feel a little tempo and timing. Then you will be ready to have a better chance to hit a good shot off that first tee when you did not have time to go to the range.

Category: Stretching
Sub-Category: Warm Up, Arms, Wrist
About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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