Golf Drill Practice Pre Game Warm Up Should Be Routine

By: George Gabriel

Did you ever find yourself rushing out onto the first tee box without warming up? Most of those games were a struggle. Right? I know I have struggled and ended up with a bad round, even though I have been playing for some time now. The misdirected golf shots were easily excused because of the lack of games played during the season. Who was I trying to kid? I have been playing for years!

A couple games ago I rushed out to the tee box without warming up prior to swinging a golf club. My golf swing was very erratic to say the least, and so were my results on most golf holes. My golfing buddy had just started playing the game two years ago, and I had trouble staying ahead by one or two golf shots. It was so bad; I confirmed that I did not know how to play golf after all these years and I lost my golf swing.

I now realize my big mistake was stepping on the tee box thinking it was a walk in the park without warming up, and not having a practice drill before the game. The next round was the complete opposite. This time I rushed to the practice green instead of the first tee box, 20 minutes before our golf tee time. I practiced putting; chipping and my golf swing warm up exercise before I stepped onto the tee box. The results were a birdie on the first hole, birdie on the last and three birdies in-between, not to mention a couple of doubles. My confidence was not always consistent, but the birdies sure helped my score. What did I do different? I found the necessary touch and feel of my golf swing and clubs 20 minutes prior to teeing up the golf ball.

If you want to give yourself a chance of playing a good round of golf, try this warm up drill before teeing the golf ball up. This golf warm up drill should do several good things for your game, before you take your first golf swing on the tee box.

Take 2 or 3 golf balls out of the bag along with your putter. Place the golf balls a distance of approximately 30 feet away from the hole you attend to putt at. Finish each shot by putting all golf balls out with the remaining distance left. Your goal should be a 2 putt at the most. If you miss the short ones, pull the shot back and try again until you sink it. No pressure, this whole practice drill has a time limit of 20 minutes, and you have one more practice drill with an exercise warm up to follow. Sinking all short putts will help build your confidence when putting on the golf course. Try this golf drill and same distance at least twice with 3 golf balls, and three times with 2.

Leave your putter out, and take a 7 iron and wedge out, or your two favorite clubs you typically use just off and around greens. Use the 7 iron to run the ball to the hole from approximately 30 feet. out. Use the loftier club to drop it around the hole from this distance as well. Finish the hole by sinking the ball with your putter. Your goal should be a 1 putt at the most. Practice with the same clubs with a distance of 15 feet away from the hole. Try this drill and distance with both clubs a couple times. You will eventually find confidence with one or both clubs.

Step away from the green and take two of your longest irons out of the bag. Place both irons horizontally between both arms and behind the lower arc of your back. Exercise by turning the upper portion of your body in a coiled swing position. Also, stretch those golf muscles with your favorite exercise with both clubs stretched over and to the side of your body. Continue until all the cracking sounds have stopped before you move on to the last exercise.

After your stretching exercise is completed; slowly swing both clubs together feeling the weight and club head using your normal set up, as if you were to hit a golf ball. Continually swing freely trying to slightly touch the grass with the clubs, stopping and starting over now and then. Gradually take bigger, or fuller swings until you reach the top of your golf swing. Eventually replace both clubs with your driver. You will notice how light the driver will feel. Try this warm up exercise until you feel loose and limber.

This golf drill practice warm up exercise will help build your confidence prior to each game. Make it a routine to practice this golf drill at least 20 minutes prior to tee time. Just remember to tee it up with confidence in your golf swing on every golf hole, with every golf shot and putt for all 18 holes!

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