How often do you see players arrive to the course, check in, and head straight to the driving range to begin taking full swings with their mid iron or driver? Maybe you are one of those individuals. Players that play for a living warm up their body before warming up their swing for the round. This could be anywhere form a few minutes in the hotel or at the course all the way to a full hour workout. In 2018 Brooks Koepka warmed up for his final round at the PGA Championship with a full length 1 hour consisting of cardio and back & triceps and treated it like any other day. That is not for everyone but a lot of high level golfers will use bands, light weights, and some cardio to get their body ready to preform for the day.
Now let’s get real, we do not have time to spend that long to warm up before we start to hit balls before our round. Due to life, kids, and obligations some days it is lucky we are at the course at all and have 30-60 minutes to warm up. For most the week consisted of sitting in a car driving 5-60+ minutes to work, doing the 9-5+ behind a computer at a desk, driving back home, sitting down for dinner, then some tv, and finally call it a day. That is a lot of siting and stationary positions throughout the day let alone the week. Now were are asking our bodies to move in different directions, do it quick, and at the expense of not losing our balance so we can find the middle of the club and preform to our high expectations.
What can we do to play better in that limited time without trying to carve out more time in a busy life? Go to the course with a game plan. When you get there have a routine you can do to get everything done in the amount of time you have. Heck, have a few options for when you only have 15 minutes, 30-45 minutes, and a full hour or more. Now let’s look at the body prep or warmup for the day and the areas that should be targeted. Starting from the head down the joints that need to be loosened up are the neck, wrists, shoulders, t-spine or upper back, hips, and ankles. When starting out begin with single plane movements before they become complex. An example would be warming up the hips and before going into full swing motions start with reaching down towards your toes then up to the sky. This will get the hips moving, back moving, neck moving, and you’r balance going.
Before coming up with what you need, since everyone is different and have their own limitations, take a look at my latest YouTube video going through some movements CLICK HERE. Come up with a little routine you like, hits all the areas, and can spend a little extra time here or there where you feel the tightest. Time yourself and see if it is in-between 5-10 minutes so you know how long it will take. Once you get a little routine that takes a few minutes do it once a day so your body get moving not only on game day but every day. This way you will not be shocking the system by only doing it just before the round.
As you start to feel better do that 5-10 minute routine in the morning and afternoon. Not asking you to become a Yoga freak but a little time here and there will add up over time. 10 minutes a day adds up to 70 minutes a week. If you have the time I would highly recommend doing a Yoga class once or twice a week. They can walk you through different positions, teach you about breathing, and find stretches to add into your routine. This is not a fix over night for a body that has been stationary for so long but it is a start to moving better. Do 5-10 minutes a day or every other day for a few months and see how you feel. Your body will thank you and don’t stop there… keep going.