Originally Posted by Mr Smell Good
I was wondering what you all do for warming up not only on the course but at the driving range. I don't know how often most of you hit the range, but I work in an office very close to a driving range that I am able to go to on my lunch break (awesome). This is my current routine:
Playing - I get there early, hit a small bucket of balls working my way from lob wedge to driver, and then I putt. Occasionally I will chip. No stretching or anything like that.
Driving range - I just start hitting balls as soon as I get there, again starting with lob wedge and ending with driver. I putt if I have time, going around the putting green trying to 2 putt everything from about 20-30 feet
Here's what I'm wondering... should I be doing some kind of basic stretching routine before all my sessions at the range and before playing? Flexibility is not an issue for me in my swing. I can go right out there and move just fine, but I sometimes notice tightness in my back after golfing every day at lunch and going to the gym every night. I'm 24 years old and I'm in good shape. I just want to make sure I'm consistently practicing good habits for my swing and for my back. When I'm at the gym, I'll stretch before and after I lift or do cardio. Does anyone have an opinion on stretching, warm up routines, and golfing with a healthy back for life?
I also work 5 minutes away from a driving range and usually spend 3 or 4 of my "lunch breaks" at the range (I eat when I get back to the office). For me, I have to do some mild loosening up before I can start to hit balls. It's not a real long routine or anything, but I just try to loosen up my lower back by twisting with my arm locking a club on my back and also swinging two clubs both direction and progressively increase the swing length until I'm basically following through on both sides. I'm loose enough for the most part after this, which is about 2 minutes or so. I don't take too much time doing this, after all, lunch is only an hour.
I usually hit a bucket of 100 balls, but nearly half of them is practicing my wedges inside 100 yards. I mostly work on my irons and hit maybe 3-5 shots with my 3 wood and driver. By the time I'm done with the bucket, I don't have time to do any putting so I just head straight back to the office.
Before a round of golf, I usually stretch out at home before I leave and then do my range warm ups when I get to the course. I've learned the hard way when it comes to warming/loosening up before doing anything physical, which includes golf. Before I didn't even stretch or warm up before a round, but my muscles did get tight and it may have contributed to me getting injured a while back.
I should also add that I wear True shoes to work since they look like decent office shoes. So when I go to the range, I just grab my clubs out of the trunk and go.
Edited by RPMPIRE - 8/19/13 at 7:55pm