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post #19 of 27

I do that thing where you put the club behind your head, across your shoulders and rotate back and forth a few times.  Then I step back, stare meaningfully down the fairway, re-address and take a big old whack at it.

post #20 of 27

I always start by chipping around the green. I do 6 shots with each club PW,SW,50,54,58 to get my arms loosened up and get a feel for green roll-out. I then spend about 15 minutes putting - 5 minutes of putts within 5 ft, 5 minutes from 5-10ft, and then 5 minutes from greater than 10 ft or studying grain/break.

 

I then move off to the side and take 5 swings with each Iron, hybrid, wood, and driver. I am just focusing on getting my back loosened up as well as making sound swing paths.

 

I head to the tee box about 10 minutes early. Spend most of that time getting everything in place for the round and finish with a little light leg stretching and upper-body twists.

 

I rarely hit balls on the range before a round anymore because I feel that I often try to work on new things and new techniques which often give me some fits on the first couple holes. I have learned to save the practice and technique work for practice days to get best results.

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post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by cm70056 View Post
 

 I do 6 shots with each club PW,SW,50,54,58

 

Curious as to what your SW loft is? Seems like having a SW, 54* and 58* would result in some redundancy or, at the very least, some weird distance gapping.

 

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I rarely hit balls on the range before a round anymore because I feel that I often try to work on new things and new techniques which often give me some fits on the first couple holes. I have learned to save the practice and technique work for practice days to get best results.

I agree big time on the dangers of falling into "fix it" mode when hitting the range immediately prior to the round, I avoid it too. I wish I had the option of just hitting 5-6 balls on the range to see what the "swing of the day" will yield in terms of ball flights but that's rarely an option so I usually just skip it all together unless a playing partner is hitting the range and is willing to donate me a few balls.

 

Your warm up routine is pretty much the same as mine. Get a feel for the greens right away and then just make sure I'm loosened up.

post #23 of 27
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I know everyone has a different approach to warming up before a round, from two hours of hitting balls, chips and putts, to pulling up to the course 10 minutes before your tee time.  What works best for you?
I smoke a cigaret, crack my knuckles then smoke one right down the middle like a boss!
Then I address the ball for my approach shot to the green,... and top it 30yrds! Like a douche!
post #24 of 27

I start with a 5-part dynamic stretching routine for about 10 minutes.

 

Next, I will hit a few pitch and chip shots to the practice green. Then I will go to the practice range hitting line, and hit a few partial shots just to check my contact and alignment. After that, I'll hit about 20 full shots to see how things are flying that day.

 

Then, I place everything back in the bag (quick inventory!) except for my putter, and practice putting until my group gets the on-deck call.

 

Total time: about 40 minutes.

 

(If it's been a couple of weeks since I played, I'll hit some balls the night before.)

post #25 of 27
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I smoke a cigaret, crack my knuckles then smoke one right down the middle like a boss!
Then I address the ball for my approach shot to the green,... and top it 30yrds! Like a douche!

 

Hahaha. Great post.

post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

 

Curious as to what your SW loft is? Seems like having a SW, 54* and 58* would result in some redundancy or, at the very least, some weird distance gapping.

 

Ernest,

 

I warm up with both my SW and gap wedges, while doing so, I am trying to get a feel for how firm the ground is that day. My SW loft is 50, same as my 50 gap wedge, but i've got significantly different degrees of bounce between these two clubs. Whichever club is suiting the ground conditions better on that particular play will be the club I leave in the bag to play with (usually i just always carry 15 clubs because I don't play competitively and my playing partners don't care)

 

Sometimes I am amazed at how much difference I can get between the two different bounces depending on the ground condition.

post #27 of 27
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Ernest,

 

I warm up with both my SW and gap wedges, while doing so, I am trying to get a feel for how firm the ground is that day. My SW loft is 50, same as my 50 gap wedge, but i've got significantly different degrees of bounce between these two clubs. Whichever club is suiting the ground conditions better on that particular play will be the club I leave in the bag to play with (usually i just always carry 15 clubs because I don't play competitively and my playing partners don't care)

 

Sometimes I am amazed at how much difference I can get between the two different bounces depending on the ground condition.

Definitely!

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