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Davie81

Warm up advice

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If I'm being honest, I rarely warm up at the range or before a round but this morning has got me thinking that I need to get this sorted asap.

When I go to the range after work, most of the times I feel quite loose as I've been moving about most of the day, however, at the weekend when I'm either playing or at the range it's early morning and I feel really stiff for the first 15-20 minutes. This morning I've managed to hit a lot of duffs and shanks (felt like my weight was moving forward) and I'm wondering if there's any drills I could do or how long I should spend before hitting balls etc? I feel like I've managed to jar my neck somehow and I obviously want to avoid getting pulled muscles etc.

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I've always warmed up before trying to take full swings, even when I was in high school. My typical routine is to do some light stretches, then use a wedge or short iron to hit 10-15 balls with half swings, just to get the feeling of solid contact. Then I'll move up to a full swing, then into whatever drills I'm working on for the day.

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Having the weight forward is typically a good thing.  Most golfers, especially at your handicap don't have nearly enough forward.  You may have "felt" like it was too far forward, maybe your head was moving forward.

Anyway, here would be two good drills to warm up with to help contact issues.

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Sorry, I meant my weight moving forward in the sense that it went from my heels to my toes.  I think because I was really stiff etc, I couldn't get into a relaxed rhythm and it was all over the place.

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Sorry, I meant my weight moving forward in the sense that it went from my heels to my toes.  I think because I was really stiff etc, I couldn't get into a relaxed rhythm and it was all over the place.

Gotcha, I still recommend the drills I posted :-)

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Are you willing to take a couple minutes for some simple exercises to get rid of some of the stiffness?  It can really help once you get to the range.

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