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how do you warm-up before playing

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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?

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15 minutes on the range rapid fire, 10 minutes putting and then enjoy a cigar and BS with the guys for a half hour before teeing off.

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Stretch a little, hit some on the range.  Hit about 10 balls with the 9i, hit about 7 balls with Driver.  Head to the 1st tee.

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Arrive an hour or so early.
Leave everything in the car and sit and enjoy a coffee for 20 mins to relax after driving (driving stresses me out)
Get my clubs and make sure I don't need to buy anything else in the pro shop.
Hit a small bucket of ball at the range; 1/4 balls with the LW, 1/4 with the 9i, 1/4 with the 6i, 1/4 with 3W.
Move to the putting green and practice putt distances to get used to green speed and starting the ball on the correct line.
Get to the tee box 3-4 mins early and do a few tee club practice swings to loosen up.

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Not much really. Range is down the street from the course so I usually just head straight to the course. Pitch and putt for 15-20 mins to get feel for the greens. This year I'll be adding 10-15 minutes of Aimpoint practice to my routine. Never been big on hitting a bucket of balls before teeing off. It tends to get me thinking too much about mechanics which is a bad head space for me if I'm going to be actually PLAYING golf. If I'm in a scramble I'll hit a bucket just to kill some time while waiting for my groups tee-off but otherwise I save practice for practice days.
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Stretch a little, tie my shoes, put a peg in the ground and go.  If I have a bit more time I will putt a few.  Many of the courses I play do not have ranges so hitting balls is not part of the routine.

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tie my shoes,

I'm gonna start doing that.

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I've got to hit a few. No more than 25 balls or so, but the joints and muscles need some help to get going. The last couple of balls will replicate the full swings I expect to hit on the first 2 holes. 5 minutes of primarily lag putts to get a feel for the green speed. That's about it.
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Depends on the day.

During the week: Get off of the tractor, put my clubs on the cart, drive to the first tee, and tee it up (and rarely play very well).

On Saturday: Hit balls in the backyard at different targets from 40 to 150 yards, go to the course, and play (and usually play OK).

Since there's not a range that's about it. If I care about the round very much I practice putting in the living room the night before.

P.S. My neighbor's kid built a house down behind my house about 200 yards away. That used to be where I practiced hitting my driver every day.

Them building that house added a few strokes to my scores. ;-)

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I am a terrible example to follow......

I haven't hit a ball on the range since 1995 and I've had unlimited range privies since January 1996.    I stretch a bit, take a few swings and let it fly.   The funny thing is I sometimes play great out of the gate....and then go downhill once I get loose..LOL

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I am a terrible example to follow......

I haven't hit a ball on the range since 1995 and I've had unlimited range privies since January 1996.    I stretch a bit, take a few swings and let it fly.   The funny thing is I tend to hit a good shot out of the gate....and go down hill once I get loose..LOL

Me too. :beer:

It's actually fairly amazing how often I hit my best drive of the day on the first swing. Sometimes I don't even take a practice swing before my first shot for no particular reason other than I want to get the show on the road.

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Most times....................I don't practice putt either..LOL

I go straight to the tee and go......

Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.   My best story of 2014 is that I birdied my first hole played of the year.  LOL

Rock solid drive..........(missed the fairway, but only by a couple feet with a good lie).......................wedged on to about 12-15ft.............made the putt!!!!   Hahaha................I birdied my first hole of the year after only playing a few times in the previous 4 months, but I birdied the hell out it!

It was downhill after that...................

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I do back and shoulder stretches before I leave home or work. At the course I typically putt and do a few slo-mo swings just to make sure I haven't left out something basic. If I am missing bad usually setup issues are the first flaw and it breaks down from there.
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I have to stretch and loosen up.  I have a short routine including swinging a weighted club with stretching and loosening exercises.  If I have time, I will hit the range for just a few balls, less than 20.  If I have to wait near the first tee, I will do some chips, pitches and putts and calibrate my AimPoint reading.

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If I have time, I'll hit a small bucket working on feels and noting my ball flight, then chip and putt.  I like to give myself 45 minutes to do this.

But usually i just head to the tee and swing my driver back and forth to loosen up.

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Depends on the day for me. Weekdays, I'll just show up to the course and head to the first tee. If I have a few minutes to wait before my time, I'll hit some chips and putts. On the weekend, I usually show up 45 minutes before and hit some balls, chip, and putt.

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