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2 hours ago, Dave2512 said:

Sucky, how old are you?

Yes, no fun.  I'm sad to say that I'm 50.  Using the Bionic glove now, Stability.  Gotta say, it's helping my pain, a lot.  I'm at 8.8 now with a smooth 90 on Sat (88 entered cuz I had 2 fine triples).  Don't get old.

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7 minutes ago, David in FL said:

I'm old and arthritic.  If I don't warm up, it's serious!  20 balls or so is enough to losses things up.  Absolutely mandatory.

I'm 65, and have an arthritic right hip. I do best if I stop off at the gym and 10 minutes on the elliptical bike to warm up the muscles. Then, I go to the course and do a 4-part dynamic stretching routine (approximates movements of golf swing).

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  • A few 8i chips and 54* pitches, and some putts.
  • A few partial shots with 6i or 7i to ensure good setup.
  • Then, I need to a hit 15 or so full shots. A couple of 5i and 7i shots, but mainly the long clubs - I want to make sure the Driver and FWs are in tempo.

Temperatures are high lately, so I can skip the elliptical bike.

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Generally get 1st or 2nd tee time in the morning so I do not hit any balls on the range.  Would like to maybe putt a few but the guys I play with are always in a hurry to get started.  I try to put a few from 6' or 10' then a little stretching and a couple of swings at the 1st tee box...That is probably why I don't feel like I am warmed up til i get to tee box #4

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A lot of the time I do hit a small bucket of balls starting with my pitching iron until I get my swing comfortable.   I move to my 7 until I get it right and the play the first three holes of the course in my mind on the practice range.  I spend about 30 minutes with this and then head to the putting green to chip and putt.    When I take the time to warm up like this, I play much better.   When I rush to the course and jump on the first tee, the first two holes kill me and I struggle.  

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2 hours ago, Gunther said:

Yes, no fun.  I'm sad to say that I'm 50.  Using the Bionic glove now, Stability.  Gotta say, it's helping my pain, a lot.  I'm at 8.8 now with a smooth 90 on Sat (88 entered cuz I had 2 fine triples).  Don't get old.

Already there at 48 going on 49.. 

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I don't feel the need to hit a ton of balls. I'll hit 15-30 most times to get a feel for my swing and ball flight for the day. Then I'll take about 10 practice putts from 20-40 feet to get the feel of the greens. I might do a few practice chips without hitting a ball on the first tee while waiting. That's it.

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I have to loosen up and get warm. I do active stretching to loosen up. Then, if I can hit some balls, I will. It is more to dial in my swing feel than anything else. I will limit it to a small bucket at most with 20 or so full swings and maybe 10 long pitch shots.

If I can't hit balls, I do active stretching to loosen up only. Then putts and pitches.

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I've learned that my endurance really sucks for my age (28). So lately I've been able to shoot much better scores if I don't warm up at all so that the fatigue doesn't set in as soon. I've made the decision to start actually working out, rather than just being "active."

When I do warm up with a bucket of balls, I probably don't hit more than 20 balls. A few SW, 9i, 7i, 2H, and driver. That's about it.

What is absolutely imperative to mine (and I believe everyone's') long term health is to make sure you stretch sufficiently (and effectively) before ever making a full swing. I don't care if I look like a poser on the range. I don't want to have back surgery 20 years from now because I didn't want to take the extra 2 minutes every range session or round.

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I belong to a club that has an iron only range, so I don't usually hit balls before I play. That said, I've never really gotten much out of pre round warm up any way. I can be shanking full shots on the range pre round and shoot 75(it happened), or be killing it on the range and shoot 85.

I do need to hit a few chips(head steady) and putts (make sure I'm hitting my line) before I play.

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10 hours ago, dennyjones said:

A lot of the time I do hit a small bucket of balls starting with my pitching iron until I get my swing comfortable.   I move to my 7 until I get it right and the play the first three holes of the course in my mind on the practice range.  I spend about 30 minutes with this and then head to the putting green to chip and putt.    When I take the time to warm up like this, I play much better.   When I rush to the course and jump on the first tee, the first two holes kill me and I struggle.  

I like this!

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When I hit the first tee right out of the parking lot it takes me a few holes to get settled. At the very least I need to warmup and get loose. And since I have serious ADD :-(, I have notes with me on my phone to reference from my most recent lessons before I start hitting balls.. I am looking for swing keys to dumb it down for the day.

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The Pros take their time and warm up on a serious basis.  I am a 17 HCP and averaging less than 1 round per week this season and I would be delusional not to include a good 45 minute warm up before one of my rounds.  That time is at least half full swings with the remainder short game practice.  I am 64 and do not hit 150 balls before a round but 50-60 balls works fine for full swings(irons, hybrids, and driver) and does not tire me out.   If I cannot get in the full swings before a round the first several holes are usually a disaster. 

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19 hours ago, mchepp said:

I try to follow the #1 player in the world. 

P.S. there are a bunch of these on youtube now and what I find is that they are all kinda similar. It is worth watching some or even all of them.

This is great.  However I did chuckle a bit at the part that said "looks at yardage book" without any explanation as to why.

As of now, if I have the time and/or it's an important round, then I will warm up more "seriously" but mostly it's just a handful of shots to get loose.  Anything to avoid the first drive being my first swing of the day is a win.

But I think I'd like to try a better routine, like what Day does in your video here. :)

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I hit enough to not feel stiff and figure out who I am dancing with. The pre round warm up is not the time to figure out why your 5 yard draw turned into a 10 yard cut over night. You dance with whoever you brought to the dance. I will putt 3-4 three footers then I will putt around the horn trying to get  feel for speed. Last I will putt from fringe to fringe diagonally back and forth trying to get the ball to just bump the fringe. This helps me get my speed dialed in. I make more putts when my speed is on point as opposed to hitting my mark perfectly.  

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I'll work my way up through the even number clubs. 

56, PW, 8, 6, hybrid, 3-wood, driver. 

I tend to hit more shots on the low end because I am trying to get loosened up. I probably hit 60-70 golf balls. Then I go on to the short game area if the course has one. If not then I'll hit some short game shots at the range if I have extra balls. I spend the last 15-20 minutes before my tee time putting. 

 

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Not too serious, I do the serious thing at the range, before a round I just want to warm up and get a feel for how the driver is going, maybe some other long clubs, that's what usually makes or breaks me.

I also skip the bucket for the putter a lot, I would say most rounds I'd rather hit the practice green over the range.

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