Let us start by preparing for your round of golf in an orderly fashion.
Arrive at the course an hour before your tee time to give you the best possible chance at having a great round.
You need time to check in at the pro shop, pick up any items you may need (golf balls, tees), get your bag on a cart if you use one, pick up refreshments, meet your friends or guests and do some warm-up stretching, head to the driving range to hit about 20 golf balls, do some chipping, and putting.
During this pre-round session, make quality shots, have a focused target for each shot and make it important as if you were on the course playing the shot for a score.
If you have a hurried drive to the course, running late will result in a frustrated round when you are trying to rush and do not have the time to warm up.
Whipping out the driver on No. 1 after a jog from the car to the pro shop with your friends waiting on the tee is not the ideal way to start a round of golf.
This would be the ideal way to start your round:
First, focus your mind on the game today, set aside all the other mental clutter and prepare as you would for an important meeting. Make the time you have to warm up a quality session. A full stretching regime is not realistic before a round, but if you have the luxury to do a more complete warmup at home before you head to the course that is ideal. At least do some bare essential stretches, which will only take a few minutes.
Stretching your hamstrings, lower back, sides, trunk and shoulders will result in better range of motion that will generate more club head speed. Stretching will also lessen your chance of injury. Always stretch slowly without bouncing, hold the stretch for 15-20 seconds.
Never stretch through pain. If you have pain, consult your doctor and consult with a personal trainer for some exercises to increase your flexibility.
Breathe deeply through stretching and do not hold your breath. Inhale during the easier portion of the exercise and exhale evenly during the difficult part.
Now that we have done our stretching, start hitting golf balls with your pitching wedge and work your way up to the long irons and woods, ending with your driver or driving club which may be a 3-wood. Remember, have a target on every shot.
Never start with the longest club in your bag. This takes the most flexibility and if you have not done your stretching it can be the quickest way to get an injury and end your golf for the day.
Progress to the chipping and putting green. Practice a dozen chips with a 9-iron and also with a pitching wedge, vary the target, lie and distance.
Next, take a dozen putts, and again vary the target and distance. Always finish with a solid putt in the cup. This puts you in a positive frame of mind. Now you are ready to head to the first tee with a few minutes to spare.
Note: It is important to keep your fluid intake up or high. When you sweat you lose water, which must be replaced.
Ample water is essential to good health, because water lubricates your joints and flushes lactic acid, reducing stiffness and soreness. Add heat to the golf round and you have more reason to keep your fluid intake high to avoid dehydration.
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