Golf Tip of the Week
Warm Up before every game
Proper warm-up is essential for peak performance in any sport. If you attend any professional sporting event you always see athletes going through a pre-game warm-up, and pro golfers are no different. By the time tour professionals step to the first tee, they are fully prepared to make their best swings from the opening tee shot.
Most amateurs, however, get “warmed up” by dashing from their cars to the pro shop to check in, then running to the first tee, all within five minutes or so. To avoid injuries and a disappointing round of golf try the following quick warm up routine:
Get to the course early. Ensure enough time to carry out the necessary “admin” – check in, changeroom, golf attire etc. It is important that you do not feel rushed, so allow time to complete this entire warm-up period at a leisurely pace.
Begin warming up on the putting green. Putting is 43-percent of golf and the putting stroke is the slowest and smoothest of all strokes in golf. By spending time warming up on the green first, you will not only be prepared for the speed of the greens but you will also be starting the day with smooth, deliberate tempo.
Stretch the body. A very simple and easy exercise/stretch for golfers to do is the standing twist. The Standing Twist with a club is a rotational stretching exercise that benefits the golfer’s core. As such, it is an excellent exercise for any golfer to incorporate into his or her stretching routine. Here is how to do it:
1. Hold club chest high, arms straight out in front, with grip shoulder-width apart.
2. While keeping feet and hips fairly stable, rotate club to the right and then the left.
3. Try to breathe out on every turn to release tension.
4. Repeat each side 10 times.
Maintaining the course
- Replace your divots.
- Turf tends to explode on impact, making it difficult, if not impossible, to replace the divot. In this case, you have two options:
- You can use the toe of your shoe to kick in the turf around the edges of the divot.
- Many courses often put containers of a soil/seed mixture on their carts and tees. If this is the case, simply fill in the divot with the mixture.
- Bring a rake into the bunker with you -- remembering that you should always enter the bunker from the low side at a point nearest to the ball.
- Whenever possible, avoid walking on the steep face of a bunker.
- After hitting your shot, rake the area you played from, as well as all your footprints and any others within reach.
- Rakes should be left either in or nearby the bunker.
- Important to repair any pitch marks or indentations caused by the ball hitting the green.
- Using a tee, knife, key or repair tool, repair the mark by working the edges towards the center, without lifting the center of the mark. Don't tear the grass. Finish by smoothing the area with a club or your foot. Try to get the area smooth enough to putt over.
- Just remember that while the Rules of Golf allow you to repair pitch marks on your putting line, you cannot repair spike marks on your putting line until after you have putted.