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For many of us, we used to be able to hop out of the car, go straight to the first tee and rip a drive down the middle of the fairway. Now by skipping a warm-up before a round of golf may mean it takes us 4 or 5 holes before you loosen up and gain your form and by that time your score may already be ruined. Here is a quick and easy pre-round warm-up exercise to help you avoid those big numbers on the scorecard.
The point of a warm up is to elevate your heart rate to get your blood flowing to warm muscles so they are loose and supple to make it is easier to swing. You can do this warm-up at your house before your round of golf, if you don’t have a long drive to the golf course or on the driving range. Don’t be embarrassed to do the routine, it couldn’t more humiliating than topping your drive off the first tee.
There are many ways to warm-up like jogging, doing jumping jacks or even taking practice swings. In this routine, that only takes 5 to 10 minutes, I have chosen exercises that target golf-specific muscles.
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If you work at a desk job, most likely your shoulders will be tight from the hours of sitting at a desk over a computer. When your shoulders are tight, then you cannot make a full shoulder turn and this may lead to swing faults. Bicycle arms is an excellent exercise that will not only loosen muscles but will help you develop strength and endurance.
- Stand in a shoulder width stance holding a golf club parallel to the ground.
- Rotate the club forward as if you were peddling a bicycle with your hands and arms, taking your shoulders through full range of motion.
- Rotate forward for 8 to 10 repetitions and then rotate back for 8 to 10 repetitions.