Golf Tip – October 2013 – Warm Up for Fall Golf
While a good warm up is helpful in preparing your body to play and avoiding injuries at any time of year, it is even more important as the weather turns colder.
Taking a big swing with cold muscles is like pulling an elastic band out of the freezer and trying to stretch it. Ouch!
Here are a few simple things you can do to warm up before you play. You can do these on the first tee and they only take a few minutes:
- Marching in place, lifting your knees and swinging your arms – 10 – 20x
- Leg Swings – forward and back, side to side – 10x per side
- Body rotation – holding a club out in front of you with both hands shoulder width apart, rotate side to side. Let your feet mimic what they do in your backswing and follow through. Start slowly, and increase range of motion and speed as you warm up.
- Take a few swings in the grass with a 6 or 7 iron – small swings at first, then gradually make them bigger.
These are just a few things you can do. There are many more. The important thing is to do something to increase your body temperature, increase circulation and gently stretch your muscles.
One more tip – take one more club in cold weather as the ball doesn’t fly as far, and swing easy!