beginner tip how to warm up 1

As a beginning golfer, it's important to get in a practice session before playing a round. Not only will practicing loosen your muscles and put you in a proper golf mindset, it'll give you a chance to nail down your fundamentals and gain confidence before hitting the course.

Try to arrive at the course with plenty of time before teeing off. About an hour should suffice. Plan to spend 20-30 minutes on the driving range and another 10-20 minutes on the putting and chipping green.


If you've taken lessons, jot down a few notes detailing what you've learned. For example, your instructor may have emphasized proper alignment, stance width or posture. Focus on these elements with each practice shot.

On the range, you don't need to practice with every club. Choose a couple of short irons, a mid-iron or two, a hybrid or fairway wood, and the driver. Start by hitting several shots with your shortest club (a sand wedge, for example). Then switch to the next longest longer club, and so on until you reach the driver.

Moving from short clubs to long ones will help you establish a smooth tempo so that once you've got the driver in hand, you'll be less likely to overswing. Shorter clubs are also easier to strike well, building confidence from the start.

Make sure not to overdo it on the range. Until you're playing and practicing regularly, your golf muscles will tire fairly quickly. Hit 20-30 balls and move on to the green.

Begin your putting session from very close range – no more than a couple of feet from the cup. The idea, again, is to ingrain fundamentals and build confidence. Most importantly, try to accelerate the putter through the ball.

After you've made 10-15 short ones, move a few feet out and hit another 6-8 putts. Work your way out to about 15 feet, then finish with a few putts from long distance (30-40 feet). By the time you're done, you should have a good feel for the pace of putts you'll see on the course.

If the club has a practice green for chipping, spend a few minutes there working on very basic shots. Focus on hitting your chips with a downward strike for crisp contact.

Now that you've practiced your full swing, putting and short game, it's time to take on the course. A relaxed yet thorough warmup is a great way to start the day.

How to Warm Up for a Round of Golf?

How to Warm Up for a Round of Golf?

If there is one area of the game which is overlooked more than any other, it is the warm up. Well, it is overlooked in the amateur game, at least. You can be sure professional golfers understand the importance of warming up properly. Check out the driving range or the putting green prior to any professional golf tournament and you will see every player in the field working hard to get ready for the day. If you would like to play better golf on a consistent basis, you should take your lead from the pros and learn how to prepare yourself in advance of stepping on the first tee.

In this article, we are going to cover the topic of warming up from start to finish. What elements should be included in a proper warm up? How much time should you spend warming up? What do you do if the course doesn't offer a driving range? The answers to all of these questions – and more – can be found in the article that follows. Once you have all of the necessary information, it will then be up to you to build your own warm up routine. We'll offer some suggestions for how to structure your routine, but the final plan is going to be up to you.

Simply by accepting the fact that a warm up is an important part of golf, you will already be one step ahead of the competition. Plenty of amateur golfers still don't understand that it is important to warm up, and then those same players wonder why they always get off to a bad start. Golf is a challenging game, and you can't expect yourself to get right out of the car and hit the ground running on the first hole. It takes time to warm up your muscles properly for the day, and it takes time to settle into a rhythm with both your full swing and your short game. The confidence you feel in your game will be dramatically increased when you walk to the first tee knowing that you have completed a proper warm up session.

All of the content below is written from the perspective of a right-handed golfer. If you happen to play left-handed, please take a moment to reverse the directions as necessary.

A Matter of Timing

A Matter of Timing

The timing of your warm up process is something you need to think carefully about before you can truly master this area of the game. There are a variety of variables in play when trying to time your warm up – everything from traffic on the way to the course to the need to use the restroom can play a role. You won't be able to control all of the variables at work in this picture, but you can develop a timeline that will work more times than not.

To get started thinking about timing your warm up routine, let's work through a few important points –

  • An hour baseline. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to arrive at the golf course one hour before you are scheduled to tee off. Yes, this might sound like a lot of time to the average player, but it can go quickly once you get into your routine. So, if you have made a 9am tee time for Saturday morning, arriving at the course around 8am would be perfect. Obviously, real life gets in the way sometimes, so you won't always have this full hour available. Maybe you are playing after work and only have a few minutes to warm up, or maybe traffic was bad and you were only able to get to the course 30 minutes ahead of tee time. We will deal with these kinds of circumstances later in the article. For now, build your understanding of a proper warm up on the foundation of having one hour to get ready.
  • A well-rounded warm up. The best warm up sessions are those which manage to touch each individual part of the game. That means you will spend some time working on your full swing, but you will also work on your chipping and putting as well. Sadly, most amateur golfers neglect to warm up at least one or two parts of their game before starting a round. It is common, for example, for golfers to hit the driving range and skip over the practice putting green completely. How can you expect to putt well if you don't warm up? As you think about creating your own warm up routine, remember that it needs to cover your entire game – or, at least, as much of your game as possible.
  • No rushed feeling. There is no room for rushing in the game of golf. When you rush, you fall into bad habits that will cause trouble in your technique. Whether you are hitting shots on the range or out on the course, you never want to feel rushed. This is important to remember when warming up. If you don't have as much time as you would like to warm up fully, you might feel like you need to rush through your entire routine. This will do more harm than good. You are likely to lose track of your swing rhythm when rushing, and the quality of your shots will decline as a result. Instead of rushing through your full routine when short on time, consider cutting the routine down while still taking your time on each individual shot. You are almost sure to struggle on the course if you rush through your warm up, so take care to avoid this mistake.
  • A focused approach. Golf is a social game – in fact, the social aspect of golf is one of the things that makes it so attractive to so many people. When you head out for a round of golf with your friends, you will probably spend most of the day chatting. There is nothing wrong with that at all. However, during your warm up, it is a good idea to find at least a few minutes to yourself so you can focus and get ready to play. You will have plenty of time on the course to chat while walking the fairways or waiting for the group in front to finish the hole. By setting aside the chatter during warm ups so you can prepare your swing (and your mind), you will be more likely to perform well when the round begins.

Like everything else in golf, it takes time and practice to learn how to execute a warm up session properly. As you read through the list above, you were probably able to identify one or two mistakes that you are currently making with your warm up process. Don't feel bad that you have been doing things wrong all these years – simply focus on moving forward with a better plan. The sooner you can improve your warm up process, the sooner you can lower your scores.

The Components of a Warm Up Session

The Components of a Warm Up Session

As mentioned earlier, you want to give your entire golf game a proper warm up before you hit the first tee. Of course, you are going to be working within a time restriction, even if you do arrive a full hour ahead of your tee time. With that in mind, it is helpful to break up your warm up session into components. For most golfers, three categories will work just fine – putting, short game (not including putting), and full swing. If you hit each of these three categories, you'll be prepared to play when your tee time arrives.

It is important to remember that a warm up session is not the same thing as a practice session. You should not be working on your technique or trying to improve your game while warming up. Rather, you should just be warming your muscles and finding a rhythm for the day. Many amateur golfers break this rule of thumb, and they pay the price as a result. If you work on your technique during your warm up, you will be thinking about that technique for the rest of the day. And that is not a good thing. Do your best to keep technical thoughts away and just focus on warming up. It's too late now to fix your swing anyway – if there are technical changes you'd like to make to your game, you will need to make those changes during an actual practice session.

To make it through your warm up in each of our three categories successfully, please review the tips below.

  • Full swing. If you are playing your round at a facility which offers a driving range, you are all set. You will want to pick up some practice balls when you check in and pay for your round – you may need to pay for the range balls, or they may be included with your round. It is not necessary to hit a large volume of shots, so don't feel inclined to buy a large bucket. Even just 20 swings or so will be sufficient for warm up purposes. When hitting these shots, take your time and prepare for each swing as you would out on the course. Pick a specific target, go through your pre-shot routine, and make a great swing. Start with short clubs and gradually work your way up to the driver. Remember, you shouldn't worry about your distances on the range, as range balls don't give an accurate representation of how far you will hit the ball on the course. If you happen to be playing a course which doesn't offer a range, you'll be left with nothing more than 'dry' practice swings. Find a safe place to make some swings and work your way up through your bag, just as you would on the range. This type of warm up might not be as effective as actually hitting balls, but it still works. Imagine you are hitting real shots and go through your pre-shot routine just the same.
  • Putting. Virtually every golf course in the world has a practice putting green, so you should be in good shape here no matter where you are playing. The putting green is actually where you should spend the majority of your warm up time, as this is the part of the game that changes most significantly from day to day. Green speeds are unpredictable, even when playing the same course frequently. A proper putting warm up consists of both short and long putts. Short putts are good for building confidence in your stroke, while long putts will help you learn the speed of the surfaces. It is easy to rush when warming up on the putting green, so pay close attention to your rhythm and make sure you are taking your time. You shouldn't be concerned with how many putts you can fit into this session, but rather with the quality of those putts. Pay close attention to how the ball is running out and adjust your speed as necessary before the round begins.
  • Short game. This is where your warm up can get a bit tricky. Facilities vary greatly in terms of what they offer the golfer who wants to warm up his or her short game. Some courses are great in this regard – not only do they have a nice chipping green, but they have a bunker near that green as well. At other courses, you won't find a chipping green in sight, and there will be a sign reminding you not to chip onto the putting green. So, obviously, you are going to have to make do with what you have available on a given day. Assuming you do have a spot to hit some chip shots, all the usual warm up rules apply here. Don't rush through the process, pay attention to your pre-shot routine, and don't think too much about technique.

A good warm up routine doesn't need to be complicated. Golf can be a complicated game, but it is best to keep it as simple as possible. Touch on each of the three major categories for your warm up session and you should feel well-prepared when you reach the first tee to begin your round.