• Begin your full swing warmup with stretching. Stretching can improve your range of motion by up to 17-percent. It also helps you avoid injury and it helps relieve chronic joint pain. Dr. Frank Jobe outlines the best pre-round stretching program in Exercise Guide to Better Golf (). This portion of your warmup should take approximately 15 minutes.
(For more on stretching, see this recommended routine.)
• Walk slowly to the practice tee and begin your full swing warmup with short wedge shots. You should use a short tee for all your shots on the range. This will help you contact the ball crisply, which will breed confidence. Beginning with wedge shots also helps you start your routine with smooth tempo and rhythm.
After hitting 10 wedges or so, begin working from your short irons up to the long irons and woods. Make each swing rhythmic and swing with complete balance control. Your last few full swings should be with the club you intend to use on the first tee, usually a 3- or 5-wood. Save the last five balls for some smooth, short wedge shots, or make full, slow-motion swings that only go 50 to 100 yards with your driver (the Fred Couples Drill). This will help you reinforce the controlled rhythm and balance that you will use on the course.
• Time your routine so that at its completion, you can stroll to the first tee just in time for your group’s assigned time. You never want to stand around for more than a few minutes after warmup. If there is a delay, stand to the side of the tee and make slow swings and stretch to stay loose.
Remember: If you fail to warm up properly you are setting yourself up to fail when you play. Use the mentality of a professional: make and take the time to warm up for peak performance and better scores.