The Trunkslammer's Warm-up
Every golfer is guilty of it at least once - if not a habitual offender. You roll into the parking lot minutes before the round begins. Throw on your shoes. Grab your clubs and slam the trunk before rushing straight to the first tee. It's anybody's guess what happens next.
You might just fire one right down the middle of the fairway but let's be realistic, a duck hook, slice into the woods or tweaked back is probably a more likely outcome. Director of Crystal Mountain Golf School, Scott Wilson sees it all the time.
"We all oversleep at one time or another. We're all busy at work or busy with the family. Even if you only have 10 minutes before your round there are few quick things you can do to ease into that first hole to prevent damage to your body and your scorecard."
1. Spend at least half of that 10 minutes just loosening up the core muscles that are key to the golf swing. Do a few side bends, twists and bend at the waist touching the ground to stretch out your back and hamstrings.
2. Take the heaviest iron out of your bag and swing it back and forth like a pendulum. Easy at first and then into a full swing. This will continue to loosen up the muscles and get you into the rhythm of swinging the club.
3. Spend a few minutes on the putting green to get a feel for the speed. Begin with The Ladder Drill (pictured above), rolling a putt across the green trying to leave the next putt five feet short of the previous and the next five feet short of that ball. Next, move to The Stair Drill (pictured below) dropping balls at three, four and five feet in a straight line from the hole and putting each into the cup. It not only helps with speed but can build a little confidence as well.
4. Leave the Big Dog in the bag on the first hole. It requires intense discipline but you're probably better off passing up the driver for a hybrid or 5-wood. Aim small, miss small. Once you've played a couple of holes and get into the groove, feel free to let the Big Dog eat.
This warm-up will work in a pinch but it's far from ideal. Scott recommends trying to arrive at the course an hour before your round. He'll help share how to best manage that hour of practice in an upcoming post on the Mountain Blog. Stay tuned.
Scott Wilson is the Director of Crystal Mountain Golf School with over 20 years experience as a PGA Instructor. He is a mainstay on Golf Digest's list of Top Teachers in Michigan and is a past recipient of the Michigan PGA's President's Plaque, awarded to those who have significantly contributed to growth of the game.