Tempo and Tension
Do you have a routine that you follow when you go to the range? Or are you one of those people who gets the BIG DOG aka Driver out and tries to smash it as far as you can? If you said yes to the latter option then you're not doing yourself any favours with regards to your tempo and tension. Yes you might rip a few drives to the back of the range, but this will not set you up to play your best in competition. It actually has the opposite effect, in that it will throw you off your swing tempo, which can be difficult to get back when playing out on the course.
Instead try this routine next time you go to warm up pre match/competition.
Start with hitting one of your wedges or short irons, taking nice easy “half” swings… this helps to wake and warm up your “golf” muscles. Next, move up in length working your way to your middle irons, but using more of a three-quarter swing. Continue to work your way up your woods to your driver… but after you hit some balls, go back down to a short iron or wedge. And when you do this, find a peace of grass and just swing back and forth with no stop like a pendulum, grazing the top. This will help you keep your tempo and tension level in check.
Trust me on this… your mind and swing will be ready when you approach the first tee.
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