It is often a misconception that golf is an easy game where you have to focus a little while striking the ball and swing it with full might. But that is not the case!
Golf comes up with its own set of physical challenges. If not taken care of, you may end up stressing your muscles and joints and be prone to other injuries. Thus, it is crucial to warm up before a game of Golf.
In order for you to be able to stay in shape and perform effective swing shots during the course of the game, there are some warm-ups that one should do before the game:
- Calm your nerves: How we feel and what our state of mind is has a huge effect on our performance in the game. Feeling nervous or anxious can cause a golfer to commit mistakes while staying calm and confident can help a golfer focus on the game. Thus, it is important to mentally prepare ourselves before the game. Most importantly it is advised to concentrate on swinging your shots with perfection rather than worrying as to how much you would score as that would pressurize you.
- Body Stretches: Practice a few bodies stretches to loosen your body, arms, and wrists. They could be neck stretches, shoulder and chest stretch, forearm and wrist stretches, lateral back stretches, toe touching, hamstring stretch, quads stretch, squatting, calf stretch etc. This helps to position the body perfectly while striking the ball and as a result, helps the golfer make effective swing shots. These exercises before a game of golf is to elongate, activate and integrate the neuromuscular system of the body.
- Golf Swing warm-ups: Now that you have exercised your arms, wrists and legs, it is now time to practice your swing and shot routine. It is advisable to start putting from various distances to familiarize yourself with the speed you would need on the green to help swing the ball. The slow movement required for putting helps synchronize the body and mind for the game. Also, at the time of playing the game, you will feel more confident while putting the ball. Another useful thing would be to practice drives and shots from different distances and also practice swinging from the grass and sand alike.
Golf is just like any other sport. You need to practice and warm up before a game in order to be able to perform well.