It’s happened to every one of us, so how do you get an emergency warm-up in a rush situation? Two keys to focus on: prepare your body to make an athletic move and get a feel for how the course will play. You’ll need to divide your prep time into two five-minute halves.
First half: grab a club and hold it by both ends out in front of you. Do 10 full squats, getting as low as you can, and raise the club as high over your head with each squat, returning it to its starting position as you raise up. This will loosen the shoulders, hips, knees, and get your heart pumping. Next, while still holding both ends of the club in front of you, tilt slightly from the waist and turn your upper body 90 degrees to the right and left without moving your legs. The resistance of your lower body will provide an excellent rotational stretch. Do 15 in each direction.
Second half: spend the time hitting low running chips on the practice green; the longer the chip the better. This will offer the opportunity to take your full swing grip, make a small golf swing, get the ball rolling to judge green speed, and focus on a target. All the things required to be successful on the course. Finish up by hitting six straight three-foot putts into a hole to build confidence and put you in a “make it” frame of mind.
Ready to go, hit ’em straight!