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Random Shot Warm Up

Golfers frequently ask about how I recommend warming up. After you've done a solid physical warm up I advocated dialing in your touch on short game and warming up the body for the full swing. Before a round isn't the time for "practice" but rather a warm up of all the systems. 

An interesting study showed golfers who performed random style warm up out perfromed those who performed block style warm up. However, those who did the block style practice reported more confidence heading to the course. Do you want to feel confident or do you want to perform well. If you are aware of the benefits and challenges of a random warm up, then perhaps you can have both.

Playlists: Practice Strategies, Warm Up Routines

Tags: Practice Strategies, Mental Game, Member Question, Concept, Beginner

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This practice strategy is looking at a random warm-up.

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So I had a good film conversation with Buddy Mind Matt Wilson, who

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graciously vacated Northern California so I could come out here.

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And he was talking about one of the experts that they brought in to talk about who did a great

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study on warm-ups with better players.

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And what they found was pretty interesting.

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But during my playing career, I used a standard warm-up where I hit a handful of wedges.

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And then let's say eight iron, six iron, four iron, and just kind of did a few of each

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work my way through the bag up to the driver.

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And then worked on some short game of when go played.

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Well, the research that they're finding is that by doing a random warm-up,

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you're typically going to outperform those who do that old style of warm-up.

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Now, the caveat, the real kicker is if I ask you leaving the range, if you're confident

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doing the random style of warm-up, you're going to be less confident, but you're going to perform better.

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So you ultimately have a choice to make if you need to feel confident,

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understand that you may actually end up with more frustration.

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But if you're willing to risk being a little, having a little struggle during your warm-up,

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there's a good chance you'll perform better on the range.

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So essentially what they did was they had two different groups.

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One group would do a block style where they just went from club to club,

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and the other group did random style where they never hit the same club twice,

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shot twice, they were jumping all over the place.

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When they left the range, they interviewed them how confident they felt,

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the block practice group felt more confident.

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But then they used measurement devices to track the dispersion,

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and they found that the group doing the random practice end up hitting the ball closer.

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So you'll notice on the site that a lot of our practice-grink games

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incorporate changing from club to club or flight to flight or shot to shot.

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And many of the golfers who were great ball strikers in the 70s, 80s,

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talked about using the nine-shot drill as one of their core warm-up drills.

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So I think that there's some validity to it,

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and we'll find out with more research, but in testing it with some of my students,

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everybody's reporting that it's more challenging to do as a warm-up,

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but ultimately it tends to do produce better results on the course.

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So if you're trying to maximize your potential for scoring,

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you want to do a good analytic warm-up, you know,

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get the joints in the body, all nice and loose,

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then you want to do some random style practice,

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just to warm-up and test your different shots,

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and then do some random short game after that, head to the course, and see how it goes.

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My personal experience, my personal belief, is by doing random warm-up,

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your brain has to go through the struggle of adapting shots,

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and it kind of warms up that thought process and that part of the brain.

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So for me personally, and for my students, it seems to be helping out.

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It's definitely something that you might want to test if you are an intermediate to advanced golfer.

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So for a great warm-up, you're going to do the analytic warm-up

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to warm-up your ligaments and get the blood flowing,

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then you're going to do some random practice with the,

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whether it's four clubs or just alternating shots and alternating ball flights,

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do some random short game and putting games,

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and then you'll be ready to take it to the course,

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and hopefully shoot a really low score.

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