Skill Drills with Meredith Kirk: Pre-Round Warm-Up

Today, I’m going to give you a pre-round warmup drill. This is a mini drill. It should take less than five minutes. The first thing that you want to do is grab a club, and you’re going to extend the club out horizontally, and then you’re going to bend at the waist, come all the way down, and you’re going to hold. You’re really going to feel this in your hamstrings. This is a great stretch. We’re going to do it again, all the way back down, feel that stretch, and hold, come all the way back up, and I want you to repeat that five to six times. Step two is this. You’re going to grab the end of the club here, and you’re going to push your arm out and get a nice stretch on the arm, and what you can do is you can add a little resistance by grabbing the handle and pulling back, which really helps to stretch those oblique muscles and it elongates those arm muscles. You’re going to switch sides. There you go. You’re going to do this again, and you’re going to go back and forth about five times. We really want to get those arms nice and loosened up for rotation. Third thing that we’re going to do, you can put the club down, and you can hold the top of the handle and use it as somewhat of a rest to balance yourself with this. What we’re going to do is we’re going to take a step back, and we’re going to work on those hip flexors. Now, what I’m doing is I’m pushing my pelvis forward. You should feel the stretch in your hips, and hold. Now, you’re going to take it to the other leg. Do the same thing. You’re really going to feel this stretch. I love this. This really warms up your core. Remember, in the golf swing, the core is where you get all your power. You want to be nice and loosened up. You’re going to hold that stretch, and you’re going to repeat that about five times. The fourth step, the last thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and take some continuous practice swings, back and forth, and you want to do this about 10 times. This drill, if you work through each of the steps, doing each one about five to six times, and then finishing with about 10 swings, that should take less than five minutes. It’s a simple, mini, pre-round warmup drill that’s really going to benefit you when you hit the tee.