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+ World Class Warm-Up

Today’s top players have a much more advanced approach to pre-game preparation. In fact, most pros are already

fully warmed up before they set foot on the practice tee. In general, they’ll spend about an hour prepar- ing their bodies to swing the club ahead of time, whereas average play- ers thinks hitting a few shots before they reach the first tee will get them loose. When you’re watching your favorite stars hit balls before play, it’s got nothing to do with preparing the body, but rather honing specific shots and getting into the proper mindset for competition. It’s not only the extra

Dynamic stretch

+ Shift Your Perspective

One of the more confusing aspects associated with putting is green reading. The most common problem I see

golfers make is significantly under- reading the break. In fact, research has shown most golfers, even very good players, tend to under read putts by up to 75%. I learned a lot about reading

Static stretches would be positions

you hold for 30 seconds or longer. A dynamic stretch prepares the muscle though

time they put in that makes the difference. Today’s players have made getting ready a sci- ence. Some research has even shown that basic stretching might not be as effective as you think. What golf- ers should understand is that there are two different kinds of stretches; either static or dynamic. Static stretches would most commonly be positions you hold for 30 seconds or longer, whereas a dynamic stretch prepares the muscle though continu- ous motion. Research shows dynamic stretch-

continuous motion. Foam roller

output elevated for up to 24 hours after the warm-up. With evidence like that,

it’s no wonder play- ers are paying more attention to their

preparation. So what does a

typical PGA Tour player warm-up

ing can lead to a 1.6% increase in vertical jump height (a common test for explosive power). But static stretching right before golf can actu- ally diminish a player’s explosiveness. Dynamic stretching with light

resistance using elastic bands and tubing can lead to up to a 5.6% improvement in driving distance. This upgraded stretching practice can even keep the increased power

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look like? It normally begins with a cardio warm-up on a treadmill, bike, stair climber or elliptical machine to help get the player’s heart rate elevat- ed and blood flow moving. Dynamic and (elastic-band) stretches often focus on glute activation (think of Tiger Woods saying he failed to do this earlier this year at Torrey Pines), hip and shoulder mobility, and balance. Also included are myo-fascial release thera- pies such as massaging muscles with a foam roller or other trigger- point devices designed to break up tightness or knots. The key is to plan ahead and put in some effort. If you’re play- ing to win, the extra time will definitely be worth the effort!

greens during my years coaching for Dave Pelz. Part of the learning process was demonstrating just how far off a person’s read actually was. I always loved setting up a test putt for a big group. I’d pick a putt with about three to four feet of break and then let each individual offer his or her best guess. In the hundreds of times doing this exercise, I don’t believe a single person ever nailed the exact break. Like the research suggests, most were at or below the 25% line. The secret to creat- ing a more accurate read lies in your ability to make the break “come to life.” When we view the hole from a straight-line perspective the break remains partially hidden. However, when we shift perspective, the truth reveals itself.

The secret

to creating a more accurate read lies in your ability

to make the break “come to life.”

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