Charlotte, NC is buzzing with excitement as today, May 3rd, is the first day of the Wells Fargo Championship right here at Quail Hollow Country Club. The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotte region. Its history extends back to 2003 and with a total purse of $20,000 draws many top PGA golfers to this event every year.
Play Like The Pros So there are a lot of things I could write about in this section that separate a professional golfer from an amateur. But one consistent difference between professional athletes and amateur of any sport is the amount of pre time they give before they begin an event.
In other words, professional golfers warm-up, they just don't show up. Why Should You Warm-Up? Go to any professional athletic contest and you will see those athletes warming up. A proper warm-up is something every great athlete does. Not just by practicing the skill of the sport but by getting their body and nervous system as prepared as possible before the game or contest begins.
I think most amateur golfers understand that they should do some kind of warm-up before beginning to play, but they simply don’t know where to being, so they skip it altogether. This is a mistake! Studies have shown that warming up and stretching improves physical performance and helps to prevent injuries. An effective warm-up increases your body temperature, removes movement restrictions, and uses movements that closely resemble the main activity to activate the nervous system. A good golf warm-up routine will:
Address soft-tissue quality.
Elevate body/core temperature and increase blood flow.
Improve muscle length and extensibility.
Improve mobility of the joints used in the golf swing.
Take your body through multiple planes of motion to enhance overall movement capabilities.
Charge up and excite the nervous system to prepare the body for the demands of the activity to follow.
Brett's Bottom Line:
Listen, if you want to have your best round of golf you need to have a systematic approach to warming up the body before you start swinging the club. Pulling your golf bag from the trunk and walking to the first tee is NOT a warm-up! Not only is it inefficient, but a potentially dangerous way to get ready to golf.
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