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Why Should You Warm Up?

Stretch used to teach separation of upper and lower body

Why should we warm up?

You know the guy that gets out of his car, does a quick shoulder stretch, pops his neck and touches his toes before getting in a workout? If you know him, slap him, if you are him, smack yourself then read this article on how to get a proper warm up in:

There are a few different ways to warm up before a workout, but if your focus is on improving your fitness for golf, or to warm up before a practice session/round of golf and its important to understand that by doing a good warm up we can optimize our performance.  The types of warm ups we will talk about today are 1) General Warm up, 2) Specific Warm Up

The General Warm-up:

Hip Hinge Drill

Hip Hinge Drill with a dowel to promote better posture

The General Warm-Up will firstly help increase your body temperature. Why does that matter? Well a good general warm up will improve circulation by pumping blood out to your periphery via opening up smaller blood vessels which is a good thing. This increase in blood flow will help make our muscles a bit more pliable and ready for movement under load. Lastly, a good general warm up will help to lubricate our joints.

Specific Warm-up:

Specific Warm-Ups will help us focus on particular areas like feet and ankles, or we may decide to warm-up a certain pattern or position like a half kneeling position.  Our body knows where it is in space because of little sensors embedded in around our joints and through our muscle tissue.  If you have a particular area you want to work on or focus on, a specific warm up for that area will help with all the stuff we just listed under general warm-up and give the added benefit a specific area or pattern.

Based on your assessment, a good warm up can serve as an injury prevention tool as we are cuing up your bodies main sensory organisms (brain, joints, muscle, connective tissue), and a way to get our minds right for the task at hand.

How do we warm-up?

Check out this little video I posted up on YouTube for a proper ground based warm up. It hits everything we talked about in this article.

If have any questions feel free to reach out!

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How Should I Practice?

How Should I Practice?

How do you practice your swing? Did you know that how you practice can affect how you learn?  What we do can either help gain/retain skills or hinder your progress altogether.  With that being said, there are a couple of different ways we can practice to acquire or improve a skill and they are:

Blocked Practice-

We’ve all done it, gone to the range got a large bucket and went after it hitting the same club over and over again mindlessly.  It great when you are first starting out as it teaches/trains the left side of the brain which is responsible for sequence and order. Left brain training really likes order like: A, B, C, D… and is great for someone just starting out or really trying to refine a feel but will quickly lose its effectiveness if over used. Great for training how to grip the club, or setup routine, but quickly loses effectiveness when hitting shot after shot.

This is a photo of Roy Khoury and Tim Mitchell, PGA Roy_Khoury_Fitness

Randomized Practice-

Random practice is practicing how you would play. So you can either use playing a few holes as random practice or even use a range session to practice different distances or shot shapes with the same club, or utilizing a different club per shot. Random practice is more like actually playing golf, and actually helps you build the ability to problem solve while working on your skill.

When you are new to a sport or movement its good to challenge the left brain in repetition, logical and objective goal setting.  When you are proficient with your task, random practice helps challenge the right brain and its creativity, thought and performance. That being said, both types of practice are helpful for acquiring and improving your game, they just access different parts of the brain and challenge you in different ways, so its good to understand both and how both can help you.  See how it works for you!