You can improve your golf swing by taking one club longer on the first few holes in a round of golf if you do not have time to hit a few practice balls before play.
Although this might not be as important during the warmer summer months since the ball will fly longer, it definitely should be considered sound advice during the cooler months of the year.
It applies even more specifically to recreational and weekend golfers who do not play that frequently and typically do not hit practice balls before beginning play.
What happens when there is insufficient time to warm up before beginning play is our muscles are tight and it is difficult to take as full a shoulder turn in our backswing as it is after hitting a few golf shots.
For example, I recently played my par three (laboratory) course and started on a hole near the parking lot.
It has an uphill green and approximately is 115 yards from the back tees to the middle of the green.
There was very little wind.
Unfortunately, I did not hit any balls at the practice range before beginning play.
I figured the hole was playing about 125 yards from the back tees, considering the uphill green.
Instead of selecting a nine iron, I decided to select an eight iron because my muscles were very tight.
I hit the golf ball straight-as-an-arrow and it landed near the pin.
After playing the course, I ended up at the same hole and played it again.
However, instead of taking the 8 iron as before, I took a full wedge and landed it on the front of the green.
There is no way I could have it a full wedge that far at the beginning of play. But at the end of the round my muscles were relaxed and I could swing as hard as I wanted to.
So the next time you do not have time to warm up before beginning play, take one club longer than usual on the first few holes and see if it doesn’t improve your golf swing.
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