What to do when you don't have time to warm-up?

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Padraic S

Hey guys I am 14 and I play on a high school team. I have a lot of matches where I have five minutes to hit range balls, putt and chip and tee-off. How can I play better in these situations and what are some ways to make more feel more loose and free when I play in these situations. Please help.

-Padraic Sim Spanish Fort High 2018 graduate

2014 sectional substate and state champion

state junior champion


Tell your parents/coach to drive faster!

Kidding aside, I assume you do not drive to the course yourself. You can make use of your car ride and do stretches in your seat or even while you wait for your ride to pick you up. When you hit the course, I recommend focusing on checking the green speed as your first priority. So do a few distance put drills to target points.

If you don't have time to chip, juggling a ball on your wedge can help tune in your sense of the ball weight and face angle for your chip shots. You can do this while walking to the first tee.

Ideally you should put in enough practice with your full swing to have that locked into muscle memory. The day of the round is more to warm up so you don't hurt yourself, so you don't necessarily need to hit balls. Just go through the full motion of the swing slowly and deliberately focusing on stretching the muscles you will be using. If you have a safe enough area, you can then do full practice swings and check your divots for faults. You can do this on course as well, especially if the pace is slow and you are not disturbing anyone else.

Stretching does not have to be done before the round starts. Stretching during the round will help you in the back nine.

Do you have a coach you can talk to about this? I am sure they have years of experience.

Good luck

Disclaimer: This is based on my experience playing with partners who are never on time. I am not a professional, and you already play waaaaaay better than I do.

Craig W

Your appear to be doing everything right if you are state champ as an eighth grader

Chris Hatem

Warm up is partly physical and partly mental; you could tackle the mental aspect in the car!

Connor K

Stretching is key. I also play high school golf and we never have a lot of time to warm up. All I do is stretch as much as I can and it really helps. Hope I can help!

Matt D

I too play on my middle school golf team and I just skip the range and chipping to just putt. I really think putting is the most important thing of your/my game. Unless you have a wicked slice/hook then just putt. 

Jeff Y.

Arrive Earlier, use a stretchy band to stretch out prior to playing, it helps out with the motion prior to your first swing, good luck.

Jeff Y. 


OMG 14 ,Iam 56 !

Get to my age and you will know what stiffness is.

My best advise would be, follow this man and every thing he says.

The great Gary P.

Now there's a man that knows about stretching .



I never have much time before a round, so I know what you are feeling.  For me, stretching is the most important.  If I can get my back and legs stretched out before I tee off, I'm in much better shape.  That could be as simple as doing a few stretches and practice swings on the first tee.  Next if time allows, I roll a few putts to see how the greens are.  There is nothing worse than waiting until the first green to figure out the greens are much slower or much faster than you expected.  Last would be chipping.  Again, this would just be a feel exercise.  I just want to see how various types of chips are going to react to the greens.

Hope at least some of this helps.  Good luck next season!

Andy C

Sounds like you're quite the golfer with a few championships under the belt. I've been reading a few golf books lately and one in particular : "Golf is a Game of Confidence". A few things that have helped me in this book are a few key concepts : staying in the moment (being aware of what is happening in the NOW), sticking with a routine and trusting your swing. I have a strong assumption that you are a talented young man who follows these concepts.

If you don't have all that much time in warming up physically at the range - try visualizing and feeling the movements of your golf swing in the car before arriving to the golf course. If you don't any time to hit the range or practice green - trust your "go to" shot with a club you also trust. I'm sure your coach who rather pick a player with less talent with more confidence than a player that has greater talent with less confidence. Hope this helps


William S

Relax, pop your back, and just swing smooth. I routinely roll from car to tee due to being able to tee off earlier than tee time. Just get to the tee on time and know you will have more opportunities to make up a shot or stroke. 

Timothy Y

I generally run to the tee, tie my shoes while my partners tee off, when they're done im usually fishing tees and balls out of my bag.  So then I step up, take a huge swing and watch the ball travel about 10 inches to the delight of my laughing partners.

On a good day the ball will at least clear the forward tee box!

In your case though.  It's best to follow the direction of everyone else prior to my post - all great suggestions!

Raymond G

Hit practice balls starting with wedges through fairway woods and driver then 20 putts both long and short not always at a cup just want to feel the green speed

Melvin S

It is important to spend the last few minutes before teeing off in getting yourself mentally ready. The older you get the more important it is to have time to warm up.

Tim S

This is an issue that I've encountered many times over the years.  What works best for me (beside swinging a couple of clubs together to loosen up) is to take out my 58 degree wedge and pitch 5-8 shots off the side of the tee (20 yds) or so, just to feel the ball come off the club face.  Good luck!