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Fred Couples may not always make the most of his pre-lap range time, at least when it comes to casual tee times with friends.
“People say, ‘Well, you’re out there an hour before, but you talk for 45 minutes,'” Couples said.
But at least he can admit it.
Couples spoke to GOLF.com earlier this month at the Berenberg Invitational at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, NY. Not only did he offer a tip for the biggest mistake he sees in amateurs, but he also explained how best to maximize a 15-minute warm-up.
Let’s face it, most amateur golfers don’t take the proper amount of time to get ready before a round. Even Couples said most of the guys he usually plays have day jobs, so they show up just five minutes or so before their start time.
Couples say they could warm up much more efficiently.
“They hit two wedges and go straight to the driver,” Couples said. “I would prefer if they don’t meet drivers. Hit clubs you like. So I warm up with four or five balls with a wedge. Then I go to an 8 iron, then I go to a 6 iron. And now I’m a lot older, so I’ve got all these little rescue forests and I’m going to meet four or five riders. I don’t need 100 balls. I just have to make sure that my body loosens up. But I think a lot of amateurs get behind the backball before teeing off.”
So what’s the takeaway here?
Don’t hit thugs think You have to hit – like a driver – but instead reach for clubs how to hit and gets you in a groove. That way, you have the benefit of seeing and feeling better contact, and the good, positive feedback of a well-hit ball, which can boost your confidence heading to the first tee.
Your warm-up doesn’t have to be spent like a Masters champion, but his tactics can help you formulate a better and more efficient one for yourself.