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Yesterday I had the opportunity to play a very nice away course that I really enjoy and haven't played in several years. We got there in plenty of time to warm up, almost an hour before the round. It was hot and I didn't want to over do it. But I took a small bucket maybe 30 balls and hit 15 or so 7 irons and 10 drivers and about 5 wedges or so. I hit all three very solidly and was happy. Then went and putted for 20 minutes. Rolled in my 2nd putt from 30 feet. Ok this is going to be a good day. Get to the 1st tee a pretty wide fairway and only about 340 yards. I proceed to push it dead right into the pond that had to be at least 70 yards from the center of the fairway. Doubled the hole and tripled the next with an OB 7 iron off the tee off par 3. Went like that the rest of the day...except for the driver. But every iron I hit was horrible. Wedges werent as sharp as usual and I swear I forgot how-to putt in the first 25 minutes of the round. All this led to a disheartening 102, filled with 7 penalty strokes and 5 three putts. Earlier this year. I've gone straight from the office without litteraly 3 practice swings by the cart before the first tee and shot in the 80's. So it makes me wonder if a range session really helps me before a round. Maybe 10 minutes swinging the Orange or Yellow Whip is all I need to go play. What are your all's thoughts on the importance of hitting the range before a round.
So fellow Spies, what are your routines to get yourself ready to play? For me if given enough time, I'll grab either a small (usually) or medium bucket and hit the driving range to start. After some light stretching, I have gotten into the habit of beginning at the bottom of my bag (58*) and then working my way up to driver while skipping every other club. Then I work my way back down by hitting all of the clubs I skipped. Next Ill grab 3 or 4 of my game balls and go to the chipping green and chip 3-4 rounds and then start putting practice after my last chip exercise. Then off we go. I'd love to hear how you get warmed up and if you have any tips for things to try out next time. Do you deviate from your routines? Work on new skills? Or just go out cold? Tell us and thanks for posting.