Mark Ellis wrote:After my normal cycle of stretching, short range catch, practice putting and a handful of drives, playing a few holes seems just about right before starting a round. So a half hour to forty five minutes of warm-up. If I happen to be running late and can't get in at least 15 minutes of warm-up I am in trouble.
I see a lot of young kids, (like under 30 years old, mere young punks) who just roll out of the car and saunter off to the first tee. There is no way that would work for me. Every morning my reward for crawling out of bed is being stiff and sore.
Something I have just started doing (and am quite disappointed that it seems to be working) is jogging for a few minutes before stretching. For the record I am not a runner, have never been a runner and really dislike running. Running is a crushing combination of pain and boredom. But running accelerates the warm up process. Damn, I might have to keep jogging.
What surprises me is how long it takes for me to get organized once I arrive at the park. I carry a variety of layers and shoes and discs and energy drinks and handwarmers and sunglasses and finger tape and water and assorted stuff and until I get the mix just right I keep trading stuff out. I can easily spend 15-20 minutes just screwing around.
Mark Ellis wrote:Something I have just started doing (and am quite disappointed that it seems to be working) is jogging for a few minutes before stretching.
JR wrote: Even though I'm younger than you I also take a lot of time to warm up an get limber. And get cold and stiff soon. I'm not a runner either and an alternative to that is to carry an exercise band. You can target specific muscle groups, stretch and warm up with it. For warming up it's best to use very little resistance from the band and doing large motions quickly to get the heart pumping and you warmed up. You can warm up your whole body standing in place and using every muscle group means switching exercises which cuts the monotony of left right left right aaaargghhh!!!
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