MikeyDays wrote:What do most players do for a warm up before a round? What exercises can I do to strengthen my arm and hopefully improve my game and my distance? Any ideas or suggestions would be great.
MOST casual players do very little warmup unless you count the walk from their car to hole #1.
Tournament players (basically the top 5% of all players in terms of skill and dedication to the game) run the full gamut. Some play a full round as warm up. Some do stretching and exercises and putting and throwing. I know one really fine Pro whose full warmup routine is to exit his vehicle at the course, open up a folding chair, sit down and crack a beer and wait until its time to attend the players meeting.
Personally I like a full hour or more to stretch, play catch and throw a few holes with long pauses of putting practice. But I am old and idiosyncratic. Even for a league round I like at least a half hour.
Just like it is hard to spot reduce when on a diet, it is hard to develop just your arm. Overall strength, coordination, balance and endurance routines maintained religiously over time and directed by experts is probably your best bet. At least it is what I do. Or, I guess you could watch a late night infomercial and buy whatever they suggest.
Perhaps one place to start is to decide what your biggest physical weakness is and focus on improving that. Most players do the opposite of course. The big strong guys are more comfortable with weight lifting so they do that first even if it is what they need the least. This is the value of a personal trainer. Their are many exercises which are so foreign to your strengths that you would never submit to the embarrassment of doing them in an open gym if not for them forcing it on you.