The Warm-Up

by Bob Lasken

Pro golf instructor, Bob Lasken, gives a few tips on a warm-up that will get you physically and mentally ready for the game.

STEP 1: Half-Swing, Half-Speed

To warm up, start with a 56-degree sand wedge and take 10 half-swings at half-speed. This allows the body to turn back and through simultaneously. On these warm-up swings, be sure to work on rhythm and syncing the body, arms and club together. This exercise provides you with the feel you need to take to your longer clubs.

STEP 2: Nine O’Clock at 80%

With the sand wedge, take your non-dominant arm to the 9 o’clock position, or parallel to the ground, and turn through with 80 percent speed. Do this five times.

STEP 3: Five Full Swings

With your sand wedge, take five full swings, feeling that shoulder that you just warmed up. After the last swing, turn your shoulders so that your back is to the target. This is a full-swing position. Take five full shots with a 9-iron, a 7-iron, a 5-iron, a hybrid and a 3-wood. To finish off, hit 10 drivers (five normal and five full routine.) As you practice these last drives, visualize five different holes on the course.

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STEP 4: Chip and Run

Now head to the chipping green, where you will hit five chip-and-runs. Use either a 7-iron, a 9-iron, or a sand wedge— your choice. Take five swings with a lob wedge and five bunker shots. Next time you have a practice session, switch to the even-numbered clubs so the clubs wear evenly.

STEP 5: Putt Around

The last stop is the putting green. Start out with three golf balls on the flattest part of the green, and hit a few 5- and 10-foot putts. Also, hit a few putts on a hole that is on a slight slope. Hit from all different angles and distances until you feel comfortable with your stroke.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to hit some longer putts, around 30 to 60 feet. Hit them one way and then hit them back the other way to see the speed of the greens. Now, putt one ball to different holes until it is time to tee off.



If you only have 10 minutes to warm up, I suggest you take your driver to the range. Tee the ball up and hit five half-swing, half-speed drivers. Then hit five drivers at 75 percent speed with a full swing. Once you feel warmed up, hit two full-swing drivers.

Then head over to the putting green with two golf balls. Hit both balls to a 20- to 30-foot putt and then back the other way just to get a feel for the speed of the greens. Then make two 2-footers and walk to the first tee.



The Warm Up Bob Laskin

Bob Lasken has been teaching professionally for more than 18 years and has taught more than 30 touring pros, 40 college players and hundreds of junior golfers. His students have won on the PGA tour nationwide, the LPGA Tour, the Asian Tour and the Japanese Tour, as well as numerous collegiate and junior golf tours. Bob was named one of the Top 20 Instructors in the Nation (under 40 Years of Age) by Maximum Golf magazine in 2001. In 2009, he was named a Golf Digest – Top 20 instructor in California. Southland Golf Magazine rated Bob Lasken the best golf instructor in California in 2007. He currently teaches at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.