If you want to play like a tour pro, you need to warm up like one


You can’t expect to stroll straight from your car to the first tee and play your best golf. The world’s best golfers arrive 50 to 90 minutes ahead of their tee time and undergo a comprehensive warm-up routine before starting their round. If you want to play your best, you should follow their example and make sure every aspect of your game is ready for action. Watch these videos and pick a routine that suits you best, or take bits of each to create your own…

Jordan Spieth warm-up routine

Spieth arrives an hour and 15 minutes before his tee time and heads straight to the putting green, where he runs through a sequence of putting drills designed to groove his stroke.

15 minutes later, Spieth goes to the driving range, where he begins with his lob wedge and works his way up through the bag, stopping on occasion to record and review his swing.

Spieth hits only four drives before finishing his range session and heading to the short game area with 25 minutes left.

After practising some short shots from a variety of lies, Spieth jumps into the bunker.

With 15 minutes left, it’s back to the putting green, where Spieth finishes with short putts to give himself the memory of seeing the ball drop into the hole.

It’s then off to the first tee to start his round. 

Rory McIlroy warm-up routine

Rory McIlroy arrives at the course 50 minutes before he’s due to start, making his warm-up relatively short compared to most tour pros.

He starts in the short game area, hitting a variety of chips and pitches, before heading into the bunker.

After hitting some bunker shots, with 36 minutes left, he heads to the range, starting with 54-degree wedges and working up through his bag using only the odd-numbered irons.

He finishes his range session by hitting six drivers, and then heads to the putting green with 10 minutes until he’s due on the first tee.

After 17 putts of short and medium length, McIlroy heads to the tee and begins his round. 

Jason Day warm-up routine

World number one Jason Day arrives at the course one hour before his tee time.

He heads to the short game area, where he practises a variety of shots with his 60-degree wedge, before jumping into the bunker to prepare for any greenside sand shots he may face during his round.

With 45 minutes before his opening shot, he heads to the range, where he works up through the bag, from sand wedge to 9-iron, 7-iron, 5-iron, 3-iron, 4-wood and driver. He then hits a few more short shots before heading to the putting green for 15 minutes.

After 27 putts from a variety of distances, it’s time for Day to head to the tee and start his round. 

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