Every golfer has their own warm-up routine when they get to the course.
You may get there an hour early and bang a bucket of balls on the range, you may stretch for 5-10 minutes before you head to #1, or you may be the guy screeching into the parking lot who takes a few swings on the tee box and off you go (the “Trunk Slammer”).
In any case, we almost always see golfers do the #1 WRONG thing when warming up…
…swinging heavier than their club.
The #1 Clubhead Speed Killer
You may swing two clubs at a time for the additional weight:
You may keep a donut in your bag, an Orange Whip or some other device.
It doesn’t matter what you’re using to add weight to your swing; what matters is that you’re killing you’re speed.
To exaggerate the point, think about swinging a heavy pipe as fast as you can:
Obviously, Jeff can’t swing a 14lb pipe nearly as fast as a 0.75lb driver – and there’s the problem.
When you swing something heavier that you can’t get around nearly as quickly, your brain and body quickly adapt, and THAT speed becomes your “fast”.
You may physically feel like you’re swinging faster because the club feels lighter, but if you had the monitor on you, you’d see that you’re actually swinging slower and losing distance.
Here’s what to do…
Turn your club around and swing it with the grip at the ground:
You can swing a lot faster with the grip down than a normal grip, and you will quickly train your brain and body to know that is your new “fast”.
You may be saying to yourself, “So, all those weighted warm-up devices have been lying to me all these years? Those *******s!”
No, you just haven’t been given the entire story.
Weighted devices are great for getting the muscles warm and feeling loose.
HOWEVER, you need to do your fast swings before you hit the course.
Not only will you not lose distance because of the weighted warm-up, you’ll gain extra distance.
And that’s always good.