Don’t get caught cold this winter – warm up!

Dan Coughlan is the strength and conditioning coach for the England Golf elite squads.

All the England golfers he teaches recognise that preparing properly before a round is key to performing well during it.

In this tutorial, Dan explains how some simple exercises before a round of golf can positively affect what happens once you stride onto the first tee.

Here’s four good reasons why warm-ups are a smart move for any golfer.

  1. Warm-ups are like a mini training session. Bodyweight exercises can also help you become stronger, more explosive and more flexible. Did you know that Public Health England recommend that all adults should complete two strengthening and balance sessions per week (as part of their 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week)? A golf warm-up contributes to your overall wellbeing.
  2. Fancy hitting the ball further? There’s evidence to prove you can add 5-10 yards to shots by carrying out a warm-up with lots of movement and adding an explosive element to the routine (not just lots of stretches).
  3. Warm-ups help you feel alert. Your body feels looser. You’ll feel yourself hitting better shots. What’s not to love?
  4. Research shows that warm-ups reduce the risk of injury. Why wouldn’t you want to play the sport you love for longer?

All make sense? Of course it does. Now watch Dan’s simple routine and try it for yourself.

Do each exercise eight times, and if you feel like you want to do more, you can go through the circuit up to three times.