I usually try to get to the course 45 minutes early.
First thing I do is get some water in me, especially in the summer. I find that those humid Florida mornings are just dredges on my ability to stay focused and swinging well late in rounds, so I’ve started to pound a good 8-12 ounces of water before I do anything else, just to get hydrated.
I like to stretch using clubs, mostly upper body. I usually try to get a good lower back crack in…I know its bad for me, but it feels like a release. I also take some full swings…15-20…using two clubs to get some extra weight and start feeling loose.
With 35 mins to go, I like to warm up by hitting some half wedges…usually a 50 degree. No thought, just feel. Trying to get crisp contact and focus.
Then, I like to hit a 10 or so balls at full swing with the wedge. 10 more with an 8 iron. 10 more with a 5 iron. 10-15 with the driver.
My last bit on the range, I like to try to play the first 6 holes in my head using my full preshot routine. On my home course, that means driver, hybrid, half wedge // hybrid, full wedge// 8 iron // 3 wood, 7 iron // driver, wedge // 6 iron. Really trying to visualize each shot and take myself to each hole mentally. Puts me in a good place of focus and confidence.
With 10 mins left, I’ll go to the green and start rolling putts. Start with 3 footers, then a few 6 footers, then a few 20 footers, then a few lags if the green isn’t too crowded. Finally, right before tee time, I will hit like 10 two-footers straight uphill in a row. I want to see the ball go in the hole repeatedly. I want to hear it. I focus on hitting the back of the hole. Confident, aggressive strokes. Even though they are tap ins…I want my last thought/visual before going to the first tee to be the ball going in with ease and pace.
I’ve tried to stick to this warm up plan for the last few years. And while I deviate occasionally, that deviation is usually to spend more time on the green, especially if it’s a course i haven’t played before.