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Warming Up Shouldn't Be Complex

This is something that makes me mad...

Every other day I see an Instagram "golf fitness" coach showcase some complex af rotational band exercise with the caption...

"Use these to warm-up on the range before your next round!"

But, here's the thing, warming-up shouldn't be complex.


Have you ever tried a new exercise and felt like an uncoordinated giraffe?

One of the major ways we can challenge our athleticism and movement ability is by exposing it to novel exercises - which we will make use of often at SCRATCH!

However, we shouldn't be exposing ourselves to novel exercises on the range before a round of golf or a practice session.

First, it takes too much time to figure out how to complete the exercise.

Secondly, it takes precious motor learning energy to learn a new exercise.

We're at the course or range to play golf, not warm-up, drop the complexity and let's keep it simple.



The purpose of a warm-up is to:

  1. Get the body moving

  2. Elevate heart rate slightly

  3. Build some joint fluidity

These can be accomplished in MANY different ways and the best way for you, is one that you will actually do.

If you prefer doing a few lunges and squats in place... awesome!

If you want to drop down into a few push-ups... great!

Jumping jacks? Sure!

Hip circles? You bet!

Do a warm-up that you feel comfortable completing and will consistently complete before you play.

Join the 18 Golf Warm-Ups Program

I wanted to make warming up as SIMPLE as possible for SCRATCH Athletes.

Therefore, as a monthly member, you get access to 18 pre-golf warm-up options.

Nothing complex about it.

Some longer, some shorter.

Simple exercises, executed well, preparing you for your round or practice session.

Also check out this UNDER 3 MINUTE WARM-UP ROUTINE!




Carter Schmitz

Founder and Head Coach -


Carter is a strength and conditioning coach out of the Milwaukee area working with athletes, in-person and virtually. Having helped hundreds of athletes, ranging from the middle school to the professional level and beyond, Carter brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to every athlete he works with. He launched in the summer of 2021 to help empower golfers to greater performance and longevity.

Carter believes ALL golfers are athletes, and they should be training accordingly.

Become a SCRATCH Athlete today, and start training like the ATHLETE you are!


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