When most of us head out to the golf course we give it enough time to get there, put our golf shoes on, maybe have a little breakfast and then we get a bucket of range balls to warm up with before we hit our first tee shot.
I have done this for years, just like you, but here is a difference in what the PGA pros do compared to the average player: I will get a small bucket of range balls (a small bucket has 30 balls) and most players get a large bucket (usually 100-plus golf balls.)
The average weekend player shoots a score of 95 to 105. When I warm up before a round of golf with my small bucket of 30 balls I just hit a few clubs to get warmed up and feel that I have a little consistency. But when the player has the large bucket, they hit all 100-plus balls, so now they’ve already hit 100 shots before they get to the first tee!
Now they play the first nine holes shooting a score of 50. They are halfway done with their round of golf and they have already hit 150 shots with another nine holes to play. Most players get tired as they play the back nine holes, and their round of golf heads into frustration mode.
Don’t wear yourself out warming up! Hit a small bucket of balls to loosen up and just hit a few clubs before you head over to the first tee.
Have fun!

Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach Calif. and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Course. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the Year twice and also nominated for National PGA Teacher of the Year. To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.