Admit it. You’re as guilty as the rest of us when it comes to warming up for your round. Your so called ‘warm-up’ involves stepping onto the first tee, swinging your driver a couple of times and away you go. Well there’s a reason Tiger Woods has won 14 majors and has 80 PGA Tour victories. Here’s a breakdown of Tiger’s pre-round routine as he got ready for day one at the Hero World Challenge.
10:38 a.m Signs autographs while making his way to the putting green.
10:39 a.m Marks up his golf balls and puts six on the putting green.
10:42 – 10:55 a.m Runs through multiple putting drills from various distances.
10:57 – 11:00 a.m Moves onto the short-game practice area and hits a few different chips.
11:01 – 11:05 a.m Puts 15 balls into the bunker and hits a range of shots to different pins.
11:07 – 11:44 a.m Heads down to the driving range. Starts off hitting wedge shots to different targets at different yardages before switching to short irons, shaping his shots with fades and draws. He then hits a few long iron shots before pulling out his fairway wood and practices shots from off the deck and off the tee. Takes out his driver and bombs a few shots, practising shot-shape control with fades and draws. Finishes with a few more wedge shots, working his way down from 100 yards to around 40 yards.
11:46 a.m Takes remaining balls back to short-game area for a few more chipping drills from different angles into the pin.
11:49 – 11:57 a.m Returns to putting green to finish his pre-round practice with a range of putts from various lengths.
11:59 a.m Arrives on first tee, shakes the necessary hands, signs balls for fans and volunteers.
12:05 p.m Creams it off the first tee.
So there you have it. The pre-round routine of the greatest player to ever grace the game of golf. Maybe give this a try yourself and there may be a Major victory in you yet…