Rickie Fowler's 90-minute warm-up plan for golf

Rickie Fowler's 90-minute warm-up plan for golf

We tracked Rickie Fowler’s movements from the moment he arrived at the range an hour and a half before his tee time. Here is Rickie Fowler’s 90-minute warm-up plan for golf.

The minutes before you tee off are crucial. Spend them wisely and you’ll be firing on all cylinders from the off, waste them and the whole round will be a struggle. Of course, preparing properly requires time and we understand that not many amateurs have enough spare to devote 90-minutes to warming up as Rickie Fowler does. However, it doesn’t matter whether you have an hour or just 10 minutes there are some key principles that Rickie applies here that you can follow. We tracked Rickie’s movements from the moment he arrived at the range an hour and a half before his tee time. Here is Rickie Fowler’s 90-minute warm-up plan for golf – it helps him prepare for tournament golf and it could help you too.

8.40 Arrives

Makes a few simple wrist and upper body stretches while chatting to his coach and caddie.

8.44 Wedge shots

Starts with ½ shots and slowly builds up the power. After hitting 5 balls he reaches full wedge power and distance.

9-iron shots

Lays alignment stick down and a little swing path work with his coach, Claude Harmon – he is working on keeping shoulders behind the ball on the way down.

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Through the bag

Works up through the bag but does not hit more than five shots with each club. Takes regular breaks to talk to players/coach/caddie. Rickie Fowler's 90-minute warm-up plan for golf is a deliberate process, one that reserves energy.

Ball Flights

The ball flight and shape doesn’t change as he hits different shots. He is not hitting punches or fades; each flight is about a 5-yard draw. Not all the shots are struck perfectly but it doesn’t seem to bother him. He is just trying to get a feel for his swing.

Pre-shot routine

Rickie has a checkpoint in his takeaway that he uses as part of his pre-shot routine. He uses this on every single shot through the warm-up and this is a way of grooving this process to help him during tournament play.

9.07 Fairway woods

Removes alignment stick. He keeps the same shot shape even up to his fairway woods and his rhythm seems not to change.

Driver work

Resists the temptation to hit more than five shots with his driver. He has reached full power and every shot remains a deliberate process.

9.15 Finishes long game warm-up

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9.20 Pitching

Caddie lasers the yardage (around 50 yards) and he hits a series of short pitches from the fairway. He regularly changes targets which affects the distance and type of shot he is hitting.


At this point the warm-up sessions speeds up a little. It is less deliberate, as he gets a feel for ground conditions.

9.29 Bunker shots

Hits seven basic greenside splash shots and then changes to a target further away. He then hits consecutive shots to different targets.

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9.35 Chipping

Hits a series of short delicate chips and then moves to the other side of the green and does something very similar. Importantly, he does not give himself a good lie. Tries some lofted and some lower shots.

9.41 Finishes short game warm-up

9.42 Talks to Dustin Johnson

9.45 Arrives at putting green

The final part of Rickie Fowler's 90-minute warm-up plan for golf sees him lay down a putting mirror and he hits a series of 5-footers. Allows him to check eye position.

Gate drill

Then places tees in the end of the mirror to create a gate through which he swings the putter. This allows him to hone his strike and start line. There is a lot going on around him at this point but he is focused on what he is doing.

10.02 Finishes warm-up

10.10 Tees off

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X