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Douglas Menikheim 04-08-2014 01:04 PM

Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
Just saw this article about Rory McIlroy. There has to be more there, such as she convinced him chances of injury could hurt his golf game. No way another athlete would say "don't workout because you are just a golfer"

http://www.businessinsider.com/mcilr...zniacki-2014-4 (wfs)

Andrew Bell 04-09-2014 07:22 AM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
If you had the talent to win a million dollars every weekend then would you tamper with things to much or leave them as is? Easy choice for me.

Golf is VERY different than other sports in that extra body mass can change swing patterns, and club head speeds VERY easily. The best golfers have the swing down as a kid and once you start packing on pounds of lean body mass in your adulthood, those patterns can change because it is not how your body developed and at some point will become unnatural because of the add muscles.

Sure there is a potential to get injured doing body building workouts at LA Fitness/24Hour, but with the high intensity that crossfit produces mixed with a lack of knowledge about the training style, and a sometimes over enthusiastic culture, I understand the confusion.

I can tell you this, because of my size now versus when I was in high school, my swing was FAR better in high school than it is now even though I can deadlift 500+lbs, and clean and jerk nearly 300lbs. I use to be able to constantly drive 300 yards, now I'm lucky to get 280, WITH all the improvements to the equipment since the early 90's.:(

Alex Burden 04-09-2014 11:37 AM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
Most golfers do train today because they have also realised the advantage of it. It all started with Tiger Woods.

The question is how and what method they use. I have not heard that anyone trains crossfit but they certainly train multifunction.

I play golf off 5 hcp today and hit the scale at 220lbs. I have found allot of advantages with crossfit, keeping concentrated when tired but also keeping My swing compact.

I think most golfers at that level area afraid to get injured as this is their Way of life.

Douglas Menikheim 04-09-2014 12:52 PM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
I completely agree that if I was him and had a chance to win every week I would never engage in something like Crossfit for fear of injury (God I hope no one comes down on me for saying Crossfit can lead to injuries hahaah). That was why I said there had to be more to that conversation than just her saying "you're a golfer" which sort of implied to me that "golfers dont work out"

I will agree to a certain extent Andrew. Packing on a lot of size can impact your swing as well as losing too much weight. David Duvall comes to mind. Aside from his mental game going, he lost a lot of weight at one point and it screwed up his swing.

However, I will say that strength and conditioning work can help your swing and game a great deal. I have been playing since I was a kid and since picking up Crossfit a few years back my swing has improved a great deal. I have gained a lot more distance and control because oh my increased hip and core strength. Not to pat myself on the back, but I can easily rip it over 300 yards on a regular basis, hahaha. Short game...that needs work.

But overall I dont think a fellow athlete would ever tell another one to not workout because "hey you are a golfer and golfers can be out of shape"

Alex Burden 04-10-2014 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Douglas Menikheim (Post 1227559)
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Not to pat myself on the back, but I can easily rip it over 300 yards on a regular basis, hahaha. Short game...that needs work.
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Hope thats 300yards in the right direction strait down the fairway and not in the car park of the local sports center under the back wheels of someones mercedes :rofl:

You would think that golfer are fit because they play for hours but thats not the case.. allot of them use golf carts and are really out of shape. We don't use carts so much in Scandinavia but it still doesn't make us fitter...

Douglas Menikheim 04-10-2014 09:35 AM

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Hahahahaha, nice Alex. Yes luckily I can keep them in play.

That's always been the thing with golfers. They dont work out and you see a variety of body shapes out there. But hey I guess if you can be on the dumpy side like Dufner and win on the PGA tour, maybe you are better off not working out haha.

Alex Burden 04-10-2014 11:42 AM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
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Originally Posted by Douglas Menikheim (Post 1227640)
Hahahahaha, nice Alex. Yes luckily I can keep them in play.

That's always been the thing with golfers. They dont work out and you see a variety of body shapes out there. But hey I guess if you can be on the dumpy side like Dufner and win on the PGA tour, maybe you are better off not working out haha.

I suppose some of them decide .. Money or workout.... They take the money.

Now the thing is will they live long enough to enjoy it?

Andrew Bell 04-11-2014 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Alex Burden (Post 1227663)
I suppose some of them decide .. Money or workout.... They take the money.

Now the thing is will they live long enough to enjoy it?

Arnie and Jack sure have.

I don't think there's anything wrong with working out if you got your card (pretty sure Adam Scott does, along with many others), I just think that if you are a specialist, then be a specialist. There is no need to be well rounded at everything such as crossfit gets you ready for.

Alex Burden 04-11-2014 12:23 PM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
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Originally Posted by Andrew Bell (Post 1227732)
Arnie and Jack sure have.

I don't think there's anything wrong with working out if you got your card (pretty sure Adam Scott does, along with many others), I just think that if you are a specialist, then be a specialist. There is no need to be well rounded at everything such as crossfit gets you ready for.

Most of the tour players train some type of fitness today, even they Know it pays to keep fit.

Joe Novak 05-02-2014 08:37 AM

Re: Crossfit and PGA Golfers
 
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Originally Posted by Alex Burden (Post 1227663)
I suppose some of them decide .. Money or workout.... They take the money.

Now the thing is will they live long enough to enjoy it?

Money is one of the key predictors to a long life.

Ben Hogan lived to be 85. Sam Snead lived to be 89. Byron Nelson, 96. Gene Sarazen lived to be 97. Gary Player is kicking right along at 78. Arnie is in his eighties. Who knew, lots of fresh air and moderate exercise all through your life, and money, would keep you living a long time?

Having known a few pro golfers, and a lot of D1 golfers, most of them workout. They might not do much oly lifting, but you can bet that they worry about endurance, core strength, mobility, etc...The John Daly's and Angel Cabreras are the exception to the rule.


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