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Tim "Lumpy" Herron had a great quote regarding strength training. He was asked if he planned to start lifting weights to keep up with Tiger and the other players on tour who were now into fitness.
His reply.... "Lift weights? No way. Those things are heavy"
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Most golfers are out of shape to my eyes. Does anyone honestly think Rocco Mediate is in good physical shape? Geoff Ogilvy is someone who looks likes he trains a lot. He would blend right in at a triathalon. His body type really seems to be unique on the tour.
I love playing golf - but you don't need much conditioning or physical strength for it. Tiger's win on a blown knee should tell you all you need to know about the physical demands of the sport. In fact, a lot of young guys who are strong enough swing way too hard for them to control their swing. WHen they age and get a little "weaker" their swing changes and their golf gets better.
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I think it's just a different kind of "being in shape". Golf is so subtle and it takes so much concentration to play well that it is unlike other more physical sports. I am in extremely good shape and I find myself dealing with fatigue on the golf course at the end of a round. It's awfully hard to stay focused to the level you need to down the stretch. And that is the thing that kills a golf swing; losing focus, getting distracted, not sticking with your normal routine. These things are caused by both mental and physical fatigue. Golf certainly is not as physically demanding as other sports, but it is also a sport that exposes the most minute physical and mental errors.
Perhaps because Tiger Woods is in such great shape he was able to handle the physical adversity better than, say, Mediate could have. However, the edge was not just physical. He has the ability to shut out the distraction of pain unlike no other athlete.
I think golfers should take better care of themselves. A body that is in good shape is also more flexible and strong legs are critical to a solid swing. Anyone on the tour who is not working on their physical condition is fooling themselves. I walk and carry my clubs, specifically because I don't see the point of golfing and not getting any exercise out of it at all. Surprisingly, I have dropped a few pounds and gained strength by doing so. To me it is a great form of physical activity for the middle aged.
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