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Good news, Brandel Chamblee: Rory McIlroy isn’t lifting weights

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Rory McIlroy withdrew from the Abu Dhabi Championship January 16 with a hairline fracture in his rib. It kept him out of action until the WGC-Mexico in March. At The Players Championship in May, he reaggravated the industry and was out of action for more than a month until last week’s U.S. Open.

While injuries are standard fare for, you know, athletes, McIlroy has attracted criticism on two fronts: One is that his workout regimen caused/contributed to the injury, and two, that he’s been working out too hard during his recovery, which slowed the place of healing.

Regarding the first point, Dr. Ara Suppiah told Golf Digest such injuries in golfers are usually the result of the stress put on the body by the golf swing, which Rory McIlroy does in excess of 118 mph.

“What typically causes the fracture is a tugging action on the rib by the serratus anterior muscle, which is attached to the rib cage. As a golfer swings back, the muscle stretches and pulls on the ribs while moving the scapula forward (like throwing a punch with your left arm). Stress also can occur as the body stops rotating after impact while the club keeps moving.”

With respect to the second point, McIlroy told reporters at the Travelers Championship that he hasn’t lifted weights at all in 2017.

“Honestly, I haven’t lifted a weight all year, and it’s tough for me to come out and sort of say I don’t. But I literally have — the most I’ve lifted in the gym is 15 pounds this year because of my injury.

“I’m nowhere near as strong as I used to be. I’m not. But I don’t need to be. I feel like physically if I’m stable and I’m strong in the right areas, I’m okay…So at least I can’t be criticized for that this year.”

The reference, in part, is to Brandel Chamblee who suggested last year (along with favorite conspiracy theory “Tiger Woods’ weightlifting was detrimental to his career”) that McIlroy’s gym routine is a cause for concern, leading to a Twitter spat.

Only in golf, folks, do players, who work out under the tutelage of the best minds in the business, have to defend themselves from talking heads with no backgrounds whatsoever in anything related to fitness, kinesiology, exercise physiology, anatomy, exercise science, etc.

McIlroy’s remarks are somewhat funny, and it’s good to see he’s following doctor’s orders to recover fully, but the myth the exercise in general, weightlifting in particular, and golf don’t mix needs to die.

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  1. geohogan

    Mar 24, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    If you think “becoming stronger at moving slow”
    and limiting ROM will be good for a golf swing, “pumpit up” like Arnold.

    Weight lifting and boxing:

    Stay Away From Weights – Trying to bench press to build your power punch is like lifting leg weights to break the sprint record. Although there are many conflicting articles out there that argue back and forth between whether or not lifting weights will aid your punch, the science is quite simple: when you lift weights, your body is becoming stronger at moving slow (punching is a fast movement). Not only that, but training with weights will only make you noticeably stronger within a limited range of motion. Your body will also be building unnatural muscle that will tire much faster than your regular muscle. If building truly powerful and effective muscle was possible, a great middleweight boxer could easily be a great heavyweight boxer, right?

    https://expertboxing.com/how-to-punch-harder

  2. UPo

    Jun 25, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Except, as Trevino, said, “if you practice day and night, day and night, and you put your mind to it, you can achieve it.”
    So why don’t you just go ride on a bicycle without a seat and have a nice day

  3. Ude

    Jun 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    hey rory, don’t pump iron, pump the jam !

  4. Phil

    Jun 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Blood test him NOW!!!

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons which he has in the bag at this week’s CJ Cup. WRXers have been commenting on the switch and the clubs themselves in our forums.

For lots more photos, check out the full thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • btyh: “Holy offset.”
  • Glf_LU: “These are interesting. Not going to make a rush to judgement until I see them in person. It does look like a little more offset than I would expect to see in this model.”
  • bcflyguy1: “Kisner is not one to make a lot of equipment changes (see the GBB driver he’s still using), so if these do have staying power in his bag that will be interesting to see. I have to wonder if there’s something different about his set, because like others have mentioned there appears to be more offset on his than I recall seeing in the samples I’ve had in hand.”

Entire Thread: “Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons”

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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