Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”
An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.
Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).
To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…
“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”
Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.
Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).
WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?
Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister
Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.
But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.
It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).
“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.
So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.
We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”
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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.
Phil Mickelson: Joining Premier Golf League would be a ‘selfless act’
Earlier this week, we saw the revival of the Premier Golf League, with several top pros reportedly offered in the region of $30-$50 million to join the breakaway tour.
One of those men who has received an offer is Phil Mickelson, and the 50-year-old has been speaking on the breakaway tour, which could begin as early as 2022, with Lefty describing the prospect as “very interesting”.
“It’s interesting. I think it’s very interesting. What’s interesting is the players would be giving up control of their schedule and then compete against each other 14 times or 15 times or whatever the final number is.”
The multiple major champion went as far as saying that joining the Saudi backed tour would be a “selfless act”, as players would be giving up the freedom of picking their schedule for the full benefit of the sport.
“We all make a lot of money and do very well and we control our own schedule and I don’t know if guys would be willing to do that. I think it would be a selfless act. Even though their schedules are being appreciated financially, it would take a lot to give up control of that even though the entire sport would benefit.
Even though the fans would love it and get to see the best guys play more often and there would be global events. Imagine all the best players having to go global what that would do for the game.”
The comments are on the other end of the scale to Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas who both spoke about the proposed tour this week, with the former describing it as a “money grab”. JT similarly emphasized his desire to remain on the PGA Tour, stating that his ambition is to win majors.
The proposed league would feature a Formula 1 style format, with 40-48 players playing an 18-event schedule in tournaments worldwide for lucrative purses culminating with a season-ending team championship.
Brad Faxon reveals his top 10 putters of all time (with one staggering inclusion)
Eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Brad Faxon has revealed his top 10 putters of all time in a post sure to provoke some strong opinions.
Faxon is widely considered to be one of the best putters to play the game and has turned his hand to helping pros on the greens in recent times – all of which make his list even more compelling.
The 59-year-old revealed his top 10 (and those who just missed out) on social media with the caption ‘Hope this doesn’t get me in trouble…’, with the most stunning inclusion being Rory McIlroy at number 10.
Hope this doesn’t get me in trouble…. pic.twitter.com/wuG5ENlNWT
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) May 5, 2021
1.Tiger Woods – ‘Made every putt he had to’
2. Ben Crenshaw – ‘Looked the best doing it’
3. Seve Ballesteros – ‘Looked second best to Ben’
4. Tom Watson – ‘Who can forget ’82 at Pebble?’
5. Bobby Locke – ‘Loved to hook ’em in’
6. Jack Nicklaus – ‘Hope this doesn’t insult him’
7. Jose Maria Olazabal – ‘So intense and simple’
8. Billy Casper – ‘A lot like Locke’
9. Bobby Jones – ’13 majors!!’
10. Rory McIlroy – ‘Call me crazy’
Runners up: Langer, P. Thomson, Player, Donald Roberts, Hogan Kite, Day, Pavin, Stockton.
It’s worth noting that McIlroy and Faxon have a working relationship together, which likely aids the Ulsterman here. McIlroy has finished 97th or worse for Strokes Gained: Putting in 4 of the past 5 years.
Other notables missing from the list include Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, while Inbee Park would surely have received a mention had the list included LPGA stars.
What do you think of Faxon’s picks, WRXers? Let us know who you would include in the comments!
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