This all started yesterday when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee made a statement:
“Rory should be ‘wary’ of Tiger’s example in gym.”
Which, I have to admit after seeing some of his routines, I have thought exactly the same thing, although I am certainly no fitness expert, I do feel Tiger paid a price.
He went on to say:
“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure,” Chamblee said, “and I don’t know the full extent of what he’s doing, but when I see the things he’s doing in the gym, I think of what happened to Tiger Woods. And I think more than anything of what Tiger Woods did early in his career with his game was just an example of how good a human being can be, what he did towards the middle and end of his career is an example to be wary of. That’s just my opinion. And it does give me a little concern when I see the extensive weightlifting that Rory is doing in the gym.”
“Thus far,” he added, “there’s been no signs that it’s adversely affected his game.”
This triggered a Twitter response from Rory:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 16, 2016
Which was followed by a tweet from Gary Player, “Mr. Fitness”, who supported him which is no great shocker:
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) February 17, 2016
However Butch Harmon who is not Rory’s coach had this to say:
“You could almost hurt yourself in the gym if you get too bulky.”
In doing a little more research I found that Matt Tuthill who is the deputy editor of Muscle & Fitness and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.) had this to say:
“Finally, you always want to think about the risk-reward ratio of every exercise you do, and the risk in this case is far greater than the reward. I don’t think any athlete should kneel on a Swiss ball while having medicine balls thrown at him, let alone an athlete worth millions. Unless Rory needs to swing a golf club from that position, it’s silly—all flash with little to show for it. You’d get the same core training benefits from doing that drill while standing on the ground, and probably with better carryover to the game of golf.”
It will be interesting to see how this plays out and we get to see Rory this week in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club and judge for ourselves how it’s working out.