On Sunday, Phil Mickelson became the oldest golfer EVER to win a major championship. There is no doubt that his experience and talent played a major part in the win, however he attributes it to “working harder, fitness training, eating well and practicing harder”!
Since his last major win (The Open) in 2013, he has made drastic changes to his health by engaging in a regular fitness programme and improving the nutritional value of his food. Once a lover of fizzy drinks and sugary foods, he has now replaced it with coffee, whole foods and a fasting routine.
The motivation for Mickelson to do this came from a diagnosis of arthritis in 2010 and his inability to recover properly after tournaments. This had a negative impact on his ability to practice well and his performance on the course; not to mention his overall health and wellbeing.
Phil has to be an inspiration to all golfers, not least those in the same age bracket; and is proof that age is not an obstacle. The ability to replace bad habits for better ones, and a lifestyle shift is not an easy feat by any means. However the dedication and commitment to be consistent with it, is now proving fruitful.
When Phil lifted the Wanamaker trophy for the second time on Sunday he became a 6-time major winner and arguably in the best shape of his life. Hitting bombs, whilst staying injury free was his recent social media slogan and that is exactly what he did on the 16th on Sunday.
Adrenaline filled no doubt, he bombed his driver a total of 366 yards; which waved to Koepka’s drive on it’s way past. A major indicator of the strength and power he has built in the gym and through his fitness programmes.
Getting stronger and increasing his power means that he can continue to compete with the younger big hitters on tour.
So how specifically has he improved his golf game?
Getting stronger is the foundation to increasing speed and power, with that comes increased clubhead speed and distances.
Improved strength also makes the body more robust, so you are less susceptible to stress and injuries from practice and play.
Improved diet and fitness allows your body to recover better after stresses are placed on your body.
The increased fitness allows your body to handle more stress and better food intake helps it to recover quicker.
Better recovery and increased energy allows you to practice longer and harder; and increased practice can result in better performance on the golf course.
If you have been inspired by Mickelson’s win and are also wanting to improve your golf game through better nutrition and fitness. Check out our over 50’s 16 week fitness and nutrition programme launching this week.
Whether you’re a beginner looking for total guidance on how to start training safely or you’re already a gym goer looking for a structured plan, this 16 week programme (available both online & in-person) will bring improvements in:
Strength, power, explosiveness
Increased robustness to prevent/reduce injury
Improved performance on the golf course
This specialised programme is only available until 30th June, and starts following the completion of your initial assessment which can be booked upon payment.
The 16 week programme includes:
- 2 x golf specific physical assessments (before and after).
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- Specific training programme delivered to you via our own app.
- Nutritional guidance and support.
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