1. Phil Mickelson
Phil has made tremendous leaps with his physical health in recent years. He now holds the record for winning the PGA championship at 50 years old which has never been done before. Luckily for us golf fans, he has been very transparent about his preparation and his training. He spends a great deal of time in the gym to maximise his body for performance. On Phil’s Instagram you will see a combination of resistance exercises aimed at improving his balance, leg strength and rotational speed. He uses a great team approach including swing instructors, fitness professionals and Dave Phillips the co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute. With the combination of technical improvements, health improvements and Phil’s attitude, he will be competing for a while.
2. Steward Cink
Cink had a huge leap in his performance in the 2020-2021 season. He bagged two wins which surprised a lot of fans. He entered the world's top 50 for the first time since 2010 which was greatly refreshing for Cink. He attributed his success to a number of factors but his driving distance gains certainly helped.
In the 2019-2020 season, Cink ranked 113th in driving distance and in the 2020-2021 season he hovered around the top 30 so his gains were very obvious. Following his last win he was quoted saying “if you can add 5 yards, you’re going to improve your strokes gained so why wouldn’t you?”
Cink acknowledged that his extra driving distance didn’t appear overnight. For him, it was a combination of good club fitting and maintaining his physical fitness. When performing at his best he says “it’s weight training, it’s body weight, it’s balance, it’s core.” With Cink, he obviously leaves no stone unturned when trying to get the most out of himself physically.
3. Bryson Dechambeau
Bryson has made a big name for himself in the golf fitness space, for very obvious reasons. Bryson had one of the most drastic physical changes seen in PGA tour history. Between March 2020 and June 2020 he added 20 pounds to his frame as well as a great deal of club head speed.
Bryson decided he would use the pandemic lockdowns as an opportunity to completely transform his game. Bryson’s training routine has been documented as being very intensive. He combined a number of muscle activation techniques, resistance exercises and power drills to gain his speed.
His efforts saw him jump 33 spots on the distance rankings which placed him as the longest driver on tour in the 2019-2020 season. With this new found distance Bryson has had a great deal of success including adding more PGA tour wins to his resume and the famous 2020 US Open.
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