Rory McIlroy: ‘My pet peeve is someone saying I’m in the gym too much’


What exactly is enough fitness for a professional golfer? Rory McIlroy has had to struggle with that question repeatedly as many of his critics, voices who themselves will never come close the level of performance the young golfer has already achieved, pick at the fact that he has such a noticeable exercise regimen. This is clearly not the golf of yesteryear.

Modern Golfing Athleticism
Rory Mcilroy treats golf like a sport, one that has made him exceedingly rich and which requires ongoing performance to do so. And that’s been the part that has been elusive for the golfer; no matter how much fitness and work he has put at his game, he can’t quite seem to knock out a major title consistently. It’s the end-game part that separates the major golfing legends from the rest of the professional field that typically gets spots third through last.

Significant criticism has been applied to MciLroy’s short game, regularly losing what seems like easy points in putting, which gym fitness is not seen as doing anything for. It’s been enough that even Mcilroy admits the commentary has gotten under his skin, getting irritated every time someone chastises the golfer for the time he spends in the gym. Yet, what has worked for him in the past seems to have run into a wall, something Mcilroy also admits he hasn’t solved yet.

Facing the Criticism
Mcllroy is quick to go to the heart of the matter; people run their mouths off without proper knowledge. The golfer regularly notes that his fitness regimen has allowed Mcllroy to perform at the level he does. The two go hand-in-hand, which the generic critic has no understanding or context of. Per Mcllroy, without his gym work, the golfer would not be where he is today.

So the Northern Irish golfer suffers from a Hamlet condition: to be fit or not to be fit, that is the question. Ask some of the previous champions, like Nick Faldo, and Mcllroy’s regular time in the gym is a waste of energy and resources. Faldo’s criticism has strength to it; Faldo’s record includes six major championships to his name.

Getting Help
Mcilroy is now placing his putting trust in the hands of Phil Kenyon. The putting coach is no stranger to helping people find their golfing breakthroughs. However, rather than forcing a player to set model to secure a given performance result, Kenyon’s style is focused far more on helping players figure out what works best for themselves. That resonates far better with Mcilroy, who is clearly already sick of hearing opinions from people trying to tell him what to do from their idea of the best way to play golf.


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