Golfers used to look like they rolled off the all you can eat buffet line. Tiger Woods was the first golfer to implement an intense weight training and physical fitness regimen, and showed that golfers didn’t have to sport the physique of a bag of pizza rolls.
The most recent generation of golfers that has followed Tiger’s example, and taken weight training to the next level. Exhibit A is Rory McIlroy, who joined the tour as a promising teen cherub, but has since gotten more shredded than Subway lettuce.
During this year’s U.S. Open, former open champ, and outspoken golfing commentator, Johnny Miller recently took a shot at McIlroy for spending too much time focusing on his jacked delts.
“I think he overdid it in the weight room personally….I think the same thing with Tiger Woods. You just get carried away with wearing the tight shirts and showing off their sort of muscles.”
For all of McIlroy’s working out, he hasn’t squat thrusted a major trophy in his last seven tries. Today in “Good Read or Bad Read”, Jason and Colin were asked if McIlroy’s muscles are costing him majors. Jason doesn’t mind Rory trying to look like Tiger on the course, but has a problem with him trying to be like him off it.
“If johnny Miller is trying to politely insinuate that Rory Mcilroy’s focus on his body is deeper than just golf, and if he’s getting so buff because he’s trying to impress women, and his focus isn’t just on golf, if he’s trying to emulate Tiger Woods in that regard, I think Johnny Miller’s hit the nail on the head.”
Colin also thinks it’s a good read because he sees Mcilroy’s muscles as being more for the club than the clubhouse.
“What Johnny Miller’s pointing out here is Rory McIlroy is young, good looking, and single, and it’s not about the muscles, it’s about what the muscles mean. And what they mean is, he’s paying attention to girls, and not paying attention to golf.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 18, 2016