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IRSTLY, my thanks to Brad Clifton
and the Australian Golf Digest
team for inviting me to be part of the
annual Get-Fit Issue.
It’s always humbling to be recognised
for the work I am doing. To be given
the opportunity to share this work and
hopefully inspire fellow Aussies to achieve
something, on or off the course, through
a magazine I’ve enjoyed a wonderful
relationship with for so many years, gives
me great satisfaction.
As you may have seen on social media
recently, fitness continues to play a crucial
role in my day-to-day life, just like it did
when I was playing full-time around the
globe. Without my health and fitness, I never
would have become the No.1 golfer in the
world for 331 weeks and I never would have
had the capacity to undertake the business
ventures I’ve been busy managing since.
And I certainly wouldn’t have been able to
pursue my recreational hobbies like hiking,
diving and tennis.
Fitness is key to any successful golfer,
sportsperson or just life in general. I’m 62
now but regular training and a good diet
makes me feel so much younger. It will
change your life too, believe me.
But before you make any drastic changes
you need to understand what it is YOU really
want. Do you want to be Golf Fit, Ego Fit
or Life Fit? By that I mean, do you want to
get fit to improve your golf game, bulk up
to impress yourself and others, or do you
want to take the road I’m now on and live a
healthy life in the mind, body and soul?
What you’ll find inside this issue aren’t
a bunch of unsubstantiated exercises
that promise to give you a six-pack or a
bodybuilder physique. What you will get is
an insight into my daily routine and how I go
about maintaining my current fitness levels
and body shape. I’ve shared some of my
favourite gym workouts and dietary tips that
I’ve carried with me from my very early days
on tour with my trainer of 20 years, Pete
Draovitch, and discuss the importance of
stretching and how it should be Priority No.1
for you to play your best golf ever.
A point a lot of amateurs – and tour
professionals – still miss today is you have
to train in relation to your golf swing. Your
golf swing is like a fingerprint, you can’t – or
at least shouldn’t try to – change it. Only you
know how your body rotates and how your
back works. Only you know how your hip
fires forward in the downswing, or how you
rotate around your spine angle. All these
little things are what you work around, not
against, as you will learn.
I’ll even let you in on a little secret about
the foods I got away with eating mid-round,
and which sport I believe is truly best for
aspiring pro golfers.
My competitive days on the fairways
may be behind me but make no mistake,
if someone called me up to go play an
exhibition match in three months from now
– given the condition I’m still in – it would
only take me three months to get my body
speed back to where it needs to be and the
power to keep up with the kids off the tee ...
well, maybe a few metres behind them!
As Muhammad Ali once said while
training in the gym, “You don’t start
training until you start feeling the pain.”
It’s an attitude and ability I hope to pass on
to you, too, because as the mantra for this
magazine reads, we should all Think Young,
Enjoy my words of wisdom, and here’s
hoping that fit-looking old guy bombing it past
the younger members next weekend is you!
Australian golf legend
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