In a similar vein to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and other top athletes, McIlroy has realised that a lot success is earned in the gym and not just practising or playing golf. The Northern Irishman has become renowned for his dogged work ethic which dates back to his childhood days where McIlroy has always worked hard on the course but also viewed moments off the course as an opportunity to improve, rather than relax.
Notably, this attention to the details includes cross training: running, cutting, jumping and weight lifting to gain muscle endurance, strength and speed. “Ever since I started to get into strength and conditioning, it has not only improved my golf game but also helped prevent injury” confirms McIlroy.
Nike have McIlroy using their excellent Metcon 2- primarily known for its strength and stability, ideal for everything from lifts and squats to core and balance work, all key to a golfer’s performance. The Metcon 2 uppers support rapid lateral changes of direction, while the outsole is flexible and cushioned for running comfort. They provide a low, stable platform for lifting, and deliver energy in the forefoot to power explosive training moves and jumps.
“Good posture and reliable core stability ultimately improve my swing and make me more consistent,” McIlroy attests. “I like to keep a workout routine for at least six to eight weeks before changing it up. Recently, I’ve started to add some speed and strength-specific training to get more explosive.”
With the US Master just around the corner on April 7–10, 2016, McIlroy will travel to Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, a course famed for its picturesque setting and springtime azaleas- which serve as the inspiration for this Metcon 2 colour-way. “The mental and physical strength I build throughout the year helps me to not only concentrate and visualise where I want the ball to go but also to have the power and explosiveness to then hit that shot” he explains.
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