Rory McIlroy Shuts Down Brandel Chamblee For His Weightlifting Comment

  • Brandel Chamblee said he was worried about the amount of weightlifting Rory was doing.
  • The Northern Irishman gave the best Twitter response.

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Rory McIlroy is regularly criticised for his intense workout routine by health aficionados like Butch Harmon. The golf coach recently voiced his concerns about Rory, “I see a lot of pictures of him lifting a lot of very heavy weights and I think, in a way, you can almost hurt yourself in the gym if you get too bulky.”

Yesterday Golf channel anchor Brandel Chamblee got under Rory’s skin when he jumped on the bandwagon.

“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure,” Chamblee said, “and I don’t know the full extent of what he’s doing, but when I see the things he’s doing in the gym, I think of what happened to Tiger Woods.

“And I think more than anything of what Tiger Woods did early in his career with his game was just an example of how good a human being can be, what he did towards the middle and end of his career is an example to be wary of. That’s just my opinion. And it does give me a little concern when I see the extensive weightlifting that Rory is doing in the gym.”

What was interesting about this comment is that it reflects the stupidity of a large section of the golfing world. We need to debunk this myth that Tiger injured himself through excessive weight training and start understanding that Tiger’s golf swing was unsustainable. Tiger had a ferocious swing, it was aggressive, powerful and cumulatively wearing on the body. He is an illustration of the injury concerns for sportsmen who damage their body through relentless and uncompromising styles of play.

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You would be a fool to think that Rory is doing any fitness work that hasn’t been specifically tailored to ensuring his long term success as a golfer. This is where he differs from Tiger whose gym work was not designed for optimal performance rather vain self-indulgence, according to former coach Hank Haney. 

In summary, Rory has access to a support team who will exhaustively research what is best for him as a golfer, a sentiment echoed by ‘Mr Fitness’ himself. Rory doesn’t train like a bodybuilder – a la Tiger Woods – he trains like an athlete, and a few crusty old golfing has-beens should stop sprouting ignorance.