Almost two decades ago, Tiger Woods helped usher in a trend in professional golf by putting weight training and a focused fitness regimen at the top of his priorities. Other golfers saw his success, and now it’s almost impossible to be an elite player without being in peak physical condition. The same philosophy is true on the senior circuit, the PGA Tour Champions, featuring former PGA players aged 50 and above. Bernhardt Langer recently won one of the marquee events on the Tour, the 2017 Senior Open Championship in Bridgend, Wales. The 59-year-old told the Baltimore Sun that he wouldn’t have the success he does without the assistance of the traveling group of chiropractors and strength and conditioning coaches that follow the golfers throughout the world on mobile trailers. Injury prevention, recovery, and maintenance for these golfers is as important or more important than simply practicing shots. If any part of your body breaks down in a tournament, your chance of winning is gone, and your opportunity to make any money for a respectable finish is greatly diminished.
“The body can’t take hitting 500, 600 balls anymore,” Langer told the Baltimore Sun. “And there shouldn’t be that need anymore. The swing should have settled to the point where you don’t need to make any changes.”
The serious and elite PGA Tour Champions golfers spend hours before and after their round in the trailers, focusing on stretching, band work, resistance training, strength training and conditioning. Considering Langer took him over $277,000 for winning the Senior Open Championship, and golfers who finished 110th or lower made less than $2,000, you can see why they are motivated to stay in tip-top shape.