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Golf: Carl Pettersson Comfortable With Pudgy Look

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“Pettersson was a consistent top-30 money winner on the PGA Tour until he decided to try to take things up a notch. He looked in the mirror and saw Mr. Pudgy. Maybe getting in better shape would help him improve his game, he reasoned.”

According to Neil Sagebiel, Pettersson said after winning the 2010 RBC Canadian Open. “I thought, well, I’ll get fit…So I actually lost 30 pounds, and my game completely left me…I guess the timing of the swing and everything was thrown out, and I really struggled in ’09.”

In golf, when it comes to making changes it’s often said we should go with what works for us. And that includes our physiology and it looks like beefy is best for Carl.

Conor Nagle also has something to say about Carl’s change of mind.
“Being fitter and stronger might ease the progress somewhat, it might fuel the ego and offer a tangible return on hours spent in diligent pursuit of success, but it’s not an infallible template for performance…For at least every Pettersson-minded foe of abstinence, there’s a young Se Ri Pak running up flights of stairs backwards to build her calf muscles, or a teenage Jbe Kruger dragging a tractor tire in his wake.”

Conor links to an Indian Sports News article, which quotes Jbe. 
“I used to drag along a tractor tire up a gravel road. It was like some 500 yards uphill but we would go up and down, up and down, up and down. It’s never easy. I don’t do it at the moment but I should start doing it again! That made me a lot stronger than what I would have been.”

And so if dragging tractor tires or running up flights of stairs backwards does turn you on as a way to improving your golf. Then perhaps it’s time to turn to the fridge to fuel the right feel for your golf swing.

Here’s the link to Neil and to Conor

Quote of the Day
“I’m not your typical Swede, as you know. I don’t have a 28-inch waist, and I don’t eat bananas at the turn, stuff like that.” - Carl Pettersson

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