6 WAYS TO SUNDAY
Updated: Jul 5, 2019
Over the course of two days, I watched with great intrigue as over seventy players prepared for their weekend rounds of golf. What I found most interesting, was the diverse methods in which each player would approach their warmup. It reminded me of the old expression ... "six ways to Sunday", which basically means "every way possible", and in this instance, the Sunday really comes into play, as they are all vying to win the tournament on Sunday.
Some would head to the fitness center to free up tight muscles, before heading to the range to hit balls. The routines were varied, but most would begin with a few minutes on the stationary bicycle, and then move to using resistance bands to stretch and loosen the lats, biceps, triceps, etc. Others would use a 3 foot foam roller standing on end, then lift one leg up and over the roller, and repeat with the other leg, to free up the hips. The roller would then be used on the ground to slide their backs and hips over. Finally, they would be stretched by Sea Island's own golf fitness guru, the Great Randini, Randy Myers. It was if a child was playing with their Gumby doll, bending and moving limbs in all sorts of directions. A lot of cracking of joints were heard. The goal seemed to be for each crack of the back would equate to a birdie on the course.
Once on the range the different approaches really stood out. Some used training devices, such as alignment sticks and weighted speed sticks. Most would begin hitting wedges to basket targets some 50 yards away. Yet, others started with long irons, and I remember Tom Watson once saying that he started with his 2 iron. If he could hit a good 2 iron on the range to begin with, he know his day was going to be good.
It was also fascinating to watch the caddies. Some were extremely involved with the warmup process, conversing with the players, advising on alignment, cleaning clubs and providing balls. Some even used what looked like army special forces scopes to determine with pin point accuracy how far the ball was traveling with each club hit. While others seemed to just stay out of the way of the player, almost ignoring them.
Watching the players warmup and then on the course was exciting, but having the opportunity to interact and have some fellowship with a couple of players in the evening, while staying at the same home, was truly a blessing. Here I heard stories of two different journeys. One from Zimbabwe (Brendon de Jonge) and another from Ireland (Séamus Power). Different paths, yet both striving for the same goal.
What I took away from this amazing weekend was that it's no an easy task to be a professional touring golf player. The travel alone is enough to wipe you out. Factor in strenuous workouts, hitting a thousand golf balls everyday, being away from your family, the stress of making putts and one might grow to hate golf. However, their love of the game continues and why not, their office has some of the most spectacular views in the world.
The real lesson is that there are many different routes you can take to get to your goal. Don't let anyone tell you their way is the only way. Find what works for you and continue to move forward.
Your Sunday is coming!