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John Daly Blames Weight Loss For Hurting Golf Game
By Kickntrue on 11/17/10
While Daly's latest sounds like a lame excuse- I think there is something to it.
John Daly's dramatic weight loss might help him get around the golf course a little easier, but it hasn't come without its problems.

After dropping more than 100 pounds, the two-time major winner said this week that he's still trying to get used to his new weight of 195.

"The biggest problem has been my putting because I've got nowhere to put my elbows. I used to be able to put my elbows on my love handles and putt pretty good. Now they're all over the place," Daly said. "It's taken a while to get used to this, but I know it's for the better for me and hopefully the results will come pretty soon."
I've heard this same thing from others who've had dramatic weight loss. While you'd probably have the same problems with gaining weight you usually don't gain quite as dramatically as those who lose it. It's more of a steady creep upwards letting your body adjust as it bloats.

Still- I think Daly's probably in a better place, at least in terms of living. I bet he lasts longer at 190 pounds and no alcohol than with his previous living condition.

Any personal stories on the subject? I'd love to share mine but I always get stuck on the "rapid weight loss" part... as in, you know, actually doing it.

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bducharm says:
I do see changes in my game when I gain or lose weight. As far as Daly's putting goes, maybe a long putter would help.
Bryan K says:
I lost about 40 lbs my first year back at golfing in 2009. I didn't really notice any difference other than the fact that I wasn't tired after walking 36 holes where at the beginning of the summer I could barely make it through 9.

However, I did notice at the beginning of this year, when I had put most of the weight back on, I had trouble getting around on my swing. Interestingly, I didn't lose that much weight this year. It just kind of became more proportional as the season went on.
birdieXris says:
I lost about 40 lbs earlier last season too (Jan-march 2009). It kinda threw my game for a loop initially because not only did i lose weight, but i gained a lot of strength. I had to re-train the newer muscles to do what the old muscles could do. it took a little while but wasn't a HUGE pain. i eventually got it back to where i was and then better :) The weight is still off and doing well.
birdieXris says:
I would like to add, however, that Daly's main problem isnt' around his waist, it's in his head. He doesn't have the drive he had then. Back then he wanted to be the best so he could get booze and women. I mean, as crappy as that sounds, it's still drive. Now he just wants to be good. Daly needs to grasp onto something that will make him great again and use it. He defeats himself before he starts.
Bryan K says:
That's an interesting observation, X. A lot of people wonder why a lot of pro atheletes tend to fizzle out. I think it's all about drive. Sometimes, guys push themselves their whole lives to do something the best they can, and they just can't keep pushing themselves. Or, in many cases, I think guys find that they just don't like the game anymore....or the work that it takes to be a pro.
cjgiant says:
I believe there is *some* truth to this, but at the level Daly plays, I thinks it's a bit of a cop out.

For myself, I do notice some differences in my game with weight gain/loss, but the range is relatively small compared to Daly (and others). I think it has more to do with the factors going into losing (working out) and gaining (laziness and booze) than the actual physics of weight in my case. Also, my results tend to counter Daly's (lower weight = better golf, usually).
Matt F says:
I'll let you know how it works for the man on the street after I lose the 40+lbs I'm aiming for.

woobwoob says:
Seems to me that Daly is grasping at straws to get the press off his back. Kenny Perry lost a ton of weight but he realizes that significant weight loss will change your game, but doesn't cop out by blaming it. I was following him at the Byron Nelson. This old man approached him while walking down the fairway and suggested to him to put the weight back on so that his putting game would improve. Kenny's comment "I wish that was the problem".
JimmerSD says:
I lost about 90lbs several years ago. I lost about 40 yards off of my drive and have never gotten it back.
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