Thompson: gym addiction given me dramatic distance gains

Lexi Thompson, 22, is just one of many young players utilising the gym to improve their golf. 

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Wed, 4 Oct 2017

Lexi Thompson says her “addiction” to the gym has given her “dramatic distance gains” and admitted she uses working out as a cathartic exercise.

The 22-year-old, winner of two events in 2017 and now world number three, is not the only youngster to be an avid gym goer on Tour; Michelle Wie and Rory McIlroy are just two of many who are self-confessed lovers of the sweat box.

"I'm definitely addicted to the whole training part of it,” she told CNN. "I love working out. It's kind of like my outlet; just run. I put the ear buds in and just blast music and just get away.

"But I think it's very important for golf because, I mean, we have very long days. We're out on the course for five hours and then with our warm up it's another hour or two so it's important to be in good shape to be able to get through the day. it's a lot easier and to feel better about yourself.

"Ever since I've got into working I've seen dramatic changes in my golf swinging distance.

"A lot of the girls do work out and stay in shape and they’re either foam rolling, stretching or working out, making sure they stay in good shape because we're 10 weeks on the road sometimes."


Red eye into Indiana, nice gym session. Time to go practice and don't worry everybody I'm doing the right training #gymismyescape

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