Former pencil-necked geek Rory McIlroy showed up looking buff at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and talked about fitness routines with new buddy and fellow gym rat Tiger Woods. Should you think about hitting the gym to lower your scores? We asked Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers to find out. Comments: "The golf swing is predicated on the entire body working in a coordinated way. Therefore it can’t be just one part. In most cases golfers total flexibility is a highly desired quality to be improved." --Paul Marchand, Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Richland, Texas "The most important part of the body for golfers to improve is their core to protect their backs and lengthen career spans." --Kellie Stenzel, Sebonak Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. Comments: "The ability to lift a couple of hundred of pounds will not necessarily transfer to the golf course." --Ted Sheftic, Ted Sheftic Learning Center, New Oxford, Pa. "Not necessarily, it could interfere with a good shoulder turn." --Peter Krause, Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, Hilton Head, S.C. Comments: "When you work the upper body as much as he did, the small carriage legs could not withstand the load." --Nancy Quarcelino, Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf, Spring Hill, Tenn.
"Yes, and look what it got him: more injuries." --Steve Bosdosh, The Members Club at Four Streams, Beallsville, Md. Comments: "I've been told that Lee Westwood can bench press more than anyone." --Ed Ibarguen, Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
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