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Is John Daly an Athlete?

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Is John Daly an athlete?


From golfdigest.com


A few important notes about John Daly, if you aren't already familiar...

  1. He drinks a ton of diet coke... at one point it was reported he was having 28 cans a day.

  2. He lights up darts left and right.

  3. He doesn't have the most ideal BMI... probably at ~30+ kg/m^2

So, I'll ask again, is John Daly an athlete?


How do you define an athlete?


This is the first step in answering the question.


To me, being an athlete, or showcasing athleticism, means being able to solve the problems your sport presents with your movement abilities.


To become an ELITE athlete, you have to be able to solve these problems at a level greater than everybody else.


John Daly is an ELITE athlete by this definition (he's got two majors!).


BUT YET, most golfers would chuckle at me declaring John Daly as an elite athlete.


It's because the external package he is wrapped up in doesn't match what we stereotypically think of as an "athlete."


Should he probably train a little differently? Yes.

Should he drop a few lbs? Probably.


BUT, being an athlete isn't about form, it's about the function that you complete the sport with.


There are many different ways to succeed within sport, and John Daly has found how best to showcase his athleticism - diet cokes and darts.



Let's not discredit the physicality John Daly brings to the golf course...


I would be remised if I failed to mention the physicality that John Daly brings to the golf course.


JD at one point had a clubhead speed of greater than 120 mph.


This is massive.


He had the ability to tap into another level of speed, but yet still showcase control of the clubface and keep the ball in play. In many ways, he was ahead of his time in this regard.


His speed and rotational power were (and still are) extremely athletic.


He had, and still has, total body mobility that allows him to generate a massive swing arc, and he can use that swing arc in a coordinated and fluent manner.


This, too, is extremely athletic.


Lastly, he has the skillfulness to succeed at all facets of the game of golf.


Again, he's got two majors!


John Daly is an ELITE Athlete to me.


I POSTED THIS THE OTHER DAY... Check it out!


So, what do you think?


Is John Daly an athlete?


Let me know in the comments...


 

Carter Schmitz

Founder and Head Coach - SCRATCHGolfTraining.com

CSCS, TPI


Carter is a strength and conditioning coach out of the Milwaukee area working with athletes, in-person and virtually. Having helped hundreds of athletes, ranging from the middle school to the professional level and beyond, Carter brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to every athlete he works with. He launched SCRATCHGolfTraining.com in the summer of 2021 to help empower golfers to greater performance and longevity.


Carter believes ALL golfers are athletes, and they should be training accordingly.


Become a SCRATCH Athlete today, and start training like the ATHLETE you are!