Justin Thomas is likely very bummed out to be leaving Hawaii. Not only because, well…it’s Hawaii, but—his two-week run was something to marvel at.
A week after winning the SBS, Thomas rewrote the PGA record books at the Sony Open. He became one of only seven Tour players to ever shoot under 60 in a round. He didn’t stop there. When he walked off the 18th hole this past Sunday, the 23-year-old from Louisville had posted a score that Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, or Ben Hogan never did. The likeable kid had plenty to smile about, as he finished at 27-under. He swept the Hawaii swing, and has won three of the first five events of the season. The last player to do that? Tiger.
He’s not a big guy by any means. He’s only 5’10” and 145 pounds. But he’s proof that core training can really improve a golf game. He’s also proven that the more you play, the better you’ll likely play.
So much of golf is muscle memory; the repetition of the swing that gets coded on the brain. What goes into hitting that little dimpled ball is not a natural physical movement for the human body. From the head all the way down to the toes, and especially throughout the core, all those muscles and joints and moving parts try to get in sync. There’s a whole lot going on every time you swing the club. It’s why repetition is critical. So if you can, get out there more. Even if it’s just to hit balls on the range. The more swings you take, the easier it will be for your mind to tell the body what to do. And then, you won’t have to think about it so much as you hover over the ball and engage in contact. It will all come a bit more natural for your body.
Here’s to Justin Thomas, who put on a show, and put the rest of the field on notice that he may be in for a very special year.