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Staying in Peak Condition as You Age: A Lesson From Mike Weir’s Success

Phil Mickelson made history this past May.

At 50 years old, he became the oldest player to win a major championship.

Following a two-year drought without a single win and no championship trophies since 2013, it’s safe to say that Mickelson took the golf world by surprise.

But he isn’t the only “senior” golfer making waves right now.

Canadian and fellow lefty Mike Weir just won his first Champions Tour event in early May, also 50 years old.

“Weirsy,” as his fans affectionately know him, has struggled with surgery and a variety of golf-related injuries over the years. And Mickelson’s recent victory, although it seemingly came out of nowhere, certainly didn’t happen by accident.

So, how do these seasoned professionals stay in competitive shape despite the natural setbacks that come with aging? What are the most common obstacles to performance that golfers usually face? And how do pros like Phil and Mike overcome them?

As it turns out, some of them have a secret weapon that boosts their recovery and performance…

Common Golf Injuries

Golf is considered a low-impact sport, but with average swing speeds for professionals sitting at around 110mph, overuse and even major injuries can happen with consistent practice and competition over time.

Even the average golfer can swing up to 93 mph. The sheer rotational force and velocity of repeated swings at both the recreational and professional level can take their toll on the body.

Here are a few of the most common injuries golfers of all ages struggle with:

● Elbow overuse
● Back pain
● Wrist overuse
● Foot and ankle strains
● Rotator cuff injuries

Mike Weir himself battled an elbow injury that ended up requiring surgery, as well as neck, lower back, and Achilles issues.

These physical roadblocks essentially brought his career to a halt, forcing him to take a step back from the sport altogether.

Age-Related Handicaps

Unfortunately, an increased risk of injury isn’t the only obstacle that stands in the way of greatness past 50.

Declining energy levels, muscular strength, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and even sleep quality can all put a damper on the “senior” golfer’s performance.

Plus, as we age, it takes longer for our bodies to recover from training and competition. This is especially true of elite competitors who spend almost every day out on the course hitting hundreds and even thousands of balls a week.

Preventing these issues from affecting their game requires professionals like Weir and Mickelson to strike a proper balance between strength training and practice while placing a strong emphasis on recovery.

Avoiding the Bunkers

To come back strong and start his journey to his first Champions Tour win, Mike Weir had to completely restructure and dial in his fitness regimen.

And the pandemic gave him the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Of course, he enlisted the help of a renowned golf coach and a strength and conditioning specialist, but his new plan accounted for his age-related limitations and previous injuries while optimizing his cardiovascular health, physical strength, and muscle recovery.

In the year leading up to his winning performance, Weir regularly ran, cycled, skied, or hiked to get his cardio in.

He hit the weights consistently (at least three times) every week to keep his strength up.

He stretched and foam-rolled daily, working out any tightness that would get in the way of his swing. And to top off his recovery routine, he would make a point to get at least one massage a week –– sometimes two.

If you’re looking to combat the age-related changes that can affect your game, coming up with a fitness regimen that works around your unique physical challenges and prioritizes recovery is an excellent place to start.

But Mike had another trick up his sleeve that helped elevate his recovery and performance. One that helps relieve minor pain, speeds up recovery, and energizes the body in less than twenty minutes a day.

Mike Weir’s Secret Weapon

Off the course, Mike recovers using BEMER PEMF therapy.

PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field, and BEMER’s patented PEMF signal energizes healthy muscle cells for increased local blood flow and a variety of game-changing benefits, such as enhanced:

● Nutrient and oxygen delivery
● Waste removal
● Muscular strength
● Conditioning
● Energy and endurance
● Physical fitness
● Performance
● Relief from minor aches and pains
● Sleep quality
● Stress relief and relaxation
● Vitality and wellbeing

In just two eight-minute BEMER sessions a day, these benefits combine to help Mike Weir bounce back from practice and competition quicker, swing more consistently, shoot score lower, and win championships.

Here’s what he had to say about recovering with BEMER:

“With years of competition and training taking a toll, BEMER has helped elevate my recovery to the next level, while also becoming a critical part of my preventative care routine. For me, there’s nothing quite like it.” *

If BEMER PEMF therapy is a priceless addition to a “senior” pro like Mike Weir’s recovery routine, it can yield powerful results for the amateur golfer as well.

And the best part is, the BEMER Go-Pack and Go-Edition allow you to take your golf icon-approved recovery tool with you wherever you go. That means if there’s space on the golf cart, you can fit a quick session in before the back 9 to keep your energy up and scores low.

Learn more about how BEMER can help you maintain peak condition, no matter where you are on your golf journey.

*Mike Weir is a paid BEMER ambassador. Individual results may vary, and testimonials may not reflect the typical person’s experience and are not intended to represent that anyone will achieve the same results. These spokespeople may have been compensated for their testimony.

**BEMER does not provide any medical advice or services. This device is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It should not be used for any purpose other than as described in the user manual. Please consult your own healthcare provider if you have any medical issues.