Here's Ron: Tom Watson turned 62 earlier this month. His golf swing turned 35. Despite having hip surgery a few years ago and despite playing more than 800 professional tournaments during his career, there seems to be only slight differences between the swing Watson used to win eight major championships from 1975 to 1983 and the one he used to nearly win another at the age of 60 at the 2009 British Open (see how he still makes a full turn in the recent photo here).
I met with Watson at his home course outside of Kansas City (Wolf Creek Golf Club) earlier this week. After watching him hit shot after shot with a golf swing that just about anyone would love, I asked him about his commitment to fitness.
Decline in physical fitness is inevitable for all of us as we age. But to make the decline as gradual as possible, particularly as it relates to the golf swing, Watson said a daily exercise regimen is vital.
Watson shared with me his workout routine as well as what he feels is the most important area to focus on as you get older--your hips. You can see in this photo of Tom that he still has great ability to rotate his hips aggressively toward the target as he starts down from the top.
"The first thing you lose is the ability to fire your hips," he said. "You have to really train that area hard."
To hear more from Tom on his secrets to playing ageless golf, click on the audio link below.
Listen: Tom Watson talks fitness