This isn't just a pose. Boxing is part of my fitness routine with Florida Panthers strength and conditioning coach Craig Slaunwhite. It really sharpens my hand-eye coordination, strengthens my arms and wrists and improves my stamina. I'm sure it helped me pick up the two wins I got at the end of the 2013 season.
Another key for me is my grip. When I was real young, my hands were in a strong position on the club and the clubface was closed at the top, but my teacher, Jim McLean, didn't want to change that until I got older. He and I are still working together, and now my grip is more neutral. It lets me swing free without fear of hitting hooks.
I don't like to think too much when I'm playing, so Jim gives me broad thoughts—like slow takeaway or constant grip pressure.
I leave the mechanical keys (see following slides) for the practice tee. —With Roger Schiffman