By: Luke Kerr-Dineen September 15, 2020
Phil at 51 vs. Phil at 36
MAMARONECK, N.Y It was about a year and a half ago that Phil Mickelson decided to start chasing distance bombs and hellacious seeds, to be more precise. That new approach led him down the path of living a healthy, more active lifestyle. Fast-forward the 2020 U.S. Open, and Mickelson is in the best shape of his life, boasting swing speeds golfers half his age would be proud of, and he launched his own health company along the way.
14 years-on from his close call at the 2006 U.S. Open, the last time the U.S. Open was contested at Winged Foot, Phil looked a lot different. He even highlighted his transformation earlier this week on social media:
Its been fun for golf fans to witness the transformation in real time, but there was one thing (apart from the picture, obviously) that stood out in his post above: the phrase becoming accountable for my own health. What does that mean, exactly? I was curious, so I asked him about it following his Tuesday practice round at the U.S. Open.
Phil says being accountable for your health all comes down to two things: being educated and honest about what youre consuming, and how. Earlier in his career, Phil said he didnt know or care what he ate. He ate whatever he felt like, and didnt think about the consequences. It was only later in his career that he realized the consequences of that attitude:
I wasnt educated, Phil says. I either wasnt aware or didnt want to know the things I was putting in my body, whether it was diet soda and how toxic that is, or whether it was the amount of sugar and how much inflammation it causes, or whether it was the quantity; all of those things, I just kind of shut my eyes to.
So, if anybody wants to follow his advice for losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle, thats the place to start. Learn about the food youre eating, and how much of it you should be eating. Once you get educated and honest, its easier to change your habits and make better decisions. Do that, and maybe you can have a Mickelson-esque transformation, too.
Luke Kerr-Dineen is an English-American who oversees the brands service journalism content across all of GOLFs multimedia platforms. An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South CarolinaBeaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Following graduation, he spent two years as a digital editor atGolf Digestbefore spending three years as a Senior Editor atUSA Today.