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Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas both wear Whoop straps, giving some incredible data.
5 Incredible McIlroy And Thomas Whoop Insights
It is technology designed to help top athletes perform at the highest level with the combination of the strap and app giving tangible numbers and insights.
For example take a look at the five stats below showing the duo's Whoop data.
They are statistics from the latter stages of the 2021 season and show just how important sleep and recovery can be to the professional golfer, let alone two of the calibre of McIlroy and Thomas.
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Sunday 8/1, Olympics final round:
Justin shot a 6-under-par 65. His heart rate variability (HRV) was 59 ms, significantly above his average of 49 across other competition days.
Additionally, his resting heart rate (RHR) was 53 bpm compared to an average of 56. As to be expected, Justin’s recovery was in the green (77%).
Thursday 8/5, Day 1 of WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational:
Justin was 3 under par (67) after sleeping for 9.3 hours, his longest night’s sleep of July and August.
Sunday 8/8, last day of WGC-FedEx:
Rory shot a 4-under 66 following 7.6 hours of sleep, a full hour more than his competition average of 6.6 hours.
Thursday 8/19, Northern Trust Day 1:
This was Justin’s best round of the year, a -8 (63).
He had 94% sleep efficiency (vs a competition average of 92%) that included an impressive 3.19 hours of restorative REM sleep (17 minutes more than usual).
Thursday 8/26, BMW Championship Day 1:
Rory’s best round of the year was also a -8 (64).
He had an outstanding 81% recovery that morning with an elevated HRV of 60 (7 ms above his norm during tournaments).
Ready to go for the Ryder Cup
The data suggests both McIlroy and Thomas are primed for competition at the Ryder Cup too.
In the past 10 days, Thomas has recorded his best recovery of the year (99%), as well as his longest sleep (9.3 hours) and time spent in bed (10.8 hours).
Similarly, over that same span Rory has also logged his lowest RHR (46) and most efficient sleep (96%) of the season.
Additionally, for both Justin and Rory, their highest average recoveries during tournaments came on Sundays.
We would normally expect that the strain of golf tournaments would takes its toll as the weekend unfolds but clearly both players manage their workload so they can peak on Sunday.
This might be necessary too given the Ryder Cup can be a very close affair.
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6
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