How Masters contender Cameron Smith lost weight and gained distance

The changes Cameron Smith has made off the course have been equally key to his success.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Cameron Smith’s putting gets a lot of attention, and understandably so. Hit putter is his paintbrush, the greens his canvas, and he golf’s answer to Picasso.

But what’s interesting is that Smith’s best golf has coincided with a marked improvement at the other end of the bag.

Simply put, the Masters contender is swinging faster now and driving the ball longer because of it. His clubhead speed was just 111.7 mph during his first season on Tour in 2015, but he’s increased it to 115 mph this season. It helped him gain about 10 yards per drive (from a 286 average to 297 yards).

It started with a three-month offseason workout routine. Each month started with a different focus, and each session featured exercises targeting specific areas of his body.

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Month 1 (3x per week):

  • 1x lower focus (legs, glutes, core)
  • 1x push focus (chest, shoulders, triceps, core)
  • 1x pull focus (back, biceps, core)

Month 2 (4x per week):

  • 2x lower body focus (1 quad-focused workout, 1 hamstring/glute focused workout)
  • 1x push focus (chest shoulders, triceps, core)
  • 1x pull focus (back, biceps, core)

Month 3 (3x per week)

  • 1x lower body focus (legs, glutes, core)
  • 1x upper body focus (chest, back, biceps, triceps, core)
  • 1x combined focus (legs, glutes, shoulders, core)

The routine worked.

Smith got stronger, more flexible, and felt better, too. But as the season began, he dialed it back. He’d start to gain weight and his stamina would start to suffer. It was only recently that he adopted a more year-round approach, which included increased weight lifting and more cardio.

“The last five or six years I’ve been really inconsistent with my training, and probably the last eight months or so I’ve been just really consistent,” he said. “I lost a little bit of weight and my body moves a little bit quicker when I don’t have so much around my belly.”

He’s noticed positive knock-on effects all over his game: His swing isn’t just faster, but being more fit has also helped his technique improve. He looks and feels better, and crucially, this week, he’s less taxed after rounds.

“I feel like I’m able to walk off the golf course and not be wrecked,” he says. “I feel pretty fresh walking off the golf course, which is a feeling I don’t think I had for a long time. It’s I think why my game has probably got a lot more consistent through four rounds.”

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Service Journalism at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort 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 and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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