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Stenson warns McIlroy about his 120mph swing

Henrik Stenson

Open champion Henrik Stenson has warned Rory McIlroy that he is likely to suffer more injuries as he nears his 30’s due to the way he swings the golf club.

The Swede issued the worrying warning after seeing McIlroy spending more and more time on the fringes of the game due to different physical issues. As the modern propensity seems to be in hitting the golf ball as hard as possible, inevitably a toll must be taken on the body.

McIlroy, 27, has been forced to withdraw from the star-studded Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which begins on Thursday, after suffering a stress fracture in his rib while practicing.

He is also likely to miss the Dubai Desert Classic in a fortnight, and possibly several events in America. World No.1 Jason Day took three months off last year to sort out his back.

“You see how Rory and Jason really go after it and that's putting a lot of pressure on the knees, back and neck,” said Stenson.

“You've got to watch it, because the injuries show up at a later stage. That's when you're paying for the wear and tear of the one-sided motion we do.”

In the past 10 years, many players have upped their swing speeds. The consequences, however, is a drastic rise in injuries. The golf swing has never been kind on the back, but when the golf club is being swung at 120mph like McIlroy’s, it can wreak hell with the body.

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