7 tips for golfers of a certain age, according to Stewart Cink

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Stewart Cink is having one of the best years of his career.

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Despite nearing Champions Tour eligibility, Stewart Cink is playing some of the best golf of his career. Here are seven tips for his success.

1. Read Inner Excellence, by Jim Murphy

The subtitle says it all (and then some): Train Your Mind for Extraordinary Performance and the Best Possible Life.

2. Stop drinking soda

For a guy who lives in Atlanta (ancestral home of Coca-Cola), not an easy thing to say. Well, the company makes Vitaminwater too.

3. Strengthen your back

Do the Pigeon Pose. Yes, it’s a yoga thing. Real men do yoga. That’s what Lisa keeps telling Stewart. Check it out.

4. Listen while you watch

. During golf broadcasts, players and caddies often talk about the best place to miss. So why aren’t you?

5. Practice short game with a purpose

Put nine balls on the side of the green. Challenge yourself: I’m gonna get five of these up-and-down.

6. Hydrate

As oil is to an engine, water (now in all your favorite colors!) is to the body.

7. Sleep

Keeps the brain in the game.

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Michael Bamberger

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Michael Bamberger writes for GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. Before that, he spent nearly 23 years as senior writer for Sports Illustrated. After college, he worked as a newspaper reporter, first for the (Martha’s) Vineyard Gazette, later for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written a variety of books about golf and other subjects, the most recent of which is The Second Life of Tiger Woods. His magazine work has been featured in multiple editions of The Best American Sports Writing. He holds a U.S. patent on The E-Club, a utility golf club. In 2016, he was given the Donald Ross Award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the organization’s highest honor.