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One key to a free-flowing swing and longevity on the PGA Tour? A Total Body Stretch

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

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Henrik Stenson might not know you personally, but he still knows you.

He knows you change into soft spikes in the parking lot, pay your green fee and then maybe, at most, spend 10 seconds stretching your upper body by grabbing a rail of the golf cart.

"All the guys who run straight to the first tee box, you'll want to make sure to give yourself a better chance of hitting that first tee shot well," he said.

Stenson used to be more like you. Even on a chilly morning, he warmed up by hitting balls.

"You're on the range at 6:15, it's a bit cold and you're feeling like you're 100 years old," he said. "Instead, if you've done the warmup, you can basically take a 3-wood straight out of the bag and hit it."

Stenson is among the PGA Tour's most ardent believers in a new service called Total Body Stretch that Massage Envy introduced as part of its new partnership with the tour. Massage Envy's 10-player staff includes Stenson, Brandt Snedeker and Justin Thomas, the wunderkind who enters this week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms about as hot as the Cleveland Indians.

Thomas has won two of his last three events, including the PGA Championship and Dell Technologies, the FedEx Cup playoff event that preceded the BMW.

Thomas chuckled when asked about his glutes.

"They're great," he replied. "Between (the Total Body Stretch) and my physio team, we have a good routine to make sure I'm feeling as good as possible. It keeps me loose, keeps me limber."

Despite his 5-foot-10, 145-pound frame, the 24-year-old Thomas is the 10th-longest man on tour with an average drive of 309 yards.

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