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Xi Yu Lin, from China, answers our "Healthy May" Questionnaire

Xi Yu Lin in action during a recent event

Xi Yu Lin is one of our few players from China that are playing on out tour as their Rookie season. Xi Yu Lin had a succesful amateur career before turning professional in September 2011. She finished 5th at last Lalla Aicha Tour School where she earned full status. Find more information about Xi Yu Lin here

We are running a campaign called Healthy May to  show that our golf players do not just play golf, they are also excellent athletes following a rigorous health and fitness programme. Find out how Xi Yu prepares her season physically here:

Describe how your exercise program benefits you and your golf game.

Helps me to maintain speed, suppleness, strength and stamina. All vital for great golf.

Describe when and why you started exercising for golf.

Started when I was 16, in order to help me improve my golf and achieve my goal of playing at the highest level.

Describe how your pre-season exercise program is different to your in-season exercise program. For example, do you focus on different aspects of fitness? Are your goals different?

Pre-season the load in heavier, in order to build all aspects of fitness, in-season the load is lighter to maintain levels and prevent injury.

With respect to your pre-season program, please describe your exercise program (where possible, include the type of exercises you do, the frequency, dosage, duration of each exercise session etc).

We have a varied program, that I go through twice per day 5 days per week. Each day is varied to ensure all muscles groups important for golf and targeted.

With respect to your in-season program, please describe your exercise program (where possible, include the type of exercises you do, the frequency, dosage, duration of each exercise session etc).

Depending on my tee times during tournaments I will usually work out post golf. This will include cardio, a light circuit and a full stretching program.

Describe your warm-up program (include the type of exercises you do and how long your warm-up routine takes to perform).

Warm up program when exercising is a functional warm up specifically designed to target all muscles. This warm up is based upon one that you will see from TPI. This takes around 15-20 mins.

If you haven’t already included this information, describe whether you use specific exercise tools or equipment when exercising (e.g. fit balls, weights, resistance bands etc).

Swiss balls, resistance bands, kinesis wall, free weights, bosu balance disks.

What is the most enjoyable thing about your exercise program?

My trainer makes the program varied so I never get bored. I also enjoy some of the games we play during sessions in order to break things up and make more fun.

What is the least enjoyable thing about your exercise program?

Waking up at 6am!

How do you manage to maintain a fitness program when you are touring?

It can be difficult, however we try to choose a hotel with full fitness facilities.

Which components of fitness (e.g. muscle strength, balance, muscle endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, power) do you think are most important for playing golf?

Speed, strength, suppleness and stamina are all vital.

Describe how important maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is for you and your golf game. 

Goes hand in hand with the fitness work we do, so in order to achieve the best results it is absolutely necessary.

How do you manage to maintain a healthy diet when you are touring?

Again difficult, we bring our own supplements, protein powders etc. We stay at good hotels so this isn’t a problem.

What tips would you give golfers who really dislike exercising or to those golfers who say that exercise is only for elite golfers?

A lot of faults players have in their golf swings are a direct result of physical limitations. Therefore addressing and trying to improve these areas is vital if you wish to improve your golf.

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