Being a professional golfer is no mean feat these days, with only the top percentile being eligible to play on the tours.
As such, even if you’re supremely gifted, you have to practice. A lot. And there are few who work harder than the European Tour’s Alex Noren. The skin on human hands is yet to evolve to accommodate hours on the range, but Noren is leading the way…
📷 No. 13: No pain, no gain⠀⠀ This #ETPhotoOfTheYear image was taken by @kristoffer_kotte_broberg of fellow Swede Alex Noren's hands after a particularly long practice session, the day before the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Noren is known as one of the hardest workers on Tour and has said before that he now often wears two gloves during practice to protect his hands from the effects of hitting hundreds of shots in a day.
For what it’s worth, the Swede’s hard work is paying off, as he has notched up five wins in the last two years (more than Mr McIlroy, we might add).