Published on May 18th, 2012 | by Tim Good0
How Do You Snack During a Round? Golf Nutrition Tips
Are you fueling your fire, or putting it out during your round?
The other day I was in a conversation with my father, who is an area PGA Teaching Professional and he was telling me a story of one of his students who had just finished his round. He made the turn in his career best nine holes of 42, only to implode on the back nine. He limped to the finish with a 56, and couldn’t believe how badly he had fallen apart.
Leaving the mental aspect of playing the best nine holes of your career and letting the thoughts of your career round start to creep in out of this, there’s another very important lesson to be learned about your golf game. As my dad was talking to the student, he was asking what he thought went wrong. The student replied, “I don’t really know, I was going down #10 and felt ok, and then I just started feeling sluggish and heavy and had no energy.”
Thinking about it for a moment, my dad replied, “Let me guess, you stopped by the turn and got a hot dog and a big ol’ coke?” The students’ mouth dropped in amazement. How did he know this? Sheepishly he admitted “Well, it was actually a polish dog.”
Point being, our bodies are machines and they need the proper fuel. Granted, some of our machines are more finely tuned than others, but that is even more reason for us to be smart about what goes into our bodies during the rounds. I know most of us aren’t professionals and play golf recreationally, for the good times with our buddies. Let me ask you this though. When was the last time you stopped at halftime of a pickup basketball game and had a cheeseburger and fries? How about grabbing a big plate of nachos while you rest between halves at that rec league soccer game?
Didn’t think so, but that’s exactly what most golfers do at “halftime.” And it no doubt has a negative impact on ones game. Here’s a challenge the next time you’re on the course. See if you can keep yourself from ever feeling hungry from start to finish. Have yourself a good power breakfast before you leave, maybe some bacon and eggs (psst they’re not bad for you) with some fruit. Then pack yourself a nice bag of snacks. Beef jerky, nuts, carrot sticks, celery, apples, bananas, the list can go on and on. Just be smart, make it healthy and make it count.
Then eat every 3 holes or so to keep your energy level at a constant, not allowing yourself to dip down too low, or spike too high. The key is to maintain a balance that will let you focus on the task at hand, which is of course taking your buddies money. Give it a try; see how your back nine compares and if you improve. Chances are you’ll find yourself with a much smaller degree of fatigue. Then, when you’re done and you’ve cleaned house, use the money to buy the first round of beers to celebrate. It IS golf after all.
To read more from Tim Good, check out his golf blog, Life From The Short Grass.com