Are you properly fueled, hydrated, and warmed up to play?
When you go
out to golf you hope for a good round. I know I do. How often
does your outcome match what you hoped for? Do you usually shoot
the scores you had envisioned before you teed off? If not, do
you ever evaluate where and how you could have saved strokes and
avoided those blow up holes?
got 5 easy tips for you to implement immediately that will shave
4-6 or even more strokes off your score the next time you play.
Give them a try and see what happens. Here they are:
1. First off
you've got to put the proper nutrition
in your body before you leave home. Most golfers don't give
it a second thought. They either don't eat at all before
they leave home or they eat something that is not going to give
them the long-term energy they're hoping for. So whether
it's lunch or breakfast before you leave you need to consume
a complex carbohydrate and a good protein source. This combination
will warrant the best use of your energy for the long haul.
for breakfast would be a bowl of oatmeal and a couple of eggs
with a piece of fruit or a juice. For lunch you could have a turkey
sandwich on whole wheat with a piece of fruit. Lot's of lettuce
on the sandwich and try to avoid mayonnaise or butter.
2. The second
tip is to properly warm up your body before you even hit your
first ball. I see so many golfers show up 5 minutes before tee
time, hack a few balls and head to the first tee. Those golfers
are headed for a double bogey right off the bat - but hey they're
just getting warmed up right?
A better approach
is to give yourself at least 30 minutes before your tee time.
First do some dynamic (movement oriented) stretches to prepare
your body to perform. Things like arm circles, partial squats,
toe touches, etc. Then take some half swings with a 7 iron. Now
after that you're ready to hit some wedges. You'll find
with this approach your hits on the range will be much better,
which will build your confidence.
lots of water even before you leave your house. Try to consume
up to a gallon of water before you get to the course. This will
help you absorb and digest your pre-game meal and hydrate your
muscles for optimal performance. Don't take this lightly.
Dehydration causes energy loss, lack of focus and concentration
and fatigue later in the round. And remember, that's before
you even come to the course. Once you get their you should be
drinking water every hole.
wait til you get tight to stretch on the course. You should
be constantly moving your body and stretching your joints while
you play. I see and hear too many golfers complaining of tight
lower backs or shoulders during the round, What amazes me
is that with all that complaining they do nothing about it. Why?
Think of your body as a machine. If the machine starts to break
down fix it. I mean stretch those areas while you're
playing. You'll see a big difference in your swing mechanics
late in the round.
5. Snack while
you play. No I don't mean the full meal at the turn with
a beer. I mean bringing fruit and nutrition bars to eat every
4-6 holes. When you supply your body with the proper nutrients
your energy levels stay balanced and you will avoid those mental
lapses late in the round. How many times have you had a good score
only to blow up late in the round? I'll bet more than a couple
of times. I know I have. Treat your body like a Ferrari not a
Pedersen Golf Fitness Expert
Author of the Ultimate Golf Fitness Guide