Playing 27 holes (Corporate/Society Days)
Golf Nutrition – Playing a round and a half
Golf nutrition or eating correctly for a round of golf is actually quite simple. Here are some tips on fuelling your body for a 27 holes of corporate or society golf.
Since the usual 9 + 18 day starts with something to eat, then playing 9 holes, having lunch and then a further 18 holes, what you should try to do is eat the normal food given on these days and utilising it along with your SSP Golf Performance Bar for maximum performance. A bacon butty will suffice if you eat only one – any more than that and you’ll more likely get that dreaded bloat and sluggish feeling. Try to finish your breakfast 30 minutes before your tee-off time. This along with a couple of bananas should keep you going for 9 holes.
30 mins before tee-off bacon or egg butty
Between holes two and four half a banana
Between holes five and seven half a banana
At lunch the best advice I can give, since it’s a pre-set meal or buffet, is to break your plate down into 3 equal portions, then fill one portion with your protein (chicken, fish- try to avoid red meat), one portion with complex carbohydrate (rice, pasta) and one portion with simple carbohydrate (vegetables). Don’t overeat, but also don’t under eat- remember you’re going out to play 18 holes. Also, have a drink or two but don’t over do it since it can bloat you. Four pints of lager and a golf club don’t usually work well together! Don’t forget to allow your food to go down too, wait at least an hour before teeing off if you’re having a big meal if at all possible since you don’t want to be burping on the 1st tee.
• 15 mins before tee-off eat one third of a Golf performance Bar. You can skip this if you feel fine
Then, eat a third of a bar between the following holes
Holes 7, 11, 15
You can finish the rest of your bar ready for a few pints in the club house
Hydration: Drink, drink, drink
Don’t forget to keep hydrated throughout your round. Drink some water after every hole. During a golf round you should aim to consume 40% – 50% of your total daily intake of water. If your water intake for the day is 2 litres, you would consume approximately 1 litre of water during your round. On a very hot day you can double that amount.
THE AVERAGE GOLFER BURNS 1,200 CALORIES CARRYING THEIR CLUBS OVER 18 HOLES, SO WHY COMPROMISE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR NUTRITION ON THE COURSE?