Understanding The Basics of Golf Nutrition
Lance Geringer B.A (sports kinesiologist, personal trainer and nutrition adviser) takes you through the basics of golf nutrition
Whether you’re playing a quick nine holes after work, or a two round corporate/society day, the one thing many golfers forget when planning their round is food. I’ve often seen people fetching a bottle of water and reaching for a chocolate bar as they pay for their rounds. However many holes you’re playing, is a chocolate bar really going to provide you with the fuel you need? This is where understanding the basics of golf nutrition helps.
NO! Because they’re full of sugar and because they have no complex carbohydrates (long term energy). You’ll have energy for a few holes but it won’t last. You end up feeling like your energy has been drained. You’ll feel hungry again- due to the drop in your blood sugar levels.
Our energy bars have the perfect blend of simple and complex carbohydrates. Slowly releasing energy and fuelling you through nine holes.
Hungry or Full
No matter how many holes you’re playing, having the right food should be just as important as your, clubs, balls and water! To be at your best on the course you need to play your round without feeling hungry or too full. If you’re craving food then you won’t be able to focus. You will feel full you’ll be too sluggish to perform at your best.
Off the Scale
Judge your hunger on a scale of one to 10 . One is extremely hungry and 10 is extremely full . So you need be around five or six to play your best golf. The basic idea here is that you do not want to allow your body to feel either extreme. If you do find yourself feeling either peckish or bloated when out on the course, it’s already too late. So we need to try and keep the body in perfect balance, and the only way to do that is to consistently consume the right foods while on the course. Do this and you’ll be firing on all cylinders, free from distractions. Because the pro’s do it, why shouldn’t you?!
The Hunger-O-Meter: Where do you measure up?
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?