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’ve decided to squeeze in a quick nine holes after work, or if your having a two round corporate/society day, the one thing many golfers forget altogether when planning their round is appropriate food. I’ve often seen people hurriedly fetching a bottle of water and reaching for a cheap chocolate bar as they pay for their rounds. But, if you’re out for nine, 18, 27 or 36 holes of golf, and if you want to be playing at your best, 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! They’re full of sugar and have no complex carbohydrates (long term energy). Basically, you’ll have energy for a few holes but it won’t last and you end up feeling like your energy has been drained and you’ll feel hungry again- due to the drop in your blood sugar levels.
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Hungry or Full
No matter how many holes you’re playing, the truth of the matter is that having the right food should be just as important as your bag, 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 on anything other than your stomach and, if you’re full, you’ll be too sluggish to perform at your best.
Off the Scale
If you were to judge your hunger on a scale of one to 10 – where one is extremely hungry and 10 is extremely full – you need be around five or six to play your best golf. The basic idea I want to get across here is that you do not want to allow your body to feel either extreme, you want to concentrate on nothing other than your golf. At the same time, however, if you do find yourself feeling either peckish or bloated when out on the course, it’s already too late. 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. The pro’s do it, so 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?