Do you ever wonder why you lose focus and energy during your round of golf? According to Mike Pedersen, Golf Performance Coach, the reason is probably poor golf nutrition. If you don’t replenish your energy stores during play, you are destined for a loss of energy and strokes.
The answer is simple: PROPER snacks and lots of water. Your body needs readily available energy every 2-3 hours. It’s simple. Bring 2 pieces of fruit, a nutrition bar and a bottle of water to the course every time you play. Choose a nutrition bar that provides more carbohydrates than protein or fat.
(I did some research and found Par Bar nutrition bars that are formulated for golfers. I love the ingredients. Most everything is organic and healthy. And they taste great too! I have tried the Cranberry Almond and the Goji Lemon so far. Of the two, I personally liked the Cranberry best. Check out the Sun Valley Bars link on the bottom right column for more information. They come in boxes of 12, and if you can get three others to go in with you, you can get all four flavors and split them up, costing $1.86 per bar, including shipping.)
Your water consumption should be very consistent throughout the round. If it’s a 20 oz. bottle of water, you should be filling it up every 4-5 holes at a minimum. Dehydration occurs much sooner than you think.
Here’s a very simple rule of thumb. Make a mental note of what time you ate your last meal before you got to the course. If you’re like most people, probably 3-4 hours have lapsed by the time you get to hole number 2.
What’s that mean? Time for a piece of fruit…even if you aren’t hungry!
Then what? Check your watch and after 2 more hours have gone by eat that nutrition bar. This will be at hole 11 or 12.
That might do you, but if you get the hunger pangs, eat that last piece of fruit at the 16th hole. This will keep your blood sugar levels constant and enable you to stay focused those last couple of holes.
Another golf nutritionist has simplified it even further: Hole 4 – fruit; Hole 9 – nutrition bar; Hole 14 – fruit.You’ll soon be a believer in fueling your body for performance. The next time you go out, be careful. You might just shoot your “all-time” best score.
PLEASE GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS COLUMN TO SEE LISTINGS OF ALL KNOWN GOLFING EVENTS, BOTH LOCAL AND NON-LOCAL.
2018 SWGA playdays
- ALL OF THE EVENTS LISTED BELOW COUNT TOWARDS YOUR 100% PARTICIPATION RECOGNITION Except those marked with an (*)
- If you miss ONE required event, it can be replaced by ONE day of play in Team Matches
- March 6: Scramble at Eastridge CC, 9:00am COMPLETED 50 PLAYERS
- April 10: Playday at Stonebridge, 9:00am COMPLETED 43 players
- May 22: Playday at Northwood, 9:00am COMPLTED 29 PLAYERS
- June 7: Playday at Huntington Park, 9:00am COMPLETED 28 players
- July 24: Playday at Southern Trace CC, 9:00am
- *August 7: Scramble at Southern Trace. This is a chance to make-up one missed event to count towards 100% participation since there willl be no Team Matches this year
- August 16: Playday at Fox Run GC (also practice round for Championship), 9:00am
- August 23-24: SWGA Championship, Fox Run GC, 9:00am
- *November 8: SWGA Turkey Scramble, Querbes Park, 9:30am
- *December 4: SWGA/SSWGA Jingle Bell Scramble, Northwood, 10:00am, Bring a Toy
2018 SSWGA Events
- Dates marked with (*) do not count toward 100% participation
- *March 13: Stonebridge scramble, 9:00am COMPLETED 28 Players
- April 26: BWGA playday at Huntington, 9:00am COMPLETED 18 players
- May 1: East Ridge CC, 9:00am COMPLETED 30 players
- June 19: Southern Trace CC, 9:00am COMPLETED 26 players
- July 10: Northwood Hills GC, 9:00am COMPLETED 25 players
- July 17-18: Championship, Stonebridge CC
- September 6: Fox Run GC, 9:00am
- *November 15: Turkey Scramble, Crooked Hollow GC, 9:30am, $37 includes lunch. This is also annual meeting unless this is changed.
- *December 4: Jingle Belle Scramble, Northwood Hills GC, 10:00am, bring unwrapped toy