How To Stay Match Fit Throughout A Game Of Golf

All professional golfers of the modern era have a staff of nutritionists, physiotherapists, mentors and their caddy working to make the most of the golfer’s capabilities on the course. The professional training regimen attempts to increase energy levels, strength and flexibility of the player. Amateurs do not have the disposable free time to complete the same level of off-course training, but they could still use the following key on-course performance approaches that the professionals use.

Hydration

If you follow a professional golfer as they play in competitions you will notice them drinking water throughout the round. They realize that if you begin to feel thirsty then this is a sign that your body is performing below par. The key point to taking water is to only take sips of water while golfing. The body digests water very quickly so only ever requires a small amount at a time.

You can choose to use other drinks that are high in sugars or caffeine but you should be aware that this causes peaks and valleys in blood sugar levels potentially causing similar peaks and troughs in the way you play (over hitting greens on one hole, short driving/putting on the next).

Nutrition

All top athletes rightly realize that the nutritional content of their food prior to and during a game of golf can strongly affect their energy levels and performance in a round. Professionals normally choose to take several small meals throughout a day in order to maintain a consistent energy level and rhythm. Prior to a round of golf a favorite choice would be a small pasta/chicken fillet meal.

Once they are out on the golf course, the professional golfer ensures energy levels stay topped up by eating fruit (bananas are a favorite due to the fact that they release energy slowly into the blood stream).

Stretches

All professional athletes and golfers use stretching techniques and exercises such as Pilates and Yoga to improve their flexibility and reduce the chances of muscle strain. Staying flexible in the core area (stomach and back) is essential to keeping the golf backswing consistent and reducing the risk of muscle strain.

All amateurs should take a few minutes before a match to perform stretches of the lower back and legs to loosen up the muscles. The stretches should also be performed during a round as it will also help stop the back/legs stiffening up as the body becomes more tired.

Awareness

These simple pillars of performance are not rocket science. However, it is important to be actively aware of what your body is telling you during a round of golf so that you may remedy it the next time.

Being thirsty or becoming tired during a round are signs that you are not fuelling your body correctly. Body aches/pulling muscles or wayward shots could well be down to the fact that your muscles are over-strained and would have benefited from some pre-round stretches.

Practising your golf swing at the range is one way of perfecting your game, but you should also aim to improve your golfing performance through nutrition, hydration and stretches.

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