A round of golf often can cut into when you’d usually eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. So snacking and consuming refreshments on the course is a must if you want to keep your energy up. But keep in mind there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to go about fueling during your round. Here are a few tips for when those rounds creep towards eating time:
1. Choose water over sugary drinks
• From Gatorade to Coca-Cola, drinks high in sugar will provide a short-term sugar rush; but rest assured, you’ll come crashing back down right as you’re trying to roll in that testy 4 footer.
• Drink before you are thirsty by carrying a water bottle in your bag or cart. Fill. Drink. Repeat.
• Minimize your alcohol intake. A couple of beers are guaranteed to help you lose focus and accelerate dehydration. Unless you’re cool with penalty shots, steer clear of beer.
2. Love up the good fats and proteins from sunup to sundown
• Eat a smart breakfast. Even at Denny’s you can get a plate of eggs, and fresh fruit.
• Keep in mind it’s OK to not finish the huge serving sizes most restaurants and moms love to provide. Over-eating will dragggg you down.
• On the course, munch on foods that provide long-term sustainable energy that will help keep energy levels consistent (the dead opposite of sugar). Here are few ideas for your stomach to consider: almonds, walnuts, beef jerky, and tuna cups. Yes, tuna cups.
Eat right. Check.
Drink smart. Check.
Low Score? Practice makes perfect.
Roy Khoury is the founder of RFK Training and is a Titleist Performance Institute, Level-3 Golf Fitness Instructor. He is located in Newport Beach, CA and can be reached via email at [email protected].