It is 2012 and every weekend when we tune into our favorite golf tournament, we notice many things have changed since the days of watching golf legends like The Golden Bear and The King. What is different is, more and more golfers are looking like Tiger Woods and less like John Daly. Is that a coincidence? Well, of course not. Even though golf has been considered a leisurely activity for decades, it is becoming clearer that being in peak physical and mental condition is the key to becoming good at the great game of golf. Let us go over some of the tips that professional golfers live by in order to be at the top of their game.
Get Lots of Rest
Many of us like to tee off early in the morning so the first key to having the low score of a lifetime starts the night before. Get a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep will hinder your concentration and if there ever was an activity that required 100% concentration, it is definitely your short game. Another added benefit of sleeping well is that it keeps hormones that induce food cravings at bay so you won’t constantly feel hungry throughout your match.
Another key to lowering your handicap relies on what you eat before and during the 18-hole match. Ideally, if you are playing in the afternoon your last meal should be consumed 3-4 hours before tee off. It should be high in healthy carbohydrates, such as whole-wheat pasta and moderate in protein, such as chicken breasts. If you have an early tee time, be sure to eat at least an hour before you hit the first hole. This will provide enough time for your food to digest so you can avoid feeling overly full, which can negatively impact your golfing skills.
We know that for some, it is hard to resist an ice-cold beer or a fine cigar while kicking back on the course. However, if your goal is to improve your score, save the beers for later and swap it out for water to ensure you stay hydrated. Any amount of alcohol can impair your judgment and throw off your concentration especially when you need to read the green on your next big putt.
What you eat before the match can have a major impact on your score, but did you know that what you eat during the match can have an impact as well? So while packing your golf bag for the day’s match, make sure to pack high protein snacks such as nuts and dried fruit along with beverages you can drink to rehydrate such as water or Gatorade. Snacking on healthy foods throughout the match will help make sure you don’t run out of gas.
So let us recap. To golf at your maximum potential, you must take care of your mind and body by getting lots of rest, eating healthy and avoiding toxins before and during the match, and appropriately preparing before heading to the course.