Improve Your Round With Five Easy Tips

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Strength, power, flexibility, balance, core stability, body awareness, and endurance are all physical traits that every consistent golfer must possess to play well.

There’s not enough room to cover all of those topics in this small space, but you can find volumes on the subjects on line or in any bookstore. Here are some easy tips that can give you immediate results.

  1. Fuel your body before you leave home.
    Most golfers don’t give nutrition a second thought. They either don’t bother to eat at all before they head for the course, or they eat something that is not going to give them enough energy to last for four hours. Whether it’s lunch or breakfast, before you leave you need to consume a complex carbohydrate and a protein. This combination will provide the best use of your energy for the long haul.
    For example, a good breakfast would be a bowl of oatmeal and a couple of eggs whites with a piece of fruit or juice. For lunch, a good choice is a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with a piece of fruit. Skip the mayo and stack lettuce and tomatoes on the sandwich along with avocado for some monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat and potassium.

  2. Properly warm up your body.
    If your warm up routine consists of showing up five minutes before the tee time, throwing the bag on the cart and squealing up to the first tee, you are headed for a bogey right out of the gate. A better approach is to give yourself at least 30 minutes before your tee time to properly warm up your body before you hit your first ball. First do some stretches to prepare your body to perform. Stretch your arms, sides, do some partial squats, and toe touches. Then take some half swings with a 7-iron. After that, you’re ready to hit some balls starting with a wedge. You’ll find with this approach, your shots on the range will be much better, preparing you for the first tee.

  3. Continue to stretch on the course.
    You should be constantly moving your body and stretching your joints while you play. Many golfers complain of tight lower backs or shoulders during the round. Stretch those areas while you’re playing. You’ll see a big difference in your swing mechanics later in the round.

  4. Drink lots of water.
    Try to consume a gallon of water the night before you play and up to a gallon of water before you get to the course, especially in the summer. This will help you absorb and digest your meal and hydrate your muscles for optimal performance. Don’t take this lightly. Dehydration causes energy loss, lack of focus and concentration, and fatigue later in the round. Remember, that’s before you even get to the course. Once there, you should be drinking water every hole.

  5. Continue to snack while you play.
    Bring along fruit, nuts and nutrition bars to eat every 4-6 holes. When you supply your body with the proper nutrients your energy levels stay balanced and you will avoid those mental lapses late in the round. Remember, you’re an athlete (believe it or not), so treat your body like one and you’ll be lowering scores and winning all the money!

 

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