One of the most overlooked aspects of a golfer’s preparation for a great game is his diet. While golf may not require lots of running, it is a game of endurance, nonetheless. It is also a sport that requires a great deal of mental thinking. Both the physical and mental rigors of the sport require fuel which can only come from food.
But not any food will do. Processed foods that are chockfull of simple sugars make blood sugar levels spike up too fast and do not give the golfer the energy he needs to sustain five hours of the game.
A golfer’s diet must consist of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in varying amounts and from the right food sources. Since he needs the energy for his body to function well and optimize his game, half of his caloric intake must come from complex carbohydrate sources such as whole grains, breads, rice, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. These complex carbohydrates, as opposed to simple sugars, are slowly released into the blood stream, giving the golfer the fuel he needs to concentrate and play well.
Lean protein from chicken, fish, round and loin cuts of beef, nuts and eggs is needed by every golfer to facilitate the repair of muscles and regulate body processes. Consumption of 8 ounces of protein everyday is enough for the golf enthusiast.
Good fats also provide another source of energy for the golfer. Take them from nuts or plant-based oils like avocado, safflower and coconut and you shouldn’t consume more than 5 servings everyday.
Finally, don’t forget to hydrate by drinking enough water before, during and after a round of golf. Thirst dampens your mental processes and causes your movements to become listless or otherwise lethargic. This results in poorer swings that end up as poor shots.
So don’t forget your diet when preparing for a game. Being full and well-hydrated spells a huge difference between mediocre game and one that’s for the books.
Eat well and drink up for that hole-in-one!