Since last weeks blog, I have had a good amount of lessons whilst still finding the time to take a trip to Hull fair, sadly I didn't win a 6 foot monkey like I did last year (see the picture!!). Hull fair always brings happy memories back from my childhood. I also managed to watch my beloved Liverpool FC use a get out of jail free card at the weekend with the unlikely victory against QPR, but I am very worries about the Madrid game on Wednesday night!.
The main topic for this weeks blog came to me whilst I was sat having my breakfast at 5am Saturday morning getting ready for a day in the shop. Eating my bowl of porridge with sunflower seeds and honey, I was thinking about what we eat whilst we are on the course (sad I know!) When working in the shop, I often see people buying Mars bars, Snickers etc. to eat half way around the course. As far as replacing lost energy goes, this is a good start.......but it can be better. Over the course of a round of golf, we can walk 5 miles and burn up to 1500 calories, depending on whether we carry our bags or have an electric trolley. Do you know how many calories are in a Mars bar? I bet only a handful of you have looked on the back of the wrapper to check! Lets just say that you end up with a deficit of 1275 calories that you have used and not replaced. Although many of you may think that this deficit is a good thing, lack of energy may cost you shots on the golf course. If you have such a deficit, by the time that you reach the 16th hole your blood sugar level can be so low that you can start feeling tired, lose concentration and hit bad shots....... which could cost you your round!
Whilst studying for my degree in PE, and training with the PGA, I have found research proving that you should try to maintain a fairly constant blood sugar level whilst playing golf. I am pretty sure that only a few of you will have a device to measure your blood sugar, you will all know the feeling of being low on energy.
We can try to maintain a relatively stable blood sugar level with what we eat and drink on the course. The best way of maintaining this consistent level is to eat food that slowly releases energy, eating little and often. So rather than stopping half way and just eating a Mars bar, you should look to eat foods such as flapjack, nuts and bananas every two or three holes. Even though the flapjack has a higher calorie content, your body will receive energy at a slower rate rather than the short energy boost that a chocolate bar will give you. When I go out to play, I always take with me at least one flapjack, a bottle of water and an energy drink rather than a fizzy drink. I will go into more detail about fluids in next weeks blog!
As all parents will know, next week is half term and I am running two junior camps, one on Monday 27th and the other on Friday 31st, 1pm-4pm. The camps will cover loads of different golfing skills and be lots of fun! Cost is only £10 for the 3 hours and refreshments are provided. If you want to book your child's place then please send me an email, phone me or contact me through the Pro shop.
Its that time of year to start thinking about Christmas (sorry!!) and what you will get for your loved ones in your life. I am offering an exciting deal for the festive season, three hours of couching with me for just £60 (£15 saving!)
You are able to buy this deal now in my online shop and lessons can be taken any time between November 1st 2014 and March 31st 2015.
Have a great golfing week
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