Well, its officially here...winter! With the clocks changing on Sunday morning we now find ourselves staring out of the window at 5pm and remembering fondly the lovely warm summer evenings when we could play golf until 10pm. This does not have to be the case though, as winter time is a great test of golf and can help you improve in some tricky areas. Does the high winds mean you need to hit some shots lower? Do you need to hit some shots further, now that you do not get more run? These are just some of the things that can help you play better golf. If you want to get your game in great shape for the new season then maybe my Winter Deal is what you need! I am offering 3 hours worth of coaching for just £60 (normal retail prices of £75), which really is a great deal. This offer starts on 1st November and would make either a great Christmas gift for someone or a gift to yourself, I am sure you have worked hard enough this year to treat yourself!
Last week I spoke to you about what sort of food you need to eat whilst you are on the course to help your blood sugar stay constant. Today I am going to talk about what fluids you should drink. Most Pro shops will stock fizzy drinks, sports drinks and water, but which is best for on course? Before we get to that we need to know why we must drink on the course. Over the course of a round of golf excess heat is produced through swinging the club and walking and most of the time the only way to get rid of this excess heat is through our skin (sweating). If we do not replace this fluid we can become dehydrated which can cause exhaustion and fatigue - a loss of body water corresponding to 2% body weight can impair performance.
So drinking not only staves off dehydration and fatigue, but it can help you improve your performance.
Fizzy drinks - These are not the best drink for you out on the course. The large amount of sugar in them can increase your blood sugar levels rapidly, but they will drop just as quickly (blood sugar levels need to be kept constant throughout). There is also a very little amount of carbohydrate in them to replace the energy we may have lost.
Water - Very good to keep you hydrated throughout your game and an essential for everyday life. The water will replace the fluid you lose through sweat, without the added sugar of the fizzy drink - every golfer should have a bottle of water in their golf bag!
Sports Drinks - These are designed to help you rehydrate and improve performance thanks to the carbohydrate, sodium and water in them. The carbohydrate and sodium increases the passage of water through the body.
I tend to drink on most holes, as waiting until you are thirsty is too late, this is a sign that you are already dehydrating. When I play golf I take with me a 500ml bottle of water and a 500ml bottle of sports drink and over the course of a round I will drink a small amount of one, then the other. This keeps my blood sugar levels constant and means I can finish a round as strong as I start.
On Saturday I hold a regular junior coaching session and today I hosted a Junior Half Term Summer Camp. The sessions are a fantastic way to get children into playing golf as we focus a small part of the session on technique, but a lot of time putting their skills to the test in some fun games. Today the kids made up the games, Toilet Challenge(?), Stepping Stones and Motorway. The first was aimed a getting pitch shots to land in specific targets. Stepping Stones involved chipping your ball from one area to the next and Motorway involved playing a bunker shot in between two lines of cones. All the children really enjoyed it and, as a big kid myself, I also had a lot of fun. I have attached some picture from the two sessions.
These sessions are for anyone to attend as the games and coaching points I give can be adapted for and experienced junior or someone just starting. If you would like more information about these then please do not hesitate to contact me. We are holding another half term camp on Friday 31st, please see the picture for more details.
Have a great golfing week
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