While golf is not exactly a high-intensity sport, it is still a sport that can deplete your fuel sources when playing a round.
Here are a few recommendations for your next round of golf.
Once you have established level blood sugar before your round of golf, snacks on the course will help maintain blood sugar. The biggest mistake I see is a player waiting too long to eat a snack >> Shoot for every 4-6 holes.
Oftentimes a player will wait until he or she has symptoms such as shaky hands or feeling lightheaded before eating a snack. If you wait this long it is too late and it may take several holes for symptoms to subside.
Follow these guidelines when on the course:
· Drink water at every hole with Celtic sea salt
· Eat easily digestible foods
· Avoid high GI foods such as chips, crackers, pretzels, and candy
· Avoid all sugar drinks – (many sports drinks have too much sugar)
· If eating fruit, always combine it with nuts
BEST SNACKS ON THE COURSE
- Any jerky – beef, bison, deer, elk, turkey
- Nuts and seeds
- Cup of chicken salad at the turn
- Trail mix with dried fruit
- Sliced bell peppers
- Carrot and celery stick with peanut butter
Hopefully, this helps you finish the last few holes strong and win the final bets instead of being ‘juiced’ and giving it all away.
Hit em’ straight,
Dr. Wade Roberts is a contributing writer for Central Links Golf. Dr. Roberts is the owner of Roberts PT, a golf PT and Performance Center in Kansas City. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. He then earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Lynchburg College. Dr. Roberts is able to provide specialized therapies for a variety of patients but has a special interest in decreasing pain, increasing speed, and achieving longevity in the golf community.