Nutrition Tips from The Masters
This week, the very best golfers in the world will be teeing it up at Augusta. So what role does nutrition play in their preparations and what can we learn from them?
- Stay Relaxed
It’s every golfer’s dream to compete at Augusta, and so with it comes huge anticipation, excitement and nerves. Which makes it difficult to stomach anything. Here’s how Shane Lowry recalls the day of his first win on the European Tour:
“That morning, I couldn’t eat my breakfast. I got to the golf course and Neil (his coach, Neil Manchip) brought me into the players’ lounge and forced me to eat.”
Lots of players will rent themselves a house close to the course for the tournament and surround themselves with friends, family, coaches and maybe their own chef. Some even take a private jet!
- Stay hydrated
A player may well be too preoccupied to remember to drink enough. So a good caddy will keep an eye on how much their player is drinking, and encourage them to stay topped up. This REALLY matters, because dehydration negatively impacts motor skills & decision-making abilities2 .
According to caddy Jude O’Reilly, who caddied for Henrik Stenson at Augusta:
“Every so often I’d take the water bottle out of the bag, unscrew the top and just hand it to Henrik. Its really important to know what your player needs, and anticipate it…. even if they don’t know it yet themselves.”
- Start the day with a good breakfast
The idea here is fill up your energy stores, so that you’re not going to be famished half way through your round. Low GI foods are popular, because they’re broken down slowly and so release their energy gradually over time. Tiger Woods breakfast of choice is an omelette with vegetables, while others will have scrambled eggs or porridge topped with berries, nuts and seeds or pancakes topped with things like berries, nut butter and Greek yogurt:
- Snack often
Lots of players will try to keep nibbling at something regularly during to try keep their blood sugar at a steady level, because once you’re feeling hungry your concentration will already be affected. You’ll find lots of bananas in player’s bags, together with bars maybe a sandwich and of course bags of nuts and trail mix – Yes, we’ve got several customers playing in The Masters this week! Here’s a few shots taken yesterday by a caddy friend of ours at Augusta…
- Refuel After
You’d expect a player to be completely exhausted after their round at Augusta, but this isn’t always the case according to caddy Jude O’Reilly, as adrenalin and “event juice” still tends to be flowing which may mask other energy levels.
But the countdown to their next round has already started, and it’s important to kickstart the recovery and repair processes ASAP by eating a good mix of carbohydrates and protein. A meal at this point would be ideal, but according to caddy Jude O’Reilly lots of players will want to go straight back to the driving range to hit shots and “debrief” so he’ll hand them something to at least keep them going:
“I will always recommend 500ml – 1 litre water as soon as possible to finish, as well as a high quality snack to provide a bridge to their next meal. “
Enjoy the great spectacle and look out for our ProMix tubes! Hoping we might have a winner this year! 😉
- Mumford et al., Med Sci Sports Exerc 48(1): 132-138.
- O’Keefe et al., 2008. J Am Coll Cardiol 51(3): 249-255.
- Gaesser et al., 2012. Am J Lifestyle Med 6(1): 4-13.