What should I eat to play better golf?
Hunger can be a serious issue for elite golfers. It’s slow going in a competition like The Masters, so a round will typically take five hours. But every player will typically spend at least an hour on the driving range and putting green beforehand. So its often 6 hours since they’ve a proper meal.
— David Dusek (@Golfweek_Dusek) October 23, 2014
That’s why on-the-go snacking is so critical for golfers to help keep their energy levels up. You’ll rarely see it on television, but pretty much all the players snack at several points during their round. Typically they’ll have a quick nibble while they’re walking up the fairway having just hit a drive. But it doesn’t make good television, so the director usually cuts to someone holing a difficult putt or nailing a drive.
But lots of amateurs don’t eat at all while they play, while lots of players are eating foods with a high-glycemic index can cause a sugar rush and then a crash. This is potentially disastrous during a game of golf, when focus and concentration are so important and margins so tiny.
So what should you eat? Well, a slow energy release snack could provide performance benefits to golfers, according to University of Limerick researcher Dr Mark Campbell:
In performance events such as golf the slow release of energy is key, without causing large fluctuations in blood glucose or insulin.
Trail mixes are very popular with US players in particular, including Tigers Woods, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar. But do trail mixes really provide slow release energy? We wanted to find out, so we commissioned a study at the University of Limerick. Extensive research was conducted at their Golf Research Facility as well as in the field at Lahinch Golf Club. The results suggests that our ProMix mixture of chopped nuts, seeds and fruit provides the type of slow-release energy that golfers require:
The main finding from this investigation is that the ingestion of Wyldsson Promix, in terms of energy provision, provides sustainable energy for golf.
Quantifying performance improvements in golf is notoriously difficult, requiring huge sample sizes and strictly controlled conditions to provide definitive conclusions. The study conducted by Dr. Campbell was a pilot study with a small sample size but nonetheless there was an interesting observation – subjects who ate ProMix while playing drove the ball 5 metres further than those who ate a chocolate snack bar.
We don’t find this surprising. The ball travels farthest when it’s struck with the centre of the club face – known as the “sweet spot”. This becomes more difficult towards the end of a round, when a player is fatigued. Since ProMix is providing the player with sustained energy, we suspect that it is helping them maintain better focus right through the round – mental focus in particular.
So why choose ProMix?
1. Taste – it actually tastes great… so you’ll actually want to eat it. Plus we’ve got a range of 10 mixes, so there’s loads of variety. Where else can you find trail mix with really interesting stuff like Californian Pomegranate, Golden Berries and Barberries?!).
2. No junk – lots of supermarket trail mixes use “candied fruits”, which as well as being high in sugar taste boring.
3. Convenience – because we use chopped nuts and fruit, you can pour it easily into your mouth straight from our novel tubes – you don’t have to use your potentially dirty fingers.
Golf Nutrition Tips:
1. Pick a trail mix that you’ll actually want to eat, otherwise you won’t bother
2. Ditch the sugary cereal bars, crisps and jelly beans
3. If you really want a sandwich, choose wholegrain bread
4. Fruit is always good, but make sure you’ve got some lower gi options too
5. Plan in advance, otherwise you’ll pick up whatever is closest to hand
6. Stay hydrated, with water rather than sugary sports drinks
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