Nutrition for Golfers - How to Eat Well and Enhance Your Game

9th September 2019

Golf, like many any other sporting activities, can burn a fair number of calories. Therefore, nutrition for a golfer is as important as it is to any other athlete. Here are some things to consider when it comes to your diet and nutrition, to ensure you stay at the top of your game.

Eat food dense in nutrients - It may sound obvious, but it really is the most essential change you can make. Going for foods rich in nutrients and low in processed rubbish and sugars will lower your calorie intake while improving the nutritional value of your diet. Adding a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement too will also help to give your nutrition a boost.

Food Groups – It helps to be in the know about food groups such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. All of these, including ‘healthy’ non-saturated fats, are essential in any golfer’s diet. Carbohydrates help with energy and protein helps with muscle and injury repair.

Fluid - Making sure your fluid intake is adequate is vital. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout your game, especially during the summer. And as tempting as it may be, that beer or two on the course may be best avoided to prevent dehydration.

Keep Healthy Sugar Levels - The last thing you want is having a dizzy spell halfway around the course because you didn’t eat properly beforehand and are experiencing an energy crash. Research low GI foods, such as wholemeal grains and potatoes, and ensure you’ve eaten well before you begin your game

Lifestyle Away From The Course - Don’t forget nutrition is something you have to keep up, both on and off the course. Eating a balanced diet as well as maintaining a good sleeping pattern is important. Alcohol and caffeine consumption should be kept to a minimum too as these hinder sleep patterns, moods and overall health.