Any high performance athlete is always looking for the edge. Whether that is instruction, biomechanics, fitness, mental game or nutrition.
We try to cover all these at GDB. I am actually doing a fair degree of research on cutting-edge golf performance (including all of the above) which I will be sharing in the months to follow.
Today, I wanted to talk a bit about golf nutrition. I mean, think about it for a minute. What do you think of when it comes to golf nutrition? Maybe nothing. Maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a banana. Maybe a power bar.
And how do you know this? Maybe from watching Tiger pull out a banana or reading Golf Digest’s “What’s in the Bag” and seeing what pros have for sacks. It’s all sort of seems ad-hoc.
Actually I wrote about the Athlete’s Performance program center and corresponding book in the article, Core Performance Golf: The Training Program That Will Set Your Game Free, and they have an excellent chapter on golf specific nutrition which you might want to check out.
Currently, there is more and more research on how nutritional supplements can help not just your golf game but your quality of life. The problem is sorta, “Where do I start?” There is just SO much information out there that’s it’s overwhelming. You could spend days looking and reading and feel like you went in a complete circle.
Back to nutrition. So besides the basics, the next level down from PJ sandwiches and bananas and a well-balanced meal that would include something like grilled chicken and a leafy-green salad is to use supplements.
Why use supplements at all? Do you really need them? Well, the short answer is no – probably not. You can get all (most of) your recommended daily allowances by eating a smart, well-balanced meals. We all know what those are.
But supplements are really the key to getting that next layer of performance out of your golf game. Of course, there is an expense. But is your golf performance worth it? I don’t know. You tell me.
Personally, I have been pretty consistent with certain supplements. Like protein supplements. I often have these before and after a round. They are (obviously) high in protein, you can add fruit or flax seed or a table spoon of fish oil and have a cold, low-fat, relative low calorie, power drink that will sustain performance and help promote the efficient growth and repair of muscle tissue.
I usually make these and then throw some ice cubes in the shake container and throw it into the golf bag. Actually the flavors are so good today that you almost don’t have to add anything at all! One note: I actually don’t have good luck using milk with protein powder so I use water instead. Seems just as tasty to me.
Another supplement that is increasingly helpful to golfers is a joint pain supplement. I’m closing in on 50 so I can definitely relate to this area. One that has been really helpful to my game (and health) has been a product called MRM Joint Synergy by NutritionFix.
No longer do I have the dull-aches in my joints after a round. It was recommended to me by a doctor/friend/golfer so figured, “What the heck” – I could always lambast them via the blog here but was extremely surprised in a good way.
Another product pro golfers take regularly are Amino Acid supplements which help with fatigue during performance, reduce muscle soreness and promote recovery, increase endurance and help improve concentration and focus.
This is just an overview of some nutritional products you might start thinking about incorporating as part of your high-performance golf plan.