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Golf is a game of patience, focus, and skill. It can be both frustrating and rewarding, depending on how you approach it. Whether you're new to the game or just looking to improve, there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success on the fairway.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next 18 holes:
1. Get a good night’s sleep before your game.
Despite its reputation as a sedentary sport, playing 18 holes of golf can be taxing on your body and your mind. It’s important to prepare properly just like you would before any other athletic endeavor.
The average length of a golf course is 6,500 yards, and the average person walks 4-5 miles during a round of golf, which means you will be walking for quite some time. It’s no fun to be dragging through the last nine, so be sure to hit the sack early!
2. Eat a healthy breakfast on game day.
Just like you would prepare for any other race or sport with a fueling breakfast, what you eat before your round of golf becomes the energy you bring to the game. Whether it’s a banana, oatmeal or an energy bar, the fuel you give your body will help you sustain your energy levels and avoid mid-game. Consider bringing along some healthy snacks in your golf bag and be sure to drink plenty of water along the course.
3. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
If it’s hot out, be sure to wear light, breathable clothing. If it’s cold, dress in layers so you can adjust as needed. Even if it is warm, consider stowing a lightweight long-sleeved top. You never know if the 19th hole (aka clubhouse) will be chilly when you celebrate your win with lunch or après-game drinks. Check the forecast before you tee off so you’re prepared for whatever the day may bring. The right gear and proper golf accessories can make all the difference in your performance on the course. And, of course, don’t forget the sun protection! Slather on SPF or stow some KINONA sleeves or thigh highs in your golf bag to protect your skin.
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4. Stretch before you tee off.
The belief that golf is an easy sport that requires little physical stamina is outdated! By warming up your muscles, you can prevent injury, limber up for better swings, and prep your body for the physical task ahead. Do basic stretches like arm circles, toe touches, and side bends and take a few practice swings so your body gets in the mode to play.
5. Stay hydrated throughout the day.
When you golf, you’re working different muscle groups and, just as you hydrate after a massage, your muscles benefit from the extra hydration. Water helps your muscles repair and perform at peak. Bring a water bottle (or two) with you and take sips regularly. Avoid sugary drinks like soda, which can make you more tired. Even if you aren’t thirsty, drink up!. We promise, it will make your post game more comfortable and it’s a treat your body needs as you power through 18 holes.
6. Pace yourself.
Golf is a game of patience, so there’s no need to rush. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. A lot of work goes into building and maintaining beautiful courses. One of the best parts of the game is getting to enjoy nature and the quiet as you plan your next shot. Take a deep breath and have a break if you feel tired. Don’t feel pressure to keep going if your body or your mind are telling you to sit down, have a snack and rest for a few minutes. There is zero shame in letting the next person play through while you enjoy time spent slowing down in the beauty of a well-designed course.
7. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Golf is supposed to be enjoyable, so be sure to relax and enjoy yourself. Enjoy good conversation with your group, be gentle and kind to yourself, and revel in the enjoyment of a perfect day on the course. That’s truly what it’s all about. Any avid golfer will tell you to let go of the bad shots, celebrate the wins, and enjoy the game. Get out there and have fun playing your next 18 holes!
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