Education

Three goals for optimal hydration

How much impact does your fluid intake have on golf performance?

Probably a lot more than you think!

Hydration is one of those areas that golfers often overlook but one that can potentially destroy a round! In a number of athletic populations dehydration has been shown to reduce cognitive function (Grandjean & Grandjean, 2007; Wittbrodt & Millard-Stafford, 2018) – a pretty important factor that golfers need optimized out on the course!

In this blog we present recommendations based on research evidence and three goals to help optimize your hydration strategy and maintain performance on the course.

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Education

Five areas to optimize you and your golf

Ben Hogan, Mickey Wright, Sam Snead, Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Dame Laura Davies, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Se Ri Pak, Bryson DeChambeau…Over the years there have been many, many golfers who have changed the face of the game and, among other great achievements, have led to the adoption of various practices being employed as strategies for improved performance.

As sports science research and applied practice has developed, so too has the engagement of golfers seeking to gain advantages out on the course and indeed, some of the names above have contributed to professionals of the sport not only being viewed as golfers, but as athletes too. We have previously presented advice on where athletes of the game should be looking to monitor and optimize the moderators of internal load; these link directly to some of the areas we discuss here.

In this blog we present five areas that can help to optimize you, the golfer and ultimately, the athlete.

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Education

Ten tips to help optimize your sleep and improve your golf

In our previous blogs we have discussed ‘How do you plan for those early tee times?’, exploring how sleep quality and duration have a part to play in performance on the course and we’ve presented that sleep is one of the moderators of internal load.

How do you ensure you give yourself the best chance of a full, undisturbed, night of sleep?

By looking after your ‘Sleep Hygiene’, that’s how!

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Education

Optimize your golf with a dose of daily wellness

Even with a sweetly struck drive, it’s obvious that an old, cut up golf ball won’t perform optimally in the air, or roll true on the smooth, freshly cut putting surface of each green. In the same vein, a tired, stressed, and demotivated golfer won’t perform at their best either!

Having read the title, you may be wondering, what does ‘daily wellness’ have to do with golf? In fact, what does ‘daily wellness’ even mean?! In this blog we will focus on the importance of understanding and logging specific items each day and how, ultimately, this can improve your golf.

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Education

Five reasons to use live practice monitoring on the driving range

New goals are often set at the end of the year, and/or at the end of the playing season, in preparation for the next, and this is no different in golf. With good intentions to keep a record of all your golf practice, you open the first page in a brand-new notebook. You log your driving range session from earlier in the day, recalling the clubs used and the number of shots hit, filling the neatly drawn table ready for your stats. Like most New Year resolutions, you start with excitement at creating something useful, high motivation to use the data, and looking forward to making it your best golf season yet. However, whether or not you manage to maintain the motivation to record months’ worth of practice sessions (accurately!) or in fact never bought a notebook to start with, have you then ever considered how you would have used the data?

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Education

Golfers, what priorities are you focusing on in the gym?

It’s clear that strength and conditioning is an important part of any serious golfer’s routine. You only have to look at the transformation to Bryson DeChambeau to see the impact a training program  (and arguably a nutrition plan) can have on performance. However, the specifics of how you train and how much you train (frequency, intensity and volume) can have a big impact on how efficiently and effectively you achieve your goals of increasing performance and reducing the risk of injury. With this in mind, have you ever considered – what do you want your weekly, 30 day and 90 day S&C priorities to look like? i.e what are you trying to achieve by working out?

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Education, Support

Golf & Technology: The Future

Performance in golf has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Technological advances have led to new materials, construction methods, and the use of artificial intelligence, that together produce golf clubs and golf balls that help us hit further, straighter, and stop the ball faster. Technology has also changed the way players are custom fit for their clubs and how they practice, with launch monitors commonplace on driving ranges around the world.

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