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.
Daily wellness is a term that encompasses many different aspects of how you are feeling, in this case as an athlete, and a golfer. At AMI Sports we monitor daily wellness through your self-report measures of:
- Sleep duration and quality
- Energy levels
- Motivation to practice / play / train
- Recovery from previous golf / training
- Muscle soreness
- Non-golf related stress
These measures all play a part in helping you and your coaches better understand how your body is responding to your golf, training, and other physical activity as well as your ability to perform in the gym or on the golf course.
Naturally, none of these operate independently of each other and it’s therefore important to monitor your daily wellness over time to see patterns, to draw conclusions, and ultimately adapt your planned practice / golf and training workloads to suit how you are feeling and what the data is telling you and your coaches.
As an example, a fatigued golfer could analyse their average sleep duration over the previous week alongside energy levels and motivation to understand whether they’re getting enough shut eye! If the duration isn’t an issue, but the sleep quality is low then we may need to consider the non-golf stress levels or other reasons this might have changed.
Monitoring each of these components allows you (and your coaches) to put interventions in place that can improve your energy levels and motivation to practice, play and train. Knowing if the non-golf stress levels are high may not give us the full picture, however, it’s a great starting place to a discussion and realizing that changes are likely required in order to optimize you again.
To help with these discussions, the AMI Sports: Golf app allows you to not only log these different measures, but use the Personal Monitoring area and see your ‘Sleep Data’ averages over the past 7, 30 and 90 days providing insights into whether sleep has been an issue over a recent or more sustained period.
Further down in the Personal Monitoring area you can also check out the comparisons between ‘Motivation to Practice/Play/Train & Energy Levels’ and ‘Non-Golf Related Stress & Perceived Recovery’ on the line graphs. These provide important comparisons where answers can be found and discussed further. It makes sense that with lower energy levels, you’re less likely to want to train or play golf. However, if your Strength & Conditioning coach or personal trainer doesn’t know about this, they may continue with the plan to work you hard in the gym and wonder why your performance has dropped!
Finally, built using the latest research1,2, you will notice the different measures consider the perception of both your physical and mental well-being/recovery. Why is this important? Well, as an example, it allows you to see that when stress levels increase it can mean that the golfer’s perception of recovery reduces and vice versa giving you further insight into the root causes. Therefore, building some stress relieving activities (such as yoga, socialising with family and friends, relaxation etc.) into your week can ultimately help you recover better in time for your next round of golf.
Each of the measures you log on your ‘Daily Wellness Survey’ provide valuable insights to both you and any coaches who are supporting you to optimize your golf. Ensure you log them every day to get the most value from your data and engage in supporting discussions with those who have access to your reports.
Your team on AMI Sports: Golf
Remember to visit the ‘Team Members’ section in your profile and add relevant coaches into ‘My Team’ using their email address. At the start of each week they will automatically receive your weekly AMI Sports: Golf monitoring report.
- Gabbett, T. J., Nassis, G. P., Oetter, E., Pretorius, J., Johnston, N., Medina, D., … & Ryan, A. (2017). The athlete monitoring cycle: a practical guide to interpreting and applying training monitoring data. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(20), 1451-1452.
- Saw, A. E., Main, L. C., & Gastin, P. B. (2016). Monitoring the athlete training response: subjective self-reported measures trump commonly used objective measures: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(5), 281-291.
Dr Ben Langdown is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at The Open University and has published various journal papers in the area of golf and sports science. Specifically, Ben's research focuses on athlete monitoring, warm-up protocols, and training interventions in the sport of golf. Ben is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach for England Golf and over the past 15 years has provided biomechanics and S&C support to golfers from amateurs through to European (Men’s and Ladies’) Tours and a European Senior Tour Season Champion. Ben has presented at 4 World Golf Fitness Summits and the 2018 World Scientific Congress of Golf, where he also acted as an invited review panel member supporting education for >150 academics/coaches. He has delivered various invited keynote workshops with international organisations, including England Golf, The PGAs of GB&I, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia with all adopting his applied approaches. Most recently, Ben has developed the AMI Sports: Golf athlete monitoring app allowing further insight into golfers’ practice, tournaments, training and daily wellbeing.
Tim Roberts is the Director of Science + Innovation at Therabody and the Co-Founder of Scientific Athlete. At Therabody, Tim specializes in the development and execution of effective science and innovation strategies that translate to improved business functions. Prior to this role, Tim was Senior Sports Scientist with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and was based at their laboratory at IMG Academy (2011-2020). He continues to work with golfers at every level in both lab and field settings, whilst collaborating with several international golf organisations. Furthermore, Tim works with professional golfers providing sports science, nutrition, and strength and conditioning support.
Tim has presented two invited presentations at World Golf Fitness Summits and at the inaugural Golf and Health Symposium in 2018. These presentations covered the application of research into nutrition and hydration, sport science methodology and athlete monitoring in golf
In addition to this work in golf he has led the development and execution of both research and applied strategies for athlete monitoring in several other sports including with the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, and elite basketball, soccer, and baseball organisations.