David Lake is a personal trainer at the MyLife studios in Clifton, specializing in the development of golf specific fitness.
As a former Gloucestershire County Champion and County 1st Team player for 10 years, David has a huge amount of experience from both a technical and playing perspective, so is perfectly placed to advise on the best way to fuel your body for good golf.
It's not an uncommon sight to see players preparing for a round by helping themselves to a bacon and sausage roll.
There are even some pros who would happily take on the picture that we can see here.....but is that really the best way of preparing yourself for the round ahead ?
We asked David for his opinion, and not unsurprisingly he said no !!
So why is Nutrition so important ? This is what David had to say....
"There are many reasons why nutrition (eating and drinking well) is important to you but the main reason is for overall health and well-being. After that, factors such as sports performance, which
is what we want to look at here, are important too as it can help you play better golf.
Eating the right foods can help keep your energy levels stable.....the rough diagram gives an indication of the peaks and dips that occur when eating and drinking poorly and what it means to performance.
The blue line shows a diet that is high in bad sugars and fats and low in protein. These foods will be things like chocolate, crisps, cakes, biscuits, white bread, white pasta.
The red line is a diet with plenty of protein, good carbohydrates (sugars) and good fats. Foods like poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, whole meal breads, wide variety of fruit and veg and oils such as olive and coconut.
The important thing that the graph shows are the DIPS, this is where your energy and blood sugar level is at its lowest which makes you far more likely to make poor decisions and/or lose concentration which will cost you shots.
Lets not make things too complicated. The things that you can do to play better and stay healthy are small diet changes like the ones below.
If this seems like too much to take in don’t worry! You don’t have to be perfect, just try and improve little bits one or two at a time.
For example you might do the following:-
Week 1 – Try 2 new vegetables & take a small pot of nuts and seeds around the golf course
Week 2 – Try 2 new fruits, drink plenty of water and have whole meal bread instead of white.
And so on and so on until it’s become a habit. Once it becomes a habit you’d be surprised how easy it is!"
If you have any questions at all about any of the content above, or would like to know more about the ways that taking care of your physical fitness can improve your golf, then you can contact David on 07748 386625.