Endurance for Golf – Avoiding an Energy Crisis


Ever noticed that during your 18 holes of golf, fatigue of one sort or another begins to creep in, possibly even affecting your performance? Here are a few things that you can do (some easier than others!) to help combat the “droops”:

  • Stay hydrated. Mild-moderate dehydration can cause fatigue. Water is the best thirst quencher, but in very hot weather you may want to consider a sports drink with added electrolytes. Whether caffeine contributes to total body water deficits due to its diuretic effect is a matter of continued research.
  • Incorporate some aerobic/endurance activity into your life on a consistent basis. This will keep you up to the task of going up those hills or otherwise chasing your ball, both in terms of muscle endurance in your legs, and lung capacity.
  • Do a warm-up prior to playing, and then some stretching in order to loosen up (i.e., lengthen) any tight muscles. This is an important part of promoting efficiency of movement in your swing, which translates to energy saved during your round. Another thought: at the halfway point, loosen up again, and do some more stretching. The repetitive nature of the golf swing may cause you to tighten up again as you play.
  • Do some abdominal and back strengthening exercises on a regular basis. This can be a HUGE help in promoting good, efficient posture, and protecting your lower back from injury or cumulative fatigue as your round progresses.
  • EAT! Choose a snack during your round that provides some protein (to keep you satiated and blood sugar more consistent) and carbohydrate (to keep your muscles and brain fueled for the activity).

All the best

© 2013-2020 Kristen Carter.  All rights reserved. Kristen holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and is a Certified Health Coach and Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Professional.

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