NUTRITION Focus on Food

By Golf Fitness MagazineOctober 30, 2008, 4:00 pm
Do you ever have trouble concentrating during your game? Does the heat get to you and you lose all focus and miss what should be easy shots? This could have something to do with what you are eating and drinking before and during your game. If you want to concentrate better on your swing, start to focus on the food going into your body and you will see improvements in your game.
 
Timing
Eating something before you tee off is vital to your focus throughout the game. Carbohydrates are your brains preferred fuel source, so make sure you eat something that is primarily carbs at least an hour or two before you tee off. In addition to the carbs, mix in a bit of protein and fat, too. Try to eat something every 3-4 hours, so if you ate breakfast an hour or two before you tee off, you will need a snack during play. Pack something healthy so you dont have to rely on the snack cart and the potential nutritional disasters waiting for you there.
 
Hydration
Even slight dehydration can cause you to lose mental focus and make you feel fatigued. Drink at least 16 ounces of water before you tee off and 4-8 ounces every 15-20 minutes during play. You can choose water or a sports beverage'either one will hydrate you and keep you focused on your shot.
Even though a cold beer sounds good during play, it is going to inhibit your concentration and dehydrate you. Even just one beer can impair your ability to focus and perform, especially on those all important puts.
 
Nutrients
Certain nutrients have been found in research studies to assist in memory, focus, and concentration.
 
B Vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B6, B12)

These help your body produce energy within its trillions of cells. In some recent studies, folic acid has been shown to improve cognitive function and may help prevent Alzheimers disease. B vitamins are found in grain products (bread, cereal, pasta), wheat germ, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. B Vitamins are abundant in our food supply.
 
Antioxidants and Phytochemicals

These naturally occurring plant substances help keep your brain sharp and may preserve brain cells. They help kill off free radicals that attack your cells, helping to maintain healthy brain cells. Antioxidants and phytochemicals are found in fruits (especially high in berries, apples, citrus, cherries, melons), vegetables (especially high in legumes, spinach, broccoli, peppers, onions, asparagus, potatoes, sweet potatoes), whole grains, and nuts and seeds.
 
Omega-3 fatty acids
 
These healthy fats are good for brain development and function. Specifically, the DHA in omega-3s is found in the brain and studies show that omega-3s may actually help build the brains gray matter. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish (especially salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna), ground flax seeds, walnuts, fortified eggs, and other fortified foods (read labels).
 
Choline
 
This is an essential nutrient that we dont hear much about. It has been shown to help with memory and maintaining and building healthy brain cells. Choline is found in egg yolks, peanuts/peanut butter, lettuce, cauliflower, and soy lecithin.
 
Here are some ideas of meals and snacks to eat before or during your game. These are high in carbs, but have some protein and fat and contain at least one of the nutrients listed above.

    Whole grain toast with an egg or peanut butter and a piece fruit
    whole grain bagel with light cream cheese, smoked salmon, and a slice of tomato and onion
    Smoothie with milk (or soy milk), fresh berries, and a tablespoon each of soy lecithin granules and ground flaxseed
    Cottage cheese and fresh fruit
    Whole grain cereal, milk, and a banana or berries
    Oatmeal made with milk and fresh berries
    Veggie omelet with whole wheat toast
    Turkey sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato and fruit salad
    Chefs salad with low calorie dressing and whole wheat roll
    Snacks: banana, apple, grapes, nutrition bar, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, trail mix (dried fruit and nuts), fruit leather, granola bar.

 
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.