Fueling The Body For Optimum Performance

By Katherine RobertsMay 17, 2007, 4:00 pm
Fueling the body for golf as well as in your exercise program is essential for peak performance. Eating and drinking the appropriate nutrients needed to build muscle in your yoga practice, repair broken down tissue during days of rest as well as maintain endurance on the course is often the difference between success and failure.
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Lets take a look at the various ways you can fuel your body:
 
Protein: beef, poultry, fish, dairy, vegetables, legumes and nuts
 
Carbohydrates: the main supply of energy to the body, stored and utilized as calories.
 
  • Simple carbohydrates such as fruits, sugars give you the quick, immediate blast of energy.

  • Complex carbohydrates such whole grain breads, vegetables and legumes are appropriate for a slow, longer caloric burn.

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    Water: the ultimate resource. Your body is primarily composed of water and hydration is essential for muscle and brain function. On the course supplement your water with appropriate products that replace your vitamins and electrolytes. Personally, I use a powder formula added to water called Emergen-C, found in most healthy grocery stores. Drink a minimum of sixty-four ounces of water a day , more if playing a round of golf in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
     
    A few quick tips and guidelines for optimal nutrition, on and off the course:
     
    The objective is to maintain a consistent blood sugar level throughout the day. Foods such as sugar, white flour, fruit juices and alcohol temporarily elevate blood sugar levels and cause your body to crash after the burst of energy is depleted.
     
    VIDEO: Energy on the Course
     
    The best way to maintain your blood sugar levels are as follows:
     
    Eat five to six small meals a day vs. three large meals, especially a big dinner. This process keeps the bodies metabolism boosted and stops the body from thinking it is being starved. A starved body holds onto fat, yes, holds onto fat!
     
    A word on carbohydrates ' eat them in the morning when you have the opportunity to burn off the calories during the day.
     
    Always eat breakfast. You are literally breaking the fast from eight hours of sleep.
     
    Preparation is the key to success ' eating for the golf course
     
    Prepare by eating a solid, well rounded meal before your round (not too big a meal) and bring snacks with you or purchase food during the round. Some good choices for snacks are nuts, bananas, the turkey from the turkey sandwich (leave the white bread for the birds).
     
    One more note: When playing in cold weather the body burns more calories your metabolism is working harder to maintain body temperature. Increase your caloric intake and remember that proper hydration is an important factor while playing in colder temperatures.
     
    For a list of suggested snacks for the course check out my website @www.YogaforGolfers.comand click onto Performance tips.
     
    With awareness of the proper food choices and a little preparation, you will get the edge you need to perform on the course, maintain mental focus and endurance.
     
    See you next week on The Turn as well as on The Monday after the Masters tournament.
     
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.