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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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”