Your annual Myrtle Beach golf trip is always one of the most anticipated weeks of the year, but if we are being honest it can also be physically demanding.
Playing at least 18 holes of golf on four consecutive days and trying to get by on short sleep, all while having a couple cold drinks with the boys, is taxing. If you want to survive and dare I say thrive on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip, here are five tips to help ensure you are physically and mentally prepared to play your best golf.
– Hydrate before and during your trip. You can’t drink too much water, especially if you are planning to burn the midnight oil. Whether you are in the golf cart or in the club, drink water along with every alcoholic beverage you have. It’s a decision that will pay dividends the next morning. Even if you don’t drink booze, make water consumption a priority.
– Be prepared for pain. Make sure you pack plenty of aspirin, sunscreen, Icy Hot and anything else that can help prevent or offset the aches and pain that come with playing 72+ holes of golf in a short window.
– For most of us, it’s a given that we aren’t going to eat well. Who needs salad when hot dogs at the turn, chicken wings and a seafood buffet are reasonable alternatives? With that in mind, try to pack or buy healthy snacks. A bag of almonds or a protein bar can bolster on course energy, helping you avoid a lapse that could be costly.
– Commit to a proper warm up and stretching before each round. It’s easy, especially late in a trip, to show up at the first tee and start swinging away, but don’t do it. For starters you aren’t likely to play as well and you are much more likely to pull a muscle, especially in your back. It doesn’t matter how late you stay up or how tired you are, leave time to properly warm up.
– If all else fails and you are dragging, try to make time for a quick nap. You don’t need to block out an entire afternoon but give yourself 30 minutes to rest; you might be surprised at what a difference it makes.
Follow these five tips and you will be well positioned to survive the minor aches, pain and fatigue that sometimes accompany a golf trip.