Do you ever get to the last five holes and suddenly your energy drops off and your score goes downhill? It can be frustrating when you’re on to get your handicap cut and have been playing well the entire round. Granted, part of this dip in performance could stem from nerves starting to kick in. But mostly, it’s down to your golfing nutrition.

I would bet not many of you could say you drink at least 1.5 litres of un-sugared water whilst playing 18 holes, or, take food with you which gives you a slow and steady release of energy. Instead, it’s all too easy to pop into the pro-shop and pick up a coffee or energy drink along with a couple of chocolate bars to keep you going through the round. The fact is, a Lucozade and Mars bar will not keep you going for the entire round. Due to their high glycaemic index, they’re spiking your energy for the first few holes, but then suddenly dropping to lower than when you started going into the back 9. Hence why 8/10 people experience a lack of focus and concentration through the final quarter of the round.

My challenge to you, is to take at least a 1.5 litre bottle of still water, a bag of nuts like almonds or cashews and a couple of bananas out on the golf course with you next weekend and track how your concentration and energy feels throughout the round. If you’re feeling really motivated, you could even have a bowl of porridge before your round! By doing this, not only will you massively improve your performance, but also your overall health! Consume better, play better!