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Golf Australia Express : Issue 4
In this week’s issue of OTG CLUTCH SHOTS IN HISTORY PLUS Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here ALSO 5 GREATEST EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome to the first edition of On The Green. We’re excited to bring you a weekly wrap-up of global golf from the past 7 days as well as a preview into this week’s upcoming events. We’re excited to show you the most picturesque golf courses from across the globe in all their spectacular glory. We’re even excited to show you the latest golf gear available and present you unbiased reviews of these products so you have confi- dence when throwing your hard earned down for a new addition to your bag. But most of all, we’re excited to put the fun of golf back on the radar. For too long this sport has been dictated by what we at OTG like to call, the Stale Brigade. These old farts who tell us we’re not welcome on their fairways unless we’re dressed like their 80-year-old selves, or have plain white socks on when we play because colour is offensive.(Of course, we all know white socks make you play better.) So here we are, ready to shake things up a tad so that you, the real golfer, can enjoy and share this great game on your terms. Golf belongs to everyone. It’s high time we started shouting that fact. See you on the greens. DAMIAN SHUTIE Research has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that eating is important. In fact, several sports nutrition sites suggest professional athletes need to take a long, hard look at their nutritional habits before a major. And what is a major if not a Big Match? We’re all about the Big Match. Many of you will have noticed Mike Harwood gleefully gulping Guinness from the crystalwear at Sandwich, but what do you think got him there? Television? I don’t think so. Having left the leprechauns at the last green, his post win antics displayed the habits of a man familiar with the finer points of Modern Nutritional Wisdom. All the science suggests that you should really start hydrating a full week before the game. That Big Matches often fall on a Saturday is surely more than coincidence— I think someone knew what they were doing when they came up with this game. Listen to their mute advice¬—pop down the local and sort through a couple to really nail home your purpose and lay the foundations of conviction. This is hydration taken to a new level, and you may well find yourself wondering if there can be Too Much of a Good Thing. There can’t. Have another one and get on with it. You are on the path to victory and must let nothing stand in your way. When you wake the next day— T144 or so—do not worry about how you feel. You are not the first to wake a bit stiff and sore from Athletic Overexertion. If anything, it is a sign that you are well and truly off on the right foot. Continue to maintain a regular hydration regime throughout the week and you will have overcome one of the major hurdles in sport—malnutrition. Many scientists mention the need to keep your carbs up—a burger from the local fish’n’chippery is a great way to get these essential dietary requirements into your system. This is probably not convenient every night, but make sure you get at least one in before T24. If you have been strict on yourself, you should find yourself, by T24 or so, in fairly good shape. Many people will suggest you should get an early night, and there’s probably something to this, especially if Tee0 is early in the morning. However, and as always, do not forget to look after your fluids. Glucose seems to get a big wrap with the nutritionalists, so mixing with Coke is a good idea. It is also important to make sure you consider the nature of the food you eat. Clearly, you need high energy and nutritious food, but it is also worth considering the nature of the day before you. EHV (or Extremely Hot Vindaloo) is not wise, unless the course is particularly well-appointed. As a final tip, many have found a cheeky six-pack in the bag to be an excellent hydrationary tool once you hit the course— anecdotal evidence suggests a number of advantages to this trick, especially if you have hit the driving range (against best advice) earlier in the week. An almost cold one may calm frayed nerves. Meanwhile, remember the key: only a well sustained body can house a calm mind. And only a calm mind can find the four-leaved clover on the first tee. OTG IF EVER THERE’S A TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR EATING AND DRINKING HABOTS, THE LEAD-UP TO THE BIG GAME IS IT, WRITES WILL HONE. THE NUTRITIONIST with Will Hone IN HONING