With Daylight Saving Time comes longer afternoons and more opportunities to play 36 holes – if you’re up for it. But since playing 36 holes in a day can be a grueling endeavor, here are some tips to get you through:
1) Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. Getting enough rest can sometimes be difficult, but getting plenty of sleep is key to maintaining your stamina and alertness during the day.
2) Eat something healthy for breakfast and lunch, and stay hydrated on the course. You want to make sure you’re eating and drinking enough food and water before your first round to provide the energy you will need. You never want to overdo it with a greasy giant breakfast or lunch. You want to give your body something it can handle throughout the course of the day. Getting a light lunch after the first round is great, but you don’t really want to sit down for a lengthy period of time. If there is a wait prior to the next round, roll some putts or hit some chips, and do everything you can to stay fresh without over-exerting yourself.
3) Remember it is going to be a long day. Take it one shot at a time. Keep in mind that there is plenty of golf to play throughout the day. If you hit a bad shot, try to put that in the back of your mind and know you have plenty of time to make it up with lots of good shots. Staying on the course for a long time can take a toll on your mind, especially if your mindset is a negative one. Embrace the long day ahead – having a positive outlook on the day will help you stay focused on all 36 holes.
Tom Burley is the Head PGA Professional at Indian Wells Golf Resort.