As I continue to expand my blog and my writing, opportunity continues to knock on my door. I was deeply honored to be contacted by USGolfTV.com recently, which has grown into a partnership that is allowing me to write more about the sport I love - GOLF.
USGolfTV is a website dedicated to golf tips, education and news. The website has grown quickly over the past several years and its coverage of everything from golf merchandise to the PGA tour attracts all types of readers.
In the last couple of weeks, I've reviewed two golf fashion and clothing brands. Antigua and My Golf Locker.
Check out both of my articles here and let me know what you want to read next!
Here I am, almost to the end of the Gallon Water Challenge and what a serious challenge the last two weeks have been. It's no doubt that drinking more than 100 ounces of water a day has been incredibly beneficial. From feeling hydrated after maybe one too many drinks to the energy and healthy feeling, this challenge has demonstrated a lot to me.
For one, there are negative effects and serious issue when considering taking in more water. This is especially important for athletes and really active people who sweat a lot to keep in mind. Something to be aware of is hyponatremia. More water intake can dilute the amount of sodium in your body, which can be a serious problem if you're sweating out all of your salt.
How can you combat this? Make sure you're also drinking high-sodium or sports drinks during and after workouts. If you're doing a long-distance race or know that you'll be sweating for a long period of time, consider making sure you're well hydrated the days leading up to the event, then definitely make sure you're getting enough sodium intake during the race.
All in all, do your research and be aware of your body. If too much water has you feeling dizzy or is giving you headaches, then tone it down a bit.
One of the awesome things you'll start to learn from more water is that you'll feel hydrated going into each day and especially when you wake up. If you're waking up feeling incredibly thirsty, then consider amping up your water intake. As for me, this challenge has showed me that drinking close to a gallon of water a day is probably enough. I will aim for 100 ounces, which will be easily accomplished by drinking about 18 ounces every 2 hours.
And of course, remember that you should always hydrate before, after and during workouts. Some tips for hydrating after a workout:
Are you up for the Gallon Water Challenge? Send me your opinions and thoughts on Twitter @TheGolferBabe!
Apologies, if this get's a little difficult to follow... You can read my first two updates from the beginning of my journey to the 30 day Gallon Water Challenge below.
I'm almost half way through this challenge and as mentioned before, drinking a gallon of water a day actually isn't as hard I thought it would be. I use my 16 oz. water bottle (pictured below) everyday and like clockwork fill it up every hour and a half. By the end of the day, I'm probably drinking a little over a gallon, but there are some things that it has helped with immensely.
In my previous update, I mentioned more energy and faster recovery. Well, it turns out there is also something it's helping me recover from... drinking too much alcohol and being hungover. I remember when I used to drink a glass of wine and feel super groggy and tired the next morning. Not anymore. Even after a few glasses of wine, I wake up feeling fantastic the next day.
Ok, so don't judge me. My husband and I have had a lot to celebrate recently. He's turning 30 this month and so we've sort of used it as an excuse to really enjoy every dinner and every nice outing. With that, I look forward to his actual celebration night when I will be able to limit the alcohol (too busy drinking water) and waking up feeling nice and sparkly the next day. Wahoo! Just keep adding all of these great benefits to the list.
How has this affected my golf? We golfed twice last weekend, thanks to the long holiday, which set me up for some changes. I am usually a culprit of usually not stopping to use the restroom during a round of golf. However, my new habit of guzzling water consistently every hour and a half means that I will need bathroom breaks at least every two hours. If you do the math, I'm in the clubhouse before a round, in the middle and at the end. But hey, it's not a big deal because it turns out that I'm staying hydrated throughout the round even in the summer when it's not so easy.
More to come later... Thanks for reading!
No matter how long you’ve been golfing, you have probably gone through dozens of iterations of your swing. You’ve gotten in a funk. You’ve completely lost your swing. Then, of course, you’ve had days when you were just hot and hit the ball so well you remembered why you come back every time.
Through any type of golf lesson, learning how to play golf and improving your game requires the understanding that a swing and golf game is constantly evolving. Things change. Each day is different. You must be willing to fine tune your body. That’s also why you must be careful when taking the Tathata 60-Day Training, or any other golf lesson for that matter, to the course.
The beauty of golf is that it requires a lot of concentration, patience and dedication. It’s pretty easy to give the game those few things, especially if you have the bug. You know, the bug. (Read my favorite story of Jordan Speith catching the bug, here.) The thing that keeps you addicted and obsessed with the game. But, what takes the ultimate patience, is sticking with it even on your bad days.
Here are a few tips for taking your lessons out to the golf course and not throwing your club in the water when you hit a bad shot.
Golfing twice in one weekend seemed pretty gutsy at the start of this very hot Arizona summer, so my husband and I booked a round at Mountain Shadows, a short par-3, 18-hole course in the middle of Paradise Valley (Scottsdale), Arizona.
This newly renovated golf course definitely has it's pros and cons. For one, if you're an out-of-towner looking to get in a quick and fun round, this is for you. For a local, this can be a fast round for you to do some tuning up or just a fun pre-work outing. You can finish a round at Mountain Shadows in about 2.5 hours and be on your way to something else entirely.
Driving up to Mountain Shadows, you'll feel like you're in the epicenter of luxury. Situated just north of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, this resort course is definitely in a beautiful location. With its renovations, they've done a great job bringing it up to speed with its surrounding area. The views are incredible and the course itself has been designed very nicely. It's clear that it's new and shiny.
I'd say there is a great deal of challenge that you could get out of playing this course. If you need work on studying green complexes, as I really do, then a round here will help you with that. The Biarritz (hole 4) at Mountain Shadows will definitely send you for a whirl. The dip in the center of the green is about 4 feet deep and can really be a mental challenge if your putting game isn't strong.
As for the atmosphere and the environment, which are two things I always like to rate when I go to a course, be prepared for "modern luxury" with a Scottsdale-vibe. When I say luxury, don't be mistaken. You won't feel the same type of luxury you get from a top course that treats you like a king upon driving up. This is probably the equivalent to the type of "luxury" W hotels offer. Yes, it's modern. Yes, I feel like I'm in a spaceship. No, I wouldn't call that luxurious, but ok.
Hands down, if you're in town for a bachelor party or just want a fun short round to play with the guys, then this is definitely the course for you. I would say all it's missing is some electronic dance music blasting from the clubhouse speakers and a few bartenders in bikinis to send this place into bro-heaven. Hope you like fist-bumping...
All in all, it's great for a short few hours of fun. You can warm up on their practice green, but this small course doesn't offer a range, so don't get there too early or you'll be downing Bloody Mary's just to waste some time. Fun fact: There is a nice little par-2 betting hole between 17 and 18 where you can decide who buys drinks after or who pays for the next round. Definitely a nice touch to a modern golf course.
The next time you head to Mountain Shadows, let me know what you think!
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