Archive for July, 2015

Summer Junior Golf: 4 Items That Beat the Heat

imageIn this Wednesday Waggle we’ll look at 4 unique items that beat the heat during summer golf. Depending on exactly your child’s likes, some, all or none of these recommendations may be suitable for her use. (photo of Jason Duffner from golf digest.com)

Let’s take a look:

1. sweatbands for head and wrist. These sound great, but you rarely see them being used. Caps and visors help keep sweat out of the eyes and wristbands often are felt to be uncomfortable or unnecessary. If your child sweats excessively you may want to try the wristbands to help keep the hands dry.

2. towels. These are absolute necessities and your junior golfer should carry at least 2 at all times. We are talking golf towels, not bath towels. Golf towels are about the size of face towels and most have a metal grommet which allows them to be attached to a hook for easy carrying on the golf bag. They can be made of regular terry cloth or a rubbery perforated cloth which is great for cleaning clubs and balls and also may have a slit in the middle for hanging over a club head. There are also some of the super-fabric cloth towels but most of them are a pain and every piece of dirt and grass clings to their fibers Iike glue. Don’t buy these. With 2 towels your daughter can wipe her face, hands and arms with 1 and use the other for cleaning clubs and balls. Dry hands are essential for a proper grip.

3. cooling towels. These are wonderful scientific advancements and they do work. Varieties include a rounded handkerchief-style that you soak and then tie around the neck and a flat style that you soak and carry however you wish. Linda and S3 love this flat style and just remove their cap and put it on their head when walking to the next shot. Try these but know they are pretty much love it or leave it items. My family loves them and I find them cooling but don’t care for the extra moisture.image

4. sunglasses. Another totally individual item. If your child wears prescription glasses, we will address those in a separate post. We believe that S3 plays better when he does not wear sunglasses. Don’t know why, but it seems to be the case over many rounds of golf. If your daughter wears non-prescription sunglasses, you have a world of options and basically cheap sunglasses are not good for your kiddo or their golf game. While I am certain there are several makers of excellent sports sunglasses, we are most familiar with Oakley. Their sunglasses, while a bit pricey, are worth every penny. Oakley is building a complete line of athletic sportswear based on their success in top-quality sunglasses. In the real world you see numbers of young golfers with no glasses, prescription glasses and some sunglasses. These are certainly not essential, but can be helpful.

That’s it for today. I’ll see you and your high-fashion junior golfer on #1 tee… Sam

Summer Junior Golf Tournaments: When to Use Sports Drinks

imageIn today’s Monday Mulligan we are looking at when to use sports drinks in summer junior golf tournaments. As we near the end of this hydration series we can narrow the choices for the best liquids for our youngsters. (photo by jenlefforge.com)

Let’s look at what’s available at most golf courses:

1. tea and coffee. Depending on your junior golfer’s age, he may not be drinking any black tea, as compared to green tea, or coffee. Black tea and coffee, while they can be delicious, are not helpful when it comes to hydration. Both have caffeine which can overstimulate the kidneys to make urine and can end up actually speeding dehydration. So no black tea or coffee on game day. Green tea can be very healthy but since there are hundreds of varieties we will not discuss them here. If you must buy green tea we recommend avoiding brands with artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, Splenda, etc.

2. sodas. Frankly there are times that an ice cold soda really tastes great! Tournament day on the golf course is not one of those times. Caffeine, phosphoric acid and high fructose corn syrup are not your child’s friends and for now, please, take our word that soda should be avoided during competition.

3. good clean water. This has been addressed in my immediate previous posts and water should be your #1 choice for hydration in most circumstances.

image4. sports drinks. These along with water are your 2 choices for hydration. While we wish more sports drinks would be made with sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup, there are still times that commercially available sports drinks are an extremely good choice for hydration. The general rule is that for normal workouts, conditioning and range time, water is your “go to” hydrater because in these situations sports drinks give you unnecessary calories and carbs and there is really no additional benefit compared to water. In tournaments, however, your kiddo may drink several sports drinks during 18-holes because of the length and severity of the tournament and conditions. While you are reading this, I will be caddying for S3 in a U. S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier, 36-holes walking in really pretty decent weather for this time of year in South Texas. I assure you we will be constantly sipping water and sports drinks and taking in proper  calories. (photo from itsourice.com)

So the bottom line on sports drinks is use them during competition, particularly in warm/hot weather when your kiddo’s body is losing fluids like crazy. Use water for normal workouts to avoid extra and unhelpful calories, carbs and high fructose corn syrup.

That’s is for now… See you on #1 tee… Sam

Summer Golf Tournaments: 5 Tips About Healthy Drinking Water

imageThis Friday Flop Shop focuses on summer junior golf tournaments and 5 tips about healthy water. Not all drinking water is equal. Some water is barely tolerable, some are better and some are best. As parents one of the decisions we must address is whether or not we will choose to take control of our family’s health. I encourage you to take control. A healthy athlete has a better chance for success and less risk of injury. (photo from offcoursegolfnetwork.com)

Here,’s an article from Dr. Mercola about how much water to drink.

There are a million rabbits to chase here, so let’s stay on task and learn about proper drinking water:

1. healthy drinking water should contain as many beneficial minerals as possible.

2. it should not contain any heavy metals, as in mercury, found in lead water pipes or chlorine, added by many cities for purification or fluoride, added for alleged dental health benefits. Our belief is that these, among other elements, are toxic and should be avoided at all costs.

3. it should not contain any sweeteners, natural or artificial. Sucralose, aspartame, Splenda are some of the many artificial sweeteners to be avoided.

image4. do not drink distilled water since it is totally void of nutrients and actually leaches them from your body.

5. read the label of the brands on the shelves. If you don’t know what something is, look it up.

Finding healthy water takes some effort, but it really isn’t that hard. There are many home water purification systems and most do a good job of minimizing heavy metals and chlorine. Getting rid of fluoride may require an add-on to any given system. Costco has a home system for about $150.00, but it may not remove fluoride. Another company that we can recommend is Berkey Filters. They have an easy-to-install home system that requires an add-on to remove fluoride.

That’s it for today. See you on #1 tee and you better have healthy water in that bottle… Sam

Summer Junior Golf Tournaments: Critical Information About Proper Hydration

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle, we continue looking at summer junior golf tournaments and discuss more critical information about proper hydration.

Junior golf tournaments are fun, a lot of fun and S3 played in a bunch of them every summer. However they are golf’s version of a 5k, 10k or marathon. Walking 6, 9, 18 or 36 holes in hot weather takes a toll on everyone. So whether your child is an itty-bitty or a seasoned high school golfer, proper hydration is critical.

Your junior golfer is an athlete and your are now the parent of an athlete. Start thinking like the parent of an athlete. You are in charge and it’s up to you to guide your kiddo in ways that put them in a position to succeed. You set the tone in your family so if you and Mom or you and Dad do not drink water, it is time to change and start drinking water to set a good example. Don’t expect your youngster to drink water if you are not a water drinker. (photo of Jason Duffner from golfdigest.com)

Here are some helpful tips:
1. adults must set the example, period, as discussed above

2. drink some extra water during the 48-72 hours before an event, perhaps 20% more than normal. This is called “loading water”.

3. during an event your young golfer needs to be constantly sipping on water. Waiting until she is thirsty is not good during competition as her body is already being negatively affected by fluid loss.

image4. buy a 12-16 ounce refillable bottle, a good one made from stainless steel or nalgene or other polymer than does not leach chemicals into the water it contains. Yes, there are times we all have used the plastic bottles that are never to be refilled, but once in a while there is no other choice. Our kids must have water.

Volumes have been written about the importance of good clean water and proper hydration and our family’s favorite book is Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., readily available on the web. Get it and share the information with your family. It is a great book with readily usable information.

What better legacy can you leave your kids than to ingrain them with healthy habits? Proper hydration is a great place to start.

See you on #1 tee…and everybody better have a water bottle… Sam

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