Simply adding a pinch of Salt to your water could help improve performance and steer clear of Dehydration and Hyponatremia.
Maintaining hydration during a round of golf is maybe even more important than many golfers might think. Poor hydration/Dehydration can lead to the following:
- Loss of energy and tiredness
- Reduced co-ordination
- Muscle cramps
- Headaches and dizziness
These can result in wayward drives and missed putts! Too much water on the other hand (or too little Sodium, known as Hyponatremia) can cause similar side effects to Dehydration. The obvious way around this would be to add salt to your water!
Salt, which is basically Sodium Chloride (NaCl; Sodium and Chlorine), with particular interest in the Sodium, which can help take up more water into the body and reduce the risk of Dehrdration and Hyponatremia (with Hyponatremia not as common as Dehydration, yet still important to consider).
Adding just a pinch of salt to a 500ml bottle of water could make all the difference to your golf performance.
N.B: Don’t add processed table salt (which is just Sodium Chloride), but opt for an unprocessed Sea Salt, which will also contain traces of magnesium and calcium (other essential electrolytes) and which will also be better for your health.
Adding salt to your water will also make you want to drink more, which will help avoid Dehydration, especially important on hot and humid days in summer (that is if we get any). Adding salt is not likely to make the water taste bad, unless you add too much! If you must add a small amount of juice or squash to make the water more palatable, then do so at no negative cost to hydration or performance.
- Salt is important to maintain hydration whilst playing golf.
- Add a pinch of salt to your bottle of water to avoid Dehydration and Hyponatremia.
- Water and salt will also help improve performance.
TIP: Many golfers do not drink enough whilst playing golf and drinking when thirsty is a sign of already being behind with your hydration. Golfers need to get into a habit of drinking more (water with salt, preferably) and here’s a couple of ways they could go about it…
Drinking little and often could be relatively easy during a round of golf as there is usually plenty of time between shots to sip away at your drink. Get into the habit of drinking between shots. Alternatively, you could make it part of a pre-shot routine. You can drink some water whilst deciding on club and yardage etc, for example.