If you nap af­ter land­ing, just be sure it’s a brief one.”

Im­prov­ing Your Long Game LPGA star Jessica Korda’s ad­vice for fre­quent fliers

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Travel -

You know that feel­ing when you get off a plane and your body is heavy and you’re to­tally ex­hausted? When you fly as much as I do, you fig­ure out ways to com­bat the fa­tigue and ill­ness that can fol­low long flights. Maybe my tips can help you.

wa­ter isn’t a haz­ard

Best thing you can do on a travel day: Hy­drate. Drink wa­ter the day be­fore the flight, on the way to the air­port, on the plane and af­ter the flight. Most peo­ple don’t drink enough wa­ter dur­ing a nor­mal day. It’s even more true on a travel day. When I’m on the flight, I’ll add some vi­ta­min C, too. By drink­ing enough, you’re help­ing your body cope with the stress of travel, and you’ll get off the plane feel­ing fresh.

squeeze your feet

I al­ways wear com­pres­sion socks on flights. These help with cir­cu­la­tion and keep your legs from feel­ing puffy and heavy. I also take one baby as­pirin every six hours on long flights. It keeps you from feel­ing achy.

trick your­self

If you’re land­ing in an­other time zone, fool your body by set­ting your clocks to the lo­cal time where you’re go­ing. My flights usu­ally have me land­ing in the morn­ing, so I make sure I sleep a lot on the plane. That way when I land, it makes me think, It’s time to work now; it’s day­time.

don’t lie down for long

I do a lit­tle work­out af­ter I’ve ar­rived to help my body feel awake. While I’m deal­ing with the time change, I like to work in an hour-long nap in the af­ter­noon.The im­por­tant thing about nap­ping is not over­do­ing it. Don’t take a nap and then fall back asleep. You’ll never ad­just to the new time zone, and you’ll miss all the fun of the new place you’ve just trav­elled to. – in­ter­viewed by keely levins

QI was try­ing to get a read on my putt when my part­ner bladed his shot from off the green. His ball ric­o­cheted off my put­ter and stopped about five me­tres from the hole. He made the putt for par, halv­ing the hole. What’s the of­fi­cial rul­ing on that?

AYour part­ner needs to get his act to­gether. He can’t be bang­ing the ball off you and your equip­ment. That’s a one-stroke penalty un­der Rule 19-2. Things would have been dif­fer­ent if your part­ner had struck your op­po­nent’s put­ter. In that case, un­der Rule 19-3, there would have been no penalty. He could have re­played the shot or car­ried on from where it landed, which­ever he pre­ferred. (Note: Un­der the new pro­posed changes to The Rules of Golf, there would be no penalty ei­ther way. Play it as it lies. Un­til Phil Mick­el­son came along, peo­ple nick­named Lefty re­ally were left-handed. Phil is nat­u­rally right-handed, as is 2003 Masters cham­pion Mike Weir.The re­verse – nat­u­ral left­ies who play righthanded – is even more com­mon.Among ma­jor win­ners, Johnny Miller, Nick Price, Cur­tis Strange, David Gra­ham and Greg Nor­man all per­form most ev­ery­day tasks cack-handed while play­ing golf from the star­board side.

Some think play­ing op­po­site from your given hand­ed­ness lets your stronger, dom­i­nant side lead the swing. But does it re­ally give you an edge? Truth is, most right­ies hit from the right side and vice-versa. Holes dog­leg both ways, and every ma­jor man­u­fac­turer makes clubs for left­ies and right­ies.We say:Which­ever side you tend to­wards, go with it. What hap­pens if you hit into a bunker and the ball is sub­merged in wa­ter? Free re­lief no closer to the hole? Call it a wa­ter haz­ard and take a on­e­stroke penalty? Play as it lies? ▶▶ ▶ The first thing we do when this hap­pens is com­plain about our mis­for­tune and try to cast blame on oth­ers:“The drainage at this course is ter­ri­ble!”That usu­ally makes us feel a lit­tle bet­ter. Once we ar­rive at the shot, there are a few op­tions. Sure, you can play it as it lies. Or, un­der Rule 25-1b(ii), you get free re­lief.The new spot can be no closer to the hole, and you must drop it within the bunker. If the bunker is full of wa­ter, you find the point of max­i­mum avail­able re­lief – no closer to the hole – with the least in­ter­fer­ence by the wa­ter (two cen­time­tres, say, ver­sus to­tally sub­merged).

Still not find­ing a suit­able place to hit?You can take a penalty stroke and re­move the ball from the bunker. Go back as far as you like. Just be sure to drop it on the line be­tween the hole and where your ball orig­i­nally came to rest.

Four-time LPGA win­ner Jessica Korda flew more than 200 000 kilo­me­tres last year to tour­na­ments world­wide.

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