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
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.
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.