when you’re going to play all day
▶ Take it from someone who has played 108 holes of golf in a single day: Golf and marathon golf might as well be two different sports. Keep these guidelines in mind if you’re thinking about trying any more than 36 holes in one day this summer.
1 after every 18 holes, rotate pairs of shoes, and pull on a fresh pair of socks. You want to trick your feet into thinking it’s the first round of the day. Also, based on what my guy friends say, Gold Bond powder is essential for surviving a long day of golf.
2 play fast. Getting in as many holes as possible before sunset means there’s no time to fuss over shots. Walk quickly, play ready golf and eliminate practice swings.
3 use an abbreviated set. Taking out every other iron in your bag will make it lighter, and it’ll also help you avoid wasting time on those pesky “tweener” shots. If you play more than two rounds and carry your bag, try just five clubs— driver, hybrid, 7 iron, sand wedge, putter.
4 think about nutrition. You want water nearby, along with snacks that offer quick energy (bananas and all-natural bars) and foods that offer long-lasting endurance (PB&Js and trail mix). Eat and drink every three holes so you never feel hungry or thirsty.
5 cancel your plans if it rains. Seriously. A rainy golf marathon sounds miserable. —