when you’re go­ing to play all day

Golf Digest Middle East - - The Golf Life - ASH­LEY MAYO

▶ 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. —

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