As you may have heard, PGA golfer Jim Furyk was supposed to wake up in the early A.M. for The Barclays, the first event of the U.S. PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs. He set his cell phone's alarm clock normally, but during the night, the phone’s battery died.
For the second time in his 17-year career, Furyk missed his arrival deadline, disqualifying him from the tournament. He is well aware that this simple mistake blocked his road to victory (and a nice $10 million prize).
Golf's tradition of starting tournaments early in the morning is a challenge for many golfers. You must have the discipline to wake up early; plus, your mind and muscles are in a slower state and need to fully "wake up" before you’re able to perform up to your potential.
To fight off A.M. lethargy, set your alarm at least an hour before your event. Start off your morning by eating a balanced breakfast to fire up your metabolism, which enhances your mental alertness and readies your muscles for competition.
Once your mind is alert, your body needs to warm up. Perform a dynamic warm-up 15 minutes before tee off so your muscles are warm and loose, and your swing fluid and powerful.
To loosen up the muscles that are crucial for your swing, try the golf warm-up designed by David Donatucci of IMG's International Performance Institute. Want to wake up on time? Make sure your alarm clock has enough battery to last the night.
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