I have now played four rounds in 2011 and three of those rounds would be in my top five differentials for my handicap. The differential is basically how scores are normalized across courses to determine handicaps and there is much more on it here. I'm getting confidence that this will be a year where my scores improve dramatically. Before today's round, I added more protein to my breakfast and cut out the coffee. This has me feeling much better over the course of the round and left me with coffee as a reward once the round is over. My pre-game breakfast now consists of:
- 3/4 Cup of rolled Oats with:
- 1/8 Cup of Dried Cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon Flax Meal
- 1 Tablespoon
- 2 Eggs Scrambled with some cheese
- 20 Ounces of Water
Forcing myself to drink 20 ounces of water before the round really helped with my energy level as well as I felt really good throughout the round.
Perhaps just eating healthy gets me feeling better mentally, but either way it lead to a much more positive round then I sometimes and I even felt good enough to treat myself to sugar and cream in my coffee and not just black coffee like I normally force myself to drink.
Once April hits, I expect a big jump in my handicap. I'm playing much better and I'm finally playing enough to move it quickly.