Is chewing Golf Gum™ really capable of improving golf scores? It may not be the first thing that comes to the golfer’s mind, but there’s evidence that suggests it’s possible.
In a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, results found that “a moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue.” Further research conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine supported caffeine’s ability to improve performance on the course, stating caffeine use can shave two strokes off a player’s handicap.
To add to the benefits, the National Institutes of Health also discovered chewing gum is associated with enhanced productivity and reduced cognitive errors.
In the 2017 Open Championship, eventual victor Jordan Spieth happened to be chewing gum throughout his stellar first and second round play, finishing both rounds in the lead. Despite windy conditions Spieth was impressive, shooting a 65 in the first round and a 69 in the second round. Both scores were lower than his 2017 season scoring average of 70.6, and his sublime first-round effort was nearly enough to set the record for the lowest first-round score in Open Championship history.
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