You might think that only expensive golf lessons with a pro, or the latest in fancy technology will help lower your handicap, but hear our case for how Epsom salt baths can improve your golf game and you might just be running to put the plug in and start a new soaking regime.
If you’re anything like most people we know, golf isn’t the only focus in your life. There will be work demands, deadlines, meetings, family issues … Not only do they take away time that could be spent on the course, they add to your stress levels and probably mean you’re not sleeping as well as you’d wish. You struggle to switch off your brain. Long hours of sitting at a desk mean your muscles feel as rigid as your golf clubs. You can’t shake feeling as grouchy as if you’d just landed in the bunker. Yet again.
Do you think if you could feel calmer and more focused, and if your muscles felt relaxed and not as tense, that your game would improve? This is what a soak in a good old-fashioned Epsom salt bath can do. Let’s find out more.
Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulphate. An Epsom salt bath is a soothing, effective way of getting the benefits of magnesium.
Magnesium is a mineral that is necessary for stabilising mood and keeping your brain calm.
Stress is a common issue in today’s fast-paced world, affecting both physical and mental well-being. It’s not just events like having to give a presentation at work or a meeting with the bank manager that creep up your levels of tension. It’s the constant barrage of sensory input that we all experience these days – the many ping alerts from your phone, sitting in traffic jams, the noise of children bickering in the background …
This chronic stress can really affect your mental focus and lead to muscle tension, which in turn can contribute to soreness and stiffness.
So now your mind isn’t on your game, AND your body isn’t cooperating like it used to. Especially if your job is quite sedentary – sitting at a desk or in a vehicle for much of the day. Sore and tense muscles can negatively impact a golfer’s swing and overall performance. For golf you really want to benefit from a full range of motion and good flexibility.
Well, a bath with added magnesium is going to soothe and relax that tension and stiffness. More flexible muscles can help you get back to swinging that golf club smoothly and with gusto. You might notice an improvement in your form.
Now back to those stress levels. If you can’t switch off your mind from worries and irritations, you’re not going to be able to get in the flow state you need for a good round. Magnesium is known as the “mind mineral” due to its ability to calm you down and maintain serenity. Healthy levels of magnesium have been linked to increased serotonin production. It’s bound to make a difference to your game, taking your Happy Hormones along for the ride in your golf buggy!
Magnesium is also known for enhancing sleep. Instead of lying in bed over-analysing those wayward shots, you might find you drift into dreamland more effortlessly. Your mind and body will feel the benefits of some deep, uninterrupted rest rather than tossing and turning like a golfer searching for a lost ball in the rough.
Our final benefit might not seem as obvious at first, but we think it can play a part in improving your game. Chronic stress can affect relationships and lead to irritability and mood swings. Magnesium’s role in stress reduction can positively impact overall well-being and relationships.
If Epsom salt baths help you feel less stressed and reactive, and you’re feeling happier in your family life, for example, this positivity will trickle through to other areas of your life too. Magnesium’s role in mood regulation contributes to an overall sense of well-being. A happy golfer might just be a better golfer. And if you have an off day, one bonus is that you won’t feel so bad about it!
In the chaotic world we live in, trying to successfully balance work, family and your favourite pursuits like golf can feel like trying to sink a hole-in-one on a par 4. Adding Epsom salt baths to your weekly wellbeing routine might just be one of those little tweaks that will help your first shot reach the green. The question is – will you let your golfing buddies in on your secret?!
We’re all individual, and can respond differently to supplements, but we’d recommend trying at least two cups of a Blants magnesium salt* in your bath to feel the benefits. A good idea would be to relax in the bath for at least 20 minutes in the evening after you’ve played a round. The quantity of salt and frequency of baths varies according to the size of your bath, and on your personal preference. Try it and see how your body responds.
* We have several magnesium-based bath soaks you can try:
Dead Sea salt (this is popular with people who experience sore or dry skin conditions)