Zone Perfect Energy Bars

Playing well on the golf course isn’t always about the mechanics, the clubs or the ball. It can sometimes be about focus, strength and energy. If your golf fuel tank runs low you can lose energy, lose strength and lose focus. Losing just the smallest bit of focus on a crucial drive can mean the difference between a ball in the middle of the fairway or one out of bounds or in a hazard. Losing focus on the putting green can cause a winning putt to wonder off line and miss.

To keep your focus and energy levels at their peak you need to make sure your fuel tank has the right octane of fuel.

I recommend some kind of sports drink for your liquid fuel, and Zone Perfect Zone Bars for your solid fuel. “Zone Bars” are nutrition bars made to increase your energy and vitality and curb your hunger. They contain “the special ZonePerfect blend of carbohydrate, protein and fat, developed to provide the nutritious balance you need.”

Zone Bars currently come in 19 flavors, but they’re constantly adding new ones. My personal favorites are Strawberry Yogurt, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Raspberry. I love the taste of these bars and they don’t taste like you’d expect a nutrition bar to taste. I’m not too hot on Chocolate Almond Biscotti, but to each his own.

I like to keep 2-3 Zone Bars in my bag in case I need them. Unlike an apple or banana, they won’t go bad or mushy in your bag. They also won’t bruise or even make your bag pockets sticky.

One note about the “softness” of some of the bars. If you’re like me and often play in colder temperatures, some bars won’t work very well for you. In cold golf temperatures, say under 50 degrees, some of the Zone Bars get very hard to chew. The bars with this problem are mostly chocolate based. The hardest to chew of the group in low temperatures is by far the chocolate peanut butter. Trying to bite off and chew one of these in the sub 40’s is a real workout of your jaw muscles. Try one in the 30’s, and you might just break off your front teeth.

Zone Bars can be found in nearly all major grocery stores, but if you can’t find them you locally can order online as well.