How Drinking Clean, Filtered Water Helps Your Golf Game

If you’re planning to hit the course anytime soon, consider these tips for staying hydrated and improving your golf game.

By: Rachel Carollo

You may think that golf is all about your swing. But did you know that dehydration can negatively affect your performance? On a regular day, your body can lose up to 64 ounces of water. Now imagine how much water you're losing on the golf course on a warm summer day.

 If you’re planning to hit the course anytime soon, consider these tips for staying hydrated and improving your golf game.

How important is hydration when it comes to golf? Can it impact one’s performance and game?

Proper hydration is critical for the body, from brain and muscle function to concentration and overall performance. It’s been well documented that being dehydrated, even if only a little bit, can negatively impact your body in many ways, including putting you at risk for overheating on the golf course and affecting your ability to make sound decisions and execute golf shots. CDC research shows that adults in the U.S. only drink an average of 39 ounces of water per day. Given that 75% of Americans are dehydrated on any given day, maintaining proper hydration levels provides a clear advantage on the course. Especially on a warm, sunny day, when you’re more likely to lose water through sweat.

What’s the best thing to drink on the golf course?

When trying to decide what to drink while golfing, water really is the best beverage of choice. The high sugar content in sodas, some sports energy drinks, and alcohol can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then crash, resulting in inconsistent performance. Many of these drinks are diuretics, meaning they’ll dehydrate your body as you drink leading to increased fatigue and poor concentration — not ideal while golfing. While you may occasionally hear stories of pro golfers like John Daly drinking alcohol while playing, water is the time-tested beverage of choice for top athletes across all sports because it’s the best way to replenish lost fluids. If you’re concerned about electrolytes, Aquasana water filters are designed especially to strip out contaminants but maintain the healthy minerals our bodies need to function at peak performance levels, including calcium, potassium, magnesium.

How much water should you drink in a round of golf?

The human body is composed of up to 60% water, so staying hydrated is essential for keeping your body working properly to perform at a high level while playing any sport. The general rule for staying hydrated is to drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces each day, though you may want to increase that to two thirds if you’re planning on strenuous physical activity like golfing. To see how much water you should drink each day, simply multiply your body weight by two thirds or 0.66.  

While golfing, you should aim to drink 40-50% of the water you need for the day. So if you weigh 200lbs and are planning on golfing, you should aim to drink 132 fl oz of water in the day and half of that (66 fl oz) should be on the course. However, to ensure hydration you should also make sure to drink plenty of water before you go out so your body has time to absorb water.

"While golfing, you should aim to drink 40-50% of the water you need for the day"

Why is it important to filter your water and how does it help with hydration?

The most common reason people turn to water filters is to improve the taste, smell and quality of their water. Removing chlorine and other contaminants from tap water makes a huge difference in the way water smells and tastes. The better your water tastes, the more you drink.  

Above and beyond taste, it’s really about long-term health and longevity. Filtered water not only tastes better, it’s also better for you, too. We’ve seen an uptick in the number of contaminants being found in homes and local water supplies across the country in recent years. The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, made national news headlines, and the emergence of new “forever chemicals” like PFAS are presenting new challenges with real health implications. Filtering your tap water is the easiest and most effective way to ensure that the water you and your family drink and use throughout your home is clean and healthy. 

Additionally, there are significant sustainability and economic benefits to filtering your water. Compared to buying bottled water, filtering and bottling your own tap water is much, much cheaper and better for the environment. Each replaceable filter in our under sink systems, for example, lasts for six months and is the equivalent of displacing over 6,400 plastic water bottles.

What kind of filter is best for golfers?

When looking for any type of filter, we always recommend starting by checking your local water quality report to find out which, if any, contaminants may be present in your area. As part of the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act, all U.S. water suppliers are required to send out an annual report that tells you where your water comes from and what's in it. If you’re concerned about lead or any other toxins that may be specific to your specific home, you can also have your water tested by an independent lab.  

Next, always look for a filtration system that has been independently tested and certified to address the contaminants you’re concerned about in your water. We always say that any filter is better than no filter. However, not all filters are created equal, so you want to make sure it’s going to be effective. To ensure protection against lead, for example, you’ll want to look for filters with a seal for NSF/ANSI Standard 53, which means the filter has been proven effective at tackling health-related contaminants including lead, as well as cryptosporidium, giardia, and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). 

Aquasana offers a variety of filtration systems to meet each unique home setup and needs, from whole house systems that filter water as it enters the home so you have clean, healthy water from every tap, to shower filters for softer skin and hair, to countertop, faucet-mounted, and under sink filters for the kitchen sink.  

Our filters use premium, patented filtration technology that’s exponentially faster and removes significantly more contaminants than the gravity-based pitcher filter that we’re all familiar with. Aquasana drinking water filters, for example, remove up to 99% of 77 harmful contaminants, including lead, PFOA/PFOS, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides and more. That’s 15x more contaminants than the leading pitcher filter.

Why was Aquasana’s Clean Water Bottle featured in Golf Digest as a way to stay hydrated on the golf course?

The Clean Water Bottle is a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter we designed for hydrating on the go. It’s made from insulated stainless steel, so it will keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. The built-in filter removes up to 99% of chlorine, lead and bacteria so you can fill up from any tap and still have better-tasting, clean, healthy water on and off the course.


Stainless Steel Insulated Clean Water Bottle

Remove up to 99% of bacteria, lead, chlorine, cryptosporidium, and giardia from tap water. Simply fill and enjoy.