Max Golf Protein Hydration Drink

What did the Golf Monthly team think of Max Golf Protein Hydration sports drink? We test all four flavours including the all-new Berry Boost with added caffeine

Max Golf Protein Hydration Drink
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Max Golf Protein Hydration Drink is a fulfilling, tasty and energy saving drink to have in the bag. With a flavour to suit all tastes, it's hard to see how this won't quickly become an essential drink to have in the bag.

Reasons to buy
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    Tangy and refreshing

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    Significantly healthier than a standard sports energy drink.

Reasons to avoid
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    Might be too sweet for some who are used to just drinking water.

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Max Golf Protein Hydration Drink Review

If you were asked what food and hydration you take out on the golf course with you, what would be your answer? A chocolate bar? Water? Beer? Nothing at all? Many golfers aren't conscious of their nutritional intake during a round of golf and can suffer because of it, many documenting they find themselves low on energy during the back nine of a round.

The Max Golf Protein Hydration drink aims to be every golfer's hydration and energy companion on the course, providing tasty hydration and plenty of vitamins that help maintain energy out on the course.

Max Golf Protein also produce a range of energy bars and protein cookies for golfers, aimed at providing a slow release of energy across a round of golf. Not only does the drink have less sugar and fat in it that a conventional energy drink, but it is also packed full of extra vitamins - Vitamin C, B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12 to be precise - that help boost the immune system, improve mental performance and improve cardiovascular health.

The drink comes in four flavours - Pineapple, Lemon/Lime, Orange and an all-new Berry Boost - and we tested them all out on the golf course to gauge a sense of how they taste and the energy they provide. All four are a non-sparkling flavoured water and we found that it was comfortably more satisfying to drink than a conventional energy drink and also a nice change up to an often boring bottle of water.

Golfer taking a sip of Max Golf Protein Hydration drink

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Starting with the Berry Boost flavour released in 2022, it's slightly different to the other three flavours in that it has added caffeine for a greater boost of energy. It's a clean, fresh tasting drink with a fruity tang. The 150mg caffeine shot gives a genuine boost and the low sugar and low calorie content makes it a much better choice than most fizzy drinks and even many sports drinks. As with all the drinks in the Max Protein range, it really needs to be chilled for best taste.

Compared to other energy drinks, we found the Max Golf Protein Hydration drink much less sugary and sticky, making it a wholly more enjoyable experience to drink. The Orange flavour was subtle and enjoyable too, while the Pineapple flavour was a favourite as it's a unique flavour for a sports drinks and all the more enjoyable for it.

Depending on your tolerance levels to sweet drinks, the Lemon/Lime flavour might be a little bit too sweet and the Orange and Pineapple flavours are the more subtle of the three. Knowing you are drinking something that will genuinely help your physical and mental strength as a you play golf is really enjoyable and the Max Golf Protein Hydration Drink could quickly become the next essential accessory to have in the bag.

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan has been with Golf Monthly team since 2021. He graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe, golf bag and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 6.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°, Ping G425 Max 21°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i230 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x