Andy and Piers from ‘Me and my golf’ compare the completely different golf swings of Paul McGinley and Phil Mickelson. They demonstrate McGinley’s club face control that allows him to hit the golf ball straight and therefore hit lots of fairways. Then they compare this with Mickelson’s golf swing that has much more club face rotation when striking the golf ball, it’s great for extra power, but not so great for accuracy.
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Steve Carroll from National Club Golfer uncovers the key facts and talking points ahead of golf’s return to the Olympic Games.
Why is golf in the Olympics this summer?
Having not featured as an Olympic sport since 1904, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) voted in 2009 for golf to be reinstated for Rio 2016.
Should golf be in the Olympics?
Not according to some. In April, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist and swimmer David Wilkie dismissed claims that golf’s inclusion would widen its appeal. Other critics have rounded on environmental concerns surrounding the course and have claimed the restricted selection criteria will see many top stars miss out.
What is the format?
This has been a bone of contention. It’s a 72-hole stroke play event – the same kind of competition as is played nearly every week on the various tours. A team event and a match play format were just a couple of the alternative ideas that were dismissed.
What’s the course like?
Gil Hanse designed the course, which was built on a nature reserve in Rio de Janeiro. The 7,350-yard par 72 is expected to have a links feel. Players at a test event in March were reported to be pleased with the course.
How many people will be watching?
The broadcast audience for London 2012 was approximately 3 billion. Nearly half the world’s population are expected to tune in at some point.
How are the teams picked?
The top 15 in the world rankings are eligible, with a limit of four from a given country. After that, selection will be based on world rankings – with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not have two or more players already in the top 15.
Is there a women’s event as well?
Yes, there is. Sixty women will also line up in an individual stroke play competition on the same course. The ladies, such as world number one Lydia Ko, seem far more enthusiastic than some of the men.
Is it as important as a major?
That’s the key question. The withdrawal of some leading players suggests not, but ask Andy Murray how he feels about his Olympic tennis gold medal. It’s a fair bet that it has an important place in his trophy cabinet. Justin Rose and Danny Willett have been selected by Team GB and there are several major winners in the USA side, which adds credibility to the event.
Why have some players pulled out?
The Zika virus has been a popular excuse but the real problem is a seriously congested schedule. Some high-profile players such as Adam Scott have opted to concentrate on the majors and the FedEx Cup.
The Open, PGA Championship and Olympics all come within five weeks and with the FedEx playoffs taking place soon after, some players have decided they have bigger priorities than a new stroke play event.
What kind of an image will be provided to those who have never seen golf before?
Golf is settled into the tour routine it’s had for decades, but this is a chance to project the sport into the homes of millions of people who have either never seen it, or haven’t considered picking up a club. In the face of this unprecedented visibility, the tournament needs to be exciting, easy to follow and seamlessly run in order to change the stereotypical perception some have of the game.
When is the golf taking place?
Men’s event: Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August
Women’s event: Wednesday 17 August to Saturday 20 August
“They built a golf course where?!”
No matter where you go in the world, you will likely find a golf course. Despite its elitist image, golf is a universal sport and throughout history people have gone to great lengths to build courses in extreme environments. In this blog post, we salute the craziest golf course locations in the world.
Uummannaq in Greenland is the location of the World Ice Golf Championships – yes, ice golf is really a thing. Taking place in March, the nine-hole golf course has to be laid out from scratch every year on a fjord and its shape is determined by the icebergs which have become trapped in the inlet. Ice golfers play with a red golf ball and greens are called ‘whites’. No records can ever be formed or broken, as the pack ice and frozen powder moves and changes daily.
Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley, California
Our next choice takes us from one of the coldest places on earth to one of the hottest. Furnace Creek Golf Course sits 214 feet (65m) below sea level in the scorching hot Death Valley, California. Its name is a little misleading, as there is no creek. However, Furnace is entirely appropriate, as this area has recorded the hottest temperature in the Western hemisphere at 57 degrees Celsius.
The course consists of 18 holes, and despite the heat it is green and there are even some water features. In case you’re wondering, they have a water recycling system and that keeps the course green year round. Yes, that’s right – it’s even open in summer!
Kabul Golf Club, Qargha, Afghanistan
This golf course has been a hard-won project championed by Mohammad Afzal Abdul, who has reportedly suffered death threats from the Taliban. This nine-hole golf course may not have lush fairways, but its sandy surface will give even the most experienced golfer a challenging round.
This course has used as a military training area at the time of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. When the course reopened in 2004, a not-for-profit agency had to help the owners move two soviet tanks and multiple rocket launchers which had been stored on the site.
Mount Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia
Located 20,900 feet (6370m) above sea level, the Mount Merapi Golf Course is made up of 18 holes, has breathtaking views and is right next to a very active volcano. Mount Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano and smoke can regularly be seen coming out of the top. The fairways are lush and green with plenty of challenging hazards, but you’ll be pleased to know there are no official lava hazards.
Nullarbor Links, Australia
Located in Australia’s outback, the Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf course. Made up of 18 holes, this par 72 grassless course spans 848 miles (1,365 kilometres). That’s because each hole is in a town or roadhouse along the Eyre highway, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. The course provides a much-needed activity and attraction for travellers along the renowned, desolate Eyre highway. The average distance between each hole is 40 miles, with two holes being 124 miles apart.
You might be wondering how this course is played. Each player uses a scorecard bought either in Kalgoorlie or Ceduna and holes are played at various sites along the highway. When you present your card, you receive a certificate stating you have completed the world’s longest golf course.
Even if your local course is a little less extreme than those listed above, it is always advisable for golfers to take out golf insurance. Accidents can happen wherever you’re playing, so The Golfers Club offers Public Liability cover as well as Personal Accident cover and much more to help you in the event that something goes wrong. Get a golf insurance quote from The Golfers Club today!
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