Opinion

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "What makes the perfect golf partner?"

    Written by John Robins on Tuesday, 15 June 2021

    What makes the perfect golf fourball? Comedian and broadcaster John Robins, co-creator of YouTube channel Bad Golf, explains his perfect group. Last year I joined my first ever golf club at the tender age of 38 and after less than a year of being a member I’ve seen my handicap drop around three shots. RELATED: Bad Golf:...

  • Meghan MacLaren: "Class is permanent but success is never predictable"

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren explains that while class may be permanent at the highest levels of golf, it's never a guarantee of success. So far, 2021 has been the year of the comeback. In the last few months we’ve had Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Hideki Matsuyama – even Rory McIlroy could be included in this...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "How I shot my lowest ever score"

    Written by John Robins on Wednesday, 19 May 2021

    Award-winning comedian and BBC Radio 5Live host John Robins is the co-creator of YouTube channel Bad Golf, but if his current form continues then it will need a rebrand. We'll let him explain... Over the course of these columns I have attempted to represent the experience of the average golfer. Though I refer to myself as a ‘bad golfer’, the stats...

  • Meghan MacLaren: "What you can learn from pro golfers' mentalities"

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Friday, 7 May 2021

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren explains what we can learn from professional golfers' mentalities and how knowing our weaknesses can help limit their impact.  How many times have you heard someone say, after a great round or a tournament victory, that they didn’t look at a leaderboard once? Do you believe them? If I’m being honest, I’ve always found it...

  • Why are golf courses green fees so high?

    Written by Chris Bertram on Tuesday, 4 May 2021

    In compiling our all-new Golf World Top 100 Courses For £60 And Under, rankings editor Chris Bertram discovered that too many of Britain and Ireland's courses are charging far too much money for the quality they offer. Researching the courses that were eligible for our first Top 100 Under £60 ranking was eye-opening. I had pre-conceived ideas about what would be...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "I putted like a pro... unless it was within three feet"

    Written by John Robins on Friday, 16 April 2021

    Golf is back from its Coronavirus closure and award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins' return to the course saw him putting like a pro... for a few holes, at least. There is no better way to start my latest Today's Golfer column than with words doubtless uttered on every...

  • Meghan MacLaren: "How to make the most of your 'golf IQ'"

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Monday, 12 April 2021

    Meghan MacLaren explains the key part of 'golf IQ' is knowing what works for you and sticking to it.  There is an old cliché in golf that to be truly successful, you must be one of two things: extremely intelligent or extremely not-intelligent. The truth, like most things in life, is more likely that we all lie somewhere in the middle,...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "Solving slow play is simple..."

    Written by John Robins on Monday, 29 March 2021

    In his exclusive Today's Golfer column, award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins tackles one of golf's biggest issues – slow play – and thinks he's come up with the solution. Slow play. It can be a bit of a mystery to the new golfer. In fairness, when your entire brain is focused...

  • Meghan MacLaren: "All golfers are frustrated perfectionists"

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Monday, 15 March 2021

    Every one of us is capable of playing bad shots, even the game's Major-winning greats. But as Ladies European Tour star Meg MacLaren explains in her exclusive column, it's how you react to them that determines so much. Like a lot of people, particularly over the last year, I’ve been through more than my fair share of Netflix. Whether I’m rewatching...

  • Andrew Cotter: "Bryson DeChambeau is the monster golf created"

    Written by Andrew Cotter on Monday, 8 March 2021

    Bryson DeChambeau distance drew headlines again as the US Open champion powered his way to his eighth PGA Tour victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But, as our columnist Andrew Cotter muses here, golf must always be a game of skill over power. Tam Arte Quam Marte... I do like to start off with a bit of Latin – it creates an...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "All I can think of is the joy of playing again"

    Written by John Robins on Monday, 1 March 2021

    In his exclusive Today's Golfer column, award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins sets out his golf goals ahead of golf's return in England and reflects on what he's missed most about the game in lockdown. I do hope with all my heart that this Today's Golfer...

  • Meghan MacLaren on waiting for golf's return

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Monday, 15 February 2021

    Amid the uncertainty of lockdown, LET star Meghan MacLaren is still in the dark over when the new season will begin again – or how it will look. I vividly remember the December/January off-season that preceded 2020. I’d spent many winter breaks wrestling with the same dilemma – spend the following season on the Symetra Tour, the feeder tour to the...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "Playing with four clubs improves your game"

    Written by John Robins on Friday, 5 February 2021

    In his exclusive Today's Golfer column, award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins explains how playing a round with just three clubs and a putter is helping his game. For this month’s column I’ve decided to completely ignore the state we’re in. I’m heartbroken, frustrated, but also grudgingly accepting...

  • Meghan MacLaren: "Sponsor's invites over Major champions is wrong"

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Monday, 1 February 2021

    Ladies European Tour golfer Meghan MacLaren is unimpressed that the LPGA failed to find space for Major champions Sophia Popov and A. Lim Kim in their season-ending tour championship. If you are more productive with your time than I am, you might miss the various instances of outrage on ‘Golf Twitter’. The...

  • Andrew Cotter: "It was a privilege to work with Peter Alliss"

    Written by Andrew Cotter on Monday, 1 February 2021

    Today's Golfer columnist and BBC commentator Andrew reflects on his time working with the late, great Voice of Golf, Peter Alliss. "The thing is… if I died now it would really spoil the evening.” The delivery was as crisp and perfectly-timed as all of his lines...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "Practise less to improve your game"

    Written by John Robins on Monday, 4 January 2021

    In his exclusive Today's Golfer column, award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins explains why practising less could actually improve your golf. For many golfers, winter is a time where more balls are hit on the driving range than on the course. Bad weather and...

  • Meghan MacLaren on trying to play golf without fear

    Written by Meghan MacLaren on Friday, 18 December 2020

    Meghan MacLaren ponders why, as both golfers and humans, experience gradually erodes the fearlessness of youth. I played a pro-am in the UK recently. My three playing partners were a club captain, a self-made businessman, and the businessman’s 14-year-old son. They were all decent golfers and lovely people, but four hours with the 14-year-old caused me a mixture of intrigue and mild...

  • Bad Golf's John Robins: "Golf helps my mental health"

    Written by John Robins on Tuesday, 8 December 2020

    In his exclusive Today's Golfer column, award-winning comedian, BBC Radio 5Live host and Bad Golfer John Robins talks World Handicap System confusion, what golf offers those with disabilities and the role the game can play in boosting mental health and tackling loneliness. For someone whose task it...

  • Andrew Cotter: "I question the rationale behind golf courses being closed"

    Written by Andrew Cotter on Monday, 23 November 2020

    TG columnist and BBC commentator Andrew Cotter is struggling to understand why golf courses are closed during the latest coronavirus lockdown and believes a "tiresome perception" of the game is to blame. You catch me, dear reader, at a slightly low ebb. Yes, I realise, such is the way this year has gone, that I might have to readjust my mood-parameters,...

  • "The LET event in Saudi Arabia was anything but 'cool'."

    Written by Anthony Harwood on Friday, 13 November 2020

    Professional women's golf was played in Saudi Arabia for the first time with the LET's Saudi Ladies International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. But should professional golf tours play in a country which has faced widespread criticism for its human rights record? Anthony Harwood, former Daily Mail Foreign Editor, doesn't believe so and explains why those playing in the Ladies...

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