Opinion

  • Would golfers rather be a World No.1 or a Major champion?

    Friday, 17 June 2022

    In her exclusive Today’s Golfer Column, LET star Meghan MacLaren discusses why winning a Major isn’t necessarily the best barometer of success. From the moment I started taking my future in golf seriously, the ultimate, overarching goal has always been to be the best player in the world. Hopefully, it goes without saying that winning a Major would be a dream,...

  • LIV Golf: English golfers should follow Scottish example

    Written by Anthony Harwood on Saturday, 11 June 2022

    Suddenly It feels like everywhere that the Scots are showing the English how to behave. First, it was the football fans applauding the Ukrainian supporters at Hampden Park after their team had lost that World Cup qualifier. Compare this to England fans being arrested in Munich on Tuesday for doing Nazi salutes ahead of a match against Germany. That was after two-thirds of...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “I shot 102, but I was in an incredible mood”

    Wednesday, 25 May 2022

    Bad Golf’s John Robins recently turned 40, and to celebrate he headed to Ireland for the golf trip of a lifetime… In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner talks us through the best shot he’s ever seen and tells us what he learned from some of the toughest conditions he’s ever played in. When Alex Horne and I film...

  • “Lee Westwood showed ignorance over LIV Golf Series”

    Written by Anthony Harwood on Monday, 9 May 2022

    Lee Westwood’s plans to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series drew plenty of ire, with the former World No.1 accused of ignorance and greed. Anthony Harwood, former Daily Mail Foreign Editor who now writes for Gulf Times, dissects the interview and suggests Westwood would do better to follow in the footsteps of fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup star Justin Rose. RELATED:...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “We are so lucky to have lived in the era of Tiger Woods”

    Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    As Tiger Woods’ career begins to wind down, LET star Meghan MacLaren discusses the influence the 15-time Major winner has had on golf and analyses who else can move the needle. How lucky are we to have lived in the era of Tiger Woods? When I was a kid, I don’t think I ever truly appreciated the greatness that I got...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “My swing has deserted me… and it’s my fault”

    Monday, 25 April 2022

    Just as his game had reached new levels, Bad Golf’s John Robins has forgotten how to swing a club… In his exclusive monthly Today’s Golfer column, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner explains why watching a long driver on YouTube has done his game more harm than good. Do you ever feel as if your golf game is like spinning plates. Just as you...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “I’ve had ‘The Glimpse'”

    Monday, 11 April 2022

    After three months of grafting in the gym, Bad Golf’s John Robins is seeing some impressive distance gains… but that is providing its own challenges! In his exclusive monthly Today’s Golfer column, the comedian and broadcaster explains the impact of hitting longer shots and how he’s . At the start of the year, I made the decision to start addressing my level of golf...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “The Phoenix party hole should be embraced, not criticised”

    Friday, 4 March 2022

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren on why the Phoenix Open’s party hole is benefitting the game. How often does non-Major (or Major, for that matter) professional golf make it into the mainstream media? For all of us obsessive golf fans, it sometimes seems alien that other people might not be as captivated as us by a silky short-sided lob shot,...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “New formats reignited my love for the game”

    Wednesday, 23 February 2022

    After Bad Golf’s John Robins hand was forced into breaking away from the Stableford scoring system, he stumbled upon the on-course freedom he’d been searching for. In his exclusive monthly Today’s Golfer column, the comedian and broadcaster walks us through the surprising benefits of trying something new on the course. Since joining a golf club for the first time just under two...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “My journey to longer drives has started… with squats”

    Monday, 31 January 2022

    Bad Golf’s John Robins’ 2022 quest for more driver distance began with some shocks… mostly in the form of squats. In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the comedian, broadcaster and Bad Golf co-creator talks us through his unlikely journey into the realm of golf fitness.   As I write this I am looking at a rather depressing reminder of my failure to achieve...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “To see the brutality of our game, take a trip to Q School”

    Monday, 17 January 2022

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren takes a trip to LPGA Q School, where golf dreams go to die. What do you think you would do if your future came down to a two-week examination? What would you do if a whole year’s – or career’s – worth of work was either signed off or thrown out the window, based on...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “My goal for 2022 is to become a bigger boy”

    Thursday, 16 December 2021

    John Robins is looking to build on his meteoric progress in 2021 by adding some ‘big boy’ power to his game. In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the award-winning comedian and 5live host runs us through his new, deep-seated quest for some added yardage.  What’s your golf goal for 2022? As I said in last month’s column, winter is a time when...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “Golf can be the perfect escape”

    Thursday, 9 December 2021

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren talks about how the theraputic nature of golf has something to offer everyone.  On one of my trips to the US, I was practising at a quiet and relatively exclusive course one Friday evening. That particular week was a family holiday in the US, so the golf course was even more deserted than usual. (Perhaps...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “The quiet beauty of a great golf lesson”

    Wednesday, 1 December 2021

    John Robins has turned to golf lessons as he aims to improve his game this winter. In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the comedian, broadcaster and Bad Golf co-creator argues the interventionist case for a well-timed golf lesson and analyses our reluctance to ask for golfing help. Winter is now upon us and as the mud clogs up my spikes, wedges flounder...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “My most puzzling golf crisis yet…”

    Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    After a traumatic episode with a phantom hook, John Robins might finally be worthy of his ‘bad golfer’ moniker once again.  In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the award-winning comedian, 5live broadcaster and podcast host mournfully walks us through the unique perils of playing on a ‘proper course’ after being forced to question his most closely held golfing assumptions… About two weeks...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “Success in golf is about more than a victory”

    Tuesday, 19 October 2021

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren asks: ‘What really constitutes success for a golfer?’ Sometimes I wonder what non-golfers’ perspectives are on golf. How do they view our game through the lens of other sports? The people who have never really tried golf, apart from a one-off foray to the driving range where they’re just as likely to try to tee...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “How I halved my handicap in four months”

    Monday, 18 October 2021

    After nearly halving his handicap in the space of four months, Bad Golf’s John Robins is officially a man worth listening to! In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the comedian and BBC 5Live presenter details his spectacular journey to a handicap of 12.3 and doles out some shrewd advice on the everlasting importance of course management and mental mastery. Well...

  • Meghan MacLaren: “Is the game really about entertainment?”

    Monday, 27 September 2021

    Ladies European Tour star Meghan MacLaren asks: ‘Are professional golfers really there to entertain us?’ Are you someone who watches golf on television? Chances are, if you are reading this, you probably are. Do you watch any golf tournament – no matter what event it is, what course it’s being played on, which players are involved? However much you love golf,...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “The Ryder Cup remains the ultimate golf event”

    Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    The Ryder Cup has got John Robins very, very excited. In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the comedian, broadcaster and Bad Golf star indulges in some misty-eyed Ryder Cup nostalgia and talks about his own unique relationship with this famous monolith of a tournament. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, it’s finally here! The Ryder Cup! Is there another sporting event like it?...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “How to cope when your form deserts you”

    Thursday, 2 September 2021

    Bad Golf’s John Robins has gone from a 21-handicapper to a 13-handicapper in a matter of months, putting the brand under serious threat! But never fear, the comedian and broadcaster’s recent good form proved it is still capable of deserting him with zero notice. Here, in his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, he explains how he coped when those halcyon days of...

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