John Robins

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “I love the camaraderie (and many pints) of a golf trip”

    Friday, 30 July 2021

    We’ve all been missing foreign golf trips, but for comedian and broadcaster John Robins an overseas golf adventure changed his life for the better. In his exclusive Today’s Golfer column, the co-creator of hit YouTube channel Bad Golf explains how an anxiety inducing invitation actually helped him discover his love of golf. For a long time during both lockdowns, playing a round...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “What makes the perfect golf partner?”

    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: “We’ll always be sh*t at golf,...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “How I shot my lowest ever score”

    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...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “I putted like a pro… unless it was within three feet”

    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 fairway, green and tee box this last...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “Solving slow play is simple…”

    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 on getting the ball in the...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “All I can think of is the joy of playing again”

    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 column finds you in a state of high anticipation for the imminent...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “Playing with four clubs improves your game”

    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 of the current situation as regards golf, as I’m sure...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “Practise less to improve your game”

    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 new year’s resolutions combine to convince us that this year it’ll be different. This January...

  • Bad Golf’s John Robins: “Golf helps my mental health”

    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 is to chart the life of a bad golfer, lockdown 2.0 did pose something of a...

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