LONG DRIV­ING IS THE FU­TURE

Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE -

Af­ter watch­ing the Amer­i­can Golf Long Drive UK Cham­pi­onship and the Volvik World Cham­pi­onships (won this year by Mau­rice Allen, be­low) I couldn’t help but think what a won­der­ful way to get young peo­ple in­volved in our sport. In a long drive event, each set al­lows the player six drives within a time limit of two min­utes, or eight drives in three min­utes. All the while mu­sic is blar­ing out and a com­men­ta­tor keeps spec­ta­tors in­formed of the scores and ban­ters with the play­ers. Surely it would be easy for lo­cal clubs to run sim­i­lar events, ei­ther on their prac­tice ground or one of their fair­ways? Ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion span seems to be get­ting shorter, and this is an ideal way to ex­pose young peo­ple to golf in smaller, more eas­ily ab­sorbed, pe­ri­ods. DAVID STUBLEY, AYR­SHIRE

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