Perhaps speed golf will soon come to an Olympic tournament near you. ( Daniel LaBelle, YouTube)
THE COURSE — Golf has a specific reputation on two sides of the scale.
If you golf, you love it. A day on the links puts you in a good mood. In fact, to play you pretty much have to love it because you’re willing to walk at least 10,000 steps to spend one or two minutes taking each shot.
On the other side of the scale, people who don’t play golf tend to think of it as a “boring” sport with too little action and not enough body contact. In fact, there are people who watch golf from their couch for the sole purpose of lulling them into a nap.
But what if you added more cardio to golf?
In this video, two fellas have done just that to make a “game” that they call “speed golf.”
The general rules seem to be this:
- You must run at full-tilt about 90% of the time — no carts allowed.
- When possible, you must run at the ball full speed and swing your club without breaking your stride. Brief pauses are allowed to take certain shots, but your set-up time can be no more than 2 seconds.
- When it’s your partner’s turn for a shot, you have to run carrying their bag as well as yours.
- You still have to practice good golf etiquette, fixing your divots and resetting the sand after you shoot out of a bunker. This is still a running-speed activity.
Take a little look-see, enjoy the insanity, and have a hearty laugh. It won’t take much for you to realize that you wish to start petitioning the Olympics to make speed golf an official Olympic event.