Exploring Adaptive Golf at EDGA D3 with Get Golfing

Bradley Tennant of IGFH recently participated in February’s EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) D3 coaching session hosted by Get Golfing. The event, held at Mill Green Golf Club, aimed to raise awareness, provide training, and educate attendees on the adaptability of golf for individuals with diverse disabilities.

The day kicked off with insightful introductions from key figures, including Emma Robinson, the Charities, Communities, and Apprenticeships Director at Get Golfing. These leaders shared personal stories and backgrounds, setting the tone for a day focused on breaking down barriers and redefining perceptions of disability in golf.

The outdoor exercise at the driving range was a highlight of the day, featuring 6-8 stations that showcased the versatility of golf for individuals with various disabilities.

From blindfold golf to wheelchair challenges, balance balls, one-legged exercises, and activities for those with impaired hearing, participants were immersed in a range of experiences that extended beyond the physical aspects of the sport.

The aim was not only to demonstrate the adaptability of the game but also to foster understanding of how individuals with disabilities might feel when entering golf clubs that may not explicitly promote inclusivity.

Bradley gained insights into the adaptability of golf and explored ways to effectively communicate the message of inclusivity. The ultimate goal remained simple: getting the ball into or to a target, irrespective of physical abilities.

Commenting on the session, Bradley said:

‘I came to this training event because of my position as a lecturer and also because I have worked in and around the golf game, visiting sites across the world. It opened my mind. Think about it: most golf courses are built for cart access, so nine out of 10 are the accessibility criteria met.

‘There are completions out there and a growing number of clubs are now advertising as disability golfer-friendly. Whether it’s the requirement for a caddy to help find the ball or help hold you while you take a shot, there’s not much if any alteration that needs to be carried out to the course or rules to have a fun and fair game.

‘Food for thought, it makes sense. We did have a good day—but in reality, this is someone’s every day. Let’s make golf more accessible.’

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