Blind golf explained

Blind golf is played all over the world and the first match was believed to have been played in America in the 1920's. But what exactly is the game all about?

Blind golf is exactly the same as normal golf but the main difference is that the player can use the help of his or her caddy also known as a guide. The guide is the player's eyes. They will describe how the ball lies, what the yardage is and most importantly, set the player up so they hit the ball correctly.

Some players like having a club laid on the ground during the set up. This helps to aim the shot in the right direction. Coming up with the ingredients for a putt are much more complicated than a full shot from the tee or the fairway. Some players walk the putt from the hole to the ball, allowing them to measure the distance of the putt.

There are catagories that players will fit into based on their vision. Players with about 10% of vision will fit into the B3 category which is the category for golfers who can see the best. The maximum handicap in this category is 36.

B2 is the next category with a maximum handicap of 45. They can see between 3-6% of normal vision.

The B1 category is for people who are totally blind. Their handicap extends to 56.

You can learn more about blind golf by clicking this link:, or by clicking any of the following video links from the BBC.

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