A hard game to play - Lee Westwood gets candid about golf’s biggest challenges

by Maura Hutchinson

Former world number one Lee Westwood aired his true views on the state of golf earlier this week when speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live. His consensus –  golf is too hard.

We hear time and time again about the challenges facing golf. With the number of new players dwindling around the globe and golf clubs closing, many believe we are at a critical turning point for the game. Westwood seems to agree that more needs to be done now to ensure golf’s longevity.

“We should be trying to make it easier, I think different formats where maybe where the hole’s bigger, not as much rough on golf courses so people are not out there losing golf balls and looking for their golf balls all the time,” said Westwood.

The 46-year-old also talked about the adverse effects of slow play as well as the expense associated with the game.

“I think it’s very expensive still to play golf, more could be done to make it a bit cheaper to play,” he told Radio 5 Live.

The main takeaway from Westwood’s analysis – more needs to be done to help new players enjoy the game and also to encourage more females to take up golf.