The nationwide lockdown inspired Proteas batsman Janneman Malan to pick up his golf clubs and give the game a full go, writes ANDRE HUISAMEN.
Which South African course is your favourite?
It would be between Kleinmond Golf Club and Skukuza Golf Club, where I’ve played twice recently, but I can’t pick a definite favourite.
When did you start playing golf?
I took it up seriously after the heavy lockdown, when restrictions eased. I am now a member at Vodacom Village in Somerset West and I’m trying to play more regularly so that I can break 100 more often.
I think it is my pitching wedge just because it’s the club I don’t hit badly on a regular basis. My driver obviously feels the nicest when I get it right but it is also the worst if I don’t.
My driving and long-irons are still a bit shaky but I like the short game, especially where it’s longer than 30 metres and shorter than 120.
During the Proteas’ culture camp in September we all played at Skukuza and I was in a fourball, which included Dwaine Pretorius. I speak under correction but I think he is a seven handicap and he gave me a number of tips, which I have been trying to benefit from, but he is a really decent golfer. Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma are also really good.
Not really, but on that Hole19 app I am a 24.
No, not yet, but hopefully I will in the future.
Pebble Beach. I love the fact it is right next to the ocean and it is one of the most famous courses in the world.
I have been watching a lot of ‘My Game’ videos on YouTube where Tiger Woods explains some fundamentals of his game. Obviously he is one of the greatest sport stars ever so I guess he inspires anyone who starts playing golf.
The hand-eye co-ordination helps a lot but preparation-wise it’s quite similar. I have also realised that with golf it also helps a lot to learn as you go along and make a correction on the next shot, which is a lot like batting where you can almost coach yourself while you play. The next ball is always the most important, which accounts for both sports.
I have been watching quite a lot of golf since it restarted, especially the PGA Tour. I watched almost all of Bryson DeChambeau’s victory at the US Open at Winged Foot.