Jeremy Clarkson and James May weren’t happy to find out that Richard Hammond had taken up golf lessons during The Grand Tour presents: Lochdown. Now the presenter, accompanied by DriveTribe, has met with Rick Shiels, former professional golfer, to get a few tips from someone who really knows what they’re doing.
Richard Hammond on why he started playing golf
“Honestly, I’ve spent a lifetime abusing it because anything that you don’t do, you’re a bit scared of, aren’t you?
So I wouldn’t do it, but then I noticed a lot of my friends out where I live in Herefordshire, they all play golf.
“And I was on holiday with a load of them in France and they all went off for a round of golf. Well they came back drunk, but they’d obviously had an absolutely brilliant afternoon and I thought ‘I want to be able to do that’
“I don’t want to be competitive, but I want to be able to play a round of golf.
“I always want to do it because I’ve taken the Mickey outta it all my life. And I quite like the idea of something that you’ve always mocked having the brass neck to turn and say ‘actually I really like it'”
Richard Hammond’s First Lesson With Rick Shiels
Richard’s lesson with Rick started with the golf pro watching Hammond’s swing. And after a few changes, including a change of grip, he was on his way to hitting some… okay, I won’t lie, I don’t know a thing about golf, but the video is great and has tempted me into fancying some lessons myself.
“Honestly, I think you’ve done incredibly well,” Shiels told The Grand Tour presenter.
“What you’ve got so far, you’ve got good movements, you’ve got a good starting base to build from. You can hit your irons nicely, you’re starting to get some consistency and you’re starting to get some speed.”
“The next time I see you,” Hammond returns, “we can actually play a round.
“I’d be delighted if I could do that.”