MENA Tour trio find novel ways to practice while practicing physical distancing

Josh Hill practices in the Dubai desert.

By Kent Gray
The MENA Tour by Arena might be on ice but it hasn’t stopped three of the regional circuit’s most recognisable names from finding novel ways, and places, to keep their swings in shape.

A directive from the UAE’s General Authority of Sports means under-18s are banned from the country’s courses as attempts to combat COVID-19 are ramped up. Thankfully for amateurs Josh Hill and Toby Bishop, it’s easy to practice while practicing social isolation with so much deserted desert on the outskirts of Dubai.

Check out this elaborate set-up in a post from Hill’s father, Russell:


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Another decent practice in the desert this morning….tests the ball striking and calms the mental games one plays with social distancing!

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Here’s how Bishop, who had been on track to win three successive Emirates Golf Federation tournaments before the U-18s ban was implemented, is doing it:

Bishop also has a quite the set-up at home to keep that powerful swing of his in synch. No shoes either!

Othman Almulla, Saudi Arabia’s first-ever professional, is also making the most of being confined to home.

Nice shot, Othman. And keep it coming chaps.

Golf Digest Middle East is keen to learn how you intend to keep golfing at home. Tag us @golfdigestme and use the #playingthrough hashtag with your inventive home golf set-ups and we’ll share the best of them with our online community.


Kent Gray

Editor of Golf Digest Middle East. Has written about golf since 1989 and owned a suspect short game even longer.

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