Mikko Rantanen, a former mini-tour professional, started playing Speedgolf in 2015. At first casually and then in October 2016 Rantanen took part in his first Speedgolf tournament: the 2016 Speedgolf World Championships in Chicago.
In 2017 - 2018 Mikko has organized a Speedgolf Tour in Finland (5 tournaments + National Championship) which has kept him playing competitively.
"Speedgolf is a great way to improve my overall fitness level, allows me to play more golf because regular golf takes too long, and it also brings a new dimension & challenge to the game, which I really enjoy. I believe it has also helped to play better regular golf." - Mikko Rantanen
During summertime Rantanen plays 2-3 rounds of Speedgolf each week, along with some interval running training as well as long distance training. Mikko even organized a Speedgolf triathlon and a Speedgolf marathon earlier this year, which were tough events and helped him get fit.
If you want to improve your fitness level, play more golf and play better golf, Mikko says you should try Speedgolf.
His advice for first-timers? First you need to get out on the course and give it a try - early in the morning or late in the evening when there are no players in front. Take a pencil bag or junior bag with 6 clubs (for example driver or a 3 wood, irons 5, 7, 9 and sand wedge and a putter) and aim for 90 minutes by jogging from the tee to fairway and to the green, walk around the greens. Use running or trail running shoes rather that golf shoes.
"Keep you routines quick, but don't rush. Just look react & trust your instincts. You’ll be surprised by how well you can play. Enjoy the challenge!"
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