How tennis champion Ash Barty takes her skills to the golf course

Take it from three-time Grand Slam winner Ash Barty, on their faces, golf and tennis aren’t very similar.

“[They’re] very different. In fact, probably polar opposites,” Barty told Claire Rogers of “Tennis is very fast, golf, but a lot of time to think about it. You control my shots, which you don’t get in tennis.

But that doesn’t mean the former world No. 1 isn’t using the skills she used in her decade-plus career on the golf course. She actually compared the shape of a golf shot, and the swing required for it, to a topspin or backspin return in tennis.

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“If I try to draw it or fade it, I think more, how would I do that to a tennis ball and how does that change with my hands?” Barty said. “I think in tennis when you’re trying to topspin the ball, it’s your right hand that’s coming. So for me, when I hit a draw, I kind of think my right hand is going to come naturally. This will bring the club a little more outward.

Barty retired from competitive tennis in March, while still holding the top world ranking, so she has plenty of time to focus on her golf game and change those tennis terms to golf in her mind.

She also explained why so many other athletes and tennis players like US Open finalist Casper Ruud are drawn to golf.

Golf becomes a bit of a meditation for me,” Barty said. “It is time to think about your nature. You are grounded. I mean, you’re on the grass. It’s nice. And I don’t think you need anyone else. You can kind of just go there and all the people you can play on your own.

“And golf can be a very therapeutic tempo. You just moved. And I think that’s why it’s a sport you can play all your life.”

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Jack Hirsh is Associate Editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack graduated in 2020 from Penn State University and earned degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and still tries to stay competitive among local amateurs. Prior to joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a media journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather forecast. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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