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‘Just Swing’: The R&A and The Gang tee off a new virtual golf adventure on Roblox

The R&A
25 Jun 24
4 mins

The Gang, a full service gaming studio building best-in-class branded immersive activations, has partnered with The R&A to launch ‘Just Swing’, a new virtual golf experience on Roblox designed to reach new, diverse audiences and drive engagement and participation in the sport. 

Players are introduced into the experience via the Club Hub, a bright and interactive version of a traditional golf clubhouse, before competing in a 9-hole adventure featuring challenging holes, alongside more fantastical settings. Participants can tee off in a magical underwater realm with coral and giant oysters, or take their swings amid a Wild West desert landscape, complete with cacti, sand dunes and cowboys. 

Fun challenges

At the start of each round, players will be transported to three randomly selected holes to play in a wide-range of fun challenges. Players must strategically navigate or utilise in-game obstacles such as explosive barrels that propel the user’s golf ball when hit, or Pinball-style bouncers that deflect the ball in unpredictable directions. As players engage in daily challenges, they seek to improve their ranking and earn in-game currency. This virtual wealth can be exchanged at the virtual Pro Shop for exclusive user-generated content (UGC) items, including new golf clubs, attire, and accessories, all designed to enhance their performance on the course. The Club Hub also serves as an area where players can track and compare their scores on an modern, interactive leaderboard. Additionally, a Q&A section within the hub offers players the chance to earn extra currency and deepen their knowledge of golf.

Broadening the audience

This innovative new experience by The R&A and The Gang is a strategic move to introduce the sport to a broader audience through the engaging world of Roblox, leveraging the platform's 77 million daily users to foster a new generation of golf fans.  Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer at The R&A said, “The development of 'Just Swing' on Roblox  presents a unique opportunity to share the joy of golf with a new, diverse audience on a global platform. Our collaboration with The Gang allows us to offer an accessible and engaging entry point to the sport for people of all ages” The ongoing collaboration with The Gang will see the launch of an Active Play initiative incorporated in ‘Just Swing’ this summer. Players will complete challenges to earn codes which they can redeem to access physical golf activities near them – a critical aspect for The R&A to inspire golf participation.