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Date & Time

Friday 13th November


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited and therefore we encourage you to register as soon as possible.


Complimentary. Please register via the ‘Register here’ button above. The link to the event will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form a couple of days before the event.


You’ll be given a link to the event. You should not share this link, but members of your household are welcome to join the call (these guests will be with you on camera, using the same device/Zoom account). 

Booking deadline

Please note that the deadline to register for this event has now passed.

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Johnian Society Virtual Pub Evening: Golf and Sports Science

The current restrictions on social gatherings make it harder than usual for Johnians to meet in person. To address this, the Johnian Society is hosting a series of virtual get-togethers for an early evening drink, presentation and chat via Zoom. 

You may participate in the virtual meeting for as long or short a time as you like, staying just for the short presentations or also engaging in friendly conversation with fellow alumni. 

The first session of this series will take place on Friday 13 November at 6.30pm.

Please note that places for these events are limited. We, therefore, encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Invited speakers

Simon Adelman (1999)

Simon Adelman is a Materials Scientist and a regular participant at Johnian Society golf events. Simon carried out his PhD work at Birmingham University in conjunction with the R&A on the performance of golf clubs. At the time, there was concern that with the ever increasing driving distances some of the most historic golf courses in the UK would become unsuitable for professional golf. Simon and co-workers looked at all aspects of equipment performance, including driver head technology, iron and wedge-play, ball construction and aerodynamics. This work still underpins the equipment rules we use today. More recently, professional golfers such as Bryson DeChambeau have been advocating a ‘bomb and gouge’ strategy of hitting drives as far as possible to leave sports shots to the green, figuring that a short shot from the rough is preferable to a longer shot from the fairway. This has led to a number of people questioning whether it is time to change the specifications again.

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Jonathan Lawley (1959)

Jonathan Lawley, a Johnian golfer, has been invited to discuss his latest book A Road to Extinction which addresses the danger of extinction facing remnant tribes of people on the Andaman Islands.

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