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How to Play Swiss Golf

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Hornussen is a traditional sport in German-speaking parts of Switzerland. It may date back as far as the 17th Century. Hornussen is a bit like golf and a bit like baseball. In this team sport, a player on one team hits a small rubber ball called a hornet using a 10-foot long club that is very flexible. It's more like a thick whip than a solid club.

The batter drives the ball out into the field. The opposing team members are downrange, carrying large paddles. Their goal is to intercept the ball before it hits the ground. A team accumulates points by driving its hornets farther without getting knocked out of the air by its opponents.


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