News & Features
Golfshake Podcast #8 - BMW PGA, North West Links, Trip Insights
In this week's episode, Kieran Clark and Owen Davies discuss the weekends' tour action, look ahead to the European Tours flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship and are joined by James Somerside from Golfbreaks.com.
Padraig Harrington Replicates Famous Birkdale Shot
Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington made an overdue return to Royal Birkdale on Monday (22nd May) to replicate one of the most famous shots in modern Open Championship history.
Study Confirms that Family is Key to Growing Golf
Increasing participation and driving more youngsters to golf is something that the game is attempting to achieve, and an independent study that was conducted by Sports Marketing Surveys INC. for the Golf Foundation has confirmed the crucial importance that families will play in this process.
Callaway Unveils EPIC Irons and Hybrids
Callaway has launched what has been described as its most advanced and technologically refined irons and hybrids to date, with the official unveiling of its EPIC and Epic Pro Irons and Hybrids.
Feature Q&A: Emma Ballard on Women's Golf Day
Women's Golf Day takes place on June 6, around the world, to help drive women's participation. Golf Writer Josh Carr caught up with Emma Ballard, UK Ambassador of Women's Golf Day, to see find out what it is about and what their aims are.
European Tour Stars Praise Verdura Resort
Leading golfers from the European Tour left highly positive feedback for Sicily's highly regarded Verdura Resort, which has been hailed as one of the most spectacular tournament venues on the circuit.
Powakaddy Upgrades Intelligent TOUCH Model
Leading electric trolley brand Powakaddy has upgraded its intelligent and advanced TOUCH® model for this year with striking trims and graphics, 12 months after it was officially launched.
Time to Think About a Fifth International Major
There has been growing speculation that the US PGA Championship is to be moved from August to May, but Golfshake's Derek Clements asks whether it's time for golf to have a fifth international major outwith the US and UK.
BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
It's time for the BMW PGA Championship at a rejuvenated West Course at Wentworth! The likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter are all attempting to take the title that Chris Wood secured 12 months ago.
Dean and Deluca at Colonial Preview, Picks & Analysis
Jordan Spieth returns to Colonial to defend the Dean and Deluca Invitational, looking to end a disappointing run of form since the Masters. Derek Clements previews the tournament held at one of the PGA Tour's classic venues.
Billy Horschel Overcomes Worst Run of Career to Win Again
Billy Horschel overcame the worst run of his career - missing 14 cuts in 25 events - to defeat Jason Day in a playoff at the Byron Nelson, while Alvaro Quiros rolled back the years to secure victory in Italy. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action.
Rory Mcllroy Withdraws From BMW PGA at Wentworth
Following a recurrence of his early season rib injury at The Players Championship, Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next week's BMW PGA Championship, a significant blow for the showpiece at Wentworth.
Essendon Country Club Adds Short Game Area to Impressive Facilities
The beautiful Essendon Country Club and Hertfordshire has officially opened its newly developed short game practice area that would be the envy of most other golf clubs, adding to the impressive facilities already in place.
Golfy Adds Four Spanish Golf Destinations to Travel Network
Golfy has increased its presence in Spain, with the addition of four leading partner destinations to its impressive network of golf courses and hotels throughout Continental Europe.
Remembering Byron Nelson's Historic 1945 Season
This week’s Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour commemorates the life of one of the pioneers of American golf, and one of the finest players of all-time. We take a look back at his amazing career, particularly his historic 1945 season, when he won 11 consecutive tournaments.
Bespoke Package Launched at Stunning Macdonald Portugal Resort
For golfers looking to combine the highest quality with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the game's leading professionals, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa, the five-star Portuguese development located in the Serra de Monchique Mountains, has launched an eye-catching bespoke ‘Champions Package’ to celebrate the Open de Portugal having returned to The European Tour’s schedule after a seven-year absence.
Ian Poulter to Make Wentworth Return at BMW PGA
Following his runner-up finish at The Players Championship, Ian Poulter has accepted an invitation from the European Tour to compete in next week's BMW PGA Championship, making his first appearance at Wentworth since 2014.
Best Players Never to Have Won a Major
Sergio Garcia finally managed to pick up his first major victory at the Masters in April, but as we approach the US Open, who are the best players still to claim one of golf's biggest championships? Derek Clements picks out some contenders for that title.
Titleist Latest Collection of Golf Bags Delivers Performance
Titleist's Players Collection of stand bags are now available to purchase worldwide, with the line having been carefully designed with focus on the performance requirements of the most dedicated golfers.
Broke Hill Offers Membership to Unluckiest Golfer
Do you have a notable tale of woe and misfortune on the golf course? Broke Hill Golf Club has begun a search for the south's unluckiest golfer in a bid to change their fortunes, offering a three month membership to the winner.
Odyssey O-Works Video Review
Golfshake's Owen Davies reviews the Odyssey’s newly launched O-Works Putters for the 2017 season.
Bettinardi Inovai 3.0 Review
The INOVAI 3.0 is new from Bettinardi for 2017 features a high MOI design to help keep the putter as stable as possible through out your stroke. Golfshake's Owen Davies puts it to the test.
Flexible Membership Policy Draws Golfers to QHotels
Golfers are being drawn to join the clubs at QHotels mainly due to the flexibile membership structure, a survery undertaken by the UK golf resort operator has found.
Experience Titleist Ultimate Fit During BMW PGA at Wentworth
Quite an opportunity! Regular golfers have been ganted the chance from Titleist to experience The Ultimate Fit in the presence of the world's finest players, courtesy of unique fitting experiences on the driving range at this month's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Golfshake Podcast #7 - UK's Best Links Courses
Kieran Clark is joined by Owen Davies for the Golfshake Podcast. They discuss the recent Players Championship, Golf's 5th Major and the UK's best Links Courses.
Wilson Staff Infinite Midway Putter Review
It is fair to say Wilson Staff's Midway putter is pretty unusual, it features and Arm Lock design. The Golfshake team recently headed to the putting green to put it to the test. Read how they got on.
Wilson Staff 8802 Putter Review
The Golfshake Team recently headed to the putting green to put the very best putters of 2017 to the test. This included the Wilson Staff 8802 Putter. Read the review here.
Rafa Cabrera Bello's Incredible Finish at The Players!
Rafa Cabrera Bello produced an incredible finish to the Players Championship on Sunday, holing his second shot on the 16th to record the first albatross on the hole, making birdie on the iconic 17th, before a miraculous par save on the 18th after hooking his drive into the water.
Resurgent Ian Poulter Rolls Back Years at TPC Sawgrass
Just weeks after thinking he had lost his tour card, Ian Poulter rolled back the years at TPC Sawgrass to finish second at The Players Championship, proving that there is still life in the career of the colourful and determined 41-year-old.
Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis
Sergio Garcia returns to defend the Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort, with the likes of Dustin Johnson and Jason Day also in attendance in what is a strong field. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the likely contenders.
Rocco Forte Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour makes its way to the stunning Verdura Resort in Sicily, where a number of home favourites will be hoping to secure the title in Italy. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at which of them could do it this week.
Impressive Si Woo Kim Becomes Youngest Ever Champion at Sawgrass
At just 21 years of age, South Korea's Si Woo Kim produced an impressive performance to become the youngest ever winner of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, overcoming the challenge of a resurgent Ian Poulter.
Experience South Africa with Golfbreaks Fancourt Classic
Golfers from the UK will have the enticing opportunity to experience the unquestioned majesty of South Africa’s most highly regarded golf resort, thanks to the newly launched Golfbreaks.Com Fancourt Classic.
SMARTGOLF Launches Innovative Practice Putter via KickStarter
Having already created the revolutionary and highly regarded SMARTGOLF Club, the team behind that innovation will be launching a KickStarter campaign for their latest imagining, the SMARTGOLF Putter, which has been engineered to help regular golfers with busy and active lives to practice their putting at their convenience.
Can a Beginner Beat Thomas Bjorn After Six Months of Training?
How far could a beginner go with six months of training? ECCO Golf is providing us with the opportunity to find out, courtesy of a fun series of videos that will chronicle the journey of a novice golfer to learn the game with the objective of beating Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn at the European Tour’s Made in Denmark
Timely Hole in One for Sergio at Sawgrass!
It's been quite a few weeks for Sergio Garcia, starting with his breathtaking major success at Augusta National. The Masters champion returned to competitive action at the Players Championship, and he recorded just eighth hole-in-one recorded in tournament history on the iconic 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass!
Bushnell Golf Unveils Excel GPS Watch
Bushnell Golf has launched the next generation of distance-measuring golf devices, with the much anticipated unveiling of the EXCEL Golf GPS Watch. In addition to offering the vital information on course, the EXCEL also takes advantage of integrated Bluetooth technology to work in tandem with the Bushnell Golf App.
Most Dramatic Caddie Fallouts in Golf
Following the dramatic break-up between Danny Willett and his former caddie Jon Smart, Derek Clements takes a look through some of the biggest player-caddie fallouts in golf, including Seve Ballesteros, Luke Donald and Nick Faldo.
Las Colinas Supports #ThisGirlGolfs with Lady Golfer Magazine
The stunning Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has joined forces with Lady Golfer Magazine to support their #ThisGirlGolfs campaign and to provide eye-catching prizes to the winners of three upcoming golf events in the UK.
Gastro Golf Offers Exceptional Holidays to Lovers of Quality Courses and Food
If you have a passion for quality golf courses and exceptional food, then bespoke travel company Gastro Golf is offering golfers an opportunity to experience the highest standard golf holiday.
Revolutionary Toptracer Range Technology Comes to 3 Hammers
Toptracer (formerly Protracer) has revolutionised the way that viewers watch golf on television, and those same people can experience that same affect with the technology coming to pioneering 3 Hammers, the pioneering Midlands golf complex, which is offering average golfers to paint their own pictures in the sky.
Golfers Drawn Towards Free Motocaddy GPS App
Golfers have been drawn to the concept of a free GPS app from leading trolley brand Motocaddy, with an impressive total of more than 13,000 downloads being recorded in April.
American Golf to Host Tournament of Champions in Mauritius
American Golf has confirmed that the winners of this year’s American Golf Grand Finals at the Belfry will qualify for the inaugural Tournament of Champions at the stunning Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius.
McIlroy is TaylorMade Solution for Golf Club Manufacturer
Coming hot off the news that Rory McIlroy had signed a contract with the brand, it has now been confirmed that TaylorMade has been sold along with Adams Golf and Ashworth for $425m. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the latest.
Best Shots on 17th at TPC Sawgrass
The PLAYERS Championship has developed into one of the game's leading events, boasting an impressive field over a TPC Sawgrass layout that has become iconic, particularly the par three 17th. Take a look through some of the best shots and moments on what is arguably golf's most famous short hole.
Rory McIlroy Signs With TaylorMade Golf
In huge news ahead of this week's PLAYERS Championship, TaylorMade Golf Company has revealed that four-time major champion Rory McIlroy has signed a long-term agreement with the manufacturer.
OWN THE APPROACH With Golfshake This May!
Spring is slowly edging towards Summer! We’re now into May and the season has fully kicked in, with this month being the ideal time to improve and ready your game for the weeks ahead. Hitting more Greens in Regulation and lowering your scores is the focus in of #OWNTHEAPPROACH with TaylorMade Golf that is BACK on Golfshake for another year!
The Shire London Extends Special Seve Ballesteros Deal
Marking what would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday, The Shire London, which was designed by the legendary Spaniard, has extended its 'Seve 60' deal through into June.
3 Hammers Youngster Secures National Skills Title at American Golf Show
Spencer Worley, a regular at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex, impressed judges at the American Golf Manchester Golf Show to secure the prestigious AG Skills Skool Championship.
Golfshake Podcast #6 - GolfSixes, Players, Interview with Matt Holbrook
In this week's podcast Golfshake's Kieran Clark and Owen Davies are joined by Golfshake ambasssador Matt Holbrook to discuss the week's golf action including the European Tour GolfSixes event which both Owen and Matt attended. Matt also talks through his passion for golf.
Golfers Invited to Nationwide Titleist Fitting Day
Golfers across the country are invited to experience the Complete Performance of Titleist's 917 Drivers and Fairways by taking part in the nationwide #Titleist917 National Fitting Day on Saturday 20th May.
Dubai Launches Exciting Website to Enhance Golf Tourism
Dubai has launched an exciting website to enhance awareness of the world-leading, premium golf destination that brings together - for the first time in one place - everything visitors and tour operators need to know about experiencing golf in the famous city.
The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Players Championship from TPC Sawgrass is one of the great events on the calender, with Jason Day defending the title he secured 12 months ago. Boasting arguably the strongest field in golf, it's always a highlight of the season. Derek Clements looks at the potential contenders at the game's unofficial "fifth major".
Portugal Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Portugal Open makes a welcome return to the European Tour this week, and Derek Clements has identified some potential contenders, including England's Eddie Pepperell and the talented Ricardo Gouveia.
Assessing a Successful Debut for GolfSixes
Denmark were crowned the inaugural GolfSixes champions after beating Australia at the Centurion Club in St. Albans, but the wider story was the unique event itself and whether it was a success. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it was.
Brian Harman Holes Magical Putt to Claim Second PGA Tour Victory
Brian Harman holed a magical 30-foot putt on the 72nd hole of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish ahead of returning world number one Dustin Johnson and secure a second title on the PGA Tour.
Golfshake Podcast #5 - Italy Golf and More, GolfSixes
In this week's golf Podcast Golfshake's Kieran Clark and Owen Davies discuss the week's tour events including the new and exciting Eurooean Tour GolfSixes event taking place at the Centurion Club. The guys are also joined by Maurizio de Vito Piscicelli from Italy Golf and More to discuss what Italy has to offer for visiting golfers.
Twitter Vote Determines LPGA Tour Exemption
The LPGA's upcoming ShopRite Classic has sought to generate interest in the event by opening up its final sponsor exemption to a public vote on Twitter, with Susana Benavides, Sharmila Nicollet, Blair O'Neal and Scotland's Carly Booth the four contenders in the poll that will complete the field in next month's tournament.
R&A and USGA to Review Use of Green Reading Books
The R&A and USGA have released a statement that confirms their attention to review the use of green reading books and guides thave become common on the tour. Future action is expected on the devices that have been suggested to reduce the skill of judging break when putting.
Fun and Innovative GolfSixes Should be Embraced
The European Tour's innovative GolfSixes is coming up this weekend at the Centurion Golf Club in St. Albans. 16 nations will be represented by two players each in the six-hole context, which is set to attract large crowds with an loud atmosphere encouraged. Derek Clements believes this fun and potentially exciting event is just what the game needs and should be welcomed.
Relief for Ian Poulter After Tour Card Reprieve
After losing his card on the PGA Tour, Ian Poulter was faced with an uncertain few months ahead. However, following a consideration on the way that points were allocated, the Englishman has received a reprieve and retains his playing rights.
Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
World Number One Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour at the Wells Fargo Championship this week. The American dramatically missed last month's Masters Tournament due to inury, but is back to continue his recent dominance in the game. Derek Clements believes the U.S. Open Champion may return with yet another title.
Exuberant Alexander Levy Secures Double Victory in China
Alex Levy showed his passion with a wild celebration after securing the Volvo China Open for a second time, while young Australian Cameron Smith finally holed the crucial putt to claim the Zurich Classic for himself and partner Jonas Blixt following a tense playoff on Monday. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the action.
Second Generation Arccos 360 Hits Retailers
Leading brand and technology partner of Microsoft, Arccos has confirmed that its second-generation Arccos 360 is now available to purchase at leading golf retailers and pro shots worldwide.
Rule Change on Video Evidence Should be Welcomed
The R&A and USGA have unveiled a rule that is designd to curtail the use of video and television evidence when it comes to penalties. But does this make any difference? Golfshake's Derek Clements welcomes the change.
Odyssey O-Works Putter Range Review
Odyssey have launched their new O-Works range for 2017. We decided to put the range to the test and inparticular the micro-hinge technology that is the big innovation of the line.
Five-Star Boutique Hotel Opens at Award-Winning Algarve Resort
Following much anticipation, the five-star boutique hotel at the Algarve's celebrated Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort has finally been opened.
Golfshake Podcast #4 - Golf in Ireland, Links Swing
This week Kieran Clark and Owen Davies are joined by Irish golf writer Kevin Markham to discuss the weeks news on tour as well as golf in Ireland.
Feature Interview: Doug Poole talks National Golf Month and growing the game
National Golf Month begins in May and golf writer Josh Carr caught up with the Project Director Doug Poole to see how prospective golfers can get involved.
Golf Insurance 4 U Offers Inclusive Package for Golfers
With a staggering 90% of amateur golfers believed to be playing the game without any insurance cover, potentially leaving them at risk of having to pay large sums in compensation, Golf Insurance 4 U has unveiled a fully inclusive package that is designed specifically for golfers.
Tee Time Search
We recently rolled out a new search tool to make finding somewhere to play easier so you can find the right course, at the right time and at the right price. Why not give it a go?