Articles by Matt Holbrook

Celtic Manor - The Twenty Ten Experience

Golfshake contributor Matt Holbrook recently headed to Celtic Manor to play the 2010 course. Read about his experinces at the Ryder Cup venue.

Who would make your 2016 European Ryder Cup team?

Golfshake contributor, Matt Holbrook counts down to the 2016 Ryder Cup and shares his predictions of who might make the team in 2016. 

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Thinking about a golf trip to Europe ? Portugal ? The Algarve ? then look no further the the Amendoeira Golf resort that not only provides excellent accommodation, facilities & activities for all the family but is the gateway to 40 golf courses nearby. We recently headed over from the UK for a short trip staying at the Amendoeria and experiencing the 7 Oceanico courses that are located nearby.

Feature Review: Oceanico Faldo

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  This is the review for the Faldo course.

Feature Review: Oceanico Victoria

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  This is the review for the Victoria course.

Feature Review: Oceanico O'Connor

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  Read the review for the O'Connor course.

Feature Review: Oceanico Old Course

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador & feature writer Matt Holbrook to play the Oceanico courses at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Vilamoura.  Read the review for the Oceanico Old course.

Feature Review - PUMA TITANTOUR [First Impressions]

PUMA have been making some great golf gear for some time and so when we heard of the realease of their new TITANTOUR shoe we decided to send some avid golfers out to get a first look at the 'Coolest' shoe in golf.

Feature Review GolfBuddy LR4

If you are looking for the perfect distance measuring device in 2015 then look no further than the GolfBuddy LR4 which is the upgrade on last year's GolfBuddy LR3 model.

Feature Review GAMEGOLF

Golfshake member Matt Holbrook recently took the opportunity to test out the latest wearable golf technology on the market - GAME GOLF.

Tee Claw helps golfers 'practice Like they play'

Tee Claw is an innovative golfing accessory designed to help the hardcore golfers amongst us to “Practice like you play”.

SkyCaddie Touch Review

Golfshaker Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to test the new SkyCaddie Touch and shares his experience.

Bridgestone Ball Fitting Experience

During the fitting I learnt that the ball I was currently using wasn't ideal and was creating too much spin, in particular on my tee shots, which meant if my strike wasn't perfect (which it often isn't) I was either losing my drives left or right.

Ryder Cup Team Europe Decision Time

Following today's Italian Open on the European Tour the 9 players that have automatically qualified for the European Ryder cup side have now been confirmed. Who would get your Captain's pick ?

Feature Review - Tupper putter grips

Golfshake writer Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to have a look at the latest in Putter Grip technology from new manufacturer Tupper.

Sandford Springs Feature Review

Sandford Springs is highly popular modern 'Golf Resort' that boasts 27 holes of golfing delight and we sent Golfshake member Matt Holbrook to check out this course playing all 3 loops of 9.

Review Colne Valley Golf Club

Set in the quaint village of Earls Colne, 10 miles West of Colchester, Colne Valley sits in the tranquil countryside of Essex offering a treat of parkland golf for players of all abilities since 1989.

Review Swingbyte Golf Swing Analyser

Matt Holbrook recently got the chance to check out golf swing analyser Swingbyte for a Golfshake review and to test out on my swing to see how it stacks up and hopefully help improve my game.

The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots - UPDATE

Following on from his original article back in August 2013 looking at who could make the 2014 European Ryder Cup team - Matt Holbrook takes another look now that the season is in full flow.

Sponsorship in Golf, Golf in Sponsorship

Matt Holbrook takes a look at sponsorship in golf at the other end of the game.

Feature Review The Manor House Hotel & Golf Club

The Manor House is a beautiful and classic parkland course set deep in the Cotswold Valleys. We sent Golfshake Members Chris Perry and Matt Holbrook along to review.

Feature Review Great Hadham Golf & Country Club

Near Bishop Stortford, Great Hadham Golf Club is situated on the Essex, Hertfordshire border. We sent Golfshake Member Matt Holbrook along to review.

Identify Your Game - Stamp Your Balls

Golfshake's Matt Holbrook had a look at the newest golf craze and one with a real purpose on the golf course.

Golf Apps - 2014

Golfshaker Matt Holbrook shares his opinions on some of the most popular golf apps on the market.

FENIX Golf - Golf Apparel

Functional, Comfortable and durable, the FENIX range offer any golfer something as well as being able to custom your own designs.

EurAsia Cup 2014

After successful viewing figures for match play events such as The Ryder Cup & Solheim Cup - the European Tour look set to continue this trend by adding a brand new match play event for the 2014 season.

The Race for the European Ryder Cup spots

As the race for the European Ryder Cup spots begins this week at the ISPS Handa Wales Open we take a look at some potentials names to miss out on automatic qualification as well as those that are looking ideally positioned in the current standings.

Review John Letters TR47

Golfshakers Matt Holbrook and Kamal Lakhani joined the Golfshake team at Direct Golf Cambridge to put the new John Letter TR47 range through it's paces.

Caddies Professional Golf Wipes

A new product has hit the golf market to help and aid golfers in keeping their golf equipment clean before during and after a round.

Golfband Training Aid - Feature Review

Matt Holbrook takes a look at the simple, but highly effective Golfband training aid....

Tour Tweets of the Week #2nd Dec 2012

Matt's fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.

Wilson Staff DXi Superlight Driver Review

Wilson introduced the DXi Superlight driver earlier this year as part of an extensive 2012 golf range to help golfer of all abilities improve their game.  Already playing the Wilson Staff Ci11 irons along with Wilson wedges I was keen to see how the Driver stacked up against my only none Wilson club in my current bag.

Golf Buddy Voice Review

The Golf Buddy Voice launched earlier this year and made a great impact offering something different in the fast growing Golf GPS market. Having not really used a GPS device before and especially one that talked I was very eager to test out this product.

McIlroy v Donald - Race to Dubai Final

So we head into the final round of the Race to Dubai season tomorrow and you couldn’t have scripted it any better. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald share the lead and will head out in the last pairing tomorrow. Golfshake takes a look at the head to head stats..

Player of the Year Contenders - European and PGA Tour

I think everyone would agree that winning his 2nd major, 2 FedEx cup wins plus winning both money lists and being world number 1, Rory McIlroy has probably done enough to ensure he will be named as player of the year – probably on both tours.  But what about the other potential contenders that may have been overshadowed by the Irish mans brilliance ?

Tour Tweets of the Week #17th Nov 2012

Matt's fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.

Golf TV - The Future?

So I sat down to watch the start of the Golf Grand Slam event in Bermuda. Set my sky to auto change to Sky Sports 3 for its scheduled 9pm start and to my shock when the channel changed what I found wasn't the golf. In fact it was....

Tour Tweets of the Week #26th Oct 2012

A fun and off topic look at what the Tour players are talking about this week.

Feature Review: Son Antem

The Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect location for golfers and non golfers visiting Mallora. Offering 2 golf courses, excellent golf facilities and the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered.

Thumb Caddy Grip Aid

The Thumb Caddy is a new, unique and quirky training aid fresh to the market in 2012 designed to help improve your grip.

Weekly Twitter round up #12th Oct 2012

Weekly Twitter round up.  See what the pros have been saying on twitter over the last 7 days.

Team Europe - Players Review

Matt takes a look at the European Team and offers is review and ratings for each of the players.  Do you think he his right ?

Interview - Why Did You Decide to Become a Caddy?

Many of you may have read my interview with European Tour caddy Richard Logue.  As a follow up to this I was given the chance to speak with Matt Middleton, who you probably wouldn't have heard of.

Parallel Clothing

If you want to be the envy of your playing partners then make your next stop Parallel Clothing.

Caddy Interview - Richard Logue

Recently writer Matt Holbrook got the chance to catch up and have a chat with Richard Logue  who is currently caddy for James Morrison on the European Tour, and has been for the past 18 months.

Review: The 15th Club - Golf Training Aid

The 15th Club is new to the golf market for 2012. The simple, versatile, lightweight affordable training aid/warm up tool is perfectly designed to fit into any golfers bag.

Feature: Playing My First Competitive Game

So I'm sure many have been in this situation, for me it may have taken longer than usual 3 years in fact due to not being a club member, to play in your first competitive round of golf.

Feature Review - GoKart Golf Trolley

Golfshake recently featured some of the electric golf trolley's on the market and following on from this I got the opportunity to check out the standard speed control electric trolley from GoKart.

Groove Fix Stylish Golf Accessories

GrooveFix are taking Golfing accessories to a different level with their unique design and quality finish making them a must for any golfer.

Feature Review - GOTtheVibe

GOTtheVibe is an innovative patented damper device fitted into the shaft of any putter developed by Dave Hicks Putting (DHP).  The GOTtheVibe works by reducing vibrations in the putter head increasing the size of the sweet spot and dramatically increasing feel which results in improved confidence, accuracy and distance control and has been known to save up to 5 putts strokes in a round.

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