Top Golfshake News & Features
Why You Should Be Excited About The Premier Golf League
The much talked about elite Premier Golf League has been a major topic of discussion in recent weeks, drawing a variety of responses. Despite concerns about its funding and unanswered questions, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon believes there are reasons to be excited by this proposed new circuit.
You Could Experience The Masters in 2020
Walking around Augusta National and sampling the unique atmosphere of The Masters is something that most golfers would place on their bucket lists, but with this year's event only weeks away, you may think that it's time too late, however, Golfbreaks.com still has a series of packages available if you want to transform a dream into a reality.
Patrick Reed Brushes Aside Critics to Have Last Laugh
Patrick Reed continues to be dogged by controversy, facing comments made by Brooks Koepka and former CBS golf commentator Peter Kostis during the WGC Mexico Championship, placing more attention on accusations of cheating. Nonetheless, as Derek Clements reflects, the American has managed to brush that aside and win.
Should You Take More Responsibility on the Golf Course?
When to comes to customer satisfaction, golfers rate the quality of greens and condition of the course as the two factors they most value, but a majority believe that some venues aren't good enough. But how much is that the responsibility of the club to deliver, and to what degree can we all do more to help?
Majority of Golfers Continue to Play Through Bad Weather
Winter golf can be a tough sell in the UK, something that has been especially true in February. However, when it comes to the resilience of golfers, we have found that a majority of both club and non-club members will continue to play even when the weather turns inclement.
PXG 0311 GEN3 Irons Review
PXG Irons are unquestionably expensive, but to discover whether the quality of performance matches the price, Golfshake's Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall visited PXG's Northern Fitting Hub at Garforth Golf Club to test and review the new 0311 GEN3.
Honda Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Having skipped the WGC in Mexico, Brooks Koepka is playing in the Honda Classic in search of his best form ahead of the Masters, but he faces a formidable field that includes Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood.
Oman Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The regular European Tour is back on the schedule at the Oman Open, where the likes of former world number one Martin Kaymer, Eddie Pepperell and Thomas Pieters are competing to boost their chances of a surge up the rankings.
A Star is Born as Viktor Hovland Claims First PGA Tour Title
Norway's Viktor Hovland showcased why he's a rising star in the game by winning the Puerto Rico Open in thrilling fashion, raising the possibility that the former U.S. Amateur champion could be a contender for Padraig Harrington's Ryder Cup Team. Derek Clements explains why the 22-year-old is so highly rated.
Patrick Reed Defies Controversies to Win WGC Mexico Championship
Controveries surrounding Patrick Reed refuse to go away, but that hasn't stopped the former Masters champion on the golf course, with the American overtaking Bryson DeChambeau to win the WGC Mexico Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on a dramatic finale.
The Most Important Golf Club In Your Bag
The great Ben Hogan said that the three most vital clubs were the driver, putter, and wedge, in that order. But what do everyday golfers think is the Most Important Club in the Bag? We asked them in the 2019 Golfshake Survey, and the results may come as something of a surprise.
Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour to Accept Golfshake Handicaps
The popular Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour is opening its events to golfers who have a Golfshake Handicap, potentially welcoming non-CONGU players. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken reports on the change and looks back on his experiences in these tournaments.
Glasgow Course Closures Confirmed - And the List Keeps Growing
Glasgow City Council has passed a budget that will likely result in the closure of five of the six municipal courses within the city, a blow to golfers, but one that raises fears that future closures will be imminent in other parts of Scotland and the UK. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer inspection at the potential impact.
Motocaddy Reveals New Golf Trolley Designs
Alongside the innovative new M5 GPS, Motocaddy has revealed updated its popular S1, M1, M1 DHC, M3 PRO and M3 PRO DHC trolleys have also been enhanced with a significant update to incorporate an updated handle design, stylish frame and wheel colouring, in addition to fresh features added to each model after extensive research among golfers.
Motocaddy M5 GPS - The First Touch Screen Electric Trolley
Motocaddy have annnounced the launched of "the world’s first touch screen-enabled electric trolley" as part of its range for 2020, with the M5 GPS trolley.
Review - The Golfer’s Lament: How I Reached for the Pars… and Missed
Golf writer Will Trinkwon reviews - The Golfer’s Lament by Will Nett. The Golfer’s Lament is a breezy and likeable account of the honeymoon period of falling in love with the game. Find out what Will thought.
The 6 Weirdest Places Tour Players Have Hit Golf Balls
At last week’s Genesis Open, Tiger Woods endured an unusual situation. On the third hole of the final round he blazed his tee shot well wide of the fairway and into…a rubbish bin. The bizarre spectacle got us thinking: what are the oddest places pro golfers have hit golf balls during a tournament round?
Stunning Amendoeira Resort Hosts Tournament Golf College
Stars of the future have enrolled to consume some valuable lessons as part of the Tournament Golf College training camp at Amendoeira Golf Resort, which is a unique combination of academic studies and golf development with a variety of degrees available to study with a view to a career in the golf industry.
Duca del Cosma Offers Bigger Choice of Premium Golf Shoes
Italian brand Duca del Cosma will become even more visible this season after increasing the production of its striking line of golf shoes to provide stockists with the variety of options that customers demand for the months ahead.
Guide to Staying at The Open in 2020
In July this year, thousands of people will descend on the small historic town of Sandwich, Kent, to watch the 149th playing of The Open Championship at Royal St George's. Now, if you want to be among them, but don't fancy commuting from a long distance, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains what options you have for accomodation.
Remembering Golf Legend Mickey Wright
Mickey Wright, winner of 13 major championships and 82 titles on the LPGA Tour, has died at the age of 85. We take a look back at the remarkable career of a players who stands regarded as being the finest female golfer in history.
Find Your Next UK Spring Golf Break
Spring is approaching, so what better way to kick off your peak months of golf than by embarking on a break in April? We take a look at just some of the UK's most popular and highly regarded venues that you could experience.
Escape the UK Weather for Winter Golf & Sun
If you have been exhausted by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, maybe it's time for a last minute winter golf break to a sunnier, warmer climate. We have taken a look at some of the best destinations, many of which have incredible deals available.
Callaway MAVRIK Range On Course Test
Discovering more about the new MAVRIK range of golf clubs, Golfshake's Kevin Paver and Ryan Rastall visited Dubai and played 18 holes in the company of Callaway's Owen Davies, using the full product line, testing the drivers, woods and irons for themselves, seeing how they perform on the course, in addition to learning about the technology.
La Cala Ranked Top Three Destination on Golfshake
Spain's La Cala Resort has been ranked in the top-three of golf destinations worldwide by Golfshake. Compared against more than 15,000 reviews submitted by everyday golfers on the website in 2019, La Cala achieved one of the highest ratings on record, placing it at the top of the rankings for courses outside of the UK.
WGC Mexico Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Dustin Johnson returns to defend the WGC Mexico Championship, but will face a strong challenge from the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to an event that kicks off the countdown to the Masters.
Adam Scott Ends American Title Drought in Style at Riviera
Former world number one Adam Scott became the third Australian to win on the PGA Tour this season when he held off a world-class field to secure the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on this continued resurgence from the 2013 Masters champion.
Are Membership Costs Too High And Green Fees Too Low?
Studying the results of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, the subject of cost in the game has risen, specifically whether the price of green fees has devalued club memberships in the modern age. We take a closer look at the topic, how golf compares to other industries, and whether there is an argument to adjust the expense of the sport for golfers.
Potential Closure of Glasgow Municipal Courses is Devastating
Five of Glasgow's six municipal golf courses are facing potential closure, with a Council decision imminent. Golfshake's Derek Clements was born in the city and grew up playing these public layouts, and he describes the devastating impact that losing them could have on the wider community.
Danny Willett Supports Prostate Cancer UK by Wearing Man of Men Badge
Former Masters champion Danny Willett is supporting the invaluable charitable work of Prostate Cancer UK this season by wearing the iconic 'Man of Men' pin badge to help raise awareness for the considerable effort to combat a disease that exists in every golf club.
Want to Experience The Ryder Cup in 2020?
The Ryder Cup has become a sporting occasion unlike any other, dramatic and atmospheric, a rich spectacle that all golfers should experience. And you could there at Whistling Straits in September, backing Team Europe, thanks to incredible packages available from Golfbreaks.com.
Odyssey Unveils New Toulon Putters for 2020
Odyssey has enhanced its acclaimed Toulon family of putters with the unveiling of new models for 2020, featuring striking head shapes, an attractive charcoal smoke finish, adjustable weighting, and the innovative Stroke Lab shaft.
The Solution to Golf's Distance Issue
Following the publishing of the R&A and USGA's Distance Report, Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a light-hearted view of the debate, coming up with his own unique solution to an issue that is set to envelop the game during the months and years ahead.
10 Things Only Tour Pros Use
There are many differences between a tour pro and the average amateur, not just in ability, but also in the equipment and gadgets that they use. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out ten things that you will typically only see leading professionals deploy.
Golfshake Golf Survey
Following some recent articles featured on Golfshake around membership, handicaps and senior golf, we would very much value your thoughts in this quick online survey around these topics.
What Golfers Think of 54 Handicaps
Golfshake's Derek Clements recently wrote two feature articles on the World Handicap System and Senior Golfers, both of which raised points that divided opinion. Gathering the views of the Golfshake Community, Derek responds in this piece.
Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Driver Review
Packed with technology, Cleveland's new Launcher HB Turbo Driver has been designed to deliver enhanced forgiveness, aligned with a high launch and low spin, attributes that should make it an appealing club for a wide variety of golfers. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has tested and reviewed it for us.
8 Ways To Ruin Your Scorecard
There are few things more frustrating than having a great round going and blowing it with one or two terrible holes. In golf, so much can go wrong. What mistake usually catches you out? Here, we count down some of the most common card wreckers.
Why Members Locker Rooms Are a Good Thing
When you visit a golf club, do you view locker rooms for members as exclusive or antiquated? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon can understand that perspective, but he believes that there is a charm about these facilities that make venues distinctive.
Genesis Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
New world number one Rory McIlroy heads a stunning field at Riveria for the Genesis Open, including Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, who could secure that top ranking for themselves. Tiger Woods is also competing that this historic venue. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for a highlight of the PGA Tour schedule.
Taylor Becomes First Canadian to Nick Title at Pebble Beach
Nick Taylor became the first Canadian to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - and he did it in style, beating American Kevin Streelman into second place by four shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend's action.
How Far Should You Hit Your Driver?
Tour players are hitting the ball further than before, but is that the same for the average golfer? It has been hot topic of discussion since the R&A published their Distance Insights Project Report, and we have studied data to see just how far everyday golfers are driving across a range of handicap categories.
Rory McIlroy World Ranking Journey
Rory McIlroy returns as world number one, eight years on from when he first reached that status, and a decade since he broke into the top ten. We take a look through his career journey in the World Ranking, including the many ups and downs, but reflecting his brilliant consistency.
Female Golf Participation Increases in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has been leading the way by implementing the R&A's Women in Golf Charter, launching a series of events and initiatives that have seen female participation in the country increase at a faster rate than before.
How Golfers Can Support Mental Health of Greenkeepers
Have you considered the impact that pressure from members and negative feedback can have on the mental health of greenkeepers? Golfshake's Andy Picken was intrigued by the story of Michael Davie, Course Manager at Hazel Grove, who received a special award recognising the efforts he has made to support his colleagues across the industry.
Motocaddy Adds Five New Golf Bags for 2020
Motocaddy has made an exciting addition to its popular and award-winning golf bag offering, revealing five models to join the Pro-Series that had been updated last year, providing even more options to golfers in the market for a new bag.
Best Super Game Improvement Irons of 2020
Unquestionably the most fun clubs you can hit, Super Game Improvement Irons represent an emerging category that have been created to make the game easier for higher handicap golfers. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall provides an informed assessment to direct you towards the right clubs for your game.
Best Mid-Handicap Irons of 2020
Designed with better players who are searching for those higher levels of performance in mind, Mid-Handicap Irons represent a massively diverse category that can be hard to search through. Fortunately, that's where Golfshake's Ryan Rastall comes into play, having tested the major releases that you'll see on the market
Best Game Improver Irons of 2020
Game Improvement Irons are engineered for a wide spectrum of golfers, generally those searching for greater performance and forgiveness. Packed with the latest technology incorporated to make the game that little bit easier for the majority of players. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has described the best of 2020.
Governing Bodies to Finally Address Increasing Distance in Golf
Tour professionals are hitting the ball further than they used to. Much further. And now the R&A and USGA have finally decided that something that must be done to tackle the issue and preserve the game. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on a huge story in the future of golf.
Benefits of Recycling Your Golf Clubs
Have you got a stack of extra, unwanted golf clubs sitting in your garage? Well, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken was in the same position, but thanks to golfclubs4cash having a trade-in event nearby, he found a solution to his hoarding.
Littlestone Attracts Younger Golfers With Revamped Memberships
Kent's Littlestone Golf Club has sought to attract younger golfers to its revered course and the adjacent Warren Club by revamping its membership structure, providing incredible value for several key age groups.
Oman Open Commissions Environmentally Sustainable Bamboo Golf Tees
Pursuing environmental sustainability, OCEAN TEE, a creator of biodegradable golf tees, has been commissioned by the Oman Open to produce bespoke branded tees in time for the event, which will be made available to European Tour players at the tournament, packaged in recyclable, custom branded matchboxes.
TaylorMade Introduces New Spider & Truss Putters
For 2020, TaylorMade has made exciting additions to its putter offering, announcing the Spider S, which continues the popular range of stable and high forgiving mallet designs, while the manufacturer has also revealed its latest innovation, the more traditionally crafted Truss.
Golf Pong With Adrian Otaegui
Golfshake's Ryan Rastall had the chance to meet two-time European Tour winner Adrian Otaegui, who has signed up with striking apparal company TravisMathew, testing both his golf skills and depth of knowledge in a unique game of Golf Pong.
The Best Golf Films of All Time
It's movie awards season, headlined by BAFTA and the Oscars, but while there aren't any golf related films nominated this year, our sport has been documented in many iconic motion pictures. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out some of the best, ideal should be looking for something to watch.
TaylorMade Reveals New Tour Response and Soft Response Golf Balls
TaylorMade has taken lessons absorbed from a lengthy consultation process with thousands of golfers to create the new Tour Response and Soft Response golf balls to deliver even greater levels of performance.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Preview, Picks & Analysis
Approaching his 50th birthday, Phil Mickelson returns to one of his favourite playgrounds for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. There is a strong field gathered at this iconic venue - among the most revered in golf - with a victory on this course rated a career highlight for anyone.
ISPS Handa Vic Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads Down Under for the ISPS Handa Vic Open, where Scotland's David Law defends the title that he secured 12 months ago. Bringing together the men's and women's games in tournaments played concurrently, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a unique event on the schedule.
Resurgent McDowell Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert With Victory
Graeme McDowell is celebrating his first European Tour victory in six years, continuing a career resurgence that has now seen the Northern Irishman move back into the top 50 in the world rankings. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a memorable weekend for the 40-year-old.
What is Wrong With Golfers Having a 54 Handicap?
Coming in November, the World Handicap System is destined to change the game as we know it, with one of the early main concerns being the increase of a maximum handicap to 54. But is this a problem? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about.
Best Fairway Woods of 2020
Fairway Woods remain a vital component of your game, with the leading manufacturers reflecting that status through the release of a wide variety of models in time for the 2020 season. But which is right for you? Golfshake's Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall points you in the right direction.
Best Hybrids of 2020
Many of the golf industry's most innovative technologies are being implemented within hybrids, showcased through the many new releases that we have seen unveiled on the market for this year. Golfshake's Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall, has chosen his favourite hybrids for this season.
FootJoy Pro SL & Pro SL Carbon Review
FootJoy has launched its new Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon golf shoes for 2020, the next generation in a hugely popular line. Golfshake's Kevin Paver has taken both models onto the course for a varied test in a wide range of weather and conditions.
Don't Expect Senior Golfers to Solve the Game's Problems
Golf clubs are searching for routes to increase revenue, but is there any weight to the idea of charging those who play the most, more for their memberships? Golfshake's Derek Clements rejects the thought of senior golfers paying more, describing the vital benefits they already bring to the game.
Bushnell Introduces New Tour V5 & Tour V5 Shift Lasers
Bushnell has introduced the new Tour V5 and Tour V5 Shift for 2020, two models that have continued the innovative standards established by the brand, designed with the ideal combination of size, speed, accuracy and Visual JOLT to deliver confidence over every shot.
Testing Callaway Chrome Soft & Chrome Soft X
For 2020, Callaway has launched its newly engineered Chrome Soft & Chrome Soft X, both of which have received significant investment for the season ahead. Golfshake's Kevin Paver played 18 holes in the company of Callaway's Owen Davies, testing both golf balls, learning more about the technology and manufacturing process.
The Biggest Crowds in Golf History
Each year, the Waste Mangement Phoenix Open draws a staggering number of people to TPC Scottsdale, a record 719,179 for the week in 2018. But how does this compare to other events in the game? We take a look at the biggest crowds in golf history.
2019 Golfshake Golf Course Awards
The Golfshake Course Section is home to over 250,000 independent golf course reviews. We have compiled each of the reviews from last year to reveal our 'Golfshake Golf Course Awards' to recognise those venues that had a successful season when it came to connecting with our Members.
Amy Boulden Wins LET Qualifying School at La Manga
Welsh star Amy Boulden has confirmed her return to the Ladies European Tour for the 2020 season after topping the leaderboard at LET Qualifying School, winning the event at Spain's La Manga Club by three shots from Magdalena Simmermacher and Alison Muirhead.
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