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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.
The Fastest Rounds of Golf
On Sunday at the Dubai Desert Classic, Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg astonishingly completed his final round in just 96 minutes, having ran between shots, a time that the European Tour has now reported to be a record. We took a look back at previous blink and you'll miss it rounds.
ECCO Reveals S-THREE Golf Shoe
ECCO GOLF is renowned for the innovative nature of its footwear, a reputation that is set to be further enhanced by the ECCO S-THREE, a hybrid model that has been created to deliver comfort and on-course performance through the introduction of a new midsole technology for zonal support.
Golfshake 2019 Highly Recommended Golf Courses
As we start the new year and new decade, Golfshake once again compiles its list of golf courses achieving the 'Highly Recommended' status for 2019. The golf clubs achieving this continues to rise with over 500 now on the 2019 list.
Try Out New Drivers at American Golf Stores
As you will have seen across Golfshake and the golf industry at large, the game's leading manufacturers have been releasing their new technology and drivers for 2020, all of which make promises of increases distance. But to discover which is right for you, American Golf is inviting golfers to test them out.
Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Rickie Fowler is back in Arizona to defend his title at the unique and atmospheric Waste Management Phoenix Open, where massive crowds will cheer on - and sometimes boo - the field. It's an event that divides opinion, but there is always drama. Golfshake's Derek Clements sets the scene for us.
Saudi International Preview
Dustin Johnson defends his title at the Saudi International against a strong field, which includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Herbert and Leishman Make it Australia Day With Brilliant Victories
What a weekend that was for Australian golf. Lucas Herbert won the Dubai Desert Classic and Marc Leishman claimed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And both men did it the hard way, producing fabulous final rounds to storm through their respective fields. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the two triumphs.
Best Drivers of 2020
With so many new drivers being launched onto the market for this year, it can be hard to choose between them, but to help you find the best to try out at the range or consider buying to enhance your game, Golfshake's Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall has selected his favourites for 2020.
6 Things Your Golf Club Must Do in 2020
We all want to see golf growing, but can your club achieve that objective? Despite reports that golf continues to see declines, we look at six things that golf clubs should be doing in 2020 to ensure they thrive and grow into the new decade.
80 Remarkable Jack Nicklaus Facts & Stats
The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus remains the ultimate benchmark for golf's emerging champions. Now 80, we felt it was a timely moment to pick out 80 Facts & Stats that underline the greatness of a career that rewrote the history books.
18 Toughest Holes on The Open Rota
There are 180 holes that comprise the Open Championship rotation, but which are the most difficult for average golfers? Looking at a decade of statistics from the Golfshake Score Tracker, we have been able to identify some of the most testing holes based on the scorecards of Golfshake Members.
Players to Watch at the Dubai Desert Classic
The Dubai Desert Classic is among the European Tour's most iconic stops. Ahead of the event, we have taken a closer look at several of the likely contenders, noting their pre-tournament thoughts.
Titleist Engineers New AVX Golf Ball
Delivering greater ball speeds, distance and short-game control, Titlest's next generation AVX has been created to provide that appealing combination of increased yardage aligned with a soft feel that golfers crave around the greens.
How SuperSpeed Golf Can Help You to Gain More Distance
Looking to take his game to the next level, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has spent much of winter using SuperSpeed Golf to add more distance to his driving. Matt explains what the product is, how it works, and what differences it has already made to his swing.
Golfers Prove That Life Really Does Begin at 40
Lee Westwood rolled back the years in Abu Dhabi to win at the age of 46. The Englishman is just the latest example of golfers tasting glory later in their careers, many of whom have enjoyed incredible success. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on ten stars who defied the clock.
FootJoy Introduces New Pro|SL Golf Shoes for 2020
FootJoy's Pro|SL has been the popular brand's bestseller line, so you may not think that change is required, but rather than creating something entirely new, the manufacturer has spent 18 months developing and aiming to deliver an enhanced Pro|SL, unveiled now for the 2020 season.
Titleist Launches New Vokey SM8 Wedges
Titleist has launched its newly crafted Vokey Design SM8 Wedges, engineered by the legendary Bob Vokey, who has continued his long-standing mission to deliver greater performance, better feeling models, reaching fresh heights.
adidas Unveils New CODECHAOS Golf Shoes
adidas has become renowned for breaking down perceptions in style in golf, with the brand's new line - CODECHAOS - being the latest esample, designed with the modern golfer in mind, with models created for both men and women.
Mizuno ST200 Drivers Review
Collaborated between Mizuno's Japanese and American R&D Teams, the iconic manufacturer has launched three new drivers; the ST200, the ST200G and ST200X. Stepping into the Performance Centre at Howley Hall Golf Club, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has tested the clubs and explains the differences between them.
Mizuno Showcases New ST200 Woods & CLK Hybrid
Whenever renowned Japanese manufacturer Mizuno announces a new range of golf clubs, it's a highly anticipated event, with the ST200 Series of Metal Woods being made available in February 2020.
Cleveland Presents New Smart Sole 4 Wedges
Time for new wedges? If you are searching for an upgrade this season, Cleveland Golf Europe has just revealed its new offering: the Smart Sole 4, which has been created to simplify and make the short game easier.
PUMA Reveals New PWRADAPT CAGED Footwear
Providing that desired blend of comfort, style and stability, PUMA Golf has just revealed its all new PUMA Golf today IGNITE PWRADAPT CAGED footwear, which will be available in four staple colorways in two head-turning models, with lace up and DISC closure options.
Callaway Launches New Chrome Soft & Chrome Soft X Golf Balls
Callaway Golf has launched its new Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X, both of which have been fully re-engineered for the next generation, created to deliver greater distances and enhanced feel that these golf balls are known for, with the X having a larger core, making it ideal for those golfers with more explosive, faster swing speeds.
Titleist Introduces New Easy to Hit T400 Irons
Designed to offer golfers with a moderate swing speed the most forgiving irons they could experience, Titleist has revealed its new T400 Irons, which have been engineered to deliver an easier launch with distance gains.
PING Heppler Putters Review
Revealing an assortment of new models, PING has introduced its Heppler Putter Range, which offer a machined, solid steel face for golfers who prefer a firmer impact feel and sound. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has taken them onto the putting green for a test, assessing the look and performance.
PING G710 Irons Review
Succeeding the G700, PING has launched its new G710 Irons, which are reputed to be the longest and easiest to hit that the brand has released. With such a billing, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall was excited to test them out for us.
HONMA Reveals New TR20 Range of Clubs
Known of being the brand of choice for Justin Rose, Japanese manufacturer HONMA Golf has revealed its new Tour Release line of golf clubs for 2020, ideal for golfers searching for premium performance.
BIG MAX Unveils New Stand Bags for 2020
Popular brand BIG MAX has unveiled three new stand bags for this coming season, further enhancing the acclaimed range, with fresh releases including the established innovations Aqua Technology and Dri Lite Technology.
Lee Westwood’s Win Could Herald Even Bigger Things for 2020
Lee Westwood's resurgent triumph in Abu Dhabi was the latest highlight in a career littered with glorious days, continuing a revival in his 40s. But could this success be the signal that more is coming; potentially an elusive major or Ryder Cup return? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon speculates.
Golfers With the Most Appearances on the European Tour
When Soren Kjeldsen recently played in the Abu Dhabi Championship, the Dane became just the 12th golfer to have played in at least 600 European Tour events. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look back at the other names who have enjoyed a lengthy career on the circuit,
Dubai Desert Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to one of its most iconic events, the Dubai Desert Classic. Boasting a field that includes names like Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Lee Westwood and Matt Wallace, the next chapter of this event is sure to be a memorable one.
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