News & Features
Golf Buddy VTX GPS Review
GolfBuddy's latest handheld GPS device - the VTX - is a slim, lightweight design that is packed with features, chief among them being voice audio and bluetooth connectivity. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing it for us and shares his review.
GolfLogix App Introduced to Apple Watch
Golfers can now enjoy the renowned GolfLogix on their Apple Watch, with the latest update of the game improvement app being released onto the platform, delivering precise yardages, green images, score tracking and hole selection.
Improvements Made to Seve's The Shire London Course
The Shire London is one of the most highly regarded venues on Golfshake and is known for its Seve Ballesteros signature golf course, which has undergone a series of improvements under its owners The Bridgedown Group who enlisted the skills of the Dye Design Group.
What Stops Golfers Joining Clubs?
What stops regular nomadic golfers from joining clubs? Furthering on previous research, we delved into hundreds of comments submitted into our 2018 Survey to identify key areas that have dissauded these players from signing up to a membership.
Motocaddy M3 Pro Electric Trolley Review
Golfshake's Kevin Paver has been testing the Motocaddy M3 PRO electric trolley for several rounds and shares his review from Stowmarket Golf Club, talking us through the technology, demonstrating how it works, and explaining what he thinks of the product.
World Golf Hall of Fame Legend Installs SkyTrak at Home
1991 Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Ian Woosnam has installed SkyTrak in his home in Jersey as he looks to entertain guests and sharpen up his game ahead of his 31st playing appearance at Augusta National.
Cobra Golf Custom Fitting VLOG
Golfshake Ambassador Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook headed to American Golf Norwich to meet COBRA PUMA Golf Fitter Louis Freeman to experience a custom fitting and receive a selection of clubs that have been individually tailored for him. You can see how he got on - and learn more about the process - in this VLOG.
BIG MAX Reveals Complete 2019 Bag Range With New Designs
Popular brand BIG MAX has completed its exciting new range of bags for 2019, following the reveal of three new designs that provide the innovation and practicality that golfers have come to expect.
Visitors Flock to Stunning Venues in Northern France
Visitors have been flocking to Golf d'Hardelot and Le Touquet Golf Resort on the northern coast of France, with both venues noting a significant rise in the number of visitors.
Gleneagles Reveals Special Golf Packages to Mark Centenary
Marking the centenary celebrations for its renowned King's and Queen's courses, Gleneagles has revealed special golf packages available during May to invite golfers to the spectacular estate within the heart of Perthshire and experience two of Scotland's most acclaimed inland layouts.
The Best Wedges of 2019
There have been many new wedges released onto the market in recent months, providing a wide variety for golfers looking for that added feel and touch for more consistent results around the greens. We take a closer look at the best available, including technology insights and reviews in our guide to the Best Wedges of 2019.
The Best Mid Handicap Irons of 2019
Here is our gear guide to the latest irons of 2019, specifically targeting golfers with mid-range handicaps who want a set of irons that can provide maximum performance with consistent forgiveness.
TaylorMade Irons Top American Golf Battle of Brands Test
Following the initial driver test - in which Callaway's Epic Flash led the way - the second instalment of American Golf's Battle of the Brands challenge has seen TaylorMade's M5 & M6 irons top the table with an average distance gain of 10.2 yards following a series of testing from hundreds of customers.
Paul Lawrie Adds Major Class to European Legends Championship at Trevose
The Staysure (European Senior) Tour heads to Trevose Golf & Country Club this summer for the inaugural Farmfoods European Links Championship, and the event has been boosted by the news that former Open champion Paul Lawrie will be part of the field in Cornwall.
The Belfry Among Winners at Golf Service Awards Ceremony
It was quite a gathering in St Andrews and The Old Course Hotel for the ninth 59club Service Excellence Awards, where a series of the golf industry's finest resorts and clubs - including The Belfry - were recognised for their achievement in a ceremony.
Popular Titleist Golf Ball Promotion Returns for 2019
Titleist's Loyalty Rewarded promotion has become a regular fixture each year, and it has returned for 2019, providing golfers across the UK & Ireland with the chance to secure more of the brand's acclaimed golf balls for less ahead of the new season.
Rory in a Hurry to Speed Things Up
Rory McIlroy - renowned for his brisk pace - took the opportunity to have his say on the topic of slow play, and why so many of his fellow players on tour are taking so long to complete rounds, with many at The Players Championship taking over five hours.
Maybank Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, defending champion Shubhankar Sharma and the Asian Tour's top ranked golfer Gavin Green head a decent field at the fourth playing of the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews this week's tournament on the European Tour.
Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Last year, Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship ahead of a resurgent Tiger Woods, ending a long title drought on the PGA Tour. 12 months on, the Englishman returns to defend against a formidable field that includes Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Innisbrook.
McIlroy Stages Big Finish to Land Players Championship
Following a season of near-misses, Rory McIlroy secured his biggest victory in years at TPC Sawgrass, producing a strong finish to win The Players Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on a thrilling Sunday, and what it could mean for the Northern Irishman ahead of The Masters.
Tour of TravisMathew HQ
Celebrated apparal brand TravisMathew has made an exciting leap across the Atlantic following its launch in Europe. To learn more about what we can expect, Golfshake's Kevin Paver toured the brand's HQ in California to gain some insight.
Stanedge Golf Club is Open Under New Ownership
Stanedge Golf Club is now open for play under the new ownership of Fame Tate, the PGA Professional and former Ladies European and Asian Tour player, who has revealed a series of innovative initiatives and events to draw more people into the game and club.
Mizuno Makes Tour Fitting Experience Available to Public
Mizuno's striking, state-of-the-art Tour Performance Studio at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club has opened a 'Tour Fit Experience' available to the general public, offering regular golfers the enviable opportunity to sample of a Tour-level fitting, something that is normally solely an option for Mizuno staff players.
We Love Golf Events Prove Hit with Women and Girls
The first four of this year's PGA We Love Golf events were a huge success in the face of inclement conditions as 135 women and girls took part in taster experiences held across each of the Home Nations in Great Britain & Ireland.
GOLFBUDDY Reveals New GPS Devices for 2019
GOLFBUDDY has revealed its new generation of golf GPS decies for this year, the aim W10 GPS watch and the Voice 2 GPS. Take a closer look at the two products and the technology behind them.\
Golfshake Podcast #37: Le Golf National, Group Golf Breaks, Windiest Conditions
Regular guest Matt Holbrook returns to the Golfshake Podcast and describes his recent experience of playing Le Golf National, the process of booking group breaks to a Ryder Cup venue, and the windiest conditions that we have played golf in, featuring social media comments from our members and followers.
Wilson D7 Driver Review
The Wilson D7 driver features innovative lightweight technology to encourage faster ball-speeds and greater distances. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has been testing the club and he has reviewed it for us, assessing the numbers and whether it should be on your list.
The 20 Biggest Issues Facing Golf Clubs
We have analysed the considerable data and the hundreds of comments left by regular golfers in the 2018 Golfshake Survey to identify 20 key areas that the game needs to address if golf clubs are going to thrive into the future.
Is This How We Grow the Game of Golf?
Golf is looking for ways to adjust to the modern climate and ensure that clubs and have venues continue to draw new players and have a successful future. Looking at responses to our 2018 Golfshake Survey, we have picked out some possible suggestions that could make a positive difference for the game.
Your Best Experience on a Golf Course
In our Janurary 2019 Golf Course Survey, we asked hundreds of golfers to pick out their favourite experience in golf, something that has happened to them. The responses were diverse and fun to read, and we decided to ask some of the Golfshake Team about theirs.
How Technology and Digital Platforms Can Benefit Golf
Everyone has a smartphone and these digital platforms are increasingly influential when it comes to how golfers consume and engage with the game. Adapting to this modern climate is a change for golf clubs and venues, but it has potential rewards. We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more about the role of technology in the lives of golfers.
Sure-Set Training Aid Reaches Global Market
Sure-Set is the creation of UK PGA professional Dan Frost, whose innovative training aid was designed to assist with learning the most important moves of the golf swing, has seen his acclaimed product reach across the Atlantic, going on sale before Christmas 2018 and being featured with Revolution Golf and The Golf Channel.
How to Pick a Winner at The Players Championship
The Players Championship boasts arguably the strongest field in golf, features the highest prize fund, and is presented on an iconic venue in TPC Sawgrass. There is a new date for this year, however, with the event switching to March from May, which could alter the nature of the course and potentially the likely contenders, but there are some worthy trends to pay attention to when it comes to identifying a winner.
PowaKaddy Reveals 2019 Cart Bag Range
Hugely popular brand PowaKaddy has revealed its most complete cart bag range yet for 2019, which features innovative technology and striking materials to cater for every golfer's requirements and sense of style.
Faldo Series Europe Reveals Schedule for 2019
Marking its 23rd year, the Faldo Series has revealed its European schedule for 2019, consisting of 15 tournaments played across 11 nations, ultimately leading to a winner being crowned in the Grand Final to be held in November.
What Are the Windiest Conditions You Have Played Golf In?
What are the windiest conditions that you have played golf in? Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook played 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National on Sunday when facing brutal gusts, and it got us thinking about the most severe breeze that we have experienced when playing.
The Church Course at St Enodoc is Among England's Best Value
Identifying the best golf courses in England is a debate and endeavour that rages across social media, websites and magazines each year, but perhaps the most relevant discussion for regular golfers is picking those that deliver the best value, a discussion that invariably will feature the renowned Church Course at St Enodoc.
10 to Watch at The Players
The Players Championship is one of the year's highlights, a strong field on what has become an iconic golf course, but identifying potential winners at Sawgrass is a challenge. Golfshake's Kieran Clark picks out ten names - some obvious, others less so - to keep an eye on this week.
The Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The world's finest golfers have assembled at TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship, which kicks off an exciting series of significant tournaments each month through to the summer. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the event's status, many of the thrilling finishes of the past, and which of the major names we can expect to contend this week.
Kenyan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Kenyan Open is an event with a long and proud history, and it joins the European Tour schedule this year, having been a mainstay on the Challenge Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a tournament that presents an opportunity for players seeking a breakthrough victory.
Francesco Molinari Produces Brilliant Final Round to Win at Bay Hill
Open champion Francesco Molinari continued his dream run when he shot a brilliant final round of 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a magical Sunday for the Italian.
The Best Hybrids of 2019
Ths year has seen many new hybrids introduced onto the market for the season, meaning that for golfers there are numerous possibilities to choose from. We have taken a look at the releases, bringing them together into one place, sharing the key information and to deliver the Best Hybrids of 2019.
Plan Launched to Drive Junior Memberships in Shropshire & Herefordshire
To combat the declining number of young golf club members in Shropshire & Herefordshire, a new action plan has been unveiled to address the situation with England Golf, looking to translate the rising number of juniors playing a form of the game into those joining clubs.
Register for Free Tickets at the British Golf Show
The British Golf Show at Wycombe Air Park is coming up in May and will showcase the year's best golf products and services, in addition to staging events and attractions to ensure that it's a fun day out, with the public now able to register online for free tickets to the show.
Women's Golf Day Returning in 2019 with ANNIKA Foundation
Women's Golf Day is returning on June 4th 2019 for its fourth edition, following the exciting news that a partnernship has been formed with the ANNIKA Foundation - the eponymous charity of the legendary Annika Sorenstam - to help reach, support and inspire women and girls in golf.
What Stops Golfers Playing More?
From the 2018 Golfshake Survey, we wanted to understand the varying importance of key issues – including cost, slow play and dress codes – to identify what stops keen golfers from playing more often.
Golf Fans Transported in Arnold Palmer Experience at Bay Hill
Golf fans attending the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill have been engaging themselves with the life and experiences of the tournament's eponymous icon at the Arnold Palmer Experience, which has been created to celebrate his legacy.
PING Reveals 2019 Spring Summer Apparel Range for Men and Women
PING has revealed its new performance driven 2019 Spring/Summer apparel range for both men and women, which has been inspired by the company's heritage within Arizona in the USA, and introduces fresh technologies to provide greater comfort and feel to golfers.
Tour Players Turn Against Governing Bodies Over New Rules
We now be in March, but the debate around the news of golf rumbles on, with Justin Thomas being the most outspoken of the leading players against the changes, leading to an embarrassing exchange with the USGA on Twitter. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the controversy.
How to Increase Golf Club Memberships
The eternal question facing golf clubs is how they can attract new members. It’s a complicated subject, but perhaps the answer can be found in understanding what current members value most from their memberships, and what dissuades others from joining. We delved into responses to the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more.
Callaway Custom Fit Experience Day
We are looking for 3 golfers interested in joining Golfshake and Callaway for an iron custom fit experience. The fitting will take place at Callaway's Chessington HQ on Weds April 3rd 2019.
BIG MAX Launches New TI ONE Push Cart
BIG MAX has revealed its new TI ONE to be launched this spring, re-inventing the principles of the hugely popular and influential Ti 1000, introducing fresh technology to a product that was initially born at the turn of the century.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
Rory McIlroy defends the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, a year removed from his spectacular final round of 64 that secured the title at this event, which always draws a striking field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to this week's tournament.
Qatar Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Last year, Eddie Pepperell won the Qatar Masters, securing his first victory on the European Tour, which marked the tournament that finally saw him live up to his huge potential. Could we see another breakthrough moment this week? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks forward to the event.
Kitayama Kicks Up a Storm in the Desert
Many of the game's biggest names may have taken the week off, but there was entertainment to be had on the European and PGA Tours, as Kurt Kitayama and Keith Mitchell secured dramatic victories. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.
Slumbers Raises Brexit Concerns for Portrush Open
This year's Open Championship is hotly anticipated due to the return of Royal Portrush as a venue, but the preparations for the event may prove complicated due to the impact Brexit, concerns raised by R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers.
The Best Fairway Woods of 2019
It has been a busy year for new fairway woods following the introduction of many fresh models for the season. We have taken a look at the releases, bringing them together into one place, sharing the key information to deliver the Best Fairway Woods of 2019.
Under Armour Launches Comfortable HOVR Drive Golf Shoe
Under Armour has launched its new HOVR Drive golf shoe, which has been designed to provide optimum comfort without sacrificing the energy return that helps to deliver power.
HSBC Women's Championship Showcases Sentosa Golf Club
This week's HSBC Women's Championship boasts a spectacular field on the LPGA Tour, and showcases the impressive and widely acclaimed Sentosa Golf Club, a venue that is drawing many visitors to Singapore.
PowaKaddy Reveals New Compact C2i GPS Model
PowaKaddy has revealed its exciting new Compact C2i GPS trolley, which builds on the legacy of the award-winning original model and headlines the range for 2019.
FootJoy Launches 2019 Spring Summer Apparel Range
FootJoy has revealed its Spring/Summer range for 2019, including four new apparel collections, Nautic, Verso, Ocean, Prosper, which offer quality, stylish and high performing comforting garments for both male and female golfers.
Discover Miura 2nd Generation K Grind Wedges
Japanese manufacturer Miura Golf has been handcrafting clubs to exquisite levels for decades to great acclaim. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall had the chance to learn more about the new Miura 2nd Generation K Grind Wedges, which should provide a small insight behind this unique manufacturer.
Survey Highlights Opportunities for Golf Clubs to Increase Revenue
There is no question that it's a challenging environment for golf clubs to thrive, but where are the opportunities for venues to increase revenue? We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to understand more about the habits and perceptions of golfers.
Golfshake Survey Reveals Dedication of Golfers to Game Improvement
In the latest instalment of our analysis from the 2018 Golfshake survey, canvassing the views of an almost 50/50 split between club members and non-club golfers, to learn more about their habits and approach when it comes to tuition and game improvement.
Motocaddy Reveals Enhancements to Trolley Range for 2019
Motocaddy has introduced several new additions to its acclaimed electric and push trolley ranges for 2019, including upgrades and enhancements to many of the brand's most popular models.
New Rule is Driving Top Professionals to Distraction
Much has been said about golf's new rules, but one in particular - dropping the ball from knee height - has been a been frequently criticised by the game's best players, many of whom are forgetting to adapt during these early stages.
How to Handle Angry Playing Partners
Every one of us will at some stage in their lives have had to endure the company of a fellow player in meltdown, somebody who loses their temper, who blames everybody but himself (or herself) for bad shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements has some advice for when you're faced with these situations.
Cobra KING Forged TEC Black Iron Review
Cobra's new KING Forged TEC irons have been engineered to deliver a softer feel and enhanced power, but do they succeed? Golfshake's Ryan Rastall talks you through the technology and shares his thoughts on the clubs following a period of testing.
PUMA Golf Reveals New IGNITE PROADAPT
PUMA Golf has revealed the new IGNITE PROADAPT golf shoe, which features fresh technologies to deliver greater traction and stability, and will be showcased by Rickie Fowler, who wore them during his recent win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
How Do Club and Non-Club Golfers Differ?
For the past five years on Golfshake, we have conducted an annual survey to gain an insight behind the evolving habits of regular golfers, split between golf club members and non-club members. We take a closer look at how these two groups differ.