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5 Ways to Play More Golf This Summer

The golf season is here, and it's time for you to play more often and experience new courses and potentially meet different playing partners. How can you go about that? Joe Hughes has outlined five effective methods of making this your busiest and most exciting golf year.

The Strike Plan Review

The Strike Plan is a detailed guide and project from highly regarded author Adam Young to help you to strike the golf ball more consistently and effectively. Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has experienced this for himself, and has put together this Review on the programme.

Discovering Scott Readman Concepts

Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited the Scott Readman Concepts 'Putter Cave' and was able to see the quality and striking collection of putters, covers and accessories that have been recognised by some of the game's best players.

Golfshake Podcast #27: Golfing Odyssey, Playing Carnoustie, BMW PGA

On this episode of the Golfshake Podcast, Kieran and Owen reflect upon the recent Golfing Odyssey to St. Andrews with three Golfshake prize winners. They look back at playing the famous Championship Course at Carnoustie, discussing the challenges of that iconic layout. The guys then chat about the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Bjorn Reveals Four New Ryder Cup Vice Captains

It was billed as a "Big Announcement" and Thomas Bjorn delivered on that promise with the unveiling of four new Vice Captains for the Ryder Cup. The European Captain presented veterans Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell as his new supporting team, joining Robert Karlsson who had been announced last year.

GolfBuddy Unveils Most Advanced Handheld GPS

GolfBuddy has unveiled its latest innovation with the VTX, the brand's most advanced Handheld GPS to be released onto the market. 

Immaculate Richmond Golf Club Hosted TP Tour's Latest Event

The TP Tour's fourth event of the season was contested at the beautiful Richmond Golf Club, where a stunning day of sunshine welcomed the field of 65 players to the layout's immaculate fairways.

Treading in the Footsteps of Tradition

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced Carnousite Country, and walked in the footsteps of the legendary Ben Hogan at Panmure Golf Club. Here, Andrew looks back at Hogan's amazing history with the area, and reflects on the opportunity to sample that tradition.

BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Rory McIlroy heads the field at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship. This marquee event is always a highlight on the British sporting calendar, and it promises to be a fantastic showpiece for the game. Derek Clements looks forward to the tournament, and picks out the likely contenders.

Fort Worth Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA Tour heads to historic Colonial Country Club for the Fort Worth Invitational. Jordan Spieth is a former champion here, and will be looking to secure another victory. But he will have to overcome a strong field. Derek Clements has the Preview.

Wise Head on Young Shoulders Secures Maiden Title at Byron Nelson

Impressive young star Aaron Wise secured his first victory on the PGA Tour at the Byron Nelson, while Adrian Otaegui won the unique Belgian Knockout on the European Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.

Golfshake Members Embark on A Golfing Odyssey

Golfshake recently welcomed three lucky golfers to embark on their own 'Golfing Odyssey' to the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, where they enjoyed an Odyssey Golf Experience Day in the shadows of the most iconic destination in the game, taking the dream opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history, and to discover which putter is right for them.

Vertical Groove 3-Wood Coming to UK

Following the success of the Vertical Groove Driver, the brand has confirmed the UK arrival of the next in line fairway club, the Vertical Groove 3-Wood.

New Findings Show Popularity of Nine Hole Golf

There has been considerable work and attention placed upon growing the prevalence of nine-hole competitions and events a golf clubs – to alleviate the time pressures associated with the game – and the R&A has reported a significant increase in popularity for these shorter formats.

Golf Foundation Street Golf Final Comes to 3 Hammers

Leading charity The Golf Foundation will hold its annual StreetGolf Final at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex this year. The event has been created for young people, bringing golf to children would have not otherwise have access to learn how to play the game. The Grand Final will complete a series of events that are run across the nation.

Where Golfers Rank Among World's Richest Sports Stars

The Sunday Times reported that Rory McIlroy is the richest UK sportsman under the age of 30. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the facts to discover where golfers rank compared with the world's top earning sports stars.

The Players Championship Should not be Regarded as a Major Test

The Players Championship is among the most prestigious events on tour, and questions have consistently been asked about whether it should be regarded as a major. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't believe so, and the reasons for that start with TPC Sawgrass itself.

Insightful Tour Golf Network Delivers Engaging Community

Golf professional Liam Robinson has created the insightful and fun Tour Golf Network to help fund his travels, in addition to providing an access all areas view into that journey, as well as bringing together an engaged community of golfers. Matt Holbrook looks at the Network and what it's all about.

Kedleston Park Becomes Open Regional Qualifying Venue

Derbyshire's highly regarded Kedleston Park has undergone significant upgrades in recent times, and that work has been recognised after the club was confirmed to be a host for Open Championship Regional Qualifying.

Remembering 16-year-old Jordan Spieth's Debut at Byron Nelson

Reigning Open champion, Jordan Spieth made his debut on the PGA Tour aged 16 at the Byron Nelson in 2010. Contending that week, and leaving a major impression, Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the beginning of Spieth's legend.

Introduce Your Friends and Family to Women's Golf Day

Venues across the world have been signing up for Women's Golf Day, but now the call has been made to golfers, encouraging them to involve their female friends and family and participate in the celebration of women and girls golf on June 5th. 

London Golf Club Unveils Summer Teaching Programme

Kent's highly regarded London Golf Club - rated Highly Recommended on Golfshake - has unveiled an exciting series of golf teacing programmes that have been designed to improve the games of golfers during this summer.

Justin Thomas Replaces DJ as World Number One

There were two winners at TPC Sawgrass at the weekend. One of them was, of course, Webb Simpson, who won the Players Championship by four shots, beating a world-class field in the process. The other is Justin Thomas, who finally achieved the World No. 1 status.

Byron Nelson Preview, Picks & Analysis

Billy Horschel is defending the title at the historic Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour, but the likes of Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar will provide a strong challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

Belgian Knockout Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour unveils another innovative format with the Belgian Knockout, which features nine-hole strokeplay matches. Thomas Pieters, Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry lead the home challenge. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews what should be an intriguing event.

Webb Simpson Dominates Players Championship at Sawgrass

Former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson produced a superb and dominant performance to triumph at TPC Sawgras, winning the Players Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the main talking points of the week.

The Shropshire Scot Who Conquered Sawgrass

Among many achievements, Sandy Lyle was the first European and remains the only British golfer to have won The Players Championship TPC Sawgrass. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the legacy of the Shropshire Scot who conquered the golf world.

Padraig Harrington Relives Open Playoff Holes at Carnoustie

Padraig Harrington returned to the site of his maiden major victory to relive the experience of winning the 2007 Open Championship after overcoming the drama of a four-hole playoff against Sergio Garcia.

Motocaddy CONNECT Trolley Users Benefit from New Updates

If you're lucky to own a Motocaddy S5 CONNECT electric trolley or CUBE CONNECT push trolley, you can take advantage of the fresh updated featured that have been introduced to these 'Smart Cart' models through the GPS app.

Momentum is Building Towards Women's Golf Day

There is just a month to go until Women's Golf Day (WGD), and the countdown is building momentum with major venues across the planet signing up for the event. WGD is a platform to introduce and assist golf clubs to get more women and girls involved with the game.

Clubs to Hire Forges Partnership with American Golf in Edinburgh

Market-leading rental agency Clubs to Hire has combined with the retailer American Golf to forge a partnership for golfers traveling to Scotland and hoping for a simple 'click and collect' system when hiring golf clubs in the Home of Golf.

Golf Needs More Events Like Fun and Inclusive GolfSixes

GolfSixes took place during the weekend at Centurion Club, and it was a huge draw for spectators of all ages to watch men and women golfers compete alongside each other in a fun and accessible format. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes the event was a huge success, and that we need more like it.

Players Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Players Championship is one of the prestigious events in the game - with arguably the strongest field of the year - and is played on the now iconic TPC Sawgrass. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what has the potential to be a highlight of the year.

Rocco Forte Sicilian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

The European Tour heads to the spectacular Verdura Resort for the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open. Italian players will be hoping to triumph, but the likes of Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell lead the British challenge. Derek Clements previews the event.

Team Ireland Triumphs after Memorable Weekend at GolfSixes

GolfSixes was a tremendous spectacle in the sunshine over Centurion Club, and it was Team Ireland of Paul Dunne and Favin Moynihan who triumped, while former world number one Jason Day won the Wells Fargo on the PGA Tour. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the weekend's action.

Rory Wrong to Say Masters is Biggest and Best Major

Rory McIlroy caused a stir last week when declaring that he "didn't care" about the US Open or Open Championship, and that the Masters is the biggest and best of the majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that he was wrong to say that.

It's Golf, Jim, But Not As We Know It

Eagle Nest Golf Club in Myrtle Beach has unveiled a series of tees that extend the course to 8,100 yards. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes this represents an unfortunate development for the game.

Playing the Stadium Course, TPC at Sawgrass

As part of a trip to TPC Sawgrass Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken got the opportunity to play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass as part of a Hole in One Club Competition.

The Hole in One Experience of a Lifetime

So how on earth was it that I found myself in Florida with my son playing the same Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass that hosts the Players Championship every May? And for the princlet sum of £5.

10 of the Best Nicknames in Golf

If you are a darts player, it is compulsory that you have a nickname. Golf is known for them too. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks through time to uncover some of the best monikers that have been given to golfers on tour.

SuperStroke Pistol GTR 2.0 Putter Grip Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook recently decided to give is golf gear a MOT for the new season and started with replacing his putter grip with a brand new SuperStroke Pistol GTR 2.0 Putter Grip.  Find out what he thought.

GolfSixes - Meet the Teams

GolfSixes is returning for a second year, presenting a fun showcase for both the European and LET Tours, with a collection of paired teams competing. Featuring national duos, and for the first time women pairings, not to mention a mixed partnership of Thomas Bjorn and Catriona Matthew. We take a closer look at each of the teams.

Revered Prince's Golf Club Unveils Stunning New Himalayas Nine

The revered Prince's Golf Club in Kent's Sandwich Bay, famously host of the 1932 Open Championship, has showcased its spectacular redeveloped Himalayas nine holes with a grand unveiling.

Carnoustie Unveils Spectacular New Clubhouse

This year's Open Championship venue, Carnoustie Golf Links, has unveiled and showcased its spectacular state-of-the-art new clubhouse that will deliver an exceptional vistor experience to golfers taking on the revered links.

GolfSixes Preview

Following the success of last year's debut, GolfSixes back at the Centurion Club with even more innovations, including women and mixed teams. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what should be an entertaining weekend in St Albans.

Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The PGA  Tour heads to Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championsip, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to rebound from the Masters at a favoured venue. Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed are also in the field. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to what promises to be an exciting week.

Lydia Ko Secures Emotional First LPGA Title in Two Years

It was a 21st birthday to celebrate, as Lydia Ko carried on the positive vibes of that milestone to secure her first victory on the LPGA Tour since 2016 at the Mediheal Championship in California.

Golfshake Updates: Score Analysis, Golf Societies, Group Reports

It only seems like last week that we rolled out a bunch of site updates focused on the Golfshake Score Tracker.  Well now there is even more updates and improvements to the site focused on helping you improve your game or run your golf society.

Review: FatPlate Sand & FatPlate Lite

Following on from a recent review of the Fat Plate training aid product Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies check out the latest products of the FatPlate Sand and FatPlate Lite.

Great Formats to Play on a Golf Break

If you're on a golf break with a group of friends, you may wish to add a fun and competitive edge that keeps everyone involved, despite possible differences in ability. Here are some of the best formats to enjoy with your mates.

Do's and Dont's on a Golf Break

There are some simple rules to follow to ensure that everybody on a golf break leaves the resort happy, looking forward to more. Here, we offer you a few handy do’s and don’ts. They may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don’t follow them.

The Best of Golf in Wales

Featuring spectacular links courses and the host venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup, Golf in Wales remains the most underrated offering in the country. We have created a Guide to Golf in Wales, hopefully serving as a useful tool for golfers looking to experience some remarkable layouts and memorable destinations. 

Most Iconic 19th Holes in the United States

The United States is home to many of the world's most legendary - and exclusive - golf courses. These venues regularly boast striking clubhouses packed with history in a spectacular setting. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some of the most iconic.

Importance of Stat Tracking to Improve Your Game

Statistics have become an essential tool when it comes for golfers looking to improve their games, with studies showing that tracking your stats could help to lower your handicap by three shots. Learn about the importance of stat tracking, and how Golfshake provides an accessible pathway to achieve that.

The International Pairs Championship 2018

The tournament experience is usually reserved for tournament professionals, but are providing golfers with that opportunity through the International Pairs Championship 2018 at the spectacular Quinta Do Lago resort.

Enhanced Air Connections Make Golf on Costa Daurada Accessible

Golfers looking for a summer break to the Costa Daurada will be delighted to hear that international connections to Reus Airport have been enhanced, meeting the demand for visitors to the destination.

The Best of Golf in England

We have brought together several of our ‘Best of’ Features and Reviews to complete a comprehensive Guide to Golf in England, hopefully serving as a useful tool for golfers looking to experience some remarkable layouts.

Get into Golf Month Comes to Shropshire and Herefordshire

Looking to drive up participation and introduce the game to more people, a Get into Golf month - including many free events - will be held across Shropshire and Herefordshire later this summer in July.

Quality Former Rental Clubs Available for Purchase at Clubs to Buy

Popular club rental service Clubs to Hire has launched an exciting retail options - Clubs to Buy - that has seen formerly used quality rental clubs being made available for purchase.

Best Week 2 #ConnectWithYourGame Social Media Images

As part of the #ConnectWithYourGame Challenge in Association with Cobra Golf, followers and users of Golfshake have been asked to share their pictures taken at the golf course, range, or practice area. Here are the best from Week 2.

Everybody Wants to Get Into the Mind of Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy's disappointing final day at the Masters raised questions about his future chances to be victorious at Augusta National, and now a leading sports psychologist has delved into the discussion. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports.

Volvo China Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Following his victory at the Trophee Hasson II, mercurial French golfer Alex Levy attempts to win the Volvo China Open for the third time when the tournament gets under way at the Topwin Golf & Country Club. Derek Clements has the preview.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Zurich Classic is a unique event that features teams, and there are some striking partnerships, including Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia & Rafa Cabrera Bello, and Jordan Spieth & Ryan Palmer. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks for the Europeans to dominate.

Alexander Levy in Ryder Cup Mix after Victory at Trophee Hassan II

Alexander Levy served warning that he fully intends to be a part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September with a sparkling performance to win the Trophée Hassan II, his fifth European Tour title.

The Golf Course at Adare Manor Unveiled by Irish Golf Stars

The Golf Course at Adare Manor has been unveiled in Ireland, where Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley competed against Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry in an exhibition match.

Motocaddy Launches Electric Trolley Trade-in Scheme

Golfers have been given the opportunity to trade in their old electric trolley for a new one in the process - receiving a £50 cashback bonus - and have the older model recycled.

Leadbetter European Golf Academy Coming to Stoke Park

Stoke Park Country Club & Hotel is set to be home to the Leadbetter European Golf Academy Headquarters, as the legendary golf coach is opening the facility at the Buckinghamshire venue.

Golfers Take Advantage of Algarve's Extended Flight Schedule

The Algarve is one of the most celebrated golf destinations in Europe, and golfers have been taking full advantage of an extended flight schedule for this year to experience it for themselves.

High Quality Grip Master Products Come to UK Market

Highly regarded brand Grip Master has combined with Brand Fusion International to release a series of club and putter grips that have been engineered from the best Cabretta, Cowhide and Kangaroo leather.

Welcome Sunshine for UK Golfers after Harsh Winter

Most golfers across the UK would anecdotally state that it was a horrendous winter and early spring for those hoping to get out and play. Evidence has shown that to be the case. However, with improved weather coming, it's time for golfers to get begin their seasons and take advantage of ideal conditions.

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