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Are You Ready For Winter Golf - Tips To Keep Playing
The clocks are turning back meaning that winter golf is officially here, a time of year that divides opinion but one that can provide enjoyable playing opportunities. We have some thoughts on what you can do to prepare yourselves for winter and on what you can expect to face in the coming months.
Blackmoor Golf Club Reveals Clubhouse Extension
Hampshire's revered Blackmoor Golf Club has revealed the extensive work completed at its clubhouse, expanding the bar and restaurant, including the creation of a first floor sun terrace with views across the Harry Colt designed course.
Skechers GO GOLF Torque Twist Review
For 2020, Skechers has revealed the new Torque Twist, which rather than using traditional laces deploys an adjustable Twist dial front closure for a perfect fit. Golfshake Ambassador Rob Cross has tested and reviewed the shoe for us.
Dundonald Links Builds Towards Exciting New Chapter
The acclaimed Dundonald Links is building towards an exciting new chapter in its story, following the launch of a new website that outlines the ambitious £25m investment that will transform the venue into a luxury resort in time for next summer.
COBRA Presents New KING Tour Irons With MIM Tech
COBRA Golf presents its new KING TOUR Irons, a cavity back design that has been manufactured through the deployment of Metal Injection Molding (MIM) technology to create precise shaping with a soft feel.
Shot Scope Launches First High Performance Laser Rangefinder
Renowned for its GPS and shot tracking technology, Shot Scope has now launched its first high-performance laser rangefinder, the PRO L1, which is available with either blue or grey accents.
World Handicap System - A Step Forward Or Cause For Confusion
The World Handicap System has been designed to make the game more accessible and inclusive, but the reality is that a significant number of golfers don't agree, with a worrying proportion not understanding the changes or why they have been introduced, believing that the new process will only make things more complicated and contentious.
Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Bernd Wiesberger defends his Italian Open title in somewhat different conditions, with the historic tournament no longer being a Rolex Series event. However, that hasn't stopped the likes of Matt Wallace and Lee Westwood from making the journey to Chevro Golf Club.
Zozo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tiger Woods returns to action for his defence of the Zozo Championship, but the legendary American faces a star-studded field at Sherwood Country Club, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Survey - Golf's Great Opportunity
This has been a unique and challenging year, but it has represented a fascinating time for golf, with the post-lockdown period recording a significant surge in playing interest. Looking for further insight, The R&A has teamed up with leading independent research agency Sports Marketing Surveys to gain a deeper understanding of how people are engaging with golf during the pandemic.
View From The Fairway - Frustration of Unrepaired Pitchmarks
Golfshake's Derek Clements has penned another View From The Fairway, taking aim at a variety of topics, including Bryson DeChambeau, hoodies, the BBC, divots and pitchmarks, all of which have drawn his considered attention.
Adrian Otaegui Wins in Scotland With Final Round of 63
Adrian Otaegui, of Spain, who began the week with a spectacular round of 62, won the inaugural Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews by four shots from England’s Matt Wallace, while over on the PGA Tour, it was finally Jason Kokrak's time, shooting 64 to win the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek thanks to a magnificent performance on the greens.
Now for the Back Nine Special Edition - Charity Auction
Now for the Back Nine is an acclaimed instruction book tailored for the senior golfer, written by PGA Master Profesional Peter Dawson and Simon Hawkins, but to support Prostate Cancer UK, the authors are auctioning a special edition copy signed by Peter Alliss and Tony Jacklin. Golfshake's Andy Picken describes his personal connection to the publication.
18 Golf Holes That Could Ruin Your Scorecard
Everyone has that one hole that invariably threatens to ruin their scorecard, when even on the best days it ominously looms in your mind. This is true for all golfers, including single handicap players, as we have discovered when analysing the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify some true card wreckers.
adidas Reveals New COLD.RDY Range
adidas Golf is looking to get golfers ready for the elements through its new apparel range - COLD.RDY - which has been engineered with the latest material innovations to provide that warmth to stay loose no matter the weather.
Faldo Series Europe Season Concludes With Dramatic Playoff in Scotland
The Faldo Series Europe season came to a remarkable conclusion at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife, where Scottish player Ruben Lindsay survived a six-man playoff to secure victory at the Scotland Championship.
Importance of Prostate Cancer Awareness - A Personal Story
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the United Kingdom. 129 men are diagnosed every day, with early detection key. Golfshake's Andy Picken was exposed to an awareness campaign, something that may have saved his life, as identifying key symptoms led to a vital diagnosis. Showcasing the importance, Andy shares his personal story and journey.
Slow Play - How to Keep Things Moving on the Golf Course
Pace of play remains a hot topic in the minds of golfers, as underlined in a recent Golfshake Survey, which gathered views on the subject following the coronavirus lockdown, where measures initially led to quicker rounds, before a frustrating sense of normality began to hit. We analyse those opinions and what can be done to address the issue.
What the New COVID-19 Rules Mean for Golfers
As COVID-19 continues to run rampant in the UK, new Government restrictions have been imposed, but rules vary between different parts of the country, with golfers wondering how this impacts them. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look and explains what affect these changes have on playing golf.
Titleist Unveils New TSi Drivers
Deploying advanced engineering and materials, including the ATI 425 Aerospace Titanium face construction that is a first for golf, Titleist has unveiled its new TSi Drivers, which have been created to deliver the longest, straightest, most attractive and best-sounding clubs the brand has released to date.
COVID Reality Check for PGA Tour Before The Masters
Dustin Johnson's positive test for COVID-19 brings home for PGA Tour players just how perilous these times are, especially with The Masters near. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it should lead to a reassessment from both golfers and organisers as the game continues to best navigate through the pandemic.
Callaway Presents New Winter Apparel Collection
Designed to help golfers brave the elements by delivering the ultimate in style and performance, Callaway Apparel has presented its new Men's and Women's Autumn/Winter Collection for 2020, building on what was achieved last year by updating the successful layering of those products, deploying eco-friendly technologies and fabrics.
James Heath Wins TP Tour Event at The Addington
The Addington was the magnificent stage for the TP Tour's latest event on 12th October, the Surrey classic widely considered to be among the finest layouts in England, and it was home star James Heath who dominated proceedings, shooting a peerless 64 without a bogey on the card.
Dustin Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19
Dustin Johnson has become the highest-profile golfer to test positive for COVID-19, forcing his withdrawal from this week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. And they don't really come much higher profile than the sport's World No 1.
Playing a Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour Event
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the experience of playing in a Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour event at Royal Lytham & St Annes and why you should consider taking part for an opportunity to play some of the finest courses in a competitive setting.
Callaway Introduces New X Forged Utility Irons
Designed to provide the ideal fairway finder, Callaway has launched its new X Forged Utility Irons, which are also suited for hitting long approach shots into par 5s.
View From The Fairway - Credit to Keith Pelley & The European Tour
Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, showcasing key thoughts on the game from the past week, including praise for Keith Pelley and the European Tour, who have managed to pull together an entertaining schedule of events in the face of the pandemic.
Scottish Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour moves onto the Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews, where Lee Westwood, Aaron Rai, Matt Wallace and Robert MacIntyre are among those competing. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
CJ Cup Preview, Picks & Analysis
Justin Thomas heads a star-studded cast as he defends his title at the CJ Cup. Joining him in the field will be FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy. They will be joined by Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth.
Dream Comes True for Tyrrell Hatton at Wentworth
Inspired as a child by watching golf at Wentworth, Tyrrell Hatton climbed into the top 10 in the world after winning the BMW PGA Championship, achieving a lifelong goal, while over in the US, Scotland's Martin Laird rolled back the years to secure his fourth title on the PGA Tour.
Sei Young Kim Breaks Her Major Duck With Sparkling Victory
Sei Young Kim shot a final round of 63 to secure the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, her first women’s major, by five strokes from Inbee Park. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a sparkling triumph for the 11-time LPGA Tour winner.
How to Get More Juniors Playing Golf
While golf remains highly popular and naturally appealing to older people, can the game do more to connect with the next generation? Clearly, a significant number of golfers feel that the sport must become more dynamic and engaging in the future. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on how that can happen.
Sir Nick Faldo Supports Campaign to Save Cleeve Hill
The campaign to save the unique and historic Cleeve Hill has drawn significant interest, including from golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. Golfshake's Andy Picken shares his insight on the situation and explains why this story matters for the game.
The Top 10 Coolest Special Edition Tour Bags
Tour bags are large and distinctive, and they can be considered either stylish or garish, depending on your perspective. The manufacturers like to show off during the major championships with their designs. Will Trinkwon has picked out some of his favourites through the years.
Golfers Address Issues Facing the Game
While there has been cause for optimism in the game due to the enthusiasm of golfers in the midst of the pandemic, the deeper issues remain for many, factors that need addressing in the future for the sport to thrive in the post-COVID climate. We look at the key areas that continue to concern golfers.
Experience Perfect Winter Conditions at The Manor House
The Manor House in the Cotswolds is renowned for its scenic golf course and year-round condition, something that golfers can take advantage of this winter at the acclaimed venue, with five-day memberships still available.
6 Players to Watch at the Women's PGA Championship
The Women's PGA Championship this week provides a true major test at the immaculately presented Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania, but who will triumph on this challenging layout? We take a closer look at six names who could be a factor on the leaderboard.
England Golf Launches First Mixed Gender Junior Championship
Breaking new ground in the game, England Golf has announced the English Under 18 Championship in 2021, which will see boys and girls competing alongside each other for the one trophy.
The World Handicap System - Your Questions Answered
Launching in the UK this November, the World Handicap System is a major introduction for the game, which is designed to be a unified and inclusive process across the sport. But do golfers completely understand it? We put key questions to Gemma Hunter, Head of Handicapping at England Golf, hopefully clearing things up.
The Need to Save Cleeve Hill Golf Club
The unique and historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club is facing potential closure next year, a situation that has caused despair to the thousands of golfers who have played there. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken explains why this spectacular venue needs to be saved.
Golfers Are Optimistic About Future of UK Golf Clubs
The year began with fears of mass golf course closures, but following this most unique of seasons, are golfers feeling optimistic about the future? Apparently so. When asked, 75% of golfers said they were. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks deeper into the comments and what can be learned from them.
BMW PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour's flagship event returns to Wentworth this week, with former Masters champion Danny Willett defending his title, while the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed are looking to secure a victory of their own at the BMW PGA.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Kevin Na defends his title at TPC Summerlin, but eyes will be on this year's major champions, Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa, who are both in the field this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahad to what promises to be an intriguing event.
Mel Reid's Breakthrough on LPGA Completes Stunning Weekend for European Golf
What a weekend for European golf! Aaron Rai won the Scottish Open, Sergio Garcia returned to the winners’ circle in America for the first time since his 2017 Masters victory and Mel Reid landed the Shoprite Classic. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the action.
Rounds of Golf Are Taking Less Time - And Golfers Are Loving It
Slow play has been a hot topic for years, but when the game resumed after lockdown, due to larger tee time intervals and an increase of two-balls, the Golfshake Survey has revealed that golfers have enjoyed quicker rounds, featuring less waiting time, something that many are hoping continues into the future.
Mizuno Reveals New Winter Apparel Collection
Revealing its new Autumn/Winter Collection for 2020, Mizuno has announced an impressive range of apparel that will provide golfers with practical and stylish gear during the colder and wetter months ahead.
What Made Golfers Play More This Summer
During lockdown most of us were going stir crazy and we missed playing golf. However, when the game returned, the sport boomed, thousands joined clubs and we played more than ever before. Looking at comments submitted by regular golfers, Derek Clements analyses the factors that drew us back to our courses.
Why Geography Holds Back English Golfers in Majors
When recalling Englishmen who have won majors in the last 20 years, despite many great contenders, only Justin Rose and Danny Willett have tasted that glory in the men's game. Will Trinkwon believes that geography and the nature of the golf calendar is the main factor that prevents further success.
Interview With Pro Golfer Holly Calvert
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently played the magnificent Hillside Golf Club with LET Access Series player, Holly Calvert, where they discussed life as a professional, how to grow the game for girls, and her experiences of the recent Rose Ladies Series.
Scottish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour's strongest field of the year to date will assemble at the Renaissance Club as Bernd Wiesberger defends his Scottish Open title. And he will be joined by Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter in the season’s second Rolex Series event.
Sanderson Farms Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Sebastian Munoz defends his title at the Sanderson Farms Championship against a field of major champions, including Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson, while Scottie Scheffler is looking to continue his wonderful recent form with a victory.
FootJoy Launches New Autumn Winter Apparel Collection
Unveiling its most technologically advanced performance golf apparel yet, FootJoy has launched its new Autumn Winter Collection for 2020, highlighted by an extended HydroKnit range, featuring innovative fabrics, styles and layering, all of which has been engineered to provide golfers with comfort when keeping them dry and warm on the course.
John Catlin Wins Irish Open to Claim Second Victory in a Month
John Catlin produced a brilliant closing 64 to win the Irish Open, his second European Tour title in a month, while over on the PGA Tour, Hudson Swafford won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship after holing an eight-foot putt on the final green. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.
The Reasons Golfers Joined Golf Clubs in Record Numbers
England Golf declared that over 20,000 new members have joined golf clubs this season, but that figure could be closer to 100,000. Ultimately, it's clear that the game has seen an unexpected level of growth, but the question for the industry to ponder is why did so many join golf clubs this year?
Interview With Amateur Champion Joe Long
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken interviews 2020 Amateur Champion Joe Long, who defeated fellow Bristolian Joe Harvey in the final, securing the historic title and his place in the Masters, US Open and Open. Joe describe his journey, the experience of winning, and what the future holds.
How COVID Has Impacted Golf Spending Habits
The coronavirus pandemic is a major public health crisis, but also an economic one, significantly impacting every industry, including golf. Analysing the latest Golfshake Survey that was completed by over 2,500 keen golfers, we look into how COVID-19 has changed travel and spending habits in the game.
Under Armour Unveils New Autumn Winter Apparel
Setting golfers up for autumn and winter, Under Armour has revealed its latest apparel collection, delivering the best in performance, featuring technologies to combat conditions on the golf course when the weather is less than ideal.
Bryson is Long, But Distance Has Always Been Key to Success
Bryson DeChambeau's dominant victory at the US Open has led to deep analysis on what his style of golf means for the game, but as Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains, the American is not unique and distance has always been key to success at the highest level.
A Round With A Golf Ball That Only Flies Straight
What if there was a golf ball that ensured that no slice or hook would go more than 20 yards off-line? The Polora Ultimate Straight claims to be that ball. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon wanted to discover for himself, so he bought a box and found out whether they really do work.
Golf Is More Than Just A Game - Why It Should Remain Open
For many golf is clearly more than just a game, it's an enriching activity, an integral part of daily life. Following the spring lockdown that was introduced throughout the UK, the importance of golf has became apparent during these challenging times, a spotlight was shone on the many benefits it can bring to the health and wellbeing of millions.
Golfers Describe Get Golf Fit Experience
2,000 golfers have signed up for Get Golf Fit, a fitness programme launched by Golfshake and Jon Ship of JS Golf Fit, designed to help our Community to become Fitter, Stronger, Faster, improving flexibility, rotation and performance on the course. Months later, we have gathered their feedback to discover the benefits of the series.
Callaway Mack Daddy CB Wedges Review
Callaway's new Mack Daddy CB Wedges have been engineered to provide enhanced forgiveness with precise control and spin around the greens. Describing the product and sharing his testing results, Golfshake Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall reviewed the wedges for us.
Irish Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Shane Lowry headlines the field at the Irish Open, returning to competitive action in Northern Ireland for the first time since his memorable Open Championship success at Royal Portrush last year. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event from Galgorm Castle.
Bryson DeChambeau Silences Critics With Dominant US Open Victory
They said it couldn’t be done. They said that Winged Foot would bring Bryson DeChambeau to his knees. He proved them all wrong with a wonderful final round of 67 to see off Matt Wolff and win the US Open by six shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a dominant triumph.
When Graeme McDowell Finally Won Again
When Graeme McDowell arrived in the Dominican Republic last year he was on the crest of a slump, tumbling down the world rankings and wondering where his next win was going to come from. He would have taken any win and everything finally fell back into place on that week.
Why Tee Time Access is Golf's Biggest Challenge This Autumn
Golf has enjoyed a staggering boom during these extraordinary times, a dramatic turnaround that now presents another kind of challenge, namely how to address the impact of supply and demand with tee time availability. We look at why finding a way to keep everyone happy, delivering value for money, and ensuring opportunities to play in the face of narrowing hours of daylight, is the major test for the game this autumn.
Take on the Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge This Autumn
Inspired by the efforts of the thousands of golfers who participated in our Summer #BirdieClub Challenge, we are ushering in the autumn golf season by launching the Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge in Partnership With Golfbreaks, which rewards fast starts to rounds.
Mizuno JPX921 Irons Review
The JPX Series Irons have been a popular addition for Mizuno, but that engineering has been taken to another level following the launch of the 921 Family. Golfshake's Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall has closely studied and reviewed the clubs, using them on the course and analysing data on TrackMan to provide an insight behind each of the irons.
Winged Foot Will Provide a Psychological Test Like No Other
Collin Morikawa describes it as the most difficult golf course he has ever seen and Rory McIlroy has warned the USGA about avoiding what he described as “goofy golf”. Yes, it must be the week of the US Open, which this week is being staged at Winged Foot, a course that has a history for bringing the world’s best players to their knees.
6 Outsiders to Follow at the US Open
The likes of Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa are among the favourites at the US Open, but that doesn't mean we couldn't see an outsider surprise them. Looking at players currently placed outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, here are some of those possible contenders.