News & Features
BMW International Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to Germany for the BMW International Open, where both Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer will be hoping to ignite following disappointing results. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the European Tour event, celebrating its 30th year.
The US Open Should Be a Spectacle Not a Debacle
It's fair to say that the 2018 US Open was not without controversy, and much of that was due to the course setup at Shinnecock Hills, which was heavily criticised by many players on Saturday. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes it's time to stop the farce and make the Championship a level playing field.
Koepka Defies the Odds to Successfully Defend US Open
Brooks Koepka became the first man since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend the US Open on a day of high drama and extraordinary scoring at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps a memorable Sunday, including a remarkable finish by Tommy Fleetwood.
What on earth were you thinking, Phil?
Do you agree with Derek Clements? What he did was a flagrant breach of the rules. He should have been disqualified. Period.
Six US Open Venues That You Can Play
This year's beautifully fearsome US Open venue Shinnecock Hills is a notoriously private golf club in a famously exclusive part of Long Island, New York, but there are several courses on the rotation of America's National Championship that are easily accessible for golfers looking to walk in the footsteps of history.
Strong Winds Destroy Tournament Structure at Gullane Golf Club
Gullane Golf Club has been battered by strong winds, but few could have anticipated seeing part of the tournament structure for the Scottish Open being literally blown apart. However, that's what happened, it was captured in an incredible video.
Four of The Best Tiger Woods PGA Tour Games
The PGA Tour has announced a new video game partnership with HB Studios, ending its long association with EA Sports. Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a nostalgic look back at the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games, and picks his favourites.
What is kick point and why is it important?
Kick point is often talked about in shafts and every single shaft has one, but how does it effect your shots and which kick point is right for you? KBS stockist and custom fit speacialist Gavin Hay explains more about what a kick point is.
What is shaft load and why is it important?
Gavin Hay, custom fitting exoert and KBS stockist explains what load is and why it is important to understand how it effects your golf shaft and ultimately your golf shots.
Is picking the correct shaft important?
The world of shafts can be very confusing. What is the right flex? Does it really make a difference? What is load? What is kick point and why do all these things matter? KBS stockist Gavin Hay explains why shaft fitting is important and how it can change your clubs performance.
KBS Wedge Fitting - Andrew's Fitting
Every golfer no matter if your a beginner, seasoned campaigner or tour professional will hit a large percentage of their shots with their wedges, but identifying the correct wedge shaft is often overlooked. We recently headed to the Custom Golf Lab in Hitchin with KBS to find out how much difference a wedge fitting could make to a golferers game.
KBS Hybrid Fitting - Graham's Story
Rarely do golfers consider getting their hybrid shaft fitted, but by doing so you can see some major performance gains. Check out what happened when Graham joined KBS Shafts at the Custom Golf Lab.
KBS Iron Fitting - Steven's Story
Golfshake member, Steven joined KBS at the stunning Custom Golf Lab in Hitchin to go through an iron fitting with the leading shaft manufacturer. Check out how he got on.
Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Day Golf Challenge Returns
The famous and popular Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Day Golf Challenge is returning on Thursday 21st June, inviting golfers to play 72 holes in one day, raising funds for the charity, and there is time for you to sign up.
Fathers and Children Explain How Golf Brings Families Together
Father's Day is a special occasion for many families, and golf has a unique way of bringing them closer together. American Golf has explored this subject by sharing the story of three sets of fathers and their children, looking at the role that the game has played in their relationships.
It's Time to Draw a Line Under Marquee Groups at Majors
Organisers and TV companies love them, but is it time for marquee groupings at majors to end, adopting a truly random draw? Rory McIlroy spoke on the subject recently. And Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that a line should be drawn under them.
5 Outsiders to Watch at the US Open
It's hard to look beyond the favourites at the US Open, but we have picked out five golfers who are moving somewhat under the radar with the bookmakers. These potential winners are all at least 60/1 on the latest betting and may spring a surprise on Sunday.
Severity of Greens at Shinnecock Hills Cause Stir
Organisers famously lost control of the greens at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, but while changes have been made to the course, the severity of the surfaces remains, particularly the dramatic 18th.
Up and Down to South Carolina Challenge
Summer is the time of the year when scoring really matters, with improving your short game stats an effective way of achieving that. To help you focus on that objective, Golfshake has teamed up with South Carolina to deliver the Up and Down to South Carolina Challenge.
Golfshake Podcast #28: US Open, Shinnecock & Bethpage Memories, Long Island Golf
In a Special US Open Edition of the Golfshake Podcast, Kieran Clark is joined Long Island golf radio show host Anthony Scorcia to preview the 2018 US Open Championship. They also look at the rich history and culture of golf on New York’s Long Island, while Anthony shares his memories of playing Shinnecock Hills, and reflections on past US Opens held at Bethpage Black. The guys take the opportunity to gaze ahead to the 2019 PGA and 2024 Ryder Cup to be held in the area, sharing a unique and local perspective into the second major of the year and golf as a whole.
Women's Golf Day 2018 Records International Success
Women's Golf Day 2018 was a huge event across social media and the planet on June 5th, with celebrations being shared from Australia to the UK and beyond, including the Middle East and Africa, strengthening and building golf communities along the way.
2018 US Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
This year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills promises to be compelling, with many of the game's top names arriving in form and ready to be contenders. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the second major of the year, and picks out several players who could challenge for the trophy.
7 Players to Watch at the US Open
It's hard to look beyond the major favourites ahead of this year's US Open, with so many of them arriving at Shinnecock Hills. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out seven - and one sentimental player - to keep an eye on during the week.
The Rules and Traditions of Shinnecock Hills
The 2018 US Open venue Shinnecock Hills is a tradtional golf club that boasts an extraordinary and famous course. Derek Clements takes a look at some of the more archaic rules that define this institution on Long Island.
The Golf Course Shouldn't Make Headlines at the US Open
The US Open has infamously courted controversy through the years, including at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the efforts being made to ensure that is not the case in 2018.
US Open BY NUMBERS
The US Open Championship has a long and rich history, dating back to 1895. Golfshake's Derek Clements delves into the facts and figures, the looking at the numbers behind the past and present of this great event.
Hole by Hole Guide to Shinnecock Hills
Explore all 18 testing holes at Shinnecock Hills, this year's US Open venue. Regarded as being among the finest courses in the United States, take a look through flyovers and insight to learn more about the challenge of the layout.
Dustin Johnson Makes Bold Winning Statement Ahead of US Open
Before the US Open, Dustin Johnson produced a dominant display at the FedEx St Jude Classic, winning the tournament and returning to world number one, while Mikko Korhonen won the European Tour's Shot Clock Masters. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the action.
5 Reasons Why Summer Golf is Great
Summer is the main golf season, and it's the time for you to get the most from your game. Golfshake's Joe Hughes shares his reasons for loving summer golf, and why it's his favourite period of the year on the course. See how many you agree with!
Will Shinnecock Hills Get the US Open Back on Track?
Will the US Open's return to Shinnecock Hills restore the championship's reputation for providing the most difficult test in golf? That's the question Golfshake's Joe Hughes explores ahead of the year's second men's major.
Slowing the Game Down
Last Sunday, Bryson DeChambeau won the Memorial Tournament, but the aftermath was dominant by discussion on the pace of play within the final grouping. Golfshake's Alex Picken asks whether that was fair, and delves into the slow play debate and the potential solutions.
R&A Backs Expansion of Nine Hole After Work Golf Cup
The Mercedes-Benz After-Work Golf Cup is an innovative series of competitions that has become hugely popular in Germany, but this innovation will only develop further after the R&A backed the event's expansion across the world, and potentially to the United Kingdom.
20 Reasons Why People Don't Join Golf Clubs
Why are more golfers deciding not to join golf clubs? Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered the reasons, and has noted 20 candid and often amusing possibilties as to why memberships are not for everyone.
Golfers Ranked Inside 2018 Forbes Sport Rich List
The 2018 Forbes Sport Rich List has been unveiled, looking at the highest paid athletes of the past year, and several golfers feature on the ranking. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at where they stand in relation to other stars.
Could Golf Entertainment Help to Grow the Game?
Could concepts such as Footgolf, Toptracer and Topgolf draw a different group of people to a form of golf and grow the game in turn? That's the question and potential impact that journalist Joe Hughes explores.
Maguire Sisters Turn Pro and Sign with Niall Horan's Modest! Golf
The talented Maguire sisters from Ireland - Leona and Lisa - have turned professional under the banner of Modest! Golf, the management company established by Niall Horan and the Modest! Management Group.
Motocaddy Unveils Compact Trolley Range with GPS Function
Motocaddy has unveiled its new range of M-Series compact-folding electric golf trolleys, which have been elevated to another level thanks to the introduction of super-lightweight Lithium batteries and GPS functionality.
Local Wolverhampton Youngsters Have Chance to Represent City
The 3 Hammers Golf Complex has been working closely with local youth organisations, charities and schools across the Wolverhampton area, to provide young people (who have never played golf) a chance to represent their city.
PUMA Golf Unveils 2018 Autumn Winter Apparel Collection
PUMA Golf has unveiled its 2018 Autumn Winter Apparel & Accessories Collection, featuring the brand's trademark technology and trendy designs, with the notable addition of the new FUSIONYARN fabric, which has been created to deliver comfort, performance and style.
Lowest Golf Handicaps in the World
England's Matthew Jordan, recent winner of the Lytham Trophy, plays off a handicap of +7. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look through the history of low handicaps, including where many of the great professionals started.
Adam Scott Qualifies for US Open to Maintain Remarkable Major Appearance Run
Adam Scott, Andrew "Beef" Johnston, Thorbjorn Olesen and Steve Stricker were among the players who made it through U.S. Open Qualifying on Monday, with the Australian maintaining a stunning record of playing in every major since the 2001 Open.
Brittany Lincicome Invited to Compete in PGA Tour Event
Two-time major champion Brittany Lincicome has accepted an invitation to compete in the PGA Tour's upcoming Barbasol Championship, becoming just the fifth female golfer in history to appear on the circuit, following in the footsteps of Babe Zahraias, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.
5 Golfers Chasing Major History
The US Open, Open and PGA Championships are coming up this summer, and there are five main contenders who are looking to each achieve something historic. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks at those golfers who are looking to complete sporting immortality.
Ariya Jutanugarn Wins Dramatic US Women's Open
The 73rd U.S. Women's Open had appeared to be a procession of brilliance from Ariya Jutanugarn, who was seven shots clear of the field during the final round at Shoal Creek, only to collapse down the stretch, before rebounding from that with a thrilling victory in a playoff over Hyo Joo Kim to win the oldest and most lucrative major on the LPGA Tour.
Shot Clock Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
It should be a fascinating week on the European Tour at the Shot Clock Masters, where players will be on the clock for all 72 holes. Could this pave the way to the future for golf? Derek Clements has the Preview!
FedEx St Jude Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Ahead of the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour stops at TPC Southwind for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Daniel Berger returns to defend his title, but many will be looking to see the form of Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson before Shinnecock Hills.
Olesen Breaks Molinari's Heart by Completing Italian Job
Thorbjorn Olesen became the most unpopular man in Italy when he held off local hero Francesco Molinari to win the Italian Open, while Bryson DeChambeau fulfiled his potential by winning the Memorial Tournament. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the weekend.
Analysis Finds Amateur Driving Distance Has Declined
The R&A and USGA recently unveiled their 2017 Driving Distance Report that noted an "unusual and concerning increase of driving distance within the professional game, but Arccos 360, the on-course data tracking system, has found through detailed analysis that distances for amateur golfers have declined over the past year.
Golfkicks Aims to Change the Idea of Golf Shoes
Golfkicks is a new and innovative that is aiming to revolutionise the idea of golf shoes, with their concept transforming casual shoes into being ideal for golf use through the aid of just a few scren-in, eco-friendly cleats.
The Best Push Trolleys of 2018
As we enter the summer, you may wish to remove a load from your shoulders and buy a push trolley for your golf bag. To help with that, we have taken a look at the latest products to have emerged onto the market, bringing together the Best Push Trolleys of 2018.
10 Major Contenders at the U.S. Women's Open
The U.S. Women's Open is the oldest and most lucrative of the majors on the LPGA Tour, and will be played at Shoal Creek in Alabama. But who is going to secure this historic title? Here are ten major contenders to look out for.
It's Time to Give Rory McIlroy a Break
Disappointing Sundays at the Masters and BMW PGA, Rory McIlroy's had a year that most golfers would be delighted with, but he has nonetheless faced scrutiny for his game and consistency. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should step back and give the four-time major champion a break.
The R&A Launches Women in Golf Charter
In major news for the mission to ensure that golf becomes more inclusive and welcoming to all, The R&A has launched a new Women in Golf Charter as the governing body seeks to increase both the number of women and girls participating in the game, and driving more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry.
Wycombe Heights Makes Great Strides in Delivering Golf to Women
Wycombe Heights Golf Centre has made significant strides in delivering golf to women in the local community, with an initiative led by Assistant Head Professional Kiel Saggers having now attracted between 30-40 new golfers participating in special weekly academy sessions.
Final Countdown to Women's Golf Day
This year's Women's Golf Day is fast approaching, and the international celebration of Women & Girls' golf is expected to draw a major response across the planet on June 5th.
Bettinardi Putter Switch Pays Off for Francesco Molinari
Italy's Francesco Molinari produced a spectacular weekend display at the BMW PGA Championship to secure the European Tour's flagship tournament in brilliant fashion, with the aid of a new Bettinardi putter that he recently began using.
Justin Rose is Set for Major Summer
Following his dominant victory at Colonial, Justin Rose is back to world number three and is set for a serious run at the major championships this summer. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes the Englishman is enjoying the prime of his career.
Golfers Who Are Similar to Their World Cup Team
The World Cup is approaching, with countries hoping for glory in Russia. But when it comes to golfers from these nations, you would be surprised at many similarities there are between certain stars on tour and their country.
Golfshake 2018 Gear and Equipment Guides
Golfshake has produced a series of Gear Guides, looking at the details begind the most recent equipment launches of the major brands, and which of them may suit you. Take a look through them, and our Top 5s for 2018.
The Best of Golf in Scotland
If you wish to discover the Best of Golf in Scotland, we have created a comprehensive and evolving Guide! Containing our 'Best of' Features and Reviews, this will hopefully serve as a useful tool for golfers looking to experience some remarkable courses.
South Korean Teenager Makes History on Challenge Tour
History was made at the weekend by Minkyu Kim, who (aged just 17 years and 64 days) became the youngest golfer to have won on either the Challenge or European Tours. The South Korean claimed victory at the D+D REAL Czech Challenge in spectacular fashion, winning by three-shots on 20-under par.
The Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis
The US Open fast approaching, a star-studded field has gathered at Muirfield Village for Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jason Day are just some of the names involved. It promises to be a spectacular week, and Derek Clements has analysed the main contenders and talking points.
Italian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour moves onto the Italian Open, where Francesco Molinari will be hoping to secure a third victory in his home tournament, following his success at Wentworth. But the likes of Ian Poulter will be out to stop him. Here is Golfshake's Derek Clements' Preview.
Rose Blooms in Fort Worth as Molinari Denies McIlroy at Wentworth
Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari capped yet another amazing weekend for European golf with stunning victories on either side of the Atlantic. Rose’s win at the Fort Worth Invitational takes him to third in the world rankings, while for Molinari it was a success that almost certainly secures his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
World Golf Circuit Could Happen According to PGA Tour Boss
The idea of a world golf tour has reared its head once again, with Jay Monahan, the commissioner of the PGA Tour, suggesting that it could happen. Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't believe it would be a positive move for the game.
David Howell Joins Golfbreaks as Brand Ambassador
Five-time European Tour winner and former Ryder Cup star David Howell has joined Golfbreaks.com as a global ambassador for the leading golf travel brand.
Golf's New Witty and Insightful Magazine 'The Codger' Launched
Golf publications have been saturated with content on courses, equipment and tuition, but there is a new magazine that is set to buck that trend and offer something different. The Codger is exclusively made up of interviews, opinion pieces, stories and satire with the focus being on quality writing framed with a classy design.
End of a Ryder Cup Era for Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood has been a mainstay for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup for two decades, but now ranked outside the Top 100, and just named a vice-captain for 2018, those playing days seem behind him. Derek Clements pays tribute to one of Europe's best golfers.
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.