Top Golfshake News & Features
Get Ready For 2021 With TravisMathew Apparel
TravisMathew is successfully establishing an impressive reputation with golfers in the UK, not least in the minds of the Golfshake Community. Looking ahead to 2021, if you want to update your wardbrobe, then we share hand-picked garments that will offer a sharp look on the fairways next season.
What Makes Driving Ranges Essential
Tens of thousands of us will soon be heading back to the driving range, with 63% of golfers intending to visit one this winter. But what makes them so popular and important? We look at the numbers and asked several golf professionals to explain why these facilities are essential for the game, particularly for new players.
Golfers Ready To Commit To Winter Season
Following this most unique of years and the remarkable summer golf boom, it will be fascinating to see whether that interest can be maintained throughout the winter months. Surveying 1,700 avid golfers, we discovered their plans for the winter season ahead.
View From The Fairway - Leopard Creek is Majestic
Taking aim at several topics, Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the return of golf in England, praises the exceptional form of Emily Pedersen and Sei Young Kim, glows at the stunning Leopard Creek, and explains why he has an unlikely fondness for Patrick Reed.
South African Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour’s South African Swing will be completed by the South African Open Championship, which will be played the same week as the new Golf in Dubai Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event at the iconic Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
Mayakoba Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
Home player Abraham Ancer will be desperate to finally secure his maiden victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, but he faces a stiff challenge from major champions Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas, who are both looking to end their year on the PGA Tour in style.
Golf in Dubai Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
In a week where we see a double header on the European Tour, an all-star cast will be heading to Dubai to take part in the inaugural Golf in Dubai Championship at the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, including Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer.
Briliant Bezuidenhout Wins Second Title on Home Soil
Christiaan Bezuidenhout won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the magnificent Leopard Creek by four shots as all his rivals crumbled on the back nine. It was the South African’s second European title and he achieved it thanks to a brilliant back nine of 34.
Who Can Play Golf in the UK And Where
Golfers in England are set to return to their beloved golf courses. However, there are some differences to note between regions under the new tier system, with golfers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also facing contrasting restrictions as we enter the height of winter. Who can play golf and where? We take a closer look at how each of the nations stand.
Who Is The Longest And Most Accurate On Tour?
The incredible distance of Bryson DeChambeau dominated headlines this season, with South African sensation Wilco Neinaber recently causing a stir with his long hitting. But what does it mean, and how do the longest drivers compare with the straightest? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks into the stats to find out.
Survey - How Did You Get Into Golf?
In our latest survey, we wanted to know more about how you got into golf, when and how you started playing, who introduced you to the game and your journey through this wonderful game.
The Swing Plate Training Aid Review
The Swing Plate is a training aid that has enhanced the game of many golfers, from those found at everyday clubs and driving ranges, all the way up to the highest levels of the sport. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies is the among the latest to see the benefits, as described in this new review.
COBRA KING Supersport-35 Putter Review
COBRA has partnered with HP Paramtech to create the new, limited edition KING Supersport-35 Putter, which takes full advantage of 3D printing technology. Golfshake's Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall has tested the putter indoors, evaluating its look, feel and performance.
Golf is Back in England But Will You Be Rushing Out To Play?
What a relief that most of us can get back out there and start playing golf again. It’s been a tough few weeks, with so much uncertainty surrounding whether or not we would be able to return. But with the imminent return of the tier system, it signals the way for courses to reopen in England. But will you get back out playing?
What Can We Expect From Golf Courses in December
Seasoned golfers will have no great expectations about what they might find when their courses reopen after this latest lockdown ends. But those who returned to the game and/or took it up for the first time after the first lockdown ended might be disappointed - they shouldn’t be. Instead, we should all be thankful of the chance to go out and play again.
English Golfers Get Set For Return of Golf
Golfers throughout England will rejoice at the news that the game will resume following this month's national lockdown. But just how excited are golfers by the prospect of getting back out and playing? On Golfshake, 1,600 golfers responded to our recent Winter Survey, and we discovered their thoughts on the sport resuming.
A Magical Links Experience in Scotland
With restrictions on international travel, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall and a group of friends decided to take an adventure up to the Home of Golf, Scotland, where they experienced Kingbarns, Carnoustie, Dumbarnie Links, and the Jubilee Course at St Andrews. Ryan's describes their journey, the courses played, and the memories forged.
Titleist TSi2 & TSi3 Driver Review
Golfshake Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall has recently tested the new Titleist TSi2 and TSi3 Drivers for us, both on the course and through the use of TrackMan at his Indoor Fitting Studio at Howley Hall Golf Club, reviewing their look, feel, and performance, with a comparison made to his own driver.
Callaway Chrome Soft - A Season Review
With the golf season now behind us, Golfshake Ambassadors Rob Treanor and Mel Davies have described their thoughts on the Callaway Chrome Soft and what difference the ball has made to their games following a year of testing.
FootJoy Launches New FJ Stratos
FootJoy has sought to deliver comfort both on and off the golf course through the launch of its all new FJ Stratos, which feature an ultra-cushioned underfoot ride, improved traction, soft leather uppers.
View From The Fairway - Wilco Nienaber is a Future Star
Golfshake's Derek Clements believes he may have seen the future in this week's View From The Fairway in the shape of 20-year-old South African golfer Wilco Nienaber. Derek also has some reflections from the Masters and what those stories mean for the game going forward.
Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
A strong home field will be looking to prevent Pablo Larrazabal from making a successful defence of his Alfred Dunhill Championship title when they tee it up at the magnificent Leopard Creek, the second of three tournaments on the South Africa Swing.
Hansen Claims Maiden Victory to Deny Nienaber in South Africa
Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the weekend's action from both the PGA Tour and European Tour, where Robert Streb defeated Kevin Kisner in a playoff, and Joachim B Hansen secured his maiden victory by edging the sensational Wilco Nienaber.
Motocaddy Introduces New Laser Rangefinder
Acclaimed electric-trolley manufacturer Motocaddy has introduced a new premium PRO 3000 Laser Rangefinder, which marks the brand's latest venture into the growing distance measurement device (DMD) market.
Prostate Cancer Awareness - Richard's Story
Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken continues his own prostate cancer story, with a tale of friendship that underlines the importance of being honest and having conversations, which can help to save lives.
Allestree Park Golf Course to Close
On 16th November 2020, the Derby City Council announced formally that Allestree Park Golf Course will close by the end of the year and be returned to park land, after no viable business proposals were put forward to take over its running.
OCEANTEE Launches Sustainable Women's Golf Clothing
OCEANTEE is bringing its sustainable products to a new audience, launching its female golf clothing line, created in conjunction with the Sustainable Angle, offering luxurious fabrics, which are also biodegradable, and that contribute to marine conversation charities with every purchase.
Volvik Unveils Special Pack of Golf Balls
The perfect Christmas gift, Volvik has introduced new tube packs of its distinctive golf balls, featuring a range of colours, which should be welcomed by those who want to more easily spot their ball on the course during winter.
BIG MAX Presents Aqua Seven Winter Golf Bag
It can take a hardy soul to enjoy winter golf, but for those who wish to make the most of the conditions, BIG MAX has brought forward the launch of the new Aqua Seven, a waterproof stand bag that is ideal for these months.
Wilson Reveals New Staff Model Golf Balls
Wilson Golf has expanded its popular range by adding a new Tour-inspired Staff Model family of golf balls, including the impressive 4-piece Urethane Staff Model and the Staff Model R.
Do You Think We Will Be Playing Golf in December?
With lockdown in England forcing golf courses to close across the country, Golfshake writer Derek Clements reflects on what this means to him this winter, what he is doing to keep golf active and hopes for the short term.
No Need To Panic Over Europe's Ryder Cup Prospects
Off the back of the 2020 golf season and 2020 Masters, Golfshake writer and sports journalist Derek Clements looks ahead to the 2021 Ryder Cup assessing how the European team may stack up and compare against their US counterparts.
OGIO Golf Bag & Travel Product Review
Everyone is looking forward to the return of golf travel and the joy that can bring, but to make that process easy, you need to have the right gear. Fortunately, OGIO provides some of the best products available for the travelling golfer, something that Golfshake Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall had the opportunity to discover.
Three Acclaimed English Golf Clubs Receive GEO Certified Status
Following significant environmental efforts, the Burhill Group Limited has confirmed that three of its venues, Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Burhill Golf Club in Walton on Thames, and Redbourn Golf Club in Harpenden, have each successfully achieved GEO Certified status.
Joburg Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour heads to South Africa for three tournaments, starting with the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club. At the end of this South Africa Swing the top 60 in the Race to Dubai will head to Dubai for the season-ending DP World Championship, so there is all to play for.
RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
A strong field that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and Jason Day has assembled at the majestic Sea Island for the RSM Classic, where Tyler Duncan is the defending champion. We look ahead to what is always a competitive event in a beautiful part of the United States.
Reflecting on the 2020 Masters
Before the 84th Masters, all the talk was about Bryson DeChambeau, but Dustin Johnson made the headlines with his dominant victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the week, from the exploits of Bernhard Langer to frustrations for Rory McIlroy, and what Augusta National was like without the atmosphere.
Dustin Johnson Sprinkles Stardust Over Augusta National
The November Masters was a historic event, so fittingly Dustin Johnson produced a stunning performance to go with it, setting a new tournament record to secure his second major title and first Green Jacket by five shots. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a sheer exhibition from the world number one at Augusta National.
The 25 Most Birdied Golf Holes of 2020
Everyone loves making a birdie, but just where are Golfshake Members making those positive numbers? We decided to find out by analysing the data. From thousands of eligible holes, there are 25 that have stood out above the rest as being the Most Birdied this year.
Bernhard Langer Becomes Oldest Player to Make Cut at Masters
Bringing Augusta National to its knees by hitting 340-yard drives, wedges to three feet and holing birdie putts for fun? Or there is the Bernhard Langer way, who began the 84th Masters with a round of 68 before following that up with a 73 to become the oldest player to ever make the cut.
American Golf Launches New Masters Inspired Ad Campaign
Popular retailer American Golf has launched a striking new marketing campaign that celebrates those golfers inspired by Augusta, who are keen to leave their armchairs and get back onto the golf course.
Highland Club Nominated for Environmental Golf Award
The acclaimed Nairn Dunbar Golf Club in the Scottish Highlands has seen its commitment to environmental and sustainability projects recognised after it became one of four finalists for the ‘Environmental Golf Course of the Year’ at the Golf Environment Awards 2021.
Walrus Unveils New Winter Golf Apparel
A brand that continues to grow in stature, Walrus Apparel has unveiled its latest range of winter golf apparel, delivering quality products for affordable prices. Digital camo is the main theme for this new collection along with a couple of sporty looking polos.
Discover Scotland's New Masterpiece - Dumbarnie Links
Designed by Clive Clark, Dumbarnie Links opened in May 2020 to great acclaim. Golfshake Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall recently had the chance to visit Fife and experience the layout for himself. Describing the course and what you can expect, here are Ryan's thoughts on this stunning destination.
View From The Augusta Fairways
As the 84th Masters Tournament gets under way, Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps some of the main talking points and his observations from the week so far, setting the scene for what promises to be a highly intriguing event.
DeChambeau is NOT the Only Show in Town at Augusta
If you read the papers or tune in to the TV coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that Bryson DeChambeau is the only person taking part in the 84th Masters at Augusta National. His obsessive search for distance is dominating everything to do with the final major of the season. But Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't necessarily believe that the hype will lead to success.
6 Outsiders to Follow at the Masters
This year's Masters is set for a contest between the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, the tournament favourites, while eyes will also be on Rory McIlroy and defending champion Tiger Woods. However, looking beyond the world's top 20 players, we have picked out six names who could upset the odds and triumphantly place their arms inside that iconic Green Jacket on Sunday.
Without Municipal Courses - What Pathways Are There Into Golf
How did you get into golf? Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken describes the importance of municipal courses, specifically, in his case, Allestree Park in Derby, and the ongoing challenge facing these pay and play venues and what it means for the game.
New Partnership to Support Biodiversity at UK Golf Courses
The relationship between golf and the environment is a vital one, something that will be enhanced through the establishment of a formal partnership between the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the RSPB, and The R&A, which is destined to improve awareness and support for biodiversity conservation.
Celebrating a Century of Tournament Golf at Gleneagles
The recent announcement that Perthshire's legendary Gleneagles Hotel is set to host the Senior Open in 2022 continues a story that spans a century of tournament golf being held at the famed Scottish resort.
Predicting the 2020 Masters
Typically the most predictable of the majors, this year's Masters is something of a wildcard and raises unique questions. Going head-to-head with their picks for the 84th Masters, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook takes on Editor Kieran Clark in a battle of the minds, making selections on a series of key categories.
The Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tiger Woods returns to Augusta National for his defence of the Masters, but the great man has been overshadowed by other storylines, including Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. This will be a unique event, but it promises to be a captivating one. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 84th Masters Tournament.
Where to Watch The 2020 Masters
The Masters in November is set to be a unique viewing experience. However, for the first time since coverage began in the 1960s, there won't be any live TV pictures of this year's Tournament on the BBC, but there are alternatives that should ensure that everyone gets their taste of Augusta National.
How a November Masters Will Look
The Masters normally takes place in April, with the azaleas in full bloom. For the first time in its history, the tournament will be staged at Augusta in November. How different is it going to be? Several knowing minds have explained what will have changed at this time of the season.
10 of the Best Masters Tournaments
Over the years Augusta National has witnessed some incredible drama. Birdies and eagles at critical moments. Golf balls being swallowed up by Rae’s Creek and bringing the world’s greatest players to their knees. Derek Clements has picked out ten of his favourite Masters Tournaments.
9 Players to Watch at The Masters
This year's Masters Tournament will be unlike any other we have witnessed, played in November and without the magical soundtrack of the gathered patrons at Augusta National. However, it's going to be undeniably compelling. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out nine competitors he thinks could be right there in contention on Sunday.
Reliving Tiger's Incredible Masters Triumph in 2019
It was the sporting comeback to end all sporting comebacks. Tiger Woods wasn't meant to win another major. But he did. Golfshake's Derek Clements recaps the unforgettable Masters Tournament of 2019, one that will forever be remembered as one of the most special.
View From The Fairway - The Masters Won't Be The Same
Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, explaining why he doesn't feel his usual enthusiasm for the Masters, while taking aim at new government restrictions on golf in England, and wondering what has happened to Francesco Molinari.
Robert MacIntyre Secures Maiden European Tour Victory
Scotland's Robert MacIntyre overcame a rain delay and produced a birdie-birdie finish to secure his maiden European Title thanks to a closing round of 64 at the Cyprus Showdown, while over on the PGA Tour, Carlos Ortiz won the Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park.
The Best Players Never to Win The Masters
Augusta National has been the stage for many crowning achievements and unforgettable moments, but it's also the site of crushed dreams, shattered hopes, and squandered potential. We take a look at those players who never won the Masters, but who consistently played well and contended.
Record Numbers Participate in Golfshake Early Birdie Challenge
Following the success of the Summer Golfshake #BirdieClub, we launched the Early Birdie Challenge With Golfbreaks in late September, which ran for six weeks and drew record interest from our busy community of keen golfers.
Predict the Masters Champion to Win a UK Golf Holiday
This year's most unique of Masters Tournaments will provide a welcome distraction from the anxieties of 2020, but looking ahead to better days, the QHotels Group is offering a striking competition to win a golf break for 16 people at any of its acclaimed resorts.
Farewell Old Friend, Hope to See You Again Soon
For a second time this year, golf courses in England will close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, this occasion for at least one month. Golfshake's Derek Clements played one last round before the enforced sabbatical and describes his thoughts on what this all means for golfers as we move into winter.
How to Stay Fit for Golf After Lockdown
Those of us in England are not going to be able to get back out on the golf course until the beginning of December at the earliest. But it is important to keep ourselves fit and active during this time, and there are plenty of things you can do to remain in shape for the game we all love so much
Golf Courses in England WILL Close During Lockdown
Despite a valiant effort by golfers and the wider industry to make a case for the game stay open, England Golf has confirmed in a letter to clubs and facilities that national lockdown measures introduced across England will force the closure of venues throughout the country.
New Specialist Job Site Launched for Golf Industry
Golf Jobs is a new service that will provide golf clubs, retailers, manufacturers, resorts and bodies throughout the golf industry with their own specialist job search platform, offering a dedicated space for employers to list and promote jobs.
Stewart Golf Reveals New Q Follow Trolley
Created within the manufacturer's Gloucestershire HQ, highly respected brand Stewart Golf has revealed the new Q Follow trolley, which has been developed to be the most compact follow trolley on the market, folding down small enough to be lifted one-handed, making it ideally practical.
adidas Reveals Limited Edition Golf Shoes for Masters
Amateurs have always been a key part of the Masters, with invited players staying in the Crow's Nest at Augusta National. Celebrating this group of competitors, adidas has revealed the limited edition Crossknit DPR “Low Am” shoe that is available ahead of the 2020 Masters.
Cyprus Showdown Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour remains at Aphrodite Hills for the unique Cyprus Showdown, which will see the top 32 players after two rounds progressing into the weekend with their scores reset for an 18-hole shootout, with the leading 16 qualifying for Sunday. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at this striking format.
Houston Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Before the Masters, the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Phil Mickelson are in the field at the Houston Open, where 2,000 spectators will be in attendance each day. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the final event before the world's best drive down Magnolia Lane.