News & Features
Behind the Scenes at the Hero Challenge with Provision Events
The final 'Hero Challenge' of the season was played in Dubai, with the spectacular Atlantic Palm Resort serving as a striking backdrop. Several of the best golfers in the world hit their shots towards a Provision Events designed floating green. This is a chance to get a touch of insight behind the process of building the stage for the event.
Q-School Would Be Dramatic and Compelling Television
Majors and Tour Championships are great TV, but surely the purest exhibition of pressure within golf comes at the Final Stage of Qualifying School, the six-round gauntlet that whittles down hundreds of hopefuls into a select few who ensure themselves of status on the European Tour.
Horsfield Leads the Way as 33 Players Earn European Tour Cards
Sam Horsfield won the final stage of Qualifying School, beating the field by eight shots after six gruelling rounds at Lumine Golf Club as 33 players earned precious European Tour cards. Golfshake's Derek Clements reports on the week.
Golfshake Top 10 Travel Offer - Get Up to £20 Off Your Next Golf Break!
The #GolfshakeTop10 has been sharing an eye-catching selection of great-value golf destinations, featuring celebrated venues across Europe. However, to make that even more appealing, bookings made between now the end of the year will secure credit that can be put towards a future golf break.
Srixon Makes Charitable Donation to Prostate Cancer UK
Srixon Sports Europe has made the welcome announcement that it has raised £42,999 for its charitable partner for this year, Prostate Cancer UK. This donation marks a successful year for the brand, as its 5th generation Z-STAR / Z-STAR XV golf ball continues grow in popularity.
What is COBRA CONNECT and How Does it Work?
Cobra Golf has released the first ever smart set of clubs - featuring COBRA CONNECT ARCCOS Technology, assisting golfers with their on-course strategy and practice focus. But what does that mean, and how does it work. Golfshake's Owen Davies found out.
Winning Rookie of the Year is no Guarantee of Future Success
Jon Rahm was named the 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year on the European Tour. Many of the greats have taken the award, but as several long forgotten names have shown, it's been no guarantee of future success.
Cobra Golf Showcases Most Advanced Hybrids and Fairway Woods Yet
Cobra Golf has presented its most technologically-advanced and best performing hybrids yet with the launch of the KING F8, F8+ fairways, and KING F8 hybrids, with the range stated to be COBRA's fastest, most versatile and smartest yet.
Cobra Golf Presents Connected Set of Clubs for Tracking and Analysis
Cobra Golf has pushed technology and innovation with the introduction of the first 'smart' set of golf clubs - the KING F8 AND F8+ range that boast the exciting COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos.
Cobra Golf Unveils First Ever Smart Set of Irons
Cobra Golf has pushed the boundaries of innovation and technology within the game by unveiling its F8 Irons, which use electronically enabled grips in each club to provide golfers with the freedom to track their on-course performance withCOBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos technology.
Cobra Golf Introduces F8 Drivers for 2018
Cobra Golf has unveiled its KING F8 and KING F8+ drivers for 2018, which take advantage of the brand's fresh Precision Milled Forged face for greater levels of performance. The groundbreaking, fully CNC machined driver face has been paired with exciting 360o Aero TechnologyTM and equipped with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos, which is set to deliver COBRA’s fastest, most precise and smartest drivers yet.
Great History of the European Tour Order of Merit and Race to Dubai
The European Tour season comes to its natural conclusion this week as Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia battle for the Race to Dubai and Harry Vardon Trophy. Golfshake's Kieran Clark looks back at the history of the Order of Merit, and reflects on its significance.
Motocaddy Adds First Aid Function to Popular GPS App
Motocaddy has added a welcome innovation with the introduction of a First Aid function to its hugely popular GPS app that will provide golfers with access to medical assistance if suddenly taken seriously ill out on the course and provide playing partners with CPR instructions and emergency contacts.
DP World Tour Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
And so it all comes down to this. A thrilling season on the European Tour reaches its climax at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeriah Estates and there is still everything to play for in the Race to Dubai. Derek Clements looks forward to the showpiece and Tommy Fleetwood's chances of securing the major prize.
RSM Classic Preview, Picks & Analysis
The PGA Tour heads to Sea Island for the RSM Classic, which is hosted by Davis Love III. Always a popular week with the players, Derek Clements fancies Open Championship runner-up Matt Kuchar to have a strong performance in Georgia.
Sun Shines on Amazing Grace as He Storms to Nedbank Title
Branden Grace produced a grandstand finish to win the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, pocketing a cool £750,000 in the process. The home crowd were desperate to see a South African winner and Grace duly delivered to collect his eighth European Tour title.
Italy Enjoys Huge Rise in Golf Tourism
Italy is fast growing in popularity as a golf destination, and following encouraging survey data with travelers, new figures have shown that the number of international green fees booked as increased by 40% during the past three years.
Ten of the Greatest Winning Streaks in Golf
Justin Rose's recently won two events in successive weeks, as did fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton. It's a fine achievement, but it got us thinking of winning streaks, and there have been some remarkable ones through the years. Derek Clements picks out some of the best.
ECCO Golf Unveils Innovative BIOM HYBRID 3 Shoe
ECCO GOLF has unveiled its latest exciting product onto the market, the ECCO BIOM® HYBRID, which features a groundbreaking new TRI-FI-GRIP™ outsole.
#GetCloser Challenge with Cleveland Golf
Winter Golf is here! For some that means the clubs are locked away in a miserable hiatus within the garage until Spring, but at Golfshake we are aware that many of you dedicated and hardy golfers continue to play throughout the cold and dark months, so it’s a perfect time for us to launch our #GetCloser Challenge in Association with Cleveland Golf.
Saadiyat Beach's #WomenOnCourse Campaign Inspires
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club's mission to inspire more women golfers to enter the game reached its next chapter after rolling out the #WomenOnCourse campaign for the second consecutive year during the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, ably assisted by many of the world's finest golfers.
Oulton Hall Golf Academy Marks Tenth Anniversary
Oulton Hall's Golf Academy - managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) - has marked its 10th anniversary this month with the venue's coaches having overseen over 35,000 golf lessons during those years.
Golf Groups Drawn to UK Stay and Play Venues
Having already noted an increase in the numbers booking at its ten highly regarded golf resorts, Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) is excited to report an unprecendented level of enquiries having been submitted for 2018 golf groups.
Review Ile Aux Cerfs - Mauritius
Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out during a family holiday to play and review golf in paradise at the fantastic Ile Aux Cerfs course in Mauritius.
When Tiger Says Golf Ball is Going Too Far We Should Pay Attention
Does the modern golf ball go too far? That is the view of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, who recently commented on the subject and the issues that it raises. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we should sit up and take note of these words that have been echoed by figures including Jack Nicklaus.
English Teams Dominate at Father & Son Golf Championships
English teams Alford and Milliner claimed dominant victories in the Handicap and Scratch events within the 2017 Sky Sports European Father & Son Golf Championships, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in the sunshine of Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain.
The Future Looks Bright for Europe in the Ryder Cup
The 2016 Ryder Cup saw Europe's most crushing defeat in over 30 years, but Alex Picken believes there are positive signs ahead of next year's showpiece at Le Golf National. He looks at several of the impressive and emerging players who could have a huge impact for Thomas Bjorn in 2018.
Motocaddy Launches Sparking Christmas Promotion
If you're hoping for a golf trolley this Christmas, there has never been a better time to check out Motocaddy, who are offering a free cart bag across nine of its highly regarded Lithium-powered trolleys.
Review: Arccos 360
Arccos is a leading brand and technology partner of Microsoft, and their new Arccos 360 technology could help you improve your game. Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies tested out the product during August - November 2017.
Review: FatPlate Training Aid
The FatPlate is a new visual training aid on the golf market that encourages golfers to compress the ball, while giving priceless feedback when this is not achieved. Find out what Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies thought.
Review: Green Sleeve Golf Cleaner
Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies reviews the Green Sleeve Cleander which is a unique, pocket sized ball and club cleaner with a microfiber cleaning centre to remove loose dirt, dry and polish golf balls and wedges.
G/FORE Unveils Transporter II Bag
G/FORE has unveiled its special edition Transporter II bag that is set to make significant gains on the market in 2018. The latest version of the popular Transporter (RRP £285) oozes G/FORE's trademark class with an edgy style.
PowaKaddy Introduces Major Cart Bag Promotion for Christmas
PowaKaddy is embracing the Christmas period with its biggest cart bag promotion yet, providing golfers with the opportunity to claim a free cart bag when they purchase any of the brand's Lithium electric trolley models.
ECCO Pro Cage Review
In recent years ECCO have brought some major innovations to their golf shoes and it may be that the new ECCO Cage Pro features more technogoly than any shoe that ECCO have ever made. Golfshake's Owen Davies recently headed to the course to put them to the test.
Nedbank Challenge Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tommy Fleetwood arrives in South Africa hoping to secure the Race to Dubai after the recent victories of Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia closed the gap at the top of the money list. Derek Clements looks at the young Englishman's chances at the Nedbank.
OHL Classic at Mayakoba Preview, Picks & Analysis
Pat Perez returns to Mexico for his defence of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. There's a formidable challenge ahead, however, with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed in the field. Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Turkish Delight For Justin Rose After Dramatic Climax
He only went and did it again. Justin Rose, who had been without a victory since the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, birdied the final hole at the Turkish Airlines Open to achieve back-to-back wins and move within a whisker of Tommy Fleetwood at the head of the Race to Dubai.
Sergio Garcia Meets Young Golfers at Junior Golf Academy
Masters champion Sergio Garcia has enjoyed a major year in his life, but that didn't stop the Spaniard from returning to PGA Catalyuna Resort, for the sixth year to meet students at his Junior Golf Academy.
Golfshake Podcast #19 - Tiger, Ryder Cup Venues, Winter Focus
In this week's Golfshake Podcast, Kieran Clark is joined by Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook to discuss the hot topics in golf. They discuss the return of Tiger, stay and play Ryder Cup venues and focusing on golf in the Winter.
Mizuno Reveals ST180 Series Metal Woods
Legendary Japanese golf equipment manufacturer, Mizuno has revealed its new ST180 Series of Medal Woods, coming onto the market next year, created with high speed and low spin performance in mind.
Lynx Golf Unveils New Website to Showcase Products and Passion
Popular British golf brand, Lynx has unveiled its new website to widely showcase its fast-growing range of products, people, and burning passion for the game.
What can golf clubs do to present and promote themselves better?
In part four of Josh Carr's examination of the 2016/16 Golfshake survey, he looks at what golf clubs can do to present and promote themselves better.
Father and Son Duo Secure American Golf Tournament of Champions Victory
Father & son pair Ian and James Fox of Leyland Golf Club won the American Golf Tournament of Champions after two days of competition at the stunning Heritage Le Telfair Golf Club on the beautiful island of Mauritius.
Stuburt Unveils 2017 Winter Apparel Collection
Stuburt has long enjoyed a great reputation for its quality footwear and affordable apparel, and the brand has only enhanced that standing with its stunning collection for Autumn/Winter 2017.
Will Tiger Emerge From the Woods and Remind Us How Good He Once Was?
Tiger Woods is to make his latest comeback in the Hero Challenge to be played in the Bahamas at the end of November - and, unsurprisingly, social media is alive with anticipation. Derek Clements reports on the challenges that the 14-time major champion faces.
Winning is Hard - 10 of the Worst Final Round Collapses in Tournament Golf
Dustin Johnson's recent disastrous final round in China got Derek Clements thinking about final-round collapses. There have been lots of them, and the world number one features in our list of 10 of the best (or worst) of them.
KBS Releases First Game Improvement Iron Shaft
KBS has long been renowned for its reputation of creating iron shafts for tour players, but the brand is adding something different and accessible to its range by releasing a shaft that has been designed for mid-to-high handicap golfers.
La Manga Unveils Figures After Busy Summer
Widely revered and famous, La Manga Club in Spain has long been a marquee destination for holidaymakers from across Europe, with the depth of facilities and activities on offer being difficult to surpass at any other major venue. Following an action-packed Summer of Plenty, the resort has unveiled figures that emphasise just how busy a season it has been.
Bushnell V4 Slope Review
Golfshake resident Touring Professional, James Reeson recently put the new Bushnell Tour V4 Shift to the test over the course of several tournaments. Here is his review of the new slope enable laser rangefinder.
Tiger Woods Announces Latest Return to Competitive Golf
Nine months after withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic, Tiger Woods has announced that he will be making his latest comeback to professional golf at next month’s Hero World Challenge.
How to innovate golf club membership in 2018
Golf Writer Josh Carr explores ways golf clubs can innovate their membership in 2018, with ideas such as family membership and twilight golf, to get more people playing golf in the new year.
Paul Casey to Rejoin European Tour in Ryder Cup Boost
It's been a decade since Paul Casey last represented Europe in the Ryder Cup, but the Englishman looks set to end that long-standing hiatus after confirming that he will take up membership on the European Tour in 2018, opening the door to become part of Thomas Bjorn's team for the showpiece at Le Golf National next year.
Ryder Cup Adventure Golf Course Installed on Eiffel Tower
Marking the 'Year to Go' celebrations for the 2018 Ryder Cup, and in conjunction with the French Golf Federation, Provision Events (PVE) has installed an adventure golf course placed on the viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin is like no other tournament on the PGA Tour. It is a week when the world's leading golfers put their own interests to one side and turn the focus on children who, in many instances, are fighting for their very lives.
Turkish Airlines Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Thorbjorn Olesen will defend his title at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth out of eight in the European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series, which has offered players the chance to earn some properly serious money.
Rose Blooms as Johnson Suffers a Major China Crisis
Justin Rose overturned an eight-shot deficit to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in dramatic fashion. The Englishman still trailed by six when he reached the turn but he then birdied five holes on the back nine for a round of 67 to get to 14 under par and defeat world No 1 Dustin Johnson by two strokes.
Golf in the Algarve Breaks Visitor Records
The Algarve has been a popular golf destination for half a century, and it's significant standing is only continuing to develop as vistor levels have risen to even greater levels in 2017 with previous records having been smashed.
Galvin Green Signs Two Promising Modest! Golf Stars
Leading clothing brand Galvin Green has developed its association with promising young golfers within the burgeoning Modest! Golf Management stable - signing Italy's Guido Migliozzi and Christiaan Bezuidenhout from South Africa.
England Cricketer Stuart Broad Adds 30 Yards to His Golf Game at Belfry Academy
Leading England cricketer Stuart Broad took a break from Ashes preparation to receive a custom-fitting session at The Belfry's highly regarded PGA Golf Academy that added an impressive 30 yards to his golf game.
La Manga Club Receives Exclusive Royal Approval in Spain
Spain's revered La Manga Club has commemorated its 45th anniversary with 'Royal Approval' after becoming one of an exclusive group of courses to have received royal status by the Spaniah royal household, the 'Casa Real - Royal House'.
What is stopping people playing more golf?
In part two of Josh Carr’s series on golf club memberships, he looks at what is stopping golfers playing more golf.
Why are golfers deciding to be non-club members?
In part one of Josh Carr’s series on golf club memberships, he looks at why golfers are choosing to be casual golfers over members, and what factors are stopping these golfers from joining on a permanent basis.
Shot Clock is a Start but Slow Play Has to be Tackled Properly
The European Tour has announced, with much fanfare, the introduction of the 2018 Shot Clock Masters. The tournament has been launched with the specific purpose of speeding up play and is a laudable experiment, but it does pose a question: why?
TALON MK2 Brings Fresh Analysis on Golf Swing
Seeking to improve on the TALON, Ojee Golf has launched the TALON MK2, a unique training aid that has been created to deliver real-time feedback on the set-up and detect anomalies in the swing, including spine angle.
Golfshake Stats Reveal Odds of Making Hole in One
You have probably seen the hilarious video from the European Tour that challenged Edoardo Molinari to make a hole-in-one with 500 golf balls. It got us thinking about the averages and odds of making a hole-in-one and how they relate to regular golfers. Delving into the Golfshake Score Tracker stats from this summer - in which tens of thousands regularly record their rounds - we have drawn up statistical conclusions as to how likely you are of achieving that most magical of shots
Dustin Johnson and Hublot Unveil Big Bang Unico Golf Watch
Swiss watchmaker Hublot has combined with world number one Dustin Johnson to release a watch that is dedicated to golf. They have designed and manufactured a module to house its new UNICO movement, which has been specifically engineered for golf, while the MHUB1580 movement provides golfers with the opportunity to record their score whilst on the course.
Finca Cortesin Ranked Among World's Top 50 Hotels
Highly regarded Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa has seen its elite reputation boosted by a pair of major endorsements from UK magazine Condé Nast Traveler, after being rated as one of the best 50 hotels on the planet, and second in Spain and Portugal.
European Tour to Debut 40 Second Shot Clock in 2018
Next year's Shot Clock Masters in Austria on the European Tour will be the first official tournament to use a shot clock on every shot as the circuit looks to combat the increasingly lengthy time it is taking for the top professionals to complete 18 holes.
Belfry Golf Coach Becomes One of UK's Top Junior Instructors
The Belfry's popular junior golf programme has received a significant enhancement after its Senior Teaching Professional, Phil Akers, completed his Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 3 Junior Coach certification, becoming only the seventh PGA Professional in the UK to achieve this major status.
Golfing4Life Holds Annual Invitational
Golfing4Life (G4L) recently held its annual invitational, and the two-day event at Goodwood was highlight by appearances of 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell, and contributions from Centtrip CEO Tony North and G4L partner Bill Curbishley.
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