Top Golfshake News & Features
The ZOOM Focus X Laser Review
Golftech, owners of BIG MAX, earlier this year launched the new ZOOM Focus X Laser as part of its emerging rangefinder brand, designed to provide an affordable model into the market, providing golfers with an accessible but innovative option. Golfshake Ambassador Ed Dimambro has been testing it for us on the golf course.
Gleneagles Reveals Special August and September Golf Deal
Legendary Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup venue in the heart of Scotland, Gleneagles has revealed a special welcome back stay-and-play package for golfers, designed to inspire visitors to experience this magical destination for themselves.
ellesse Launches Golf Apparel Range With Mel Reid as Ambassador
Launching a new and exclusive golf apparel and footwear range with American Golf, Italian sports brand ellesse is expanding its footprint into the ancient game, signing six-time Ladies European Tour winner and Solheim Cup player Mel Reid as an ambassador.
TP Tour Legend Daniel Gaunt Wins at Prince's Golf Club
TP Tour legend Daniel Gaunt secured his 13th victory on the circuit at the renowned Prince's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, overcoming a strong field that featured players with multiple titles on the Challenge Tour.
English Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour's UK Swing continues with the English Championship at Hanbury Manor. Lee Westwood headlines the field, but the likes of Sam Horsfield, Justin Harding and Danish sensation Rasmus Hojgaard will be among the contenders in Hertfordshire.
US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis
Brooks Koepka is looking to complete a historic treble of PGA Championship victories, but he faces stiff competition at Harding Park in the first major of this unique year, with new world number one Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and two-time winner Rory McIlroy among the favourites to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.
How Brooks Koepka Won the 2019 US PGA
In 2020, Brooks Koepka is remarkably searching for a third consecutive victory at the PGA Championship. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at the American's success last year at Bethpage Black, a major that the former world number one nearly lost before grasping the Wanamaker Trophy.
The US PGA By Numbers
The US PGA Championship holds a rich place in the history of golf, with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagen, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Rory McIlroy all multiple winners. We take a look at some of the key numbers that define the PGA.
Brief History of the US PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is uniquely the first major of this exatraordinary year, just the latest chapter in an event that dates back to the First World War. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a brief look at the history and describes what makes this major distinctive.
Sam Horsfield Secures Maiden European Tour Victory
England's Sam Horsfield overcame Thomas Detry in a thrilling final round to win his first European Tour title at the 2020 Hero Open at the Forest of Arden. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an exciting finish in the Midlands.
Justin Thomas on Top of the World After WGC Triumph
Justin Thomas has returned to world number one ahead of the US PGA Championship after shooting a final round of 65 to win a dramatic WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, fending off a challenge from the likes of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and England's Tom Lewis.
Srixon Reveals New ZX Series of Woods & Irons
Srixon has revealed its new ZX Woods and Irons, which are set to launch in September, featuring fresh technology, including the Woods that were engineered for speed, boasting Rebound Frame Technology, while the Irons have been tailored to combine power with an attractive look.
Turnberry Reveals New Legendary Golf Packages
Launching a new 'Legendary Golf' series of packages, the iconic Turnberry Resort is welcoming golfers to experience its facilities and two courses, including the famous Ailsa, with one night’s bed-and-breakfast including two rounds of golf available from £398 per person.
The Toughest Par 4s in England
Par 4s are the foundation of most golf courses and come in all shapes and sizes, but we wanted to find out what the toughest are in England. Studying data in the Golfshake Score Tracker, here are some of the most difficult, those holes that put a blemish on more cards than not.
18 Miguel Angel Jimenez Facts & Stats
Celebrating the hugely impressive and enduring career of Miguel Angel Jimenez, we have picked out 18 statistics that serve as a timely reminder of just how good the Spaniard has been for a very long time.
The Golfshake #BirdieClub Continues
Thousands more golfers have joined the #BirdieClub after tracking their rounds on the Golfshake Score Tracker, making the most of this summer of golf, with the Golfshake Community playing in record numbers throughout July.
New Golf Membership Club Launched in South East of England
Launching from Saturday 1st August, The Save Par Club is a new membership club for golfers in the South East of England, securing players discounts across various partnered courses throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex.
Georgia Hall Secures Rose Ladies Series Title at The Shire London
2018 Women's Open champion, Georgia Hall secured victory in the Rose Ladies Series at the acclaimed The Shire London, shooting a spectacular 5-under round at the Seve Ballesteros designed course to claim her latest triumph.
Jimenez Celebrates Record 707th European Tour Start With Magical Round
The remarkable Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrated a record-breaking 707th appearance on the European Tour with an opening round of 64 at the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on a special day for the popular Spaniard.
Drive to Experience Le Touquet Golf Resort
Tourists from the UK have taken to the road in search of a golf break, discovering the magnificent Le Touquet Golf Resort, which is home to the highest rated links course in France, and returning with unforgettable memories.
Take a Golf Staycation to the Lake District
Following the reopening of Linthwaite House, it's a great time to experience the Lake District, discovering its fresh air and vast open spaces. There is an added bonus for golfers too, with the hotel having joined forces with nearby Windermere Golf Club to offer a ‘Golfing in the Lakes’ package.
Golfshake Summer Survey 2020
In our latest survey, we wanted to know more about your thoughts on getting back playing, how this may have impacted you, the practicalities to play golf and what you think the future of golf will be like.
The Impact of Golfers CBD
Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook has recently been testing products from Golfers CBD to discover what impact they could have on his game, describing his experiences with the three products has used.
Looking for the Next Generation of Scottish Winners
From the likes of Old Tom Morris to Willie Anderson, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, Catriona Matthew, Paul Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfers have played a starring role in golf, but in recent times, that production line has slowed. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at where the next champion could emerge from.
How to Improve Your Golf When on Holiday
Could you improve your game during a week off on holiday without playing golf? Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore believes so and explains the tips and steps he followed to change his mindset on the course, which has made a positive impact.
Dundonald Links Starts Work on New Luxury Clubhouse
2017 Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links in Ayrshire has started work on a new luxury clubhouse and lodge accommodation, which is set to provide facilities that enhance the acclaimed Kyle Phillips designed golf course.
More Young People Are Becoming Junior Members
Presenting an encouraging sign for the future of the game, The Golf Foundation has revealed that more young people are signing up as junior members, and staying part of golf clubs, through the HSBC Golf Roots Programme.
Mizuno RB566V Golf Ball Review
Engineered with large, high energy cores that have been introduced to reduce driver spin and encourage an elevated launch for more efficient, stable performance, Mizuno's RB566V golf balls feature the distinctive 566 dimple pattern. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing them for us to see if the performance reflects the ambition.
England Golf Launches Campaign to Drive Memberships
Showcasing core values of equality, diversity, family and community, England Golf is calling for more golfers to give membership a shot in a new campaign that is seeking to maximise the opportunity from increased participation levels since the emerged from lockdown.
Andrew Johnston Withdrawal Highlights Difficulty of Life in a Bubble
Last week, Andrew "Beef" Johnston withdrew from the British Masters after nine-holes, citing the difficulty of having to exist within the bubble environment on the European Tour, away from his family. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this is understandable, looking at the challenges of this new normal for pro golf.
Hero Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The European Tour’s UK Swing continues with the Hero Open. Originally announced as the English Open, the newly named Hero Open takes place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Birmingham. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ehad to the event.
WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational Preview, Picks & Analysis
Brooks Koepka defends his WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational title at TPC Southwind, Memphis, desperately hoping to rediscover the form that took him to the top of the world rankings. Jon Rahm is now at the summit, making his first appearance as number one, while Rory McIlroy is searching for his best ahead of the PGA Championship.
Renato Paratore Masters Close House
Kicking off the European Tour's UK Swing, Renato Paratore won the British Masters at Close House, beating teenage sensation Rasmus Hojgaard by three strokes. The Italian shot a final round of 69 to finish the week on 18 under par. Golfshake's Derek Clements relects on the action.
Mizuno Wave Cadence Spikeless Golf Shoes Review
Mizuno's Wave cadence Spikeless Golf Shoes are designed to be comfortable straight from the box and to last the distance, packed with technology and a two-year waterproof warranty. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing them for us this summer and shares his thoughts.
Are These the Most Birdied Opening Holes in the UK
The opening hole to a round can set the tone of the day. Establishing a positive start is a challenge, but there are some layouts that introduce golfers in a more relaxed fashion. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to help identify some of the easiest 1st holes in the UK, picking out the most birdied in 2020.
Golfers Make Even More Birdies as Summer of Golf Continues
Following last week's booming introduction to #BirdieClub, thousands of additional golfers have tracked their rounds on Golfshake, making even more birdies as this summer of golf progresses into late July.
QHotels Group Reports Impact of UK Golf Boom
Much has been written about the golf boom in the UK since the game emerged from lockdown, something that has been underlined by the renowned resort operator, QHotels Group, which has witnessed a surge in new members and staggering increase in green fee revenue.
Tim Henman Helps Serve Up Golf Foundation’s 'Golf is Open for Kids' Campaign
The Golf Foundation teamed up with British tennis legend Tim Henman to launch a mini campaign to get children and families into golf during what would have been the week of the 149th Open Championship.
European Tour to Reward Everyday Heroes With New #GolfForGood Initiative
The European Tour has revealed a new initiative to reward the ‘everyday heroes’ of the Covid-19 pandemic with exclusive golfing experiences. The #GolfForGood initiative, which runs during all six events in the Tour's UK Swing, begins at this week’s British Masters at Close House and asks fans to nominate unsung people who have had a positive impact on their communities during coronavirus.
The Most Difficult Par 3s England
Most courses have that one tricky and memorable short hole, those alluring designs that are rife with danger. We wanted to discover the par 3s that give our golfers nightmares, and the only way to find them was to delve into the Golfshake Score Tracker, uncovering some of the toughest in England.
How Jon Rahm Conquered the World
New world number one Jon Rahm has enjoyed a constant rise to the top since turning professional in 2016. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at how the powerful Spaniard has done it, starting with his stunning amateur career, to his latest memorable success at The Memorial.
The UK Swing Tees Off in Style
Justin Walters hit the opening tee shot to signal the start of the British Masters at Close House hosted by Lee Westwood, beginning the European Tour's UK Swing. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the different feel to the event, the regulations, featuring insights from players involved.
The R&A Confirms Continued Support of Faldo Series
Having backed the Faldo Series since it was launched in 1996, The R&A has confirmed that it will continue its support of the international junior golf event founded by six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo.
Viktor Hovland is Europe's Next Big Thing
Jon Rahm has just been crowned world number one, but Europe has an emerging star right behind him. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at the impressive Viktor Hovland, explaining why he believes the Norwegian has all the tools to become great.
British Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Lee Westwood hosts the British Masters at Close House, signalling another important milestone in the European Tour's return. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event and explains why the rejuvenated veteran Englishman could be the man to beat in his own event.
3M Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tommy Fleetwood makes his long-awaited return to competitive action at the PGA Tour's 3M Open, where young American star Matt Wolff is the defending champion. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the event as the major season approaches.
Why Tiger's Lack of Competitive Golf is a Problem
Tiger Woods made his return to the PGA Tour at the Memorial, with flashes of brilliance diluted by medicore play. Showing understandable rust, Will Trinkwon believes that the 15-time major champion's light schedule could hold him back in the upcoming season of majors as he chases down records.
Jon Rahm Becomes New World Number One After Memorial Victory
Completing a career goal at the age of 25, Jon Rahm won The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village to ascend to the top of the game, replacing Rory McIlroy as the world number one. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on the weekend and the Spaniard's achievement.
Oliver Wilson Secures TP Tour Victory at Walton Heath
Former Dunhill Links champion Oliver Wilson defeated a strong field at the revered Walton Health Golf Club to claim victory on the TP Tour, ultimately defeating European Tour star Jordan Smith in a playoff.
How Callaway Invested Expertise & Capital to Enhance Chrome Soft
Callaway's Chrome Soft is known for being a golf ball that delivers speed with a receptive feel, but that reputation has only been further enhanced by the improvements made for 2020, something achieved through a significant investment of expertise and capital within the technology and manufacturing process.
Thousands of Golfers Join the Golfshake #BirdieClub
Thousands of golfers have become part of the #BirdieClub after tracking their rounds on Golfshake. During Week 1 in a series that will run through this summer, over 5,500 birdies were tracked, in addition to a stunning number of net birdies, surpassing 62,000. That consistent quality of play has seen 97% of rounds tracked claiming an entry into the #BirdieClub Prize Draw.
8 Strange Backgrounds of Tour Pros
Many tour pros follow a standard path into the highest levels of the game, whether it be progressing through college or elite amateur level, but as Will Trinkwon explores, there have been several notable names who took an unusual route into the sport.
Playoff Decides Faldo Series Event at Kedleston Park
Carl Banner has won the Faldo Series England Midlands Championship, securing his place in the Grand Final, triumphing after a thrilling final round in wet and blustery conditions, beating a field of 99 at Kedleston Park in Derbyshire over the three days.
Golfshake Ambassadors Showcase TravisMathew Apparel
TravisMathew is a golf apparel brand that has become increasingly prominent in Europe. This year, Golfshake Ambassadors were sent clothing to wear on the course, discovering that stylish quality for themselves. We have caught up with them to gather their feedback and see how the new gear has settled in.
The Most Difficult 1st Holes in the UK
Getting off to a good start is often vital for a successful round, but that can be easier said than done at certain courses. We have analysed rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker since May, picking out those tricky opening holes that have challenged golfers, featuring some of the earliest card-wreckers in the game.
Arccos Golf Reveals Caddie Link Wearable Device
Removing the need to carry a smartphone on the golf course, the Arccos Caddie Link has been launched, a small device that allows golfers to automatically capture their shot data, compatible with iPhone and Android, seamlessly pairing up with the Arccos Caddie app.
How the 2011 Open Championship Was Won
This week should have been The 149th Open at Royal St George's, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement for the first time since the Second World War. To remind us of what we're missing, Golfshake's Derek Clements relives the most recent edition of golf's oldest major in Kent, 2011, the year when Darren Clarke secured his greatest triumph.
Golf Joins eSports With Inaugural Online e-Open Championship
Golf has become the latest professional sport to embrace online gaming (otherwise known as eSports) as the R&A has launched a digital version of this year’s cancelled Open Championship at Royal St George's.
England Golf Launches World Handicap System Education Campaign
Ahead of the World Handicap System launching in November, England Golf has sought to educate golfers by revealing its new 'Know the Score' campaign to help increase wider understanding of the process.
Competitive Scoring Defines Faldo Series Midlands Championship
The Faldo Series England Midlands Championship at Kedleston Park is closely fought as the final day approaches. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been following the action and shares his reflections from the second round of the event.
American Golf Signs Leading Disabled Golfer Brendan Lawlor
American Golf has announced that it will sponsor Brendan Lawlor, one of the world’s leading disabled golfers, in his first full season as a professional. The partnership will see the 23-year-old, who signed his first pro contract with Niall Horan’s Modest! Golf last September, wear an American Golf hat for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Winners And Losers Since the PGA Tour Returned
There have now been five tournaments completed since the PGA Tour made its long-awaited return and it seems like the perfect time to take stock and look at the winners and losers to date. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on what we've seen so far.
Galvin Green Launches New Apparel Range for 2020
The renowned golf apparel brand, Galvin Green has revealed its 2020 Part Two range of clothing, taking on a 'Science of Excellence' philosophy to deliver garments that provide high performance alongside new styles and colour combinations.
Shane Lowry Reflects on The Open & New Champion Golfer Series
Starring 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry, a new instructional series Lessons with a Champion Golfer has premiered on GOLFPASS, providing an insight behind Shane's game. Reflecting on his historic triumph at Royal Portrush, the Irishman has shared his memories of that unforgettable week and looks ahead to his new series.
The Memorial Tournament Preview, Picks & Analysis
Tiger Woods makes his return on the PGA Tour at the Memorial Tournament, but will face stiff competition from the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to a blockbuster event at the Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village.
Marc Warren Turns Back the Clock to Win Austrian Open
The European Tour returned at the Austrian Open, a moment crowned by Scotland's Marc Warren, who rolled back the years to secure his fourth victory on the circuit, his first since 2014, rejuvenating the 39-year-old's career.
Collin Morikawa Produces Sparkling Golf to Beat Justin Thomas in Thriller
Securing his second title in 24 professional starts, Collin Morikawa produced some sparkling golf to beat Justin Thomas in a playoff and win the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back on a dramatic Sunday in Ohio.
Adidas CodeChaos Golf Shoe Review
Adidas has sought to continue its run of impressive golf shoes by launching the CodeChaos, which has been designed to provide a unique look and feel, but with high performance on the course. Golfshake Ambassador Kevin Paver has been testing them for us and shares his thoughts in this review.
The Faldo Series Heads to Kedleston Park
The Faldo Series is hosting the England Midlands Championship for elite young golfers at Kedleston Park in Derbyshire. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has stopped by to get a feel for the event and what is happening, sharing his impressions in this report.
The Most Difficult 18th Holes in the UK
The final hole of the day is always a significant one, but to discover the most challenging across the UK, we have studied rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker since May, identifying the 18th holes that everyday golfers find difficult, featuring several surprising monsters to give everyone nightmares.