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It Looks Like The Golf Boom is Continuing
Following the stunning golf boom of 2020, many understandably questioned whether that could be sustained or lead to further investment within the game, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements reports, there has been plenty of encouraging news that indicates the golf boom is continuing.
Slingsby Gin Launches New Golf Academy Celebrity Challenge
With the resumption of golf in England coinciding with a time seen as the start of the UK golf season, Slingsby Gin, sponsor of the BMW PGA Championship, have launched their own Golf Academy and Celebrity Challenge aimed to inspire and encourage more female golfers to take up the sport this year.
How to Experience The Masters in 2022
We have all been thinking about things that we'd love to experience in the future, and for any golfer, that raises the simple thought of the Masters and Augusta National. Attending the iconic event and walking around the famed property is a dream, and as we gaze ahead to 2022, it's a piece of magic that could be turned into reality by Golfbreaks.
FootJoy Reveals New Spikeless Range For 2021
FootJoy has greeted the 2021 golf season by enhancing its offering of spikeless shoes, aiming to deliver comfort and high performance through deploying unique outsole technologies and new designs, providing a versatile collection for golfers to choose from this summer.
MacGregor Golf Unveils V FOIL SPEED Driver
Rich with history, MacGregor Golf will again turn heads this season with the launch of its new V FOIL SPEED Driver, which combines the heritage and innovation that has seen the brand claim 59 major championships, with affordability.
Motocaddy Expands Partnership With PGA EuroPro Tour
Enhancing its long-running partnership with the PGA EuroPro Tour, Motocaddy will become the 'Official Laser Rangefinder' in addition to its established status as the ‘Official Electric Trolley’ of the circuit.
PUMA Golf Launches New Fusion EVO Shoe
Enhancing its FUSION range, PUMA Golf has revealed its new Fusion EVO Spikeless Golf Shoe, which has been engineered to offer comfort, stability and an athletic style with an affordable price tag.
Toptracer Range Comes to The Belfry
Iconic venue, The Belfry Hotel & Resort has joined forces with Toptracer, seeing the installation of Toptracer Range products, deploying the full covered range and monitor system in 34 bays, with new Toptracer Range Mobile solution outdoors.
Under Armour Announces 2021 Footwear Range
The 2021 Under Armour golf footwear range has been revealed, the brand continuing to follow the data in their quest to produce the most comfortable shoes on the market.
PGA EuroPro Tour Introduces Qualifying for Amateur Golfers
The PGA EuroPro Tour have announced that they will open Monday Qualifying to amateur golfers who currently hold a handicap of 2 or lower. The move has recently seen approval from the R&A and will take place for this year’s tournaments.
Women On The Tee: A New Event Held Exclusively For Women
Launched in March 2021, Women On The Tee is a new venture that will see its first event in May 2021 and is aimed at female golfers who want to take part in a series of fun events with like-minded golfers in a competitive environment.
Austrian Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
Starved of recent tournament play, many of Europe’s leading lights are heading to the Austrian Open, where two-time major champion Martin Kaymer is among those hoping to claim a cherished victory, which for the German would be a hugely significant moment.
RBC Heritage Preview, Picks & Analysis
Webb Simpson returns to the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links to defend the RBC Heritage title he won last year, denying Mexico’s Abraham Ancer his maiden PGA Tour victory by a single shot, with the likes of Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick hoping to succeed this week.
Japan Celebrates First Masters Champion
Japan has been waiting a long time for a men’s major champion, and there have been several false dawns, but Hideki Matsuyama finally made that breakthrough at the Masters, with the reaction and impact already registering as enormous.
View From The Augusta Fairway - 85th Masters Reflections
It was a week of stories and headlines from Augusta National, and Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his reflections from a memorable few days at the 85th Masters, with a touch of controversy thrown into the mx too.
Matsuyama Survives Late Scare to Win Green Jacket
It has been a long time coming for Hideki Matsuyama, but finally, the 29-year-old became the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major with a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris to secure The Masters a decade after his first appearance in the tournament as an amateur.
Augusta National Bared Her Teeth at The Masters
Talk about chalk and cheese. Was that really the same course that Dustin Johnson brought to its knees in November? Augusta National bared its teeth this past week and we got a “proper” Masters in April.
Big Names Fell Early at The Masters
Hideki Matusyama triumphed, but there was despair elsewhere for many of the game's biggest names, including Dustin Johnson, who became the 11th player in the tournament’s history to miss the weekend during their Masters title defence, with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood also struggling.
What Champions Earn Per Swing at The Masters
They don’t like to talk about money at Augusta National. It’s enough to don the Green Jacket and enjoy all the quaint traditions that go with winning The Masters. But the reality is that the financial rewards on offer at the season’s first men's major are huge.
FootJoy HYPERFLEX Golf Shoe Review
For this season, FootJoy has launched its new HyperFlex, which features a unique BOA lacing system and a new outsole. Describing the technology and reviewing the shoe in proper testing conditions, Ryan Rastall, Golfshake Equipment Expert and Head Pro at Howley Hall, met up with fellow pro Scott Parry of Bramhall to compare their thoughts.
Classic English Golf Course Reverses Nines
Classic English course Berkhamsted Golf Club has made a significant change for this season, the first in almost 100 years, reversing its nines, offering a stronger start and finish to the rounds of members and visitors alike.
Special New Book Celebrates Life of Seve Ballesteros
Celebrating the incredible life and golf career of Severiano Ballesteros, a new book, Seve: His Life through the Lens has been released by acclaimed Getty Images photographer David Cannon, who befriended the legendary Spaniard and captured many of his most iconic moments.
The Masters Officially Returns to Video Games
It has now been confirmed that the Masters Tournament and Augusta National will return to video games as part of the newly unveiled EA SPORTS PGA TOUR: Road to the Masters, with Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, unveiling the new cover of EA SPORTS PGA TOUR during his annual press conference.
Sandy Lyle Sets Another Benchmark at The Masters
In a career that has been spent setting benchmarks in the game, Sandy Lyle will once again make history at the Masters on Thursday, when he tees off for the 40th time, becoming the first European golfer to reach that milestone number of appearances.
Lee Westwood is Dreaming of Creating Masters History
Lee Westwood will be the oldest champion in Masters history if he manages to win this week, eclipsing the great Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear was 46 when he won in such dramatic fashion in 1986. Westwood will be 48 on April 24 and has arrived at Augusta playing some of the best golf of his life.
Tiger Woods Not Far From Everybody's Thoughts at Augusta
Tiger Woods may not be at Augusta but he remains firmly in the thoughts of those who are as he recovers from the injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles in February. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have both spoken about the five-time champion, with whom they are in regular contact.
Bryson DeChambeau Has a Secret Weapon at The Masters
Bryson DeChambeau says that he has a ‘secret’ club in his bag for this week’s Masters, but we are going to have to wait to find out what it is. The American dominated pre-tournament headlines when the event was held in November, and he is back in the limelight again this week as we wait to find out whether he will change his approach.
6 Outsiders at The Masters
Considering the elite and limited field, it's hard to identify genuine outsiders at the Masters, but looking at those players ranked outside the top 25 in the world, here are some names who could make their presence felt on Sunday at Augusta National.
5 Stories to Watch at The Masters
The Masters is a storybook of a major championship. Each of the 88 players in the field this week have either previously written their own memorable chapter at Augusta National or have arrived with the intention of doing so, and there are a handful of possibilities that capture the imagination ahead.
Predicting the 2021 Masters
This year's Masters is hotly anticipated with a variety of compelling storylines in play, but what do we think is going to happen down Magnolia Lane? Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook takes on Golfshake Editor Kieran Clark in a foolish contest of making predictions.
The Masters Preview, Picks & Analysis
Dustin Johnson is back at Augusta National to defend the Masters, just five months after he claimed the iconic Green Jacket, but the likes of Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will arrive determined to enjoy a taste of glory down Magnolia Lane themselves. Golfshake's Derek Clements previews the 85th Masters Tournament.
How to Follow The Masters on TV & Radio
Eyes will be on the 88 players competing in the 2021 Masters. Sky Sports have exclusive live coverage all week, not to mention a vast range of features and old films, setting the scene for this year's tournament, but there are ways for you to stay informed, even without a Sky subscription, whether that be on the BBC or online.
View From The Fairway - Horschel Responds to Monty Criticism
Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where Billy Horschel responds to slow play criticism from Colin Montgomerie, a bizarre poll involving Tiger Woods, and some of the oddities of the Masters Tournament and Augusta National.
Dustin Johnson Reflects on Masters Triumph
Defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson has been reflecting on his triumph last November, revealing that he suffered an attack of nerves ahead of the final round and struggled to eat anything before his date with destiny at Augusta National.
Memorable Facts & Quotes From The Masters
Since it was first played almost 90 years ago, the Masters has become an iconic fixture on the sporting calendar, delivering a library of unforgettable moments, legendary champions, and images that golfers can't get enough of revisiting. We take a look at some key stats and memorable quotes that help to the tell the story of the tournament.
Hole by Hole Guide to Augusta National
Augusta National is the most recognisible of golf courses, viewers have grown up watching it each year for generations, learning its challenges, remembering the shots and moments that have made champions across decades. We take a closer look at each of the 18 holes, pointing out key areas that could prove defining this week.
Brilliant Patty Tavatanakit Denies Surging Lydia Ko at ANA Inspiration
Rookie Patty Tavatanakit from Thailand won her first major on Sunday, holding off former champion Lydia Ko, who produced a stunning final round of 62 at the ANA Inspiration.
Jordan Spieth Grateful After First PGA Tour Win Since 2017
HE’S BACK! After 1,351 days and 83 starts on the PGA Tour since his last victory, Jordan Spieth has won a golf tournament again. And he has done so on the eve of The Masters, the event he loves more than any.
There Is More To Golf Than Just Being A Golf Club Member
This past year has seen an extraordinary surge in demand for golf club memberships, leading to a considerable number of venues restoring waiting lists and entry fees. However, despite that, a significant proportion of golfers continue to remain unattached. And there is nothing wrong with that. It got us thinking about a key question; is golf as a whole overly focused on trying to create more club members?
Titleist to Run 1,700 Club Fitting Events in 2021
Following the return of golf across England, Titleist has revealed a busy calendar of 1,700 club fitting events to be conducted throughout the UK and Ireland between now and the end of the year.
Masters Betting Preview - How To Pick The Champion
Spring has finally arrived and that means it's time for The Masters. Dustin Johnson is the reigning champion, having won the rescheduled tournament in November, but who will triumph at Augusta National this April? Predicting is always a challenge, but there are clear statistical and factual trends that can point you towards the right direction.
Great Britain & Ireland Captain Stuart Wilson Announces Walker Cup Team
Great Britain and Ireland captain Stuart Wilson has announced his 10-man team for the Walker Cup in May, with Matt Fitzpatrick's brother, Alex, among the side bidding to win the competition for the first time since 2015 when they head to Seminole in Florida for this year's renewal against Team USA.
Ryder Cup Legend Bernard Gallacher Becomes PGA Captain
Ryder Cup hero Bernard Gallacher has begun his year as PGA Captain and in doing so becomes just the eighth person to lead the Association and captain either Great Britain, Great Britain and Ireland, or Team Europe.
The Faldo Series Celebrates 25 Years With New Global Schedule
Celebrating 25 years of the Faldo Series, England's legendary golfer, Sir Nick Faldo has commented on the achievement after the Series revealed its global schedule for the 2021 season.
PUMA Golf Reveals New PROADAPT Delta Shoe
PUMA Golf has revealed its new IGNITE PROADAPT Δ (Delta) shoe, which offers a stable, precise fit, alongside optimum traction and comfort. The shoe boasts the brand's new ADAPT Foam, delivering enhanced performance on the course.
PING Unveils New Summer Apparel Collections
We're all looking forward to Spring/Summer and PING is ready to help you make the most of it thanks to its newly unveiled apparel collections for men and women, which have been designed to help golfers look and play their best.
ANA Inspiration Preview
The first major on the golf calendar is here, with the best players in the women's game once again gathered at Mission Hills Country Club for the 50th playing of the tournament now entitled the ANA Inspiration. And former champion Inbee Park, one of the all-time greats, returns in ominous form, having just secured a dominant victory on Sunday at the Kia Classic.
The Joy of Returning to the Driving Range
Golfers throughout England have made a welcome return to the game on Monday, but for Golfshake's Derek Clements, his first port of call was the driving range, where there was considerable rust to shake off. Derek describes the experience and the magic of being back at the golf club again.
View From The Fairway - Time For Ryder Cup to Make Belfry Return
Looking back at the past week of headlines, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, where he calls for a Ryder Cup return to The Belfry, reflects on another public course closure, and the potential return of spectators at the Women's Open in August.
Valero Texas Open Preview, Picks & Analysis
The Valero Texas Open is back on the PGA Tour schedule and it represents the last chance for a player to secure their invitation to the Masters, with Rickie Fowler among those looking in from the outside. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the event.
Overnight Vandalism Prevents English Golf Course From Opening
Tens of thousands of golfers have enjoyed a memorable return to the fairways across England on Monday, but members of Sprowston Manor near Norwich have been unable to play after shocking vandalism committed overnight caused significant damage to the golf course.
Billy Horschel Puts Past Defeats Behind Him to Win WGC Match Play
Following a long and unpredictable week, Billy Horschel beat Scottie Scheffler 2&1 to win the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin, Texas, denying the 2020 Rookie of the Year his maiden victory.
Skechers Launches Women's GO Golf Collection For 2021
Skechers has launched its new GO GOLF Women's Footwear Collection for 2021, which delivers the performance, designs and comfort that golfers have come to expect, featuring fresh innovations that have been inspired by the brand's running and lifestyle division.
Golfers Describe Excitement For Their First Rounds Back
It has been 84 days since a golf ball last officially whistled through the air in England, but on Monday, tees will finally be occupied again, bunkers will be found, and putts will be holed, as the nation welcomes back the ancient game. And it has certainly been missed. We put a series of questions to several of the Golfshake Ambassadors to discover their emotions ahead of the big day, how the lockdown has affected them, and what they hope from the months ahead.
Carry, Trolley, Buggy - What Should You Use?
When playing golf, do you carry your bag, use a trolley, or maybe even drive round in a buggy? Naturally, everyone is different and each of the options will be dependent on the individual. Liam Moore looks at the positives and negatives of each transportable choice on the course.
Social Benefits of Golf Are Increasingly Attractive
The reasons why people first started playing golf have changed during the past decade, a comprehensive survey conducted by Golfshake has found, highlighting the attractive benefits of the sport in a modern age, with the social aspect of the game becoming a major factor.
Expand Your Golf in 2021 With Mizuno Golf Pairs Events
Established in 2013, the Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour has continued to grow since its inception and looks set to be even bigger and better in 2021, providing all golfers with the opportunity to play at more venues across the UK this year, including many of the finest courses in the country.
The Manor House Presents Roadmap to Normality
We're all looking forward to the return of more normal times, and what that could mean for playing golf and enjoying breaks, with The Manor House unveiling a series of tempting packages and timelines for a visit to the Cotswolds.
Prince's Golf Club Announces Completed Course Developments
Prince's Golf Club, Highly Recommended on Golfshake, the venue of the 1932 Open Championship won by Gene Sarazen, has revealed that it has completed further developments overseen by renowned course architects McKenzie & Ebert.
Make Savings on SkyCaddie Devices Before New Season
If you want to accurately determine yardages on the golf course this season, SkyCaddie is celebrating the Masters by offering its acclaimed GPS devices for £50 off the normal price until Monday 19th April.
OCEANTEE Reveals New Sustainable Polo For Golfers
OCEANTEE has launched a new product line for male and female golfers, introducing a never-before-seen fabric that delivers sustainable performance. The ultra-lightweight OCEANIC polo is made from a pioneering blend of Tencel Lyocell and Tencel REFIBRA fibers that uniquely combines wood pulp and repurposed cotton to create the perfect summer golf garment.
What Have You Done Without Golf?
For many golfers throughout lockdown, they have been faced with looking for an alternative activity, finding something else to fill their time. Golfshake's Derek Clements is just one of them - sharing his story of taking up and fitness, but ultimately realising that there is no substitute for the ancient game.
The Life of a Golfer in Lockdown
As the nation reflects on the first anniversary since lockdown was introduced across the United Kingdom, a moment that instantly changed lives, where the once seemingly abnormal has become normal, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook is just one of many golfers who have deeply missed the game. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Matt looks back at his life as a golfer in lockdown.
PuttOUT Pressure Putt Trainer & Compact Putting Mirror Review
Golfers are constantly looking for an edge on the greens and since being established in 2016, PuttOut Golf has been helping to deliver that through their range of award-winning training aids. Golfshake's Ryan Rastall has tested and reviewed the new Pressure Putt Trainer and Compact Putting Mirror.
Golf is Back - But What Does That Mean
Golfers throughout the UK are looking forward to the new season, which for most us will mean a first round in a considerable time. The journey towards normality will be a slow and (hopefully) progressive road, but each of the home nations are doing things slightly differently. As things stand, we look at the current position in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, outlining the steps that are in place to unlock the ancient game and reconnect golfers with their beloved regular activity.
The Ryder Cup Golfers You May Have Forgotten
Players like Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo and Sergio Garcia are considered Ryder Cup legends, stalwarts, but there are many golfers who qualified for just one team and didn't manage to return for a second appearance. We take a look at some of those names who enjoyed a brief moment in the sun.
View From The Fairway - Ian Poulter Sets Perfect Example
Golfshake's Derek Clements comments on Ian Poulter addressing golfers not repairing pitchmarks, the struggles of Rory McIlroy, the return of Michelle Wie, and Dustin Johnson's decision not to compete in the Olympic Games.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Preview, Picks & Analysis
Rory McIlroy will be praying for an upturn in his fortunes when he tees it up with the other 63 best golfers in the world at the always intriguing WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. This event features 16 groups of four players competing in a round-robin format, with the winners of each group going through to the knockout stages.
A Tournament Too Far For Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood has enjoyed a dream spell on the PGA Tour. He may not have managed to win a trophy and he may have failed to make the cut at the Honda Classic, but with his 48th birthday looming he is back in the top 20 in the world rankings and will be teeing it up for Europe in the Ryder Cup in September.
Matt Jones Completes Dominant Victory at Honda Classic
Australia’s Matt Jones closed with a final round to win the Honda Classic by five shots after a final round of 68. For Jones it was only his second victory on the PGA Tour, seven years after his first. While on the European Tour, Justin Harding carded a nerveless bogey-free 66 to claim his first win in two years at the Magical Kenya Open. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the action.