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How the World's Best Golfers Got Their Nicknames

Seve, Rory, Jack, Phil, - with the greatest sportsmen in their field you only need to hear a Christian name. Others have nicknames - often they are not known to the wider public. Here we look at some of the game’s leading players and explain their monikers.

Golf Lifestyle Brand Manors Reveals New Classic Collection

Manors, a golf lifestyle brand, will release their new Classic Collection for SS21 on the 7th of May. Through an increased selection of apparel, Manors are hoping to shape the future of golf clothing in a more positive, inclusive manner.

Players Who Join Super Golf League Likely To Be Banned

Like the ill-fated European Super Football League, the proposed Super Golf League appears to be dead in the water, following the news that the PGA Tour and European Tour are "aligned in opposing" renewed plans for the breakaway circuit, with players who sign up facing suspension from the Tour.

What Makes Your Day on the Golf Course

Every day on the golf course is a special one, but some rounds are just that little bit more magical than others. What separates the great from the good? We asked several of the Golfshake Ambassadors a simple question; What Makes Your Day on the Golf Course?

The Ecstasy and Agony of the Mini Tour

The PGA Tour represents the elite. Almost every shot of every tournament is broadcasted and daily updates are provided from both internal and external media outlets. Away from the big-leagues, however, are the mini-tours. Mizuno have teamed up with professional golfer Fredrik Lindblom, where he agreed to film a series highlighting the successes and the disappointments in his quest for a Tour card.

Trilby Tour to Make Welcome Return to UK Golf Calendar

Making a welcome return to the calendar, the Trilby Tour will be back on the fairways later this year after being purchased by golf and leisure operator Darwin Escapes, which promises that the relaunched events will feature a revitalised format.

Lutterworth Golf Club Devastated by Fire

Just when much of the country was enjoying a round of golf during the Bank Holiday Weekend, the acclaimed Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire was reckoning with major damage after the loss of its clubhouse caused by a significant fire.

Golf Enjoys Fresh Spring Boom

The widespread return of golf throughout the entire United Kingdom was greatly anticipated, with the industry keen to discover whether interest would match the unprecedented levels of last May. Some may have doubted whether that was possible, but they needn't have worried as BRS Golf - a provider of tee time management systems - has reported a stunning level of demand.

View From The Fairway - Olympic Spotlight

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, this week focusing on some of the players chasing Olympic selection, stories from the PGA Tour and stories from the last week.

Wells Fargo Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow will see the return of Rory McIlroy back in action this week along with seven of the world's top 10, defending champion from 2019 winner Max Homa and fourteen major championship winners.

Canary Islands Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Expect to see some seriously low scoring in this week’s Canary Islands Championship at Golf Costa Adeje in Tenerife. The course measures just 6,816 yards, which makes it a comparative tiddler by today’s standards. And there are plenty of players in the field who enjoy making birdies for fun.

Burns Secures First Win & First in Four Years For Burmester

Sports writer Derek Clements reports on this weekend's action on tour including a first win for Sam Burns on the PGA Tour at the Valspar Championship and South African Dean Burmester secures his first win in four years at the Tenerife Open on the European Tour.

The Ultimate List of Where to Play in 2021

With courses now back open and ready to welcome golfers across the UK this is the perfect time to plan your golf outings or potentially some golf trips.  The Golfshake course section is the #1 resource for golf course information and indepedendent reviews with over 250,000 visitor submitted reviews over the last several years making our listings and features an invaluable resource when planning where to play.

The Craziest Shots in Golf

Whilst golf is known for its traditions and carefully thought out shots, occasionally members of our sport want to have a little fun – and who can blame them? Undoubtedly, you’ve seen a collection of ‘the best golf shots across the professional tours’ countless times. However, have you seen some of the craziest shots? Callaway asked Marcus Armitage if he would be open to setting a new Guinness World Record, and the Englishman couldn’t refuse.

Why Women Play Golf - Golfshake Survey Feedback

WE ALL know that, despite the boom the game is enjoying, club golf still faces many challenges, not the least of which is finding ways to make the game more attractive to girls and women.  In our Winter Survey we wanted to know what inspired female golfers to take up the sport, how they first played, and their thoughts on what's important for beginners.

Golf Courses Given Facelift During Lockdown

ON THE face of it, this has been a pretty miserable time for club golf but a number of courses decided to bite the bullet and use the lockdown as a time for major renovation work. It means many golfers have returned to courses that have had major facelifts.

Mizuno Release Their Innovative 2021 Apparel & Shoe Line

Mizuno have revealed their 2021 clothing collection, the Spring/Summer 2021 apparel (SS21) along with five new models in their footwear line-up. The Japanese-based manufacturer’s latest releases will feature the companies most striking and technically advanced range yet.

2021 British Open Speedgolf Championships to be Held at The Springs

The 2021 edition of the British Open Speedgolf Championship will be held at The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire and will introduce a second day to the event this year which is scheduled to be held on the 19th and 20th of September.

MGI Trolleys Now Available in UK Through American Golf

American Golf have revealed that they have entered a partnership with MGI that will enable the retailer to exclusively sell MGI trolleys across the UK. The collaboration will ensure that the range of trolleys continues to grow in strength having first arrived on the market almost 30 years ago.

Golf Is Good For You - Except When It Isn't

The sport that we all love offers us the opportunity to socialise, to enjoy regular outdoor exercise and be at one with nature. It is good for us both physically and mentally. On the face of it, life as a tournament pro is a pretty glamorous existence. But is it?

Chart Hills Set For Relaunch on 1st June 2021

Following the purchase of Chart Hills Golf Club in December 2019, by Ramac Holdings (owners of Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich), the venue has embarked on an extensive development strategy which saw the course closed in July 2020.  After an intensive year-long redevelopment Chart Hills will officially relaunch on 1st June 2021.

View From The Fairway - Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, looking back at the recent win from veteran Stewart Cink, Sorenstam coming out of retirement to team up with Stenson and the hot talking points in golf.

Valspar Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Paul Casey will this week attempt to win the Valspar Championship at Copperhead for a third successive time. The tournament was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic but Casey dominated proceedings in 2018 and 2019. And he is still riding high after his victory in the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

Tenerife Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

Kurt Kitayama arrives at the Tenerife Open looking for his third European Tour victory.  He has made a decent start to the current campaign and is already in the top 25 in the Race to Dubai, but is he ready to win again?

Second European Tour Win for Higgo & Leishman and Smith Win in PGA Tour Playoff

It was almost double success for the South African tour players on both major tour's this weekend.  The European Tour saw a second tour win for Garrick Higgo and Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel were pipped in the playoff by the Australian team of Leishman and Smith in the PGA Tour Zurich Classic.

What Makes Spring Magical For Golfers

Spring is a magical time for golfers - especially this year. Returning to the course after a long winter hibernation, the extended daylight hours and improved weather are gratefully received by those who want to get their season off to a fast start. But what makes it truly special? We look at the benefits that make this period on the calendar so rewarding.

PuttView Books Review

Now they have finally returned to the golf course, the Golfshake Ambassadors have had the opportunity to try out and put to use ‘The Book’ from PuttView, which is an acclaimed tour standard course guide/planner that is usable by anyone from club golfers to elite amateurs and professionals.

COBRA Golf Launches New T-Rail Irons

COBRA Golf has launched the next generation of its T-RAIL (Transition Rail) Irons, which represent a unique hollow set that has been engineered with a hybrid-shape and Baffler Rail technology, designed to deliver that desired blend of distance and forgiveness.

BIG MAX Releases New Style Golf Bags

BIG MAX has released three stylish new golf bags, the Aqua Style 3, the Dri Lite Style 360 and the Terra Style, which represent the latest addition to the brand's Style range.

How Much is Too Much - The Question of Money in Pro Golf

The PGA Tour's newly revealed Player Impact Program, which will identify the ten golfers who produce the most engagement from fans and sponsors and reward them with a total of $40m, has divided opinion and again raised the question of riches earned by the biggest names in the sport.

Wilson Reveals New Golf Bag Range

Launching for the peak 2021 season, Wilson Golf has revealed its new range of cart and carry bags, which are packed with features and designed for those golfers searching for a practical and lightweight solution.

Spectators Will Return to the US Open

Spectators are to be allowed to attend this year’s US Open and US Women’s Open but they will have to be vaccinated against coronavirus or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test, while the PGA Tour announces key changes to its testing policy for later this season.

Open Championship Stands Built at Royal St George's

The pandemic impacted everyone, including golf's oldest championship, The Open, which saw its 149th edition at Royal St George's postponed by an entire year. But now, work has already started on the spectator infrastructure at the historic Sandwich venue, with stands being assembled ahead of July.

Golfers Angry After Municipal Course Introduces Membership Limit

Keen golfers across the city of Dundee have expressed concern and anger following the introduction of a cap on membership numbers at local municipal course, Caird Park, which potentially threatens their ability to play regularly this season.

The Longest Gaps Between Wins on Tour

After winning the Open in 2009, Stewart Cink waited more than 11 years before he tasted success again. The likes of Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko, and Hideki Matsuyama have recently ended lengty gaps for another triumph. But if you think they had to wait a long time between victories, just check out these guys.

View From The Fairway - Matsuyama's Victory Felt in Japan

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his latest View From The Fairway, where he comments on the impact of Hideki Matsuyama's Masters success in Japan, a new golf movie in the works, a return of tour events, and the issue of temper tantrums on the golf course.

Gran Canaria Lopesan Open Preview, Picks & Analysis

It is a big week for Rafa Cabrera Bello. The Spaniard returns home to host the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, the first of two tournaments being played in this part of the world. And he knows that he needs some big weeks if he is to have any chance of claiming a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Preview, Picks & Analysis

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer defend their team title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans against partnerships that include Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel and Sam Burns and the big-hitting duo of Tony Finau and Cameron Champ.

Lydia Ko Gets Back to Winning Ways

Following Hideki Matsuyama's victory at the Masters, the spotlight was back on the various tours around the world, and they delivered memorable stories of their own, including a long-awaited triumph for Lydia Ko and Stewart Cink's continued rolling back the years. 

10 of the Best Golf YouTube Channels to Watch in 2021

When not playing, many golfers turn to YouTube, where there is a vast range of engaging channels available that cover the sport. Whether it's course vlogs or instructional features, we list not just ten of the most popular YouTube Channels but also those that are making a positive impact on the game.

Golfers Return to Courses in Stunning Numbers

For many golfers, this had been the longest of winters, when even the range was a deprived option. However, when March 29 came around, that pent up desire to play has been released in spectacular fashion, with packed tee sheets resembling the surge in demand that was first showcased last May. It's now clear that the enthusiasm and hunger to play remains stronger than ever.

5 of the Best Golf Swing Capture Apps on the Market

Through the advent of shot tracers and swing analysers, amateur golfers are no longer priced out from improving their game. They typically come as a free download with in-app purchases available, but that isn’t always the case and some provide a direct one-off payment to access their content. We list five of the best apps to help you solve those frustrating quirks that hold your swing back.

Stewart Golf Releases New Q Remote Trolley

Stewart Golf has released its latest golf trolley, the Q Remote, which completes the manufacturer's offering for 2021 and has been launched for £999, which is significantly less than the Q Follow, despite using the same architecture and enjoying many of the same features.

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. 

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