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Articles by Joe Hughes

Joe is currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Huddersfield and has ambitions to work in the golfing media. In addition to Golfshake, he also runs his own personal sports blog to increase his experience and journalistic skills. It can be found here: joehughessportsjournalist.wordpress.com

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Bunker Mentality Elliott Windproof Gilet and Chevron Hat Review

We get the thoughts of Joe Hughes on some of Bunker Mentality's 2018 products, specifically the Elliott Windproof Gilet and Chevron Bobble hat, which are ideally suited for those playing golf in winter.

Stuburt Endurance Sport eVent Golf Shoe Review

Continung our 2018/19 Winter Golf Shoe Review Series, Golfshake reader, Ethan Davies, provides us with his thoughts on the Stuburt Endurance Sport eVent golf shoe following a period of testing.

Duca Del Cosma Camelot Golf Shoe Review

Continuing our Winter Golf Shoe Review Series, Golfshake reader, Ian Pilkington, shares with us his thoughts on the Duca Del Cosma Camelot shoes following a period of testing.

Mizuno NEXLITE 005 Boa Review

In the latest instalment of our 2018/19 winter golf shoe review series, Golfshake reader, Joe Wier, has been testing out Mizuno's NEXLITE 005 Boa golf shoe, and he has come back to share what he thinks of the model.

FootJoy Tour-S Review

Continuing our winter golf shoe testing series, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been reviewing FootJoy's highly regarded Tour S and he shares his thoughts on this model in this feature.


Recently, Golfshake Ambassadors have been testing a wide variety of golf shoes, to identify some of the best for this winter and beyond. Andrew Picken provides us with his full review of the ECCO BIOM HYBRID shoe.

5 of the Best Winter Golf Balls for 2018/19

For golfers who play throughout winter, having the right gear is essential. Among the key priorities are the golf balls they select, with many brands tailoring products that are ideally suited to the conditions at this time of year. Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a brief look at some of the best golf balls on the market this winter.

adidas Adicross Range Returns for 2019

It's the time of year when the major brands in golf launch their products for the coming season, among those being adidas who have revealed their 2019 Adicross apparel and shoe collection. Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a closer look.

PUMA Unveil SS19 Apparel Collection

PUMA Launch their SS19 Apparel Collection, find out more about the range.

25 of the Largest Golf YouTube Channels

YouTube has become a hugely influential platform for golf content, and we have taken a look through the depth of channels to identify some of the largest and most popular to watch based on the number of subscribers.

Best Winter Golf Shoes for 2018/19

To make winter golf bearable it is essential that you have the right gear, and one of the most important items is a good pair of winter golf shoes. We have been testing many of the best models across the major brands on the golf course. Here are the initial thoughts on each.

Friday Update: That Match, That Driver, That Time

For this week’s update, we’ve picked out three of the most interesting and relevant topics from the past two weeks

The Best Winter Golf Stand Bags 2018/19

Winter golf provides a variety of challenges, but it represents a great time of year to upgrade yor equipment. We take a look at some of the best winter golf stand bags that are available to help you battle the elements this year.

Bunker Mentality Launch New Puffer Caddy Collection

One of Britain's top golf fashion brands has launched their new autumn/winter outerwear range. Bunker Mentality's latest outerwear, the Puffer Caddy collection is the result of a partnership with clothing insulation experts, Clo. Each piece of the collection is suited to autumn/winter golf, designed to help you get through the colder months.

MacGregor MACTEC Bags to Drop this Month

MacGregor are set to release two golf bags to help combat the elements, this winter. The MacGregor MACTEC golf bag range will feature a carry bag and a cart bag, so no matter how you choose to transport your clubs around the course, your belongings will be shielded from getting completely sodden in a shower. 

When Caddying Becomes a Family Affair

Lee Westwood secured his first victory in four years with his partner, Helen Storey, caddying, having recently had his son Sam on the bag. There have been many examples of professionals employing a friend or family member. We take a look at some of the most notable golfers to have done so.

10 of the Best YouTube Channels for 2018/19

YouTube has become one of the best destinations for golf tuition, reviews and generally great content. Here’s a look at some of the best golf YouTube channels for you to subscribe to. 

Friday Update - 9/11/18

Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a look at some of golf's biggest talking points from the past week, including a major rules controversy, a possible change of equipment brand for the world number one, and Brandon Stone's quest to make a hole-in-one.

4 of the Best Stay and Play Venues in Scotland with Two Courses

If you fancy a stay and play golf break in Scotland, there are an incredible number of options, but we have picked out four based on venues with two courses. Across a span of prices and regions - Ayrshire, Perthshire, Angus - Joe Hughes has identified some to consider.

Friday Update - 2/11/2018

In this week’s Friday update, we take a look at some of the biggest talking points that have arisen in the golf world over the last seven days, particularly those that have gained the most attention on social media. From equipment announcements to brilliant Halloween costumes, this week has certainly been a good one.

4 of the Best Stay and Play Venues in the North East of England

There are few better ways to spend some time away from the reality of everyday life than a relaxing couple of days at a great golf venue. We look at some of the best stay & play resorts in the North East of England with two courses.

Friday Update - 26/10/2018

Including more on the new Rules of Golf, the unique sight of a grooveless wedge, and the extraordinary odds defying achievement of an Australian golfer, Golfshake's Joe Hughes shares this brief overview of some of golf's talking points from the last week.

8 of the Best Stay and Play Venues Towards the South of England

Using the Interactive Search Map on Golfshake, we take have taken a look at some of the best stay and play venues that have two courses towards the south of England, ideal for your next golf break.

Golfshake Friday Update - 19/10/18

Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a brief overview of some of the golfing highlights of the week leading up to 19th October 2018.

Fancy a Golf Break at the DP World Tour Championship?

As the European Tour season enters its final months, the pressure is rising and so is the excitement. Some of the world’s best players have been battling it out to climb to the top of the Race To Dubai standings.  The season finale is the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where the 2018 European number one golfer will be crowned. Golfbreaks.com have some great packages available that will allow you to experience one of the best events on tour as well as having the chance to play on some exceptional courses.

Understanding Biomechanics and How it is Applied in the Design of Golf Shoes

Biomechanics plays a huge role in modern golf, particularly when it comes to understanding how to get the most out of a golf swing. We recently spent time with JJ Rivet, who is one of the key members of Under Armour's team, to understand how biomechanics in applied, specifically within the Spieth 2 shoe.

Motorhome and Caravan European Golf Tour

The Motorhome and Caravan European Golf Tour is open to golfers of all abilities as long as you wish to play competitive golf and travel in either their caravan or motorhome. Coming in 2019, discover more about this innovative circuit.

10 of the Best Golf Holiday Destinations in Spain and Portugal

Spain and Portugal are without doubt two of the most brilliant countries in terms of golfing destinations in Europe. Before making a final decision on where your next golf holiday will take you, why not glance over our list of 10 of the best resorts across the two nations.

10 Tips For Organising a Successful Golf Trip

It can be tricky being in charge of organising a golf holiday with your family or friends, so we’ve decided to put together a list of top tips that you should keep in mind when sorting your break.

10 Things To Take On a Golf Break

If you're embarking on a golf break abroad or in the country, knowing what to pack can be an additional stress that you want to avoid. For some help, Golfshake's Joe Hughes has picked out ten items that are essential to bring on your holiday.

9 Top 100 Golf Venues Where You Can Stay and Play

If you're looking for a quality but affordable stay and play venue this summer, Joe Hughes has picked out nine destinations that have been ranked inside the Golfshake Top 100 as rated by regular users of the website.

9 Golf Apps That Every Golfer Should Have On Their Phone

Golf related apps have become increasingly popular with golfers, covering the latest tour news, tuition, equipment, game improvement, and helping you find courses to play. Golfshake's Joe Hughes has selected many of his favourites.

Weekend Wrap up - Ws for Wallace & Watson

Wallace saw off the challenge of two time major champion, Martin Kaymer and others, to take home the trophy at the BMW International Open in Germany, whilst Watson put in a brilliant final round to finish three-shots clear and pick up his third Travelers Championship.

5 Golfers Who Struggled at Shinnecock But Could Contend at the Open

Following a controversial US Open, several of golf's biggest names will be hoping to rebound from missed cuts at Shinnecock in the Open Championship at Carnoustie. Joe Hughes has picked out a few potential Claret Jug contenders from this group.

Four of The Best Tiger Woods PGA Tour Games

The PGA Tour has announced a new video game partnership with HB Studios, ending its long association with EA Sports. Golfshake's Joe Hughes takes a nostalgic look back at the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games, and picks his favourites.

5 Reasons Why Summer Golf is Great

Summer is the main golf season, and it's the time for you to get the most from your game. Golfshake's Joe Hughes shares his reasons for loving summer golf, and why it's his favourite period of the year on the course. See how many you agree with!

Will Shinnecock Hills Get the US Open Back on Track?

Will the US Open's return to Shinnecock Hills restore the championship's reputation for providing the most difficult test in golf? That's the question Golfshake's Joe Hughes explores ahead of the year's second men's major.

Could Golf Entertainment Help to Grow the Game?

Could concepts such as Footgolf, Toptracer and Topgolf draw a different group of people to a form of golf and grow the game in turn? That's the question and potential impact that journalist Joe Hughes explores.

Golfkicks Aims to Change the Idea of Golf Shoes

Golfkicks is a new and innovative that is aiming to revolutionise the idea of golf shoes, with their concept transforming casual shoes into being ideal for golf use through the aid of just a few scren-in, eco-friendly cleats.

Golfers Who Are Similar to Their World Cup Team

The World Cup is approaching, with countries hoping for glory in Russia. But when it comes to golfers from these nations, you would be surprised at many similarities there are between certain stars on tour and their country.

5 Ways to Play More Golf This Summer

The golf season is here, and it's time for you to play more often and experience new courses and potentially meet different playing partners. How can you go about that? Joe Hughes has outlined five effective methods of making this your busiest and most exciting golf year.

Rising Stars to Watch on the European Tour in 2018

This season, in a similar way to every other thrilling season on the European Tour, features many golfers with incredible potential. Of course, not all of these guys will go on to become a multiple major winner, but there are definitely several players who are looking to emerge from the golfing shadows into the professional spotlight.

3 Golfers Who Could Win Their First Major in 2018

Now that Masters week is well and truly underway, it is time to take a look at three players who are in with a huge chance of picking up their first career major, this season. One of them may get the job done as soon as Sunday, whilst others may be more suited to another of the marquee tournaments that are still to come in 2018.

Delving into the Slow Play Debate

Slow play has been a much covered topic and divides opinion. Joe Hughes delves into the subject and assesses the reasons behind the issue and the solutions that have been proposed by seveal figures in the game.


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