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Articles by Joshua Carr

Josh is a freelance staff writer focusing on all things golf and had the chance to play with rising star Thomas Detry at the 2016 Bridgestone Challenge Tour event.

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10 Helpful Winter Golf Tips

Golf writer Josh Carr offers ten of his best tips to enjoy winter golf, including considering the use of golf simulators. 

Great value rounds at highly rated Top 100 venues with Teeofftimes.co.uk

If you're looking for a great value round with Teeofftimes.co.uk but want to play a course in the Top 100 with great reviews? Look no further than these eight courses.

Volvik golf balls go patriotic with new national packs

Volvik golf balls have gone patriotic with the release of new national packs that include the UK, Scotland and Ireland colourways. 

Green Fee-Day to see £5 rounds at RBH's 10 golf resorts

RBH's 10 four-star QHotels resorts are offering golfers £5 rounds on Green Fee-Day, their version of the annual Black Friday deals. 

Hot Deals at Top 100 Venues with teeofftimes.co.uk

Josh Carr has picked out six of the best Hot Deals on teeofftimes.co.uk, from golf courses that have featured in the Top 100 listings over the past 18 months.

The Alternative Top 100 Courses

Golfshake's 'Alternative' Top 100 rankings offer a list of the best golf courses that aren't in the 'Official' Top 100 rankings in the UK and have more than 50 reviews on Golfshake.com These courses are based off the expectations of the everyday golfer.

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.

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.

Tips for Playing Ready Golf

Golf writer Josh Carr offered some tips on how to make the most out of Ready Golf at your golf club, and how it can help speed up play.

10 Essential Items for Winter Golf

Golf writer Josh Carr has listed his 10 essential items to be successful on the golf course during the winter months. Take a look at his essential winter golf items here. 

Urban Golf - The All-Inclusive Golf Simulator Experience

Golfshake's Owen Davies recently spoke to the Managing Director of Urban Golf, James Day, about what is on offer at their two London sites.

Charley Hull Bridgestone Skills Challenge

Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour star Charley Hull offered Golfshake’s Josh Carr some tips in two Bridgestone skills challenges during the second day of the Challenge Tour’s Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo Golf Club.

Bridgestone Winners Chasing Their Dreams to the British Masters

Bridgestone Chase Your Dreams finalists move onto British Masters Pro-Am hosted by Lee Westwood at Close House Golf Club after Luton Hoo success.

Stay and Play Report - Luton Hoo

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently stayed and played at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa while taking part in the Challenge Tour's Bridgestone Challenge Pro-Am. Take a look at his report here.

Golf Slang to Use on the Golf Course

Golf writer Josh Carr has produced several of his favourite golf slang sayings to use on the golf course, when playing with friends. 

Cockney rhyming slang to use on the golf course

Golf writer Josh Carr has come up with 20 Cockney rhyming slangs you can use on the golf course.

Which Clubs Should You Use in Your Next Three Club Challenge?

Three club challenges are a great way to mix things up from your weekly medals and stablefords, but which three clubs would you take out on the course? Take a look at the Golfshake team's picks here. 

A guide to Los Monteros Hotel, Spa and Golf in the surrounding area

Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort is located just three miles outside Marbella in the Costa del Sol. Golf writer Josh Carr took a closer look at what the resort can offer.

Vice Golf Ball Review

Vice Golf are set to take the golf ball market by storm this season, as they offer tour quality golf balls at an affordable price for amateurs.  Watch out video review and read what our testers thought when they tried out a range of balls.

A Guide to Golf at PGA Catalunya

PGA Catalunya is one of the leading golf resorts in Spain. Golf Writer Josh Carr has put together this handy guide to the Spanish golfing getaway.

Feature Interview: Whitney Trimble - The philosophy behind FootJoy Apparel 2017

Owen Davies chatted to FootJoy's Director of Apparel, Whitney Trimble, to discuss the importance of FootJoy gearing their focus around the game and their stylish new leisure wear.

Feature Interview: Mike Foley - FootJoy's exciting new 2017 range

Owen Davies spoke to Mike Foley, FootJoy's Director of Footwear Product Management at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show to discuss the new ContourFIT and Tour S/L golf shoes.

Feature Interview: Frederick Waddell talks Titleist Pro V1 and ball fitting

Owen Davies caught up with Frederick Waddell, Senior Manager of Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager to talk the differences between the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x and the importance of golf ball fitting. 

Feature Interview: Titleist's Josh Talge talks Titleist 917

Owen Davies caught up with Titleist's Vice President of Marketing for Golf Clubs at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show to talk about the launch of the 917 range.

Course Review - The Northumberland Golf Club

Golf writer Josh Carr recently played The Northumberland Golf Club in the North East of England. Take a look at his review. 

Feature Q&A: Emma Ballard on Women's Golf Day

Women's Golf Day takes place on June 6, around the world, to help drive women's participation. Golf Writer Josh Carr caught up with Emma Ballard, UK Ambassador of Women's Golf Day, to see find out what it is about and what their aims are. 

Wilson Staff Infinite Midway Putter Review

It is fair to say Wilson Staff's Midway putter is pretty unusual, it features and Arm Lock design. The Golfshake team recently headed to the putting green to put it to the test. Read how they got on. 

Wilson Staff 8802 Putter Review

The Golfshake Team recently headed to the putting green to put the very best putters of 2017 to the test. This included the Wilson Staff 8802 Putter. Read the review here. 

Odyssey O-Works Putter Range Review

Odyssey have launched their new O-Works range for 2017.  We decided to put the range to the test and inparticular the micro-hinge technology that is the big innovation of the line. 

Feature Interview: Doug Poole talks National Golf Month and growing the game

National Golf Month begins in May and golf writer Josh Carr caught up with the Project Director Doug Poole to see how prospective golfers can get involved.

12 of the best Golf Podcasts you can listen to today

We've picked out 12 of the best golf podcasts for keeping up to date with the latest golfing news while on the move. 

15 of the Best Golf YouTube Channels

The era of the golf YouTuber is upon us, so to help you out we've picked out some of our favourtie accounts that you should follow.

Interview: David Howell - Professionals aren't to blame for slow play

Golf writer Josh Carr caught up with Sky Sports pundit David Howell to talk about whether the rule changes will help cure slow play and if the professionals are partly to blame.

Interview: Dominic Bott - Life as a tour caddie

Golf writer Josh Carr caught with with tour caddie Dominic Bott to see what life is really like as a caddie. It isn't as easy as you may think.

Feature Interview: Brendan McCartain

Brendan McCartain has spent 23-years on tour and was carrying for José Maria Olazabal during the 1999 season and his Masters victory. We caught up with Brendan to learn more about how the 1999 Masters played out and hear his uique insight into Augusta and the Masters tournament. 

PING SIGMA Putter Range Review

The Golfshake team tested the PING SIGMA G Anser and PING SIGMA G Wolverine at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club recently. Take a look at their reviews here. 

Cleveland TFI CERO 2135 Review

The Golfshake team tested the Cleveland TFI CERO 2135 putter at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Have a look at what they thought of the putter here. 

Course Review - The Arden Course

Golf writer Josh Carr recently took on the Arden Course at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Take a look at what he thought of the course. 

Bridgestone announce new campaign and celebrate Charley Hull's Olympic success

Bridgestone have announced a new campaign - Chase Your Dream, No Matter What - which celebrates the success of golf's Charley Hull and other Olympic gold medalists including Daley Thompson and Chris Mears.

Feature Interview: Todd Fitzpatrick on the new KBS Graphite Hybrid Shaft

Golfshake's Owen Davies recently caught up with Todd Fitzpatrick from KBS Shafts to discuss their current line up and the exciting edition of the KBS Tour Graphite shaft to the range. 

Feature Interview: Jeff Brunski on the new Srixon Z Star

Golfshake's Owen Davies caught up with Srixon and Cleveland's Director of R&D to talk the new Srixon Z Star golf ball.

Interview - Luther Blacklock Talks the Explanar Training Aid

Golf Writer Josh Carr recently interviewed Master PGA Professional Luther Blacklock about his highly regarded Explanar Training Aid. Take a look at what he had to say. 

Q Hotels Oulton Hall - Feature Review

Golf Writer Josh Carr recently visited Q Hotels offering of Oulton Hall. If you're thinking about playing golf in Leeds, take a look at his report from the trip.

Links vs Resort: Which Come Out on Top in the UK?

Links golf or resort golf? Golf writer Josh Carr has picked out three of the best areas for links golf and compared them to his three favourite golf resorts in the UK.

How to Get Your Midweek Golf Fix

Find yourself wanting to play golf during the week, but work is getting in the way? Golf writer Josh Carr has offered some handy tips to help you with your midweek golf fix.

When is the Best Time to Play Golf?

When is the best time to play golf? Golf writer Josh Carr has looked into the debate and the findings could help you lower your scores.

Secret Club Pro Reveals Best and Worst of the Job

Ever wondered what it's like to be a professional at a golf club? Our Secret Pro gave Golfshake writer Josh Carr an insight into the best and worst of the job.

The best new casual golf shoes - 2017

Looking for a new pair of golf shoes you can wear on and off the course? Take a look at our 2017 casual golf shoe buying guide, including brands such as Adidas, FootJoy, New Balance, Nike G/FORE, PUMA, Skechers and Stuburt.

Interview with Charley Hull: Title Success, Olympics, and Breaking Down Barriers

Golf journalist Josh Carr caught up with Solheim Cup star and 2016 CME Group Tour Championship winner Charley Hull to talk about growing the women's game, the 2016 Rio Olympics, and relaxing off the course. 

10 Things Golfers Hate

Golf writer Josh Carr has come up with 10 things that he hates on and off the golf course. Do you agree?

12 Tips for Golf Travel

Golf writer Josh Carr has offered you 12 golf travel tips to help you get the most from your golfing holiday. 

Feature Review: Mobitee and PIQ

Released onto the golf game tracking market this season is the Mobitee and PIQ offering, to help you track your stats effortlessly. Golf Writer Josh Carr offers his thoughts on the device. 

8 Items to Make Winter Golf More Enjoyable

Golfshake writer Josh Carr offers eight usefull golf items that will help make golf in the winter months more enjoyable. 

Five Reasons You Shouldn't Pack Away Your Golf Clubs in Winter

Not a fan of winter golf? Golf journalist Josh Carr offers you five reasons not to pack away your clubs this winter. 

The Best New Mallet Putters of 2017

Looking for a new mallet putter for 2017? Take a look at this handy 2017 mallet putter buying guide, including brands such as Bettinardi, Mizuno, PING and TaylorMade. 

Naga Munchetty talks #ThisGirlGolfs, Strictly Come Dancing and Piers Morgan

Golf journalist Josh Carr caught up with BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty to talk the #ThisGirlGolfs campaign, Strictly Come Dancing and why Piers Morgan would be in her dream fourball. 

The Best New Waterproof Trousers of 2017

Looking for some new waterproof trousers but don't know what the best waterproof trousers of 2017 are? Take a look at our 2017 waterproof trouser guide including the likes of FootJoy, Mizuno, PING, PUMA and Under Armour. 

The Best New Waterproof Jackets of 2017

Want to keep dry and warm on the golf course during the winter but don't know what the best new waterproofs are in 2017? This handy guide will help you find the best waterproof for you, including the likes of FootJoy, Mizuno, PING, Sunice and Under Armour.

The Best New Game Improvement Irons of 2017

Looking for a new set of irons for 2017? This handy guide will let you know what the best new game improvement irons are in 2017, including brands such as Callaway, Cobra, Mizuno, Srixon, TaylorMade Titleist and Wilson Staff.

Interview with Graeme Storm: The Real Pressure of the European Tour

Graeme Storm lost and then regained his tour card in a whirlwind few weeks at the end of the 2016 golf season. His story reveals the real pressure of the European Tour.

The Best New Blade Putters of 2017

Here at Golfshake we have put together this handing blade putter buying guide for the 2017 golf season including brands such as Bettinardi, Mizuno, PING, TaylorMade, Scotty Cameron and Wilson Staff. 

Under Armour AW16 Winter Collection

Need some new winter golf clothes but don't know what to buy? Take a look at Under Armour's new AW16 range here.

How to Get the Most From Your Lads Golf Holiday

Thinking about organising a golfing holiday with your friends? Take a look at these handy tips from Golfshake writer Josh Carr on how to get the most from your golfing holiday.

The Best New Wedges of 2017

Need a new set of wedges but don't know what the best new wedges are on the market? Take a look at this helpful wedge buying guide, including brands such as Cleveland, Mizuno, Titleist and Wilson Staff. 

The Best New Driving/Utility Irons of 2017

Like hitting long irons off the tee but don't know what the best new driving irons are? Take a look at these releases on the market for 2017 from Cobra, Srixon and Titleist.

The Best New Hybrids of 2017

What are the best new hybrids being released in 2017 we hear you ask. Well, we've put together this handy hybrid buying guide, featuring the likes of Cobra, Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson Staff to help you find the perfect hyrbid for your game.

The Best New Fairway Woods of 2017

If you're in need of a new fairway wood but don't know what the best new fairway wood on the market is, don't worry. This handy guide will let you know what's new in 2017, including the likes of COBRA, Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson Staff. 

The Best New Drivers of 2017

Looking for a new driver in time for the 2017 season? Well we have picked out some of the best drivers being released on the market for the coming season 

Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour 2017

Enjoy playing the best courses in the UK with your golfing buddies? Well then the Mizuno Golf Pairs Tour may be perfect for you.

10 Destinations for Golf & Winter Sun

Do you not enjoy golf during the winter months in the UK? Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out ten destinations you should check out if you are in need of a winter golfing getaway. 

One woman's Instagram helping grow the game

Golf journalist Josh Carr spoke to Sky Sports EuroPro presenter Chloe-allyn Gallacher about her love for the game, becoming a hit on Instagram and why people should take up the sport.

Golf in Tenerife: Meliã Hacienda del Conde

Fancy somewhere different for a golfing holiday? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explores what Meliã Hacienda del Conde has to offer. 

The Hero Challenge - Golf Under the Lights at the British Masters

The European Tour has introduced a new, quick-fire golf event to be played under floodlights, just a few days before the British Masters. Golfshake writer Josh Carr took a closer look at what The Hero Challenge can offer.

Top Five Ryder Cup Shots

The Ryder Cup is about moments of brilliance at the right time. Golf journalist Josh Carr takes a look at five of the best and most important shots ever played in the history of the Ryder Cup. 

The Worst Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks

Picking a wildcard can often be difficult for the captains of either side and they don't always perform when picked for the big stage of the Ryder Cup. Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out the worst wildcard picks in the history of the event.

Top 5: European Ryder Cup Moments vs USA Ryder Cup Moments

With the Ryder Cup just around the corner, Golfshake writer Josh Carr has shared with us his memorable moments from previous Ryder Cups for both Team Europe and Team USA.

A guide to golf in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is quickly becoming one of the top golfing travel destinations in the world and it is no wonder why. There are Golf in Charlestonmany top courses in the area including Ryder Cup and USPGA venue Kiawah Island and one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed with any of the courses you play.

A Guide to Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the world's leading resorts, and it is situated in the heart of Scotland. Josh Carr takes a closer look at what this stunning estate can offers visitors, from three brilliant golf courses to luxury spa facilities.

Motocaddy M1 PRO Review

Review of the Motocaddy M1 Pro. The new trolley from Motocaddy is their smallest folding trolley of any in the range and is folds down 40% smaller than comparable models. 

18 Hardest Holes in the World

Golf journalist Josh Carr has put together what he believes are the 18 hardest holes on the major golf tours. Would you dare take them on?

10 of the Best Par-3s in the World

Several of the most famous and greatest holes in the world are par-3s, but what are the 10 best to be found across the globe? Golf journalist Josh Carr offers his most memorable ten.

Top 10 UK Courses to Play by Train

Sometimes it can be a struggle to decide who will be the designated driver on a golf trip, so why not settle for an away day by the railways? Golfshake writer Josh Carr has picked out his top 10 courses to play by train.

Best Courses to Never Host a Major Championship

With Championship standard golf courses in abundance around the world, is it time that the men's majors headed to some different destinations? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explored some courses that should be given the chance to host a major.

10 Strangest Golf Courses in the World

Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out ten of the strangest golf courses in the world, which offer everything from sub-zero temperatures to playing alongside a minefield.

Darlington Golf Club Review

Golfshake writer Josh Carr recently played Darlington Golf Club in the North East of England. Take a look at what he thought of it.

A Beginner's Guide to the Ryder Cup

With the 2016 Ryder Cup just around the corner, golf journalist Josh Carr offers a beginner's guide to Ryder Cup for those who may not have experienced the showpiece before.

Motocaddy S1 DHC Review

Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently tested the new S1 DHC from Motocaddy. Check out the video from the day and find out what he thought of their new product.

Motocaddy S3 PRO Review

Golf journalist Josh Carr recently tested the new Motocaddy S3 PRO at Kedleston Park Golf Club. Check out the video from the day and read his review.

The 10 most scenic golf courses in the world

What makes a golf course memorable?  Some would say great greens and lush fairways, but most would reply with outstanding scenic views that live long in your memory.  Check out these 10 worth adding to any bucket list.

10 London Golf Courses Near Tube and Train Stations

Golfers often find it difficult to play if they live in London and don't have a car, so Golf Journalist Josh Carr has suggested ten courses you can access via the tube or train networks.

6 golf swing analysers to help improve your game

Struggling with your game? Golfshake writer Josh Carr has given a helpful list of golf swing analysis technology to help improve your game.

How to win the BMW PGA Championship

Golfshake writer Josh Carr delves inside the stats for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth to see if that could help to pick out the 2016 winner and what the stats tell us from previous years.

Chipping Pro Review

Golfshake writer Josh Carr recently tested out the new Chipping Pro which is designed to help improve your chipping arc and improve your short game.  Found out how he got on.

Improve your Timing with SwingClick

Do you struggle with timing your golf swing? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explores how the SWINGCLICK can help improve your game.

5 Putting Training Aids to Improve Your Game

Golfers like to work on their games in several different ways. Some choose to pay for weekly lessons, some try and sort their problems on the course and others like to make use of various gadgets. If you fit into the latter category, then here are some of the best training aids to try this year.

Stay & Play – Albufeira/Vilamoura

Thinking of a trip to the Algarve golfing?  then look now further than our guide to golf in Albufeira/Vilamoura the perfect golfing almost all year round.

Where did Amen Corner get its name?

Holes 11-13 at Augusta National are possibly the three most talked about holes at Augusta National if not in golf.  But, have you ever wondered where Amen Corner got its name?

Oceanico Pinhal Course Review

The Oceanico Pinhal course is typified by rolling parkland and winds through tall pines, which offer the biggest challenge for most golfers.

Oceanico Laguna Course Review

The Oceanico Laguna Course is completely different to any of the other of the Oceanico courses in Vilamoura as it has very few trees and a links feel to it. As you can probably guess by the name, there’s a lot of water around the course and offers a stern test when the wind blows.  Find out how Josh Carr got on.

Oceanico Millennium Course Review

The Millennium course is a must play if you’re looking to play one of the Oceanico courses in Vilamoura. It is a course suitable for all standards of golfer.  Find out how Josh Carr got on during his visit to the Algarve.

Top 10 Memorable Masters Moments

The Masters is pencilled firmly into all golfers’ diaries as we eagerly await the start of what is arguably the most popular major of them all.  Joshua Carr looks back at his top 10 memorable moments.

Where in the world produces the most complete golfer?

Professional’s today have to be a more complete golfer than ever before as the courses and climates change week in week out. But which tour produces the most complete golfer?

Why would you change your golf glove ?

When should you be changing your golf glove? When it is slightly worn? When it has holes in it? Does it even really matter? Josh Carr investigates.

Is Gender Free Golf the Way Forward?

A growing number of clubs have scrapped ladies and men’s tees in order to push forward the prospect of gender-free golf in England.  These tees are being replaced by ones where any golfer can play from.

Do We Play Too Much Stableford Golf in the UK?

Stableford golf is an enjoyable alternative to the strain of a medal round. It has its benefits to the higher handicapper and usually speeds up the pace of play but do we play too much stableford golf in the UK?

Ryder Cup Star Commits to Vietnam’s First Major Golf Championship

European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia has committed to competing in the Ho Tram Open, which begins Thursday 3 December and will mark his first visit to Vietnam.  Garcia will line up against stars such as 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and 15 time European Tour winner Thomas Bjorn in Vietnam’s first major golf championship.

Who is in your dream fourball and why?

Who is in your dream and fourball? It is one of the most common questions asked in golf, but have you ever answered it yourself? Here is your chance! 

10 of the Best – Courses in the North East under £100

Check out our top ten courses in the North East under £100.

10 of the Best - Courses in the North East under £50

The North East of England is home to a whole host of incredible golf courses from testing, coastal links to enjoyable, picturesque parklands.

Where to play - Southport

Southport is inundated with exquisite links course cut between the sand dunes on the Lancashire coastline. We take a closer look at where to play and stay. 

Where to Play: 5 Cumbrian Hidden Gems

Despite being the largest county per square mile Cumbria only plays host to 30 golf clubs. The mammoth county does however give you wide choice of courses from Parkland, Links and even Heathland.  So here’s five courses you should look to play if you’re visiting the most North Westerly County in England.

Feature Review: Ulverston Golf Club

If you’re planning on playing golf in the Lake District then Ulverston Golf Club should definitely be on your list. Designed by H.S.Colt, this beautiful parkland course situated on the outskirts of the Lake District is renowned as one of the best courses in Cumbria.

Do You Talk A Good Game Or Get Annoyed By The Golfer Who Does?

Why is it that, no matter what golf course you play at, there’s always that one golfer who talks a game worthy of a place in the field at The Open? Yet when they get a card in their hand they barely manage to make their buffer zone.

5 different golf formats to play with your mates

Are you tired of playing for nothing with your mates? Is the midweek social round of golf turning into a bit of a chore and lacking that competitive edge? Then here are five golf games to try with your mates.


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