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Articles by Melvyn Davies

Mel is a Golfshake ambassador and golf gadget nut regularly testing the latest tech, gadgets and training aids.

To view the rest of the Golfshake team of writers, testers and ambassadors click here.

 

Eagle Links Golf Product Review

If you're someone who loves golf and has a passion for a particular football team, then you will be intrigued by Eagle Links Golf, which offers products that include headcovers, polo shirts, towels and ball markers that are given a unique twist in the style of a specific football club or national team.


Golf Mate Cleaning Brush Review

When you're playing golf regularly - especially during winter - then your clubs are likely to get dirty quickly! There are many different methods to keeping your equipment maintained - which is essential to ensure they remain at their best performing - but the Golf Mate Cleaning Brush might just be among the most handy options.


PAYNTR X 006 RS Golf Shoes Review

Having previously tested and reviewed PAYNTR GOLF's X 002 LE, X 004 RS, and X-005 F, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has become a connoisseur of the brand's golf shoes and now turns his attention to the X 006 RS.


Spike Golf Review

Spike Golf was started by three friends and for two reasons. Firstly it was to convert golfers from plastic tees to bamboo tees and secondly to add a bit of edge and youth to the game. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has taken the opportunity to test their products.


Royal Winchester Golf Club Review

Designed by five-time Open champion J.H. Taylor and home to Hampshire's only Royal Club, Royal Winchester is located to the north west of the historic city of Winchester. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently enjoyed a memorable day there.


GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder Review

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder is a pocket sized device that boasts a stunningly fast measurement speed of only 0.15 seconds courtesy of Zero Second Technology. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has put the product to the test and shares his thoughts on its performance.


PAYNTR X-005 F Golf Shoes Review

PAYNTR Golf's newest spikeless shoe, the X-005 F, brings together its innovative technology to benefit golfers on the course. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the opportunity to test the new shoes and shares his thoughts in this new review.


Shirley Golf Club Feature Review

Shirley Golf Club is just a short drive from Junction 4 of the M42 so is easily accessible for most. Bordered by fields and natural woodland on the outskirts of south Birmingham, Shirley nestles in the Blythe Valley, enjoying a well-planned blend of parkland with mature, wooded areas. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies describes it for us.


PAYNTR X 004 RS Spiked Golf Shoes Review

PAYNTR GOLF's X 004 RS Spiked Golf Shoes have followed the brand's principle of creating products that are deeply grounded in the biomechanics of the golf swing. Naturally, with all of that information, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies was thrilled to get his hands on them for a comprehensive test and review.


Llanymynech Golf Club Feature Review

Situated in Shropshire right on the Welsh/English border, Llanymynech is just a short drive from Oswestry to the north and Welshpool to the south. It was the home course of 1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the chance to experience it for himself.


The WedgeTrainer Training Aid Product Review

Launched just last year, the WedgeTrainer is the creation of Kevin Redfern, who has worked with tour professionals for decades. It was designed to reduce the activity in the wrists when chipping and pitching to help develop the technique required to deliver sold contact every time. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has found out for himself this winter.


PAYNTR X 002 LE Spikeless Golf Shoes Review

PAYNTR GOLF's latest innovation, the PAYNTR X-002 LE, is a spikeless golf shoe that has been created to provide greater stability and performance on the course. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has taken the opportunity to test the shoes in a variety of conditions and describes his thoughts below.


The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Review

Located on the outskirts of Telford and pretty equidistant to Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is easy to find and is also situated not far from the World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies reviews the venue for us.


AimPutt Putting Training Aid Review

UK-based company AimPutt has developed a new putting aid designed to improve golfers’ set-ups and perceptions when hitting putts.


Pennard Golf Club Feature Review

Located near Swansea and boasting incredible views over Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula, few courses enjoy a better setting than the magnificent Pennard Golf Club, which has welcomed golfers to its links for well over a century. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies grasped at the chance to experience it for himself.


Gruvtowl +GRUVBRUSH Review

Gruvtowl +GRUVBRUSH is a microfibre golf towel with attached groove brush, which has been engineered to make it convenient for golfers to keep their clubs clean and dry. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the chance to test the product for himself and shares his thoughts in this new review.


Lilley Brook Golf Club Feature Review

Established in 1922 with links to Dr Alister MacKenzie, Lilley Brook Golf Club is an undulating parkland course that is situated on the edge of Cheltenham and boasts views across the town to the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited and describes the venue in this new Feature Review.


Walsall Golf Club Feature Review

Showcasing a design by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie, Walsall Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is a jewel of the West Midlands. Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited to experience this tree-lined course that demands accuracy from visiting golfers.


Nuneaton Golf Club Feature Review

Nuneaton Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and offers a beautiful mature parkland golf course that was first established in 1906 as a nine-hole layout before it was extended to 18 during the 1960s. Regarded as a standout in the Midlands, Nuneaton is located just a short drive from both the M6 and M69, which makes it very accessible from all directions. 


FatPlate PuttMat Pace & Line Trainer Review

Looking to sharpen up his putting ahead of the new golf season, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has tested and reviewed the PuttMat from FatPlate, which has been created to offer pace, length, set-up and start-line training for golfers to help them hole more putts on the course.


The Astbury Golf & Country Club Feature Review

Situated a short drive from the market town of Bridgnorth in the heart of the Severn Valley, The Astbury Golf & Country Club was originally designed by K.K. Downing, former lead guitarist of Judas Priest. Now under new ownership, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies visited to see the exciting changes being made.


SpeedStix Review

The SpeedStix system is a set of three weights and an adapter to fit on your driver or fairway wood shaft, turning your club into a set of golf speed sticks. Supported by a training programme from a TPI Certified Trainer, the aim of this product is to increase your club head speed, potentially by over 10 mph, which could equate to an extra 27 yards of carry. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has reviewed it for us.


Vale of Llangollen Golf Club Feature Review

The Vale of Llangollen Golf Club is just a few miles into Wales from the border, with Wrexham and Oswestry both short drives away. It is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is regarded as the top inland course in North Wales. Mel Davies has played and reviewed it for us.


Lickey Hills Golf Course Feature Review

Lickey Hills Golf Course is located just a short drive from the M5 and also a few minutes from the outskirts of Birmingham, making it easily accessible. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies and Women & Golf Editor Emma Ballard played it for us and share their thoughts in this new Feature Review.


Hell For Leather Headcover Review

Devised by seasoned golfers during the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK, Hell For Leather has been established to address the perceived lack of personalisation available with regards to headcovers. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has received a product of his own and reviews it for us.


ArcMat Stroke Path Trainer by FatPlate Review

FatPlate has been producing training aids for several years and Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been able to test all of their products, including the ArcMat Stroke Path Trainer. Alongside Matt Holbrook, the two guys review the ArcMat and describe what you can expect.


The Swing Plate Training Aid Review

The Swing Plate is a training aid that has enhanced the game of many golfers, from those found at everyday clubs and driving ranges, all the way up to the highest levels of the sport. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies is the among the latest to see the benefits, as described in this new review.


Church Stretton Golf Club Feature Review

Church Stretton Golf Club is a unique venue, located atop the scenic Shropshire Hills, a stunning course that has welcomed the likes of Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Henry Cotton through the decades. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies decided to follow in their footsteps and experience this Highly Recommended layout for himself.


Blackwell Golf Club Feature Review

Blackwell Golf Club is a private parkland course situated in Worcestershire, founded in 1893 and Highly Recommended on Golfshake. Midlands aficionado Mel Davies visited to experience the layout for himself and shares his thoughts in this new Feature Review.


Sapey Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended on Golfshake, Sapey Golf Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has matured into one of the outstanding courses in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies visited to play and review the venue for us.


Kington Golf Club Feature Review

Herefordshire's Kington Golf Club is the highest 18-hole course in England and stands at 1,284 ft above sea-level at its highest point. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited the venue, played the layout, and shares his thoughts in this Feature Review.


GreenGolf UK Bamboo Tees Review

Launched in 2020, GreenGolf UK is a new Yorkshire based retailer that aims to deliver quality golf goods for affordable prices, but showcasing products that have been manufactured to encourage environmental sustainability. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing the Biodegradable Bamboo Golf Tees and shares his feedback.


Mizuno Genem GTX Golf Shoes Review

The Genem GTX is another impressive shoe released by the revered Japanese brand, Mizuno, a full grain leather model that is packed with technology, including the lace-free BOA closure system that tightens and loosens courtesy of a dial on the side. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing these golf shoes and describes them for us.


How to Reach Single Figures - A Journey

Reaching single figures is a dream goal for most golfers, but Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies hadn't quite reached it. However, with his 50th birthday approaching, he dedicated himself through practice, equipment, fitness and coaching to achieve his objective. Mel describes his journey to new heights.


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.


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.


Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club - Arden Course Feature Review

Acclaimed European Tour venue, Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is home to a pair of excellent courses, most notably the championship standard Arden. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies experienced this iconic layout for himself and shares his thoughts in this new feature review.


The Abbey Hotel Golf Club Feature Review

The Abbey Hotel Golf Club is a popular venue for golf breaks and society days in the Midlands, having been enhanced through substantial investment. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies hadn't visited for years, so he decided to return and see what has changed.


Duca del Cosma Belair White/Cognac Shoe Review

Duca del Cosma was established in 2004 and has since been widely acclaimed for its products, including its spikeless golf shoes. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing the brand's Belair White/Cognan Golf Shoe and shares his thoughts on the style, performance and quality of the model.


FatPlate MirrorBar & Mirror Insert Review

FatPlate is regularly seen on European Tour practice ranges, but its PuttPlate category is also hugely popular on the circuit. The MirrorBar has been engineered to encourage better alignment, helping you to hole more putts. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing the MirrorBar and PuttPlate Mirror Insert for us


Volvik V1 Laser Rangefinder Review

Known for its multi-coloured high performance golf balls, Volvik entered a new segment of the market this year with the release of the Volvik V1 Laser Rangefinder, featuring several technologies designed to help golfers become more pinpoint accurate with their game. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing the device for us.


Northern Ball Markers Review

Northern Ball Markers is a newly launched company that creates custom ball markers and golf accessories in brass, aluminium and copper materials. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been using a marker and divot tool and shares his thoughts.


Duca del Cosma Heritage Shoe Review

Part of Duca del Cosma's line of spikeless golf shoes, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has tested the Heritage for us, a model that has been designed to deliver luxurious feel, aligned with high levels of comfort and quality performance on the course.


Hagley Golf Club Feature Review

Highly Recommended in the West Midlands, Hagley Golf Club is a welcoming an accessible venue for visiting golfers. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the opportunity to play there and shares his thoughts.


Patshull Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club Feature Review

Patshull Park is a beautfully presented parkland golf course on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the chance to play this layout and shares his thoughts.


Zepp Golf 2 Review

Zepp Golf 2 is the next generation of Zepp Golf. Attaching onto your glove, this small device provides data on key attributes of your game, featuring 3D Swing Analysis, Instant Evaluation and Smart Coach. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing and reviews it for us.


Olton Golf Club Feature Review

Olton is a private, mature parkland golf course founded in 1893 set in 95 acres near Birmingham Airport. Renowned for its condition and quality of greens, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the chance to play there and shares his thoughts.


Dead Aim Ball Marker Review

The Dead Aim is an on-course alignment aid that was created by professionals in Scotland, with five unique fingers on the marker, helping golfers to pick their target on the green and start the ball on that intended line. Golfshake's Mel Davies has tested it for us on the golf course.


G3 Flex Head Tees Review

G3 Flex-Head Tees are an unbreakable, American designed and manufactured product, boasting an innovative and acclaimed design. Golfshake's Mel Davies had the opportunity to test the tees and discover whether they live up to the billing.


Hollywood Golf Club Feature Review

Hollywood Golf Club boasts a mature 18-hole, tree lined parkland course on the outskirts of south Birmingham, with easy access from the motorway network. Golfshake's Mel Davies has played and reviewed the venue for us.


Golf Buddy VTX GPS Review

GolfBuddy's latest handheld GPS device - the VTX - is a slim, lightweight design that is packed with features, chief among them being voice audio and bluetooth connectivity. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing it for us and shares his review.


GravityFit (Swing Kit) Review

GravityFit is a revolutionary system that has been designed to strengthen core body muscles to protect and support your spine, allowing for improved performance during physical activity and sport. Golfshake's Mel Davies had the chance to test and learn more about it.


PuttOut Putting Mat Review

The PuttOUT Putting Mat is a tool that has been designed to provide a reliable base for practicing each aspect of your putting. Golfshake's Mel Davies has tested it out for himself, and shares his thoughts on the product in this review.


Enville Golf Club (Highgate Course) Feature Review

Enville Golf Club boasts two fine courses, The Lodge and Highgate. Having previously reviewed the former, Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies returned to experience the Highgate. Here is his Feature Review.


PuttOut Feature Review

PuttOut's training aid has been a popular addition to the market. Its uniquely designed parabolic curve automatically returns your good putts, rejects missed putts but holds your perfect putt, delivering instant feedback to your practice. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been using it for the past ten months.


Enville Golf Club Feature Review

Enville Golf Club is one of the most popular and highly regarded in the West Midlands, so Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies went to see what the hype is all about.


Review PuttPlate by FatPlate

PuttPlate is the latest in a great range of training aids for all levels of golfer from FatPlate. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently had the chance to try it for himself, and here is his review.


Trion:Z Loop Duo Wristband Review

The Trion:Z Loop Duo band is a unique magnetic & negative ion wristband. It uses patented ANSPO magnetic therapy technology and are the only sports health wristband on the market to have a Japanese medical approval and a Class 1 CE mark. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been using it lately and noted his thoughts.


Droitwich Golf Club Feature Review

Droitwich Golf Club is a James Braid redesign in Worcestershire. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently had the opportunity to play here, and this is his Feature Review.


Wharton Park Feature Review

Wharton Park is a short drive from Kidderminster and is a Highly Recommended venue on Golfshake. Mel Davies, Golfshake Ambassador, had the chance to play it. Here is his Feature Review.


2UNDR Swing Shift Boxer Brief Review

2UNDR Swing Shift Boxers have been designed to provide underwear that is perfect for the golf course. Golfshake's Mel Davies recently had the chance to test them out when playing, and here is his review.


Mizuno Wave Cadence Golf Shoe Review

The Mizuno Wave Cadence Golf Shoe was part of the brand's range for 2018, and is designed for walking 36-holes and beyond, combining the stability and traction needed for golf with the tech of running shoes. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies had the opportunity to test them, and here is his review.


Oswestry Golf Club Feature Review

Oswestry Golf Club in Shropshire is known for being the home of former Masters champion Ian Woosnam, but it's also renowned for being a James Braid designed mature parkland layout. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies went to play it.


Discovering Scott Readman Concepts

Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies recently visited the Scott Readman Concepts 'Putter Cave' and was able to see the quality and striking collection of putters, covers and accessories that have been recognised by some of the game's best players.


The Players Club Feature Review

The Players Club is located near to Chipping Sodbury and a short drive from Bristol.  Find out what Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies thought of this highly recommended venue on Golfshake.com


Review: FatPlate Sand & FatPlate Lite

Following on from a recent review of the Fat Plate training aid product Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies check out the latest products of the FatPlate Sand and FatPlate Lite.


Golf Swing Shirt Review

The Golf Swing Shirt is a training aid aimed at improving your golf swing through enhancing the feeling of connection of your arms and body throughout the swing.  This unique product is focused specifically on feeling of your swing movements and getting your swing repeatable through the feeling of connection.


Review: Arccos 360

Arccos is a leading brand and technology partner of Microsoft, and their new Arccos 360 technology could help you improve your game. Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies tested out the product during August - November 2017.


Review: FatPlate Training Aid

The FatPlate is a new visual training aid on the golf market that encourages golfers to compress the ball, while giving priceless feedback when this is not achieved. Find out what Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies thought.


Review: Green Sleeve Golf Cleaner

Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies reviews the Green Sleeve Cleander which is a unique, pocket sized ball and club cleaner with a microfiber cleaning centre to remove loose dirt, dry and polish golf balls and wedges.


South Staffordshire Golf Club Review

Golfshake ambassador visited South Staffordshire Golf Club, or South Staffs as it is more commonly known in Sep 2017.  Found out how he got on.


Handsworth Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Mel Davies recently visited Handsworth Golf Club in the West Midlands to review the course.  Find out how he got on - date played August 2017.


Ingestre Park Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador headed to Ingestre Park Golf Club in Staffordshire to check out this parkland golf course which was built on land which was one the home of the Earl of Shrewsbury.


Coventry Golf Club Feature Review

Coventry Golf Club is a venue with significant history and an excellent course, which Melvyn Davies recently took the opportunity to experience for himself. Take a look at his detailed review of a great spot in Warwickshire.


Kidderminster Golf Club Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Melvyn Davies played Kidderminster Golf Club in March 2017. Take a look at what he thought of this West Midlands situated course.


Cleobury Mortimer Golfshake Visit

Golfshake member Mel Davies visited Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club in Jan 2017 to check out the course, facilties and coaching options.


Shrosbree Golf, Shropshire - Coaching, Practise, Golf

Get your game on track this winter with some focused indoor golf and lessons at Shrosbree Golf, Shropshire. Golfshake member Mel Davies visited Shrosbee Golf in November 2016 to check out the facilities and meet with the coaching team.  Find out how he got on.


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