Articles by Will Trinkwon
Will is an unrepentant lover of all things golf and has been playing the game since he was 13. When he’s not on the links, Will channels his considerable passion for the game into writing about the sport on Golfshake, keeping up to date with tour gossip and binge-watching old videos of Tiger Woods on YouTube.
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SMS Chairman Funds £7500 Scholarship for Ladies European Tour Player
Female professional golfers received a boost today as the chairman of the renowned marketing company Sports Marketing Surveys announced a £7,500 scholarship for Ladies European Tour (LET) players.
An Open Letter to Club Golfers on COVID-19
When playing golf, are you still seeing golfers closely following social distancing rules? Will Trinkwon is asthmatic and is concerned by what he has witnessed on the course, making him nervous about venturing back to the game. Writing an open letter to golfers, Will seeks to remind everyone that the threat of the coronavirus remains very real.
Good News for Holiday Seeking Golfers as Government Eases Travel Rules
Golfers who are looking to book a golfing holiday abroad received some good news as the Government has removed quarantine for travellers entering England from dozens of countries which now pose a “reduced risk” from coronavirus.
Madeira Introduces New Safety Measures to Welcome Back International Travel
The award-winning islands of Madeira and Porto Santo have introduced new safety measures to open for international travel again following the Covid-19 pandemic, opening the door for golfers to return.
England Golf Offers £10,000 Coronavirus Support Grants to Clubs
Providing vital support during the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, England Golf has opened applications for clubs to receive grants of up to £10,000 via the R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund.
Women’s British Open to Go Ahead Without Spectators
Confirming the return of major championship golf to the UK, the 2020 AIG Women’s British Open will still be held this year at Royal Troon in Scotland, but without fans, the R&A has confirmed, outlining the safety measures they plan to introduce.
Golf Club Could Close Down After Repeated Vandalism
Faced with a horrendous situation, Great Lever and Farnworth Golf Club in Bolton says it could have to shut down because of over £10,000-worth of damage caused by repeated vandalism.
Carnoustie Project Finds Golf Improves Children’s Wellbeing
The Golf Collaboration Project, run by Abertay University and Carnoustie Golf Links, assessed children taking part in Carnoustie’s Carnoustie Craws Programme for Young Golfers for six weeks, measuring their golf skills, physical activity and personal wellbeing, discovering the proven benefits of the game for youngsters.
The Club Company Supplants Crown Golf as UK’s Biggest Golf Club Operator
Changes are afoot in the golf club industry as The Club Company has become the UK’s biggest golf club operator following the previous largest operator, Crown Golf, selling six of its 15 clubs.
Tour Pros Tackle Longest Par 5 in Professional Golf
What's the longest golf hole you have played? Golfers on the Korn Ferry Tour last week discovered the 773 yard par five 13th at TPC Colorado Championship, which unsurprisingly plays over its par. Will Trinkwon compares it to some other monsters.
Intelligentgolf Rolls Out New App Based Food and Drink Ordering Service
The golf tee time-booking and round-tracking company Intelligentgolf has rolled out an update for its software, introducing virtual scorecards for competitions and an app-based food and drink ordering service.
Paul Lawrie Launches New Tartan Tour to Help Struggling Pros
Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has announced the launch of a new professional golf tour in Scotland to give more opportunities to developing golfers, unveiling the Tartan Pro Tour, which shall include events at Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch and St Andrews.
R&A Provides Update on Club Competitions During Pandemic
In the wake of coronavirus, the status of competitive golf, at least at club level, has been obscure. But now the R&A has issued guidance on how club competitions should be run during this period and how the normal rules of golf will be affected.
PGA Launches Campaign to Recruit Next Generation of PGA Professionals
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has stepped up its efforts to recruit the next generation of PGA Professionals by launching a new campaign. The initiative, called #PGADraft2020, is intended to “bring to life the range of career options available” to PGA-qualified professional golfers.
Why Tiger's Reluctance to Play Could Hurt His Record Chasing
When will we see Tiger Woods play in a professional golf tournament again? Will Trinkwon delves into the 15-time major champion's reduced schedule and questions whether such an approach is best for his chances to surpass records, specifically Sam Snead's PGA Tour win total.
Rory McIlroy's 7 Most Controversial Moments
For over a decade, Rory McIlroy has captivated golf fans with his incredible play and major championship successes, but his admirable outspokenness, honesty and strength of character has occasionally placed the Northern Irishman into controversy situations. Will Trinkwon has picked out seven of the world number one's most contentious moments.
Hill Barn Golf Club Feature Review
Hill Barn Golf Club is Highly Recommended on Golfshake and is considered to be among the finest courses in West Sussex, designed by Fred Hawtree, who created Royal Birkdale. With such a lofty reputation, Will Trinkwon wanted to experience this venue for himself.
10 Golf Courses You Must Play in Hampshire
Hampshire is considered to be one of the finest counties for golf in England, boasting a rich variety, from immaculate parklands to classic links, but which are the best courses that you can experience? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon shares his favourites.
Bryson DeChambeau Has Transformed - But Can It Last
PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau has physically transformed in recent months, gaining an extraordinary amount of weight and muscle that has seen his driving distance increase dramatically. Will Trinkwon is impressed by the American's effort and dedication, but worries that it may not be sustainable and lead to lasting damage.
10 Golf Courses You Must Play in Sussex
Noted for its variety of courses, excellent views and pleasant climate, Sussex is a wonderful place for golf, and Will Trinkwon celebrates what it has to offer by sharing ten of his favourite layouts, spanning heathland to parkland to links, which best showcase Sussex’s underappreciated charm.
10 Golf Books to Read During Coronavirus Lockdown
With UK golf courses, driving ranges and even indoor simulator bars closed due to coronavirus lockdown, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up with some golf-related reading. Will Trinkwon has picked out a varied selection that are must reads.
New Over 35 Mid-Amateur Golf Tour Open for Entries in 2020
Amateur golfers over the age of 35 now have a new tour to play on- the Over 35 Mid-Amateur Golf Tour. Offering a competitive tour for mid-amateur players to compete on many of the finest golf courses in the UK.
Why You Should Be Excited About The Premier Golf League
The much talked about elite Premier Golf League has been a major topic of discussion in recent weeks, drawing a variety of responses. Despite concerns about its funding and unanswered questions, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon believes there are reasons to be excited by this proposed new circuit.
Review - The Golfer’s Lament: How I Reached for the Pars… and Missed
Golf writer Will Trinkwon reviews - The Golfer’s Lament by Will Nett. The Golfer’s Lament is a breezy and likeable account of the honeymoon period of falling in love with the game. Find out what Will thought.
The 6 Weirdest Places Tour Players Have Hit Golf Balls
At last week’s Genesis Open, Tiger Woods endured an unusual situation. On the third hole of the final round he blazed his tee shot well wide of the fairway and into…a rubbish bin. The bizarre spectacle got us thinking: what are the oddest places pro golfers have hit golf balls during a tournament round?
Guide to Staying at The Open in 2020
In July this year, thousands of people will descend on the small historic town of Sandwich, Kent, to watch the 149th playing of The Open Championship at Royal St George's. Now, if you want to be among them, but don't fancy commuting from a long distance, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains what options you have for accomodation.
10 Things Only Tour Pros Use
There are many differences between a tour pro and the average amateur, not just in ability, but also in the equipment and gadgets that they use. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out ten things that you will typically only see leading professionals deploy.
8 Ways To Ruin Your Scorecard
There are few things more frustrating than having a great round going and blowing it with one or two terrible holes. In golf, so much can go wrong. What mistake usually catches you out? Here, we count down some of the most common card wreckers.
Why Members Locker Rooms Are a Good Thing
When you visit a golf club, do you view locker rooms for members as exclusive or antiquated? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon can understand that perspective, but he believes that there is a charm about these facilities that make venues distinctive.
The Best Golf Films of All Time
It's movie awards season, headlined by BAFTA and the Oscars, but while there aren't any golf related films nominated this year, our sport has been documented in many iconic motion pictures. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has picked out some of the best, ideal should be looking for something to watch.
Lee Westwood’s Win Could Herald Even Bigger Things for 2020
Lee Westwood's resurgent triumph in Abu Dhabi was the latest highlight in a career littered with glorious days, continuing a revival in his 40s. But could this success be the signal that more is coming; potentially an elusive major or Ryder Cup return? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon speculates.
14 of The Biggest Changes in Golf Since 2010
Was 2010 really all that long ago? As we turn into 2020, Will Trinkwon counts down the biggest shifts of the outgoing decade.
The Worst Golf Fashion Disasters of the Past Decade
Despite the best efforts of Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter the game still bears connotations of naff dress sense and sartorial wrongheadedness. Of course, this is mostly a myth, but this last decade contained moments where it reared its appallingly-daubed head. To prove it, here’s a list of some of the worst golf fashion disasters since 2010.
Who Will Win a Major in 2020?
A new year is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing: a new crop of majors. 2019 delivered top-tier thrills, from Tiger Woods winning his first major in ten years at the Masters, to Shane Lowry putting a leprechaun in the claret jug at Royal Portrush. Here’s Golfshake’s Will Trinkwon's predictions for who will win a major championship in 2020.
Patrick, What Were You Thinking?
Former Masters champion Patrick Reed was engulfed in controversy last week at the Hero Challenge, when he was penalised for improving his lie in a bunker, raising questions about his character and ethics. Will Trinkwon weighs in on the situation, speculating the potential impact at the Presidents Cup.
Privilege at Play Book Review
Golfshake's Will Trinkwon decided to take an academic route in his golf book reading by digestingand reviewing Hugo Ceron-Anaya’s book, Privilege at Play: Class, Gender, and Golf in Mexico, which takes a sociological view of the game.
Is Brooks Koepka Getting Too Big For His Boots?
World number one Brooks Koepka is becoming known for his candid remarks as much as he is for his great golf. This outspoken trend may divide opinion, but for Golfshake's Will Trinkwon, the American can still fit in his boots. Just about.
What is Your Favourite Golf Club?
What is your most trusted club in the bag, the one that you can't imagine replacing? Most golfers have that one tool they always rely upon. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon describes his most beloved companion, a Titleist 913 Hybrid.
McIlroy vs Koepka: Who Will Win More Majors?
There has been much said about whether Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy have an emerging rivalry, but if that was the case, who would come out the victor? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at the dynamic between the two and makes his judgement.
7 Reasons Why Winter Golf is Great
Most golfers play less often during winter, with many even giving up the game entirely for months. But winter golf does have its upsides. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon identifies several reasons why it's great to play during the off-season.
The Different Types of Golf Courses
With so many in existence, it's easy to get confused about the different types of golf courses. Cutting through the fog, from links to parkland and heathland, Will Trinkwon explains the different categories.
The Golf Lover's Guide to Scotland Book Review
Golf travel/course guides can be difficult to get right, but Will Trinkwon thinks that Michael Whitehead has found a winning combination in his recently published The Golf Lover's Guide to Scotland.
Why the Dunhill Links Deserves a Bigger Profile
The European Tour has gathered at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which has attracted a hugely impressive field. But does this unique event receive the hype and status that it deserves? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon makes the case that it doesn't.
Why You SHOULDN'T Putt With the Flag In
Recently, we published an overview of thoughts and opinions around on putting with the flag in, weighing both sides of the argument. Whilst Golfshake's Will Trinkwon understands the case for diplomacy, however, he just can’t bring himself to embrace the new rule.
Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia Book Review
Chronicling freelance journalist Tom Cox's disastrous year-long stint as a professional golfer, Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia has been hailed as "one of the funniest books on golf ever written". Will Trinkwon checks out what all the fuss is about.
Watching Golf Live vs Watching Golf on TV
When it comes to watching golf, if not yet playing it, Will Trinkwon has become a couch potato. In this article, he explains why he now prefers watching the pros battle it out on TV instead of seeing them in the flesh.
Teeing Up the Day Book Review
Despite not being particularly spiritual, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon finds himself moved and refreshed by Stephen Ables's debut Christian golf book, Teeing Up the Day.
Seve: Golf's Flawed Genius Book Review
What is the cost of excellence? This is the question that sports writer Robert Green poses, in 282 pages of punchy and innervating prose. Green’s subject is the legend, the golfer, and finally, the man, that we mere sporting mortals know as Seve. Will Trinkwon reviews his account, exploring the dark side of Ballesteros.
Solutions to Golf's Biggest Frustrations
Golfshake's Will Trinkwon recently identified some of the most irritating annoyances on the golf course. But now he has gone a step further and come up with proposed solutions to fix these frustrations that all golfers can relate to.
A Decade (Almost) of BMW PGA Champions
Time travels so fast. It seems like just last week it was 2009, and Paul Casey was holding off Ross Fisher to claim the BMW Championship at Wentworth. Now Wentworth has begun again in 2019, but let's not forget the recent past. Will Trinkwon revisits the last (almost) decade of PGA Championships.
Four-Iron in the Soul Book Review
Having dreamed of sporting glory since he was a young lad, Guardian journalist Lawrence Donegan packs in his day job and resolves to spend a year caddying on the European Tour for Scottish golfer Ross Drummond. Will Trinkwon reviews the 1990s classic Four-Iron in the Soul, Donegan's brilliant account of his efforts.
Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club Feature Review
Royal Mid-Surrey is located on the border between Middlesex and Surrey, offering an aesthetic gem that takes advantage of a beautiful area of parkland. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon visited this Highly Recommended venue and played the course.
Interesting Hobbies of Professional Golfers
What occupies the time of your favourite golfer away from the course? You may be surprised to hear that many of them have dedicated hobbies. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon takes a look at some of the most notable examples.
The Smartest Professional Golfers
Do you need to be a genius to be a champion in golf? That's a lengthy debate, but there's no doubt that there are several extremely smart players on tour. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon picks out some of the most intelligent and witty.
14 Biggest Annoyances on the Golf Course
On the best days, a golf course can be the closest thing we have to Nirvana. But there are things that can shatter the serenity. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has identified some of the worst pet peeves and annoyances you can experience when playing.
The Inspiration of Attending Your First Golf Tournament
What was the first golf event that you saw live? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon reflects on his memories of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2009 and the formative experience that it left in his mind.
10 of the Best (or Worst) Golf Crowd Shouts
Shouts from the crowd have become increasingly common during golf tournaments, much to the chagrin of many. But what are the origins of these chants, and which are the most imaginative? Golfshake's Will Trinkwon delves beyond the noise.
How Putters Have Changed Through History
Since the earliest origins of the game, putters have been an integral part of golf, but they have progressed and evolved through time. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at the technological advancements made during the centuries.
The 10 Longest Putts Ever Holed
Length is something in golf that we usually associate with drives, not putts, but there have been many ridiculously long effort holed on the greens. Just to prove what is possible, Golfshake's Will Trinkwon has discovered ten of the longest in history.
Chichester Golf Club Feature Review
Chichester Golf Club is a large golf centre in Sussex, including two 18 holes courses, a par three layout, and crazy golf facilities. Will Trinkwon had the chance to play the Cathedral Course and shares his thoughts on the experience.
Selsey Golf Club Feature Review
Selsey Golf Club is a nine-hole links course that comes Highly Recommended by members on Golfshake. Will Trinkwon took the opportunity to see for himself and shares his thoughts in this review.
Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club Feature Review
Founded in 1893, Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club has long been home to Cambridge University's Golf Team, with many notable faces playing on the nine holes. Golfshake's Will Trinkwon reviews this hidden gem for us.
The 10 Longest Drives of All Time
Every golfer knows the satisfaction that comes from launching a really HUGE drive. Whatever the length of your longest hit, however, we’re willing to bet that it comes short of the following long drives. Will Trinkwon picks out ten of the longest of all-time.
10 of the Worst Missed Putts in Golf History
If you're squeamish about cataclysmically poor putting, look away now. If you think you can handle it, Will Trinkwon has picked out ten of the worst missed putts of all time, moments that these players would love to forget.
The Best Golf Experiences in the UK
In the 2019 Golfshake Course Survey, we asked for your feedback to identify the Best Golf Experiences in the UK, with hundreds of golfers sharing their favourites. Will Trinkwon has taken a closer look at the most popular responses.
10 of the Biggest Putts in Golf History
Could hole a ten footer with everything on the line? Will Trinkwon has picked out ten of the biggest putts in golf history, moments that demanded immense strength and will under pressure, each with magnified importance, often the difference between winning and losing.
12 of the Most Impressive Rounds in Golf
There have been many great rounds of golf played in the history of the sport – some because of the lowness of the scores, some because of the circumstances in which they were played in: all of them exceptional. Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at 12 of the most impressive.
The Best Golfer You May Not Have Heard Of
Known to avid golf fans and students of the golf swing, the remarkable story of Moe Norman is perhaps lesser known in the mainstream. Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at the life and impact of the unique Canadian whose abilities astonished the leading players in the game.
The Importance of Online Golf Course Reviews
Online golf club and facility reviews are an established and important part of the golfing landscape. Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at their growing influence, how venues can take advantage, and the correct ways to deal with any negative responses.
5 Reasons Why You Should Watch More Women’s Golf
The Women’s British Open has been gracing TV screens and offered a top-quality golf viewing experience. But, across the board, female golf still gets less traffic than its male counterpart. But Will Trinkwon explains what you are missing, and why you should be watching more.
10 Reasons Why Golf is Good for You
There are few things that are better for your health than playing a sport. And of all of them, golf has a good claim to be one of the healthiest. It may not be the most strenuous of activities. But, for many reasons, golf is great for your wellbeing.
Finca Cortesin Upgrades Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy
The luxury Spanish golf complex, Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa has just further enhanced its position as one of the premium golfing locations in Europe by making a series of top-quality investments in its Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy.
IGC Society to Host Prestigious Summer Events
One of the best ways of playing golf is through a golf society. While traditional club membership is a great way to experience the game, societies are an especially good option for meeting other golfers, playing more courses and just generally expanding your golfing horizons
Toptracer: At The Open and Beyond
This year’s Open stood out for many reasons. One of these was the amazing atmosphere and the unusually high engagement of in-person and TV technology. Part of this included the Toptracer technology on the tournament range. We found out more.
Are We Seeing a Decline in Putting on Tour?
We've had the opportunity to catch-up with Barney Adams, Founder and former CEO of Adams Golf, in the past on issues facing the industry. Adams now addresses issues around putting and asks the questions on whether we are seeing a demise in putting on tour?
6 of the Most Interesting Greens in the UK
For all their difficulties, greens can be plain interesting. From those pocked with flowerbeds, to ones with more tiers than a wedding cake, Will Trinkwon explores six of the most intriguing and devilish greens in the UK.
Why Rory McIlroy’s Open Disappointment Will Only Make Him Stronger
Rory McIlroy turned up at Royal Portrush with the highest of hopes, but it was a disastrous Thursday, costing him a place at the weekend despite a stunning Friday charge. However, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes this disappointment will only drive the Northern Irishman on to more success in future.
6 Beards to Look Out for During Open Sunday
It's been a very special Open return to Royal Portrush, but one thing that has struck writer Will Trinkwon are the number of bears in contention. Here is Will's light hearted look ahead to the final round of this year's championship.
Understanding Different Types of Golf Ball
Look at the shelves of your local pro shop and you’ll be confronted by a variety of two-piece, three-piece, four-piece and even five-piece golf balls. Confused? Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at each type to explain the differences.
6 Reasons Why The 2019 Open Will Be One For The Ages
The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has begun. Returning to a spectacular venue with a variety of stories coming into the week, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes that year's championship will be a classic.
7 Ways to Pimp Out Your Golf Bag
When golf bags were first introduced, the emphasis was on the practical rather than the visual, but that has all changed now. Unsure of how to spruce up your stand bag? To help you get the right look for your luggage, here are seven ways to pimp out your bag.
Does Golf Need More Formats Like GolfSixes?
Three years have now passed since the European Tour introduced GolfSixes, but just how successful has this innovation been? Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at the positives and negatives, reaching a mixed picture of the event, but that its greatest legacy may be within junior golf.
15 Must Play Golf Courses in the East of England
From top quality parkland layouts, to wonderfully idiosyncratic links courses, the East of England offers a rich variety for golfers. Will Trinkwon has picked our 15 of the best venues that should be on your must play lists.
10 Ways a Golf Coach Will Improve Your Game and Lower Your Handicap
If your handicap has stalled and there is no obvious sign of improvement, it may be time to see a golf pro. Will Trinkwon looks at ten key areas where a golf coach can help your game, showcasing the benefits of taking lessons.
5 of the Most Fearsome Bunkers in the UK
If there’s one thing guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of the average golfer, it’s a bunker. Will Trinkwon picks out five of the most intimidating in the UK that even the most competent of bunker players wouldn’t want to be stuck in.
5 of the Best Golf Ads of All Time
Advertising is a huge part of every industry, golf no exception. While it can be frustrating to have tournament coverage interrupted by an advert, some of them have been entertaining, informative and memorable. Will Trinkwon picks out several of his favourites.
5 Tips for Playing 36 Holes in a Day
Longer days in summer provide golfers with the opportunity to devote more hours on the course. For the true enthusiasts, you may even be tempted to play 36 or 54 holes in a day. Such a packed schedule is not for the fainthearted, however, and requires stamina and preparation if you're to do it successfully. Will Trinkwon shares five tips with you.
5 Things the Average Golfer Can Learn From Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers ever to have graced a fairway. His career has been defined by maximising each aspect of his game and body. But what can you learn from this golf icon? Will Trinkwon has identified five key areas that you can look to emulate.
5 Must Have Modern Day Golf Gadgets
We are living in a technological age, which has certainly touched the game of golf. Will Trinkwon picks out five of the best examples of modern golf technology, the must have gadgets for the 21st century player.
5 Things We Now Use in Golf That We Didn't 40 Years Ago
Much has changed and evolved in golf during the past 40 years. Will Trinkwon looks back to the halcyon days of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros, comparing their equipment, apparel and clubs with the gear you see today.
6 Reasons Why The US Open Will Be An Event For The Ages
This year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is greatly anticipated for a variety of reasons. From the spectacular venue itself to the storylines entering the week, Will Trinkwon picks out key factors that should make this championship hugely compelling.
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