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Golf's Most Embarrassing Moments That Will Make You Cringe

Golf is a sport that can make us all look very foolish. When all is going well it is a wonderful way to pass four hours or so. But it can and does always find a way to jump up and bite you. It can embarrass you, it can humiliate you and it can make you look just plain stupid. read more ...


PLEASE Can We Do Something About Slow Play

For this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements returns to an issue that still hasn't gone away on tour and at golf clubs - slow play! read more ...


How Robots And Computers Are Changing The Game of Golf

Everyone wants to improve their game and that has been supported by significant advancements in golf technology and equipment design. With the latest golf equipment, the key to achieving higher accuracy and performance might just lie in an unexpected ally - robot testing. read more ...


The World Handicap System Continues to Cause Controversy

After writing about his experiences of returning to the game and gaining a golf handicap, Golfshake's Derek Clements received a wide variety of comments and responses from keen golfers about the World Handicap System. He now shares those and reacts to what was said. read more ...


Revealing Just How Tough This Winter Has Been For Golfers

Record levels of rainfall and frequent storms have been a recurring theme of late, and the impact has been keenly felt by our beloved courses and those of us who play them. We wanted to connect with golfers directly to gather their feedback and hear about their experiences and what the inclement weather has meant for their game. read more ...


Playing The Old Course at St Andrews in Reverse

Golfshake's Kieran Clark recently had the opportunity to play The Old Course at St Andrews in Reverse, taking on the layout that was common centuries ago. But what does that mean and is this routing actually better than the one we know today? read more ...


What You Need to Know About 2024 World Handicap System Changes

Since it first made its way to these shores, the World Handicap System has certainly divided opinion, drawing praise from some quarters and criticism from others, but there are changes in 2024. What specifically do you need to know? Here are the alterations to the WHS that could affect your game this year and beyond. read more ...


My Big Complaint About The World Handicap System

Changes have been made to the World Handicap System process, and for this week's View From The Fairway, Golfshake's Derek Clements describes the frustrating impact it has made to him. read more ...


Golf's Good Old Days Were Actually Not That Great

The game of golf has seen seismic changes in recent times. That could make you long for the supposed good old days. But when he thought about it more, Golfshake's Derek Clements realised that things weren't so great after all back in the day. read more ...


What You Can Learn From The World's Best Golfers

The guys who play golf on tour are the best in the world. They play a game that is entirely different from the one we experience. In the main, they know a few things that perhaps we can adopt and learn from. read more ...


Nick Dougherty Has Proper Plan to Get Children Into Golf

Former professional and current Sky Sports presenter and commentator, Nick Dougherty has taken the Golf Foundation's Unleash Your Drive campaign, which aims to introduce golf into schools throughout the country, to the House of Commons. read more ...


The Strangest Things You Will Ever See on The Golf Course

This is a funny old sport. Just when you think you have seen it all it has this habit of shocking, amusing and surprising us. Golfshake's Derek Clements has played and followed golf most of his life and he has seen some pretty strange sights. Here are just a few of them. read more ...


West London Golf Course Will Close in June

Last year, we addressed the news that Perivale Park Golf Course was facing potential closure by Ealing Council, but that has now been confirmed and the municipal layout will be shut down in June. read more ...


How to Solve Golf's Biggest Problems

It seems pretty obvious that the world of golf faces some serious challenges. Of course there are lots of things to be optimistic about but there is also much we should be concerned about. Golfshake's Derek Clements has had a thought about what the biggest problems are - and this is how he would correct them. read more ...


Preferred Lies to Last Until End of May at English Golf Courses

It's been an extraordinarily sodden winter throughout the UK. Therefore, it's no surprise to learn that our golf courses have been massively impacted as the new season approaches. Consequently, England Golf has revised its Winter Golf Checklist, extending the period in which clubs are permitted to deploy preferred lies on their layout. read more ...


10 Things That All Golfers Should Do in 2024

As golfers around the world will know, early spring indicates the start of the golf season, and we have all suffered enough through the misery of winter. It’s a good idea to set challenges for the impending campaign, and there’s plenty of things that you can introduce to help you improve at the game of golf. read more ...


Do Golfers Give Greenkeepers Enough Credit

Reflecting on months of wet weather and difficult golfing conditions, Derek Clements dedicates his latest View From The Fairway to the incredible work of greenkeepers across the game. read more ...


8 Gadgets That Every Golfer Needs

Through the advent of rangefinders and other neat gadgets, attempting to produce lower scores on the course has seemingly been easier than ever before. But there are a select few gadgets that should be deemed as essentials when playing golf. read more ...


How Wet Was Your Golf Course This Winter

It's been a thoroughly disheartening winter for golfers - and even more so for the courses that we play on. Heavy rain, flooded fairways and closures have been commonplace across the UK for months, meaning that attaining your golfing fix has been harder to come by than usual. read more ...


What Gets On Your Nerves at The Golf Course

We absolutely love golf, but there are things about it that quite simply get on our nerves. Golfshake's Derek Clements has listed the issues that drive him most insane. How many of his rants do you agree with? read more ...


8 Stuffy Golf Traditions That Need to Change

Golf is a sport full of tradition, but that doesn't mean that there aren't areas that should evolve. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out just some of the things that he would change about the game, from the sensible to the essential - and even the blasphemous. read more ...


What You Hope to Find on The Golf Course in 2024

Many of you are about to return to the fairways for the first time since putting the clubs away last autumn. But when you head to the course where you play your golf, what do you expect to find in 2024? You may not be surprised to learn that we have a few tongue-in-cheek ideas... read more ...


18 More Reasons Why We Should All Love Golf

If you're reading this article, then you're most likely someone who loves golf. But what is it about this sport that makes it so special? Golfshake's Derek Clements has come up with another 18 things that he loves about this incredible game! read more ...


UK Golf Courses Are Being Repeatedly Vandalised

Birmingham's Lickey Hills, one of the most acclaimed public golf courses in England, has once again been targeted by vandals after being struck twice last week. Unfortunately, it's not the first course to have been affected in this way - and sadly it won't be the last as these instances have become endemic across the country. read more ...


Where You Can Play Golf With a Flexible Membership

Traditional memberships at clubs are robust, but there is a growing segment of the golfing population who are seeking alternatives. That's where flexible, or points-based memberships are becoming more common, essentially allowing golfers to buy a certain number of credits that can be redeemed for rounds as they go. read more ...


Are You Ready For The New Golf Season

The new golf season is just around the corner. For those of us who have suffered through the winter it means we can start to look forward to shedding all the winter clothing and begin to feel a bit of warmth on our backs. But the question is: are you ready for the new season? We have a few tips. read more ...


What Makes a Great Golf Club Professional

Club professionals are a much-maligned species in some circles. But it should be a good career choice. A club pro can make or break a golf club because, at most clubs, he or she is the first and, in some cases, only point of contact. So what makes a good club pro? read more ...


Municipal Golf Courses SAVED From Closure

Several municipal golf courses in Scotland have recently been threatened with potential closure, but this bleak outcome looks to have been averted following a widespread public outcry and subsequent change of heart from local authorities. read more ...


The Big Golf Race 2024 Launched to Support Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK has launched The Big Golf Race 2024, which has become the biggest fundraising challenge in the UK. Golfshake's Andy Picken has personal experience with the disease and describes why you should consider getting involved with the challenge this year. read more ...


Do You Change Your Golf Glove Often Enough

Just like balls, clubs, or any other piece of equipment, your golf gloves don't have an indefinite lifespan. They will quickly start to show signs of wear - especially if you're someone who plays regularly. But do you change your golf glove often enough? read more ...


Coastal Erosion Threatens Historic Golf Courses

The UK & Ireland boasts an international reputation for its seaside links courses, but this ancient form of the game is being increasingly threatened by the impact of coastal erosion - with several revered venues facing a crisis. read more ...


The Heroes Who Keep Our Golf Clubs Alive

Our recent surveys have revealed that there are many areas of golf club membership that trouble us, much of which is understandable, but there is a small army of unsung heroes and heroines at every single course in the land - the volunteers who put themselves forward to take on positions that are both time-consuming and, in the main, thankless. read more ...


How Heavy Rain Has Impacted Golf Courses This Winter

You don't need us to tell you that it's been a rather wet few months in the UK. Course closures have been common, something that always leads to frustration among the many golfers who are desperate to get the most value from their annual memberships, but the challenge facing greenkeepers is stark. read more ...


What Should You Eat on The Golf Course

When you watch the world's best golfers, you will see that they routinely consume food during their rounds. It's something that many everyday players neglect and it negatively impacts their concentration and preparation. Golfshake's Derek Clements has considered what we should all eat to play our very best. read more ...


Another Scottish Golf Course Threatened With Closure

It's been a dark beginning to the year for public golf in Scotland. The early weeks of 2024 have been dominated by headlines of municipal courses across the nation facing potential closure, including Hollandbush in South Lanarkshire and the two layouts at Caird Park in Dundee. But there is now another example to add to this ever-growing list. read more ...


How Likely Are You to Make a Hole in One

For any golfer, making a hole-in-one is a milestone achievement that will resonate for a lifetime. It's that fleeting touch with perfection - in a game that by its nature is about the imperfect - and a moment that is on everyone's bucket list. But how likely are you to make one? This remarkable tale got us thinking. read more ...


Are Flexible Memberships The Future For Golf Clubs

The traditional model of golf club membership has retained its place at the heart of the game, but there is a nagging question about whether it's the most suitable way to conduct business as we look towards the latter half of the third decade in the 21st century. read more ...


Things That You Probably Do Wrong On The Golf Course

If you are not especially proficient at something but insist on going about it in exactly the same way, the chances of ever improving are slim to non-existent. And that may apply to the game of golf more than it does to any other sport. Golfshake's Derek Clements describes some of the things that he keeps seeing golfers getting wrong. read more ...


Your Chance to Learn From Short Game Coach Dave Pelz

If you've always fancied tapping into the knowledge of one of the world's most revered short game coaches, then Dave Pelz and his skilled team will be hosting a series of Scoring Game Schools at Hertfordshire's Brocket Hall between March and October. read more ...


18 Things That You Most Love About Golf

What are the things that you most love about playing golf? Have a think and see exactly what you come up with. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been pondering about the particulars that makes this game special to him. read more ...


Fundamentals That Every Golfer Needs to Get Right

There are many different ways to swing a golf club. If you doubt it, just take a look at the world’s best golfers and study their swings. But the one thing that all these golfers had or have in common is that they all did the basics in exactly the same way. Golf is a game of fundamentals. read more ...


How to Get Yourself Back Into Golf After a Break

Have you not played golf for a while? Perhaps you've been too busy to commit to the game, or maybe you've been recovering from an injury, or you simply decided to go into golfing hibernation during the winter. Well, getting back into things can be a challenge, but here are some ideas that will help you to make a successful return to the course. read more ...


How Many of These Things Have You Achieved in Golf

While not everyone will claim a major championship and become the best player in the world, or even break 80 during their lifetime, this game still presents the platform for achievement. And that keeps us all coming back for more. Here are some things that we could all seek to accomplish this year and beyond. read more ...


The Language of Golf is Absolutely Bonkers

The English language is both peculiar and highly idiosyncratic. But have you ever thought how odd the language of golf is? All of us who play the game don’t ever give it a second thought, but imagine trying to explain our sport to a layman. read more ...


My Journey Back to Golf Has Been Painful

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently returned to the game after several years of injury problems. Having joined a club and deciding to make his comeback to the golf course, Derek shares an update on his journey that many of us can probably relate to. read more ...


Golf Becomes Major Hit During Children's Mental Health Week

The Golf Foundation has been celebrating the impact of its Unleash Your Drives in Schools project, which has seen nearly 500 schools declare their interest since last September, with the first venues now delivering golf sessions using adapted Golfway equipment to help the mental wellbeing of youngsters across the country. read more ...


Pitch Announces Indoor Golf Partnership With Trackman

Pitch, the modern indoor golf club, has announced a strategic partnership with Trackman. Overseeing two venues in the heart of London with more to come across the continent, Pitch founders Elliot Godfrey and Chris Ingham have found a partner in Trackman who also recognises the growth opportunities for indoor golf. read more ...


Korn Ferry Tour Golfer Shoots One of The Lowest Rounds Ever

Cristobal del Solar carded one of the lowest scores in the history of professional golf with an astonishing 13-under-par 57 in the Astara Championship. read more ...


Council Cuts Threaten Future of Golf Courses

Golf survived a global pandemic. However, the cost of living crisis is taking its toll in a way that COVID never did. You will no doubt be aware that many councils across the UK face serious budget shortfalls and are looking to make cuts. You also probably will not be surprised to learn that several municipal golf courses are under threat as a result. read more ...


Why Do Golfers Give Up Their Club Memberships

The most traditional form of experiencing golf is through a club membership, which offers plenty of incentives to retain your interest throughout the year. However, some clubs are seeing a drop in memberships across the country, which poses the question - why do golfers give up their club memberships? read more ...


6 Golf Goals That You Should Have in 2024

The days are getting longer. It won’t be long before spring is in the air and we can think about putting the thermals away for another year. Are you somebody who sets yourself targets? And if not, why not? Golfshake's Derek Clements shares a few of the things he will doing this season. read more ...


Do You Fancy Owning Your Own Golf Course

For any golfer, somewhere near the top of their lifetime dream scenario would be owning a course. That fantasy could even become a reality for someone out there - as one acclaimed Scottish venue is currently for sale. read more ...


The Benefits of Being a Nomadic Golfer

Whilst many golfers prefer the lifestyle of belonging to a club, there are clear benefits that only nomadic golfers can experience. Of course, nomadic golfers may miss out on the social benefits that are so rampant through membership - but there are plenty of positives too! read more ...


Popular Scottish Golf Course Facing Imminent Closure

Hollandbush Golf Course in South Lanarkshire, which is located less than 30 miles from Glasgow, is facing imminent closure as the local authority that manages the venue is set to discuss its future in February. read more ...


Can You Imagine Playing THIS Many Golf Courses in a Year

How many golf courses did you play last year? We can absolutely guarantee that it won't come anywhere near the total reached by Patrick Koenig! The acclaimed photographer shattered the world record for the number of golf courses played in a year - playing an astonishing 580 of them - with the vast majority of these rounds being walked. read more ...


This is a Golf Club That You Would Never Leave

Our recent survey was a real eye-opener, revealing many things about what you consider makes a good course. There were also plenty of areas of concern for you, with joining fees, increased subscriptions and slow play among your bugbears. It got us thinking about what makes the perfect golf club, the one that you would never consider leaving. read more ...


Future of Golf Clubs Threatened by Flooding And Vandalism

All golf clubs face challenges - but two English venues in particular have recently been threatened by months of flooding and repeated vandalism respectively. read more ...


12 Ways to Become a Better Golfer This Year

We all dream of low scores, holing birdie putts, hitting towering drives with a gentle draw and seeing our iron shots nestle next to the pin. But improvement does not happen on its own. So here are a few ideas for each and every one of you, tips that just might help you to trim a shot or two from your handicap. read more ...


What Will You Find in Your Golf Bag

Many of us will soon be digging our golf clubs out of hibernation in readiness for the arrival of spring. But when you have a look inside the bags, what are you likely to find? Here are just some of the objects that could be there! read more ...


Points Based Golf Membership Continues to See Growth

Golfers are increasingly searching for alternatives to the traditional club membership model, with the QHotels Group's Fairway Membership being among the most prominent, and it has continued to grow alongside the patterns outlined by the latest Sporting Insights Report for Q3 2023. read more ...


20 Golf Challenges For You to Achieve in 2024

What should you desire to achieve this year on the golf course? We have decided to set a few objectives for you to tick off - some of which are more testing than others, but we're pretty sure that conquering any of them would qualify the 2024 season as being a resounding success. read more ...


12 Things That Would Make Your Golf Club Perfect

As spring approaches and we get the chance to get out there and play more golf, some of us may be drawing up wish lists for what we hope to see at their golf clubs in 2024 - all the more so as subscription renewals start to drop through our letterboxes or pop into our in-boxes. Here are a few of the things that you might be hoping for in the months that lie ahead. read more ...


Has Snow Closed Your Golf Course This Week

Just when you thought we had seen the back of the repeated storms and torrential rain that has presented a major challenge to greenkeepers across the UK & Ireland, many of our favourite golf courses have now been struck by snow and icy conditions this week. read more ...


The Biggest Issues That You Want Golf Clubs to Address

Whether you are currently a member or have been in the past, there is no question that golf clubs remain at the heart of the sport, serving as the bedrock that supports the recreational game. However, there are clearly some issues that clubs need to address. And here are the specific areas that you most wanted to see golf clubs tackle in 2024. read more ...


What Golf Can Learn From Other Sports

The game is shrouded in uncertainty as the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf desperately try to find a way to work together. It got us thinking about the way other sports deal with change. So the simple question is: what can golf learn from other sports? read more ...


Begin Your Golf Year at Dundonald Links

If you're looking to begin your 2024 in style on the golf course, then we can recommend the fabulous Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, which offers luxury accomodation, delightful food and a spectacular layout to make for the perfect winter getaway. read more ...


Golfers Describe Concern at Rising Cost of Club Memberships

Perhaps more than anything, the overriding concern among golf club members this year is cost and the general unease around the rising expense that many are facing to maintain their current subscription at a club in addition to the lofty barriers that may prevent newer players from joining in the first place. read more ...


Have You Ever Been This Angry on The Golf Course

Anybody who has ever swung a golf club will know how frustrating a game this can be. But have you ever been angry enough to literally break your equipment? Then you are not alone. read more ...


Why Have Golf Courses Been Closing More This Winter

One of the things that emerged loud and clear from our recent membership survey is just how many of us have lost valuable playing time because so many courses have been closed as a result of flooding. And this is a problem that has arguably reached unprecedented levels throughout this winter. read more ...


Survey Reveals 2023 Golf Club Membership Trends and What To Expect in 2024

Golfshake conducted a survey on golf club membership, gathering data and insights from 4,000 regular golfers over a ten-day period in 2023. Following the publication of eight articles we have now compiled a comprehensive overview of the data, analysis, and feedback. These include insights on the resurgence of waiting lists and joining fees at golf clubs, the value for money of golf club memberships, and the likelihood of renewing memberships in 2024.\ read more ...


What Golf Clubs Can Do To Attract More Visitors

Visitors are the lifeblood of many golf clubs around the UK. In our recent membership survey we asked what clubs could do to attract new visitors. You have plenty of views on this subject and they break down into a number of categories.
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Could This Be a Better Solution to Golf's Distance Debate

For an experiment, Golfshake's Equipment Expert Ryan Rastall put a driver from 2003 to the test against a modern day model and asks whether there could have been an alternative solution for the distance debate and golf ball rollback. read more ...


Will You Be Renewing Your Golf Club Membership in 2024

It's that time of year when subscription renewals and reminders will be arriving. We asked thousands of club members if they were planning to renew their memberships in 2024 and the results were fascinating, including a significant number of golfers who remained undecided about their plans. And they told us why. read more ...


Are These Your Favourite Golf Course Designers

Considering there are over 35,000 golf courses throughout the world, what enables the very best to stand out from the rest? They could be positioned in an envious location or the routing of the layout has been carved so perfectly. Throughout history there have been notable designers who are attached to highly revered and historic golf courses. read more ...


25 Must Buy Christmas Golf Gifts

What are the best Christmas golf gifts on Amazon? We have found them for you! The Christmas period is the ideal time for golfers to stock up on balls and general accessories. We have selected 25 neat Christmas gifts that would be excellent choices for golfers in your life - or for you to spoil yourself! read more ...


One Third of Golf Clubs Must Improve Their Communication Skills

In this digital age where effective communication is essential for all businesses, many golf clubs have improved massively in recent years, but our latest survey has also shown areas that require improvement to benefit both members and visitors. read more ...


8 Reasons Why You Should Join a Golf Club in 2024

Since golf was introduced to the masses, golf clubs have acted as hubs that bring like minded people together over their beloved hobby. If you're not currently a member or are unsure about what you're going to do - here are numerous reasons to join a golf club in 2024. read more ...


Are These The Best 19th Holes in Golf

After a gruelling round of golf and battling the elements, there is no view more welcome than the warmth embrace of the 19th hole. Fortunately for UK-based golfers, we have some of the best 19th holes on the planet that provide beautiful scenery and scrumptious food. read more ...


If Golf is Booming - Why is This Happening

We are consistently told that golf clubs are in a really good place and that our sport continues to enjoy a boom. While that may be true for many venues, there are some places that have sadly been forced to close recently due to a myriad of factors. read more ...


Golf Ball Rollback Will Make Little Difference to Biggest Hitters

What difference will the golf ball rollback make to the world's biggest hitters when it comes into force in 2028? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he thinks it will have minimal impact and that other changes may be necessary. read more ...


Losing Five Yards From The Tee is Nothing to Get Upset About

The change in golf ball specifications means that the sport’s biggest hitters are going to be reined in by an average of 15 yards, but Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why for the overwhelming majority of us, there is nothing to worry about. read more ...


What You Need to Know About The New Golf Ball Rules

Following years of research, debate and industry contention, The R&A and USGA have announced their plans to rollback the golf ball. If you're wondering what exactly is going on, here are the main takeaways from what has been announced and the response to these changes from across the sport. read more ...


Universal Golf Ball Rollback Announced by Governing Bodies

And so it has finally been confirmed. Golf balls WILL be rolled back for both professionals and amateurs, but we have plenty of time to take the news on board and prepare for it. read more ...


6 of The Best Golf Gifts For 2023

As the months fade away and a new year slowly approaches, there are some amazing deals to be found that can bolster your golf game. Whether you’re looking for a glove that reliably informs you that your grip is correct, or you’re looking to practice your putting at home, the following items will be of use to you. read more ...


The Distance Debate in Golf is About to Get Very Messy

With an expected announcement coming that will reveal plans to reduce the distance that the golf ball travels across the game, Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses what is certain to be a contentious topic in his latest View From The Fairway. read more ...


Golf Equipment Survey 2023

We would love your feedback in our latest survey focused on golf equipment in 2023 and the golf gear that you use. read more ...


Winter Golf Drills to Try at The Range

Simply hitting ball after ball at the range can become a little monotonous and is less productive than you may expect, so what should you be working on when you're visiting the range? Golfshake's Ryan Rastall shares a handful of great tips and drills for you to try at the range this winter - all of which should make a positive contribution to various parts of your game. read more ...


Are These The Greatest Holes in Golf

What are the greatest holes in golf? Everyone will have their own choices from those they have played and watched. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been reflecting on his experiences in the game and shares the holes that have will stay in his mind forever. read more ...


The 50 Best Winter Golf Green Fees This Year

The cost to play our greatest courses has long become outrageously high, but during this off-peak period of the calendar, winter green fees can offer respite and the chance to play exceptional courses for a comparatively welcoming price. read more ...


Do Golf Club Memberships Offer Value For Money

Do golf club memberships represent value for money? Our latest survey revealed that one of the biggest concerns you have is the cost of playing the game. We take a closer look at how valuable becoming a member can be and just what it means to the clubs themselves. read more ...


The Issues That Non-Members Want Golf Clubs to Address

We wanted to know what you think clubs need to do to attract more members and what you see as the problems facing clubs when it comes to recruitment. These comments were submitted by non-members as they described their suggestions regarding the issues that clubs need to address. read more ...


Survey Reveals Attitudes And Barriers to Joining a Golf Club

The wider golf landscape is finally beginning to settle back into something resembling normality following the impact of the pandemic, which ushered in a rapid and unexpected boom in participation but also membership numbers at clubs around the country. But now, with cost of living pressures remaining and the opportunities presented by lockdowns a thing of the past, the game has to assess how best it can both retain and recruit members. read more ...


Changes Are Coming to The World Handicap System

The World Handicap System has been a game-changing initiative for golf, but changes are coming after The R&A and USGA announced its first update to the WHS as part of an on-going review of the Rules of Handicapping and Course Rating System, which these latest revisions to come into effect from 1 January 2024. read more ...


The Things You Need to Survive Winter Golf

Many people will have put their clubs away for the winter. But for some of us, this is a year-round sport. But winter golf is a very different game. So what do you need to do if you are planning to brave the course in the weeks and months that lie ahead? read more ...


The Golfers You Never Want to Play Against

Even if most of your golf is social, there are bound to be times when you play the sport competitively, either in matchplay or strokeplay/medal competitions. These can be fun. They can also be pretty stressful. Much depends on the type of golfer you are playing with or against. read more ...


Teen Golfers Ready For Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship

Quinta do Lago is the environment for the latest Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, which is being contested from 30 October to 3 November. read more ...


Are These The Scariest Tee Shots in Golf

There are many golf holes that give players of all standards the screaming heebie-jeebies. It can be water, it can be knee-high rough, out of bounds, a howling wind, or a narrow fairway. Golfshake's Derek Clements has put together a list of what he considers to be some of the most terrifying tee-shots in the sport. read more ...


The Most Frightening Shots in Golf

Golf is a sport that is meant to put a smile on our faces. But there are times when golf can kick you where it hurts. These are the shots we all dread playing but all have to face at some time in our lives.
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How to Protect Your Golf Course This Winter

With the 2023 golf season coming to an end, a cold and bitter winter is slowly approaching, which will drastically change the experience of playing this game. We explore different ways you can protect your golf course this winter - which will make it even stronger as the 2024 season kicks off.  read more ...


The Barriers to Become a Golf Club Member

Golfshake's Derek Clements has recently returned to playing golf after injury and wanted to join a club in his local area. But what he found was a frustrating experience full of barriers that made becoming a member more challenging and less appealing than it needs to be. read more ...


Golf Club Membership Survey 2023/2024

We would love your feedback in our latest survey focused on your plans for golf club membership in 2023/2024 - will you be renewing, joining, leaving or simply just enjoy playing nomadic golf. read more ...


How Much Does it Cost to Play The Best Golf Courses in England

When it comes to many of the leading golf courses, there has undoubtedly been substantial green fee inflation in recent years, with costs to play the most revered layouts in the country rising dramatically. But how much does it cost to play the best English golf courses? This will give you a flavour. read more ...


Are These Things You Would Change About Golf Today

There’s plenty of things that the sport of golf gets right. We love the camaraderie, the competition, the chance to explore some of the most scenic spots on the planet, walking in the footsteps of our heroes. However, if we’re honest, there’s a few things that we could probably do without. read more ...


10 Characters You Will Meet in The Golf Club Bar

At the heart of every good golf club lies the clubhouse. It is where we all gather after playing 18 holes to share stories, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. And, inevitably, inside every clubhouse you will come across a variety of characters, some of whom you enjoy spending time with, others you will probably want to avoid at all costs. read more ...


The Most Confusing Rules in Golf

People getting involved with golf for the first time could be forgiven for feeling somewhat confused by the sport’s rules. Golfshake's Derek Clements has played the game all his life and still finds some of the rules and regulations utterly bemusing. read more ...


Motocaddy Extends Successful Defibrillator Campaign at Golf Clubs

Motocaddy has extended its partnership with Today's Golfer to support its 'Drive for Defibs' campaign, following a hugely successful first year that saw over 330 defibrillators registered at UK golf clubs. read more ...


7 Mistakes That Every Golfer Makes

Whether you're a beginner or a scratch golfer, errors can creep into your game and affect on-course performance. We’re going to take a look at some of the most frequent issues that golfers bring upon themselves on the course, so that hopefully you can steer clear of as many as possible! read more ...


This Will Convince You to Play More Golf This Autumn

The summer months have come to a close, which normally means a significant number of golfers put their clubs away until the start of next season. But we believe there are many reasons why you should continue to play golf throughout autumn! read more ...


Exclusive Koi Golf Offer For Golfshake Readers

Golfshake and Koi Golf have teamed up to offer Golfshake readers an exclusive deal with the apparel company. When golfers purchase Koi Golf’s comfortable and stylish Organic Cotton Quarter-Zip, they will be issued a free pair of Anti-Slip Golf Socks with their order. read more ...


The Best Golf Commentators on Sky Sports

Sky Sports has now effectively been the home of golf coverage in the UK for three decades, but who are the best voices on the channel these days? Golfshake's Kieran Clark has picked out his favourite exponents of commentary, presenting and punditry on Sky. read more ...


Which Category of Golfer Best Describes You

We all watch the likes of Rory McIlroy or Jon Rahm bomb their driver, hit their approach to 10-feet and then sink the putt. That simply isn’t possible for a large majority of golfers, and it also highlights the enviable skill that the best players possess. With that in mind, what best describes you as a golfer? read more ...


Legendary Amateur Golfer Sir Michael Bonallack Dies at 88

Sir Michael Bonallack OBE, Britain’s most decorated amateur golfer and a leading figure in the sport, has sadly passed away at the age of 88. read more ...


How Much Would it Cost to Live Near a Famous Golf Course

If you ask any golfer to choose their dream home, it will probably be near a course! But how much would it cost you to live close to a leading golf course? Well, the latest research from Quickmove Properties has shown that it could be expensive - but there are surprising bargains available. read more ...


Popular West London Golf Course Facing Closure

Perivale Park Golf Course in Ealing, West London, is facing potential closure following plans announced by the local council to create a regional park in the area. read more ...


The Golf Courses That You Most Want to Play

If you're a golfer, then you can most likely be considered a dreamer. We all have burning hopes and aspirations in this game. But what are the courses out there that players are most keen to experience? We have the answer to that question. read more ...


Nick Dougherty Vows to Get Kids Into Golf

Nick Dougherty has recently launched the ambitious Unleash Your Drive project as part of his role as president of the Golf Foundation, which aims to use golf to help improve the mental wellbeing of children in all schools. Golfshake's Derek Clements lauds the initiative. read more ...


The Six Week Golf Fitness Training Programme

Sharing the third installment in his golf fitness journey with specialist personal trainer Jon Hodgkinson, Golfshake's Andy Waple describes what was required as part of his training programme. read more ...


Why You Should Play at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

Situated on the cusp of the beautiful village of Wallingford lies The Springs Resort & Golf Club, which is Highly Recommended on Golfshake. What allows The Springs to elevate from its competition is the unique blend of golf, accommodation and fantastic facilities. read more ...


Muscular Dystrophy Golf Taster Shows Unique Power of This Game

Golf's unique power to make a positive impact on lives was once again exemplified at The Shire, where 40 people, aged seven and over, took part in the first ever golf taster day organised in partnership between the Muscular Dystrophy UK and Golf Trust charities. read more ...


Which Type of Golf Membership Suits You Best

Golfers are spoiled for choice these days. Some prefer to stay unattached to any club and reap the benefits of playing wherever they want, whenever they feel like it. But that can have drawbacks. We look at several different golf membership options and explain which one may suit you, depending on what you seek to gain from recreational golf. read more ...


The Initial Assessment - Golf Fitness Evaluation

Following his introduction to golf fitness expert Jon Hodgkinson, Golfshake's Andy Waple undergoes an initial assessment to determine which areas he needs to improve on to produce a repeatable, reliable swing that reduces the threat of injury. read more ...


Millions of Extra UK Adults Have Hit a Golf Ball in Past Year

The boom in club golf shows no sign of ending anytime soon. According to research commissioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), more than 16 million people in the UK and Ireland played some form of golf in the past 12 months. read more ...


Are These Your Bucket List Golf Courses

The beauty of golf is that you can experience a rich variety of environments. You can visit different countries and climates. But you also have the opportunity to personally walk the fairways of some of the most iconic venues on the planet. Are these courses on your personal bucket list to one day play? read more ...


Why You Need a Personalised Fitness Programme to Play Your Best Golf

The importance of golf fitness is well documented so it is surprising that so few seem to take the topic seriously. Golfshake's Andy Waple recently met Jon Hodgkinson, a certified personal trainer who specialises in golf, to begin a personalised programme that will benefit his game. read more ...


Recent Golf Enthusiast Encourages Others to Join Her

Lesley O’Doherty was among those newfound golfers who took up the game during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, benefiting from a scheme at Royal Ascot Golf Club in Berkshire. She hopes to encourage others to follow in her footsteps. read more ...


Lessons From Playing 1000 Rounds of Golf

If you could look back to your earliest days on the golf course, what would you see? Mbachi Nkana is a long-standing and valued member of the Golfshake Community who was in a reflective mood after recently tracking his 1,000th round on our popular Score Tracker. read more ...


One of The Funniest Golf Books Ever Written

When was the last time you read a golf book that was laugh out loud funny? Golfshake's Derek Clements reviews Two Ruddy Ducks and a Partridge on a Par Three, The Unexpurgated Golf Letters of Mortimer Merriweather, penned by Clive Agran. read more ...


Are These The Lowest Handicaps in Golf Today

With 20 of the world’s top amateur golfers gathering at St Andrews for the Walker Cup we are about to see some of the best golfers on the planet, with some of the lowest handicaps in the game today. read more ...


Can You Identify These Mystery Golf Courses

Helping visitors to gain an understanding of the course they are experiencing, many golf clubs place a map of the layout on scorecards. We've decided to challenge you, the reader, by asking you to identify ten venues in the UK based simply on these maps. read more ...


Will Golf Clubs Look Like This in The Future

Golf clubs have changed dramatically over the years, but there is surely more progress to come during the decades ahead. But what form shall these advancements take? Golfshake's Derek Clements has some thoughts on what the future of your average golf club will look like. read more ...


Have You Achieved Your Golf Goals This Season

We’re now in the final month of summer and the big question is where on earth did the summer season go?! Considering the season will soon draw to a close, we’re asking golfers if they have achieved their goals for this season? read more ...


Had a Break From Golf? This is What You Must Do

Have you faced an extended break from playing golf due to injury or other circumstances? That's exactly been the case for Golfshake's Derek Clements, who has only recently been in a position to play again. Derek explains what he has done and what you could learn from that in a similar situation. read more ...


New State of The Art Golf Facility Opens in Glasgow

Following last year's unveiling of Topgolf Glasgow in nearby Rutherglen, Scotland's largest city has even more to savour after the official opening of Golf It! on the south bank of Hogganfield Loch. read more ...


The Golf Boom Continues to Grow Worldwide

Following the unprecedented boom in golf during the height of the pandemic, many observers were concerned that interest would begin to wane once normality returned, especially in the midst of the cost of living crisis, but new global participation figures announced by The R&A have painted an optimistic picture. read more ...


Belton Woods to Stage ISPS Handa British Open Blind Golf Championships

Since its formation in 1989, England & Wales Blind Golf has provided visually impaired men and women with the opportunity to enjoy this fabulous game, meet other players, and compete in a competitive environment, no matter their ability, with their latest event coming at QHotels Belton Woods Golf & Spa in Lincolnshire. read more ...


What Things SHOULD Be In Your Golf Bag

For most club players, golf bags tend to be something that we fill with all sorts of detritus. Golfshake's Derek Clements is as guilty as everybody else. From time to time he decides to clear out his bag and is appalled by some of the things he finds. So, here’s what we think SHOULD be in your golf bag. read more ...


London Golf Club to Host Prostate Cancer UK Charity Event

Taking place on Tuesday, 12th September, London Golf Club is hosting a 36-hole half-marathon golf challenge that is supporting Prostate Cancer UK. read more ...


UK Golf Clubs Urged to Raise Awareness For Childhood Cancer

Throughout September, golf courses across the UK are being urged to raise awareness and show their support for children battling cancer by turning their 18th hole flags golf and orange. read more ...


The 10 Things That Actually Make Golf Special

Most of us who love this great game have had our fill of all the shenanigans that have dominated the headlines in recent months. Professional golf may be where the money is but the heart and soul of the game is all about the likes of us, the everyday golfer. read more ...


Are These The Best Golfers Never to Have Won a Major

Rory McIlroy's well-documented struggle to land his fifth major just goes to prove how difficult it is to win one of golf’s top men's titles. But plenty of world-class golfers finished their careers without ever securing even one of golf’s majors. Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out just some of the very best. read more ...


Thornbury Golf Centre Installs TrackMan Range Technology

Thornbury Golf Centre is set to draw even more golfers to its facilities just north of Bristol, following the completion of major work to its driving range that has established the venue as being the first in the region to showcase TrackMan Range technology. read more ...


Abbey Hill Golf Centre Invests in Clubhouse And Course Renovations

Abbey Hill Golf Centre in Milton Keynes has already made a significant investment of £850,000 to enhance its facilities, specifically the clubhouse and golf course, with the promise of another stage of development to come. read more ...


Ambitious Initiative Launched to Encourage People to Play Golf

Supported by R&A ambassador Niall Horan, The R&A has launched a pilot initiative that has been created to encourage more people to learn how to play golf across a range of facilities throughout Scotland. read more ...


I Love Golf But Sometimes I Wonder Why

Golfshake's Derek Clements is returning to his homeland of Scotland for a holiday, something that got him thinking about his formative years growing up in golf and the often painful experiences that this game provides - both metaphorically and literally. read more ...


Netflix Planning to Livestream Celebrity Golf Event

Streaming giants Netflix are reportedly in talks to livestream a celebrity golf tournament later this year, becoming the first live sporting broadcast on the service should it come to fruition. read more ...


How to Make Your Rounds of Golf Even More Fun

We all agree that golf is meant to be fun, right? In saying that, you would be hard-pushed to believe it when you watch or experience at first hand the antics of some club golfers. But Golfshake's Derek Clements has a few ideas for ways that you and your mates can spice things up, while having a bit of fun. read more ...


Regularly Change Your Golf Grips to Gain More Distance

There isn't a golfer out there who would honestly say no to being able to hit the ball a little bit further. Ultimately, that can be accomplished through a combination of factors; including fitness, technique, swing speed and the equipment you use, but perhaps something that you may have overlooked is the role of grips in the pursuit of greater distance and performance. read more ...


7 Training Aids That Every Golfer Should Try

Training aids are not a new introduction to golf, but they are becoming increasingly technologically advanced and creative. Where should you start to improve your own game? We present some of the most effective types of training aids on the market today. read more ...


Performance Goals That Every Golfer Should Have

Whether you’re just starting out on your golfing journey, or you’re a seasoned weekend warrior, it’s a great idea to set yourself a few goals. As you’ll see, these don’t have to be entirely tied to your score, but we think that the simple act of setting these can keep you more focused throughout your rounds; and should ultimately help you play better golf. read more ...


10 Things That All Golfers Need to Do

Golf is the most inclusive sport in the world when it comes to experiences that are available to both amateurs and professionals alike. Additionally, there are certain things that all golfers should experience throughout their career, and we have compiled a list of ten of the most pressing - have you ticked off any? read more ...


What The World Handicap System Gets Right

Since its introduction in 2020, the World Handicap System has been a contentious issue in the minds of many golfers. We have covered those views and complaints extensively, but for a positive case, we describe some of the things that we think the WHS gets right. read more ...


The World Handicap System - The Debate Rages On

And so the debate goes on. We recently reported on the feedback from our latest annual survey regarding the World Handicap System, a subject that continues to divide opinion. And it came as no surprise that the article exercised many of your minds yet again. read more ...


8 Ways That Golf Has Changed For The Better

Golfshake's Derek Clements has been playing golf for longer than he cares to remember. That got him thinking about how the game has changed during that time, including the ways that things have progressed for the better. read more ...


7 Rules That Every Golfer Needs to Know

The R&A have attempted to simplify the Rules of Golf, but there are still two dozen general sections, each with a myriad of sub-rulings to cater for almost any circumstance that may crop up. So, for the time being, let’s focus on some of the most useful, and frequently encountered by the regular weekend warrior! read more ...


Pliability App Unveiled to Golfers

In February 2023, a mobility and recovery app called Pliability announced that it would be branching into the golf market. They want to help golfers improve their mobility, which in turn should produce greater performances out on the golf course. read more ...


What Truly Signals The Start of The Golf Season

For many golfers, the season never really stops, that desire to improve and remain active is unshakable. However, there is no doubt that a significant number of the Golfshake Community bide their time through winter and wait for the perfect opportunity to play - but when exactly is that, what truly signals the start of the golf season? read more ...


What Can Be Done To Actually Grow Golf

From our most recent annual survey it became abundantly clear that many of you believe that much work still needs to be done in order to successfully grow the game and attract more people to golf. Our sport talks a good game but does it deliver? read more ...


The World Handicap System Continues to Divide Golfers

The World Handicap System was introduced in Britain amid much fanfare more than two years ago. It was supposed to end the debate once and for all. But many of you still have serious issues with it. In our recent annual Golfshake Survey it once again turned out to be a thorny subject for you. read more ...


EA Sports PGA Tour Review

After an eight-year hiatus, EA Sports have officially released their latest golf game to the masses. The game was announced back in 2021 and after two delays, EA Sports PGA Tour released to the public on April 7th to coincide with The Masters. Golfshake's Liam Moore got his hands on the game and shares his thoughts in a full review. read more ...


The Most Scenic Golf Courses in The UK

The UK has some of the most stunning golf courses on the planet. No question. No debate. The mix of coastal links layouts, glorious heavenly heathlands, and perfect parkland gems makes for some truly special destinations. Join us as we fly through just some of our favourites. read more ...


What Makes Playing Golf in Australia Totally Different

Golfshake's Derek Clements has just returned from a holiday to Australia, where he played golf at Secret Harbour Golf Links near Perth. What Derek found out is that golf - and life - is very different Down Under when compared to back home in the UK. read more ...


Advice For Golfers Who Are New to Competitive Golf

Part of any golfer’s development will be an introduction to the competitive side of the sport. It can be a daunting proposition suddenly realising that every shot does count, and there’s no ability to hit a couple of practice shots throughout the round. There’s also plenty of new rules to follow when it comes to scoring and playing your part in the overall competition. read more ...


10 Signs That You Are Addicted to Golf

Look, we’ve all had that moment in time where our love for the game perhaps crosses a line into addiction. It could be when you first take up the sport, or maybe after your best round. If you’re thinking that you might be taking the game a little too seriously, check out our 10 signs of golf addiction. read more ...


Trilby Tour Reveals Exciting New 2023 Schedule

Following a successful return under new owners Darwin Escapes, which brought men and women together in competitive action, the Trilby Tour has announced its exciting schedule for the 2023 season, with this year's tour again culminating in the Grand Final at the prestigious Dundonald Links in Ayrshire, Scotland. read more ...


Survey Captures Views of Golfers on Proposed Golf Ball Rule

The recently proposed Model Local Rule (MLR) by The R&A and USGA, which would effectively introduce a shorter tournament ball for competition at the elite level, has generated a wide variety of divisive reactions. TaylorMade has undertaken an online survey of golfers, drawing nearly 45,000 responses from across more than 100 countries to gather their thoughts on the proposal. read more ...


What Golfers REALLY Think About Slow Play

When you ask a group golfers to identify the things that most bother them on the course, it's fairly certain that slow play will be among the most common answers. We take a closer look at what the Golfshake Community has had to stay on the subject showcasing what golfers REALLY think about slow play! read more ...


The Evolution of Golf Clubs Through History

The earliest origins of golf can be traced all the way back to the 13th century, where ball and stick games were played across Scotland. Golfshake's Liam Moore takes a look back through time to provide an overview about the development of golf equipment, describing the evolution of clubs throughout history. read more ...


The Best Golf Competitions For Amateurs to Enter in 2023

Do you believe that your golf game has drastically improved over the years and the standard Saturday four-ball just isn’t enough? Luckily for thrill-seeking golfers, there are plenty of amateur tours that are running throughout 2023, which will take you to some of the finest locations. read more ...


Stadium Golf Tour Announced For The UK

A new Stadium Golf Tour has been announced for the UK, where amateur golfers will be offered the opportunity of playing in some of the region’s finest sports stadiums. The home of England Rugby, Twickenham, will be the first venue to host the tour, which will take place in June. read more ...


Why I Support Proposed Golf Ball Rollback For Elite Players

Last week's announced proposal of The R&A and USGA to introduce a rolled back tournament ball for elite competitions from January 2026 has ushered in a fierce level of entrenched debate. Golfshake's Kieran Clark explains why he believes the controversial measure is necessary and desirable. read more ...


How Technology Has Dramatically Changed Golf

The game of golf has dramatically changed over the years as new inventions are introduced to bring more appeal to the sport. Technology plays a vital role in golf and its impact is influential across all pillars of the industry. Golfshake's Liam Moore explains why we should be grateful for these additions. read more ...


5 Mental And Physical Health Benefits That Golf Provides

We take a closer look at five outstanding benefits that the game of golf provides for your mental and physical health. Golf, although frustrating at times, offers a multitude of benefits for both fitness and mental well-being. Here are five reasons to get you back out on the course in time for the new season. read more ...


The Best Affordable Golf Courses to Play With GolfNow

Ahead of the new season, many golfers plan to play different courses throughout the year, but green fees can be expensive if you don't know where to look. Fortunately, GolfNow have pointed us in the direction of their most popular venues across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland that you can play for less than £30. read more ...


Proposals Unveiled to Limit Distance For Elite Golfers

In what is certain to be a major story in the months and years to come, The R&A and USGA have revealed their joint proposal for a Model Local Rule (MLR) that gives competition organisers the option to require use of golf balls that are tested under modified launch conditions to address the impacts of hitting distance in golf. read more ...


How Could The Cost of Living Crisis Impact Your Golf

There is much uncertainty surrounding the ongoing cost of living crisis, which has seen a dramatic rise in energy costs, food prices, and an increase in other expenses. Just how could this impact your golf? That was among the concerns that we saw raised by the many respondents to the recent Golfshake Survey, who have questions and worries regarding the state of their club membership and wider green fee costs. read more ...


The Longest Golf Courses You Will Ever See

There may be a select few of you out there who enjoy the challenge of intimidating length, and having a 3-wood into most par fours! If you’re on the hunt for an especially challenging golf course, then you’ll be particularly interested in this list that we have curated for you. read more ...


The Case For Golf on Social Prescribing Day

On Social Prescribing Day, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken makes a convincing argument for why golf is perfect for making a positive difference to the lives of all people and can greatly support the healthcare service. read more ...


The Worst Weather Conditions For Golfers

Golfers have to face whatever Mother Nature can hurl towards them. These scenarios only enhance the challenge of golf, adding to the variables that make it such a fascinating test of both character and execution. However, sometimes the weather can make even the most determined of golfers feel a little dispirited. read more ...


The Different Types of Golfers You Will See in The Monthly Medal

For many of us, one of the joys of competition is that it provides us with the opportunity to play with people we don’t normally compete alongside. It can lead to new friendships. It can also pair you with people you will never want to see again. Here are just a few of the characters you can expect to come across in the monthly medal. read more ...


Golfers Spirits Goes Public

Whighams Wine Bar and Boris Lietzow - owner of Jack White Hickory Golf Shop in Gullane - are thrilled to announce a collaborative project that will bring golfing spirits to your kitchen. read more ...


The Hardest Golf Courses You Can Ever Play

When you ask people to identify the hardest golf course they have played; their answers are unique and personal to them. You also have to consider a variety of factors such as the weather of that day and the standard of golfer they are. That was a discovery we made after presenting that question to our team of Golfshake Ambassadors. read more ...


14 Things That ALL Golfers HATE

Golf is a hard enough game as it is. But there are plenty of outside influences that add to our frustration, things we have no influence over. So, what are the things that ALL golfers hate? Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his thoughts. read more ...


What Do Golf Fans REALLY Think About LIV Golf

It's undoubtedly the topic that has overshadowed professional golf for the past year, it has driven bitter wedges between Ryder Cup icons and seen recent major champions tumble down the world rankings, but as it enters its crucial second season, what exactly do fans of the sport REALLY think about LIV Golf? read more ...


6 Hole Scramble With James Robinson at Woolley Park Golf Club

James Robinson is a golf professional and hugely popular YouTube content creator, where he produces regular videos for 230,000 subscribers that have now generated over 77,000,000 views. Learning more about his journey through the game, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall joined James for a six-hole scramble at Woolley Park. read more ...


GolfSixes League Encourages Jump in Junior Memberships at Golf Clubs

Junior membership figures have soared across the 542 golf clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland who participated in the GolfSixes League in 2022 - with even more growth expected this year. read more ...


Where Do Golf Club Memberships Stand in 2023

What is the current state of golf club memberships ahead of the 2023 season? We all know that golf enjoyed a massive boom during the height of the pandemic, but does the picture remain quite so optimistic this year? Our latest survey has offered some fascinating insights. read more ...


The Secret to Lowering Your Golf Handicap This Year

One of the most encouraging findings from our 2022 Golfshake Survey shows that 48% of you saw your handicap fall last year. So, how did these golfers manage that? It seems pretty obvious to say but it appears that you get out of the game what you put into it. read more ...


What Makes Golfers Love a Golf Course

What draws golfers back to play a golf course and what makes those same golfers recommend that course to others? This is a topic that we have covered in the past on several occasions, but following the 2022 Golfshake Survey we wanted to take another look and highlight the most important factors. read more ...


Who Exactly is Watching LIV Golf

LIV Golf was a massive story last year and remains a talking point going into 2023. We wanted to find out more about how many golfers have watched those events and how the demographic of that audience compares to the overall picture of golf fans who view tournaments on TV and attend in person. read more ...


Are Golfers Playing Less Often Due to Rising Costs

Ahead of the 2023 golf season, what is the current state of the game? These have been strange times for golf, with the sport enjoying a well-documented boom during the pandemic. So how are things looking now? The results are in for the Golfshake Survey, with more than 3,500 of you responding to tell us about your lives on the golf course. read more ...


What Makes a Perfect Day on The Golf Course

We reckon that any day spent at the golf course is fundamentally a good one, but what factors come together to create the perfect day? Golfshake's Derek Clements has given that some thought and describes what would be his absolutely perfect, dream round of golf. read more ...


How Does Someone Become a Proper Golfer

There are all sorts of golfers at clubs around the country. But what makes them a proper golfer? Sharing his tongue in cheek analysis on the various personalities and behaviours he sees, Golfshake's Derek Clements offers his thoughts on the subject. read more ...


The Golf Courses That Made You The Golfer You Are

Everyone has a unique story in this game, but what are the golf courses that have defined it? Could it be the course where you started, somewhere you were a member of for many years, the place you're at now, or a course that you unforgettably visited. What are the courses that made you the golfer you are today? read more ...


The Worst Winter Golf Experiences You Can Have

It doesn't always seem obvious, but playing golf in the winter does have its upsides and can offer some truly wonderful experiences, but on the flip side, you can encounter some horrible weather and situations at this time of year. The Golfshake Ambassadors have reflected on the common reality of the situation for those of us battling the elements in the UK. read more ...


7 Reasons Why More People Should Start Playing Golf

Ready to try something new and exciting in 2023? Perhaps you're looking to convince a friend or spouse to take up the sport. Either way, golf is a great choice and here are some reasons that will encourage anyone to have a go at playing this wonderful game. read more ...


The Types of Golfers You Want And Do NOT Want to Play With

When Golfshake's Derek Clements looks around at the behaviour of some of the people he sees playing this great game, it sometimes makes him wonder why they bother. And it got him thinking about the sort of individuals that, in an ideal world, we would want to play with. And those we wouldn’t want to be on the same course with, never mind in the same fourball. read more ...


The Best Winter Golf Experiences You Can Have

What are some of the best experiences you have had playing golf in winter, was it a particular course, a great round or shot, which memories stand out? That was the question we posed to our team of Golfshake Ambassadors, looking to find a positive spin on playing the game at this time of year. read more ...


6 Reasons For Golfers to Feel Optimistic in January

January can be a difficult time for many of us, post-Christmas, and faced with the prospect of riding through the crux of winter, but we are here to offer a little bit of respite from that gloom, a welcome tonic of optimism, as there are several reasons for us golfers to feel uplifted - even if that might not seem obvious at the moment! read more ...


How to Choose The Best Golf Club to Join

What should you be looking for if you have decided that the time has come to join a golf club? It's a scenario that many golfers face if there are several options available in their area. Golfshake's Derek Clements has been a member at venues across the country and he has outlined a number of factors you must consider. read more ...


The Biggest Misconceptions About Golf - And Why They Are Wrong

Golf is a very special game. Those of us who play it love the sport and almost everything about it. However, for those who look in from the outside, it is also a game that is surrounded by misconceptions. Golfshake's Derek Clements addresses some of those and, hopefully, dispels a few myths. read more ...


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