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The Joys of 9 Hole Golf

For most people, a conventional round of golf will consist of 18 holes, it's perceived to be the norm, but that certainly isn't a universal standard and variety can easily be found on your doorstep. Across the UK & Ireland, approximately 25% of courses offer nine holes, providing a complete experience that may represent the future of the game. read more ...


What Makes Your Day on the Golf Course

Every day on the golf course is a special one, but some rounds are just that little bit more magical than others. What separates the great from the good? We asked several of the Golfshake Ambassadors a simple question; What Makes Your Day on the Golf Course? read more ...


Golf Enjoys Fresh Spring Boom

The widespread return of golf throughout the entire United Kingdom was greatly anticipated, with the industry keen to discover whether interest would match the unprecedented levels of last May. Some may have doubted whether that was possible, but they needn't have worried as BRS Golf - a provider of tee time management systems - has reported a stunning level of demand. read more ...


What Makes Spring Magical For Golfers

Spring is a magical time for golfers - especially this year. Returning to the course after a long winter hibernation, the extended daylight hours and improved weather are gratefully received by those who want to get their season off to a fast start. But what makes it truly special? We look at the benefits that make this period on the calendar so rewarding. read more ...


Golfers Return to Courses in Stunning Numbers

For many golfers, this had been the longest of winters, when even the range was a deprived option. However, when March 29 came around, that pent up desire to play has been released in spectacular fashion, with packed tee sheets resembling the surge in demand that was first showcased last May. It's now clear that the enthusiasm and hunger to play remains stronger than ever. read more ...


The Joy of Returning to the Driving Range

Golfers throughout England have made a welcome return to the game on Monday, but for Golfshake's Derek Clements, his first port of call was the driving range, where there was considerable rust to shake off. Derek describes the experience and the magic of being back at the golf club again. read more ...


Golfers Describe Excitement For Their First Rounds Back

It has been 84 days since a golf ball last officially whistled through the air in England, but on Monday, tees will finally be occupied again, bunkers will be found, and putts will be holed, as the nation welcomes back the ancient game. And it has certainly been missed. We put a series of questions to several of the Golfshake Ambassadors to discover their emotions ahead of the big day, how the lockdown has affected them, and what they hope from the months ahead. read more ...


Social Benefits of Golf Are Increasingly Attractive

The reasons why people first started playing golf have changed during the past decade, a comprehensive survey conducted by Golfshake has found, highlighting the attractive benefits of the sport in a modern age, with the social aspect of the game becoming a major factor. read more ...


What Have You Done Without Golf?

For many golfers throughout lockdown, they have been faced with looking for an alternative activity, finding something else to fill their time. Golfshake's Derek Clements is just one of them - sharing his story of taking up and fitness, but ultimately realising that there is no substitute for the ancient game. read more ...


The Life of a Golfer in Lockdown

As the nation reflects on the first anniversary since lockdown was introduced across the United Kingdom, a moment that instantly changed lives, where the once seemingly abnormal has become normal, Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook is just one of many golfers who have deeply missed the game. Reflecting on the past 12 months, Matt looks back at his life as a golfer in lockdown. read more ...


Have You Ever Taken A Break From Golf - Many Golfers Do

Golf is rightly considered to be the game for a lifetime, played by all generations, but it's clear that for many that relationship isn't a consistently unbroken one, as the latest Golfshake Survey has discovered that a significant number of golfers have taken an extended break from the sport for a variety of reasons. read more ...


What Does The Future Hold For Nomadic Golfers

What does the future hold for golfers who are not members of golf clubs? With courses still closed across most of the United Kingdom and the future looking pretty uncertain for us all, does the nomadic golfer still have a future, or will life become more difficult for them? It's certain to be a major issue in the game once play resumes. read more ...


Will the Golf Boom Be Replicated in 2021

Last year was an extraordinary one for club golf. With courses closed for months it would be fair to assume that the picture was a bleak one, but precisely the opposite happened. But can that enthusiasm be replicated in 2021? It's a unique challenge and innovative thinking will be required to keep the numbers up. read more ...


Golfers Still Enjoy Unforgettable Experiences Despite Pandemic

Despite recurring restrictions that have and continue to impact the sport, golfers have unquestionably had it much better than most throughout the pandemic. Surveying golfers to discover just what they have managed to do since the first lockdown, we are thrilled to see that many of you have still been able to enjoy some unforgettable experiences. read more ...


The Types of Golfer You See at the Driving Range

Thousands of us go to the driving range to pound golf balls. In theory, it is a place where you go to improve your game, but things have changed and you will now see many different types of golfer at the driving range - using it for all sorts of reasons. Here we look at just some of the characters you might stumble across on your next visit. read more ...


Golf is Back - Did You Get A Tee Time

Golf courses across England opened their doors for business once again to a staggering demand for tee times on Wednesday, leaving some disappointed, but many lucky golfers thrilled. We take a look at an exciting day - and the beginning of a busy winter season unlike any other. read more ...


What Makes Driving Ranges Essential

Tens of thousands of us will soon be heading back to the driving range, with 63% of golfers intending to visit one this winter. But what makes them so popular and important? We look at the numbers and asked several golf professionals to explain why these facilities are essential for the game, particularly for new players. read more ...


The World Handicap System Officially Launches

Following a lengthy development and education process, the World Handicap System (WHS) has officially launched in the UK, marking the most significant change for handicapping since the process was introduced over a century ago. read more ...


Golfers Give the World Handicap System a Thumbs Up

Following months of debate and scrutiny, the World Handicap System is finally here, but will this new process be a positive for golf worldwide? All in all, on closer inspection, golfers have given it an endorsing thumbs up, with many believing that it's a welcome step that is heading in the right direction for the game. read more ...


World Handicap System - A Step Forward Or Cause For Confusion

The World Handicap System has been designed to make the game more accessible and inclusive, but the reality is that a significant number of golfers don't agree, with a worrying proportion not understanding the changes or why they have been introduced, believing that the new process will only make things more complicated and contentious. read more ...


The World Handicap System - Your Questions Answered

Launching in the UK this November, the World Handicap System is a major introduction for the game, which is designed to be a unified and inclusive process across the sport. But do golfers completely understand it? We put key questions to Gemma Hunter, Head of Handicapping at England Golf, hopefully clearing things up. read more ...


What Made Golfers Play More This Summer

During lockdown most of us were going stir crazy and we missed playing golf. However, when the game returned, the sport boomed, thousands joined clubs and we played more than ever before. Looking at comments submitted by regular golfers, Derek Clements analyses the factors that drew us back to our courses. read more ...


World Handicap System Toolkit Launched for Golf Clubs

Ahead of the World Handicap System (WHS) being introduced later this year, England Golf has launched a new bespoke toolkit for clubs, furthering a nationwide education campaign that has been named 'Know the Score' to help golfers and get ready for the major change. read more ...


Are These the Issues Golf Clubs Still Need to Address

Golf clubs have made significant strides during the past decade to address concerns raised by the wider community of golfers, working hard to deliver a contemporary product that reflects the times, but continuing analysis of the 2019 Golfshake Survey, responded to by over 3,500, there are several key issues that need tackled in the future. read more ...


Courses Close Across Europe But UK Golf Remains Largely Open

Thousands of golf courses across Europe have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but in the UK, the majority remain open, with the game continuing. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some of the imaginative measures being introduced by venues across the country. read more ...


Stay Safe, But Keep Playing Golf For Now

It is inevitable that club golf is going to suffer as a result of the coronavirus. As of yet, clubs in England, Scotland and Wales still have their doors open but action is being taken in Ireland to attempt to minimise the impact of the virus, and it is advise that we should all be following to ensure that we can continue to play the game. read more ...


Why Do We Play Golf?

Why do you play golf? Can you identify the specific appeal, or is it a multitude of reasons that make the game such an enriching part of your life? Finding that answer may help to understand methods of expanding the reach of the sport in future. We asked thousands of golfers in the Golfshake Survey to discover what draws them to golf. read more ...


Why is the 7 Iron Your Favourite Club?

What is your favourite club in the bag? Unless you are one of those golfers who goes through dozens of putters and new sets of irons each season, then you probably have one. We asked thousands of players in the 2019 Golfshake Survey to name theirs, and the result may come as a surprise. read more ...


Protect Your Golf Clubs From Theft With New Database

Combating the issue of golf club theft, American Golf has revealed a unique industry wide venture that should address the problem. The new initiative, named Immobigolf, is to deter crime by helping to track down stolen clubs, taken from individuals or retailers, which often come back into the marketplace through trade-ins and the second-hand club business.  read more ...


Majority of Golfers Continue to Play Through Bad Weather

Winter golf can be a tough sell in the UK, something that has been especially true in February. However, when it comes to the resilience of golfers, we have found that a majority of both club and non-club members will continue to play even when the weather turns inclement. read more ...


The Most Important Golf Club In Your Bag

The great Ben Hogan said that the three most vital clubs were the driver, putter, and wedge, in that order. But what do everyday golfers think is the Most Important Club in the Bag? We asked them in the 2019 Golfshake Survey, and the results may come as something of a surprise. read more ...


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. read more ...


What is Wrong With Golfers Having a 54 Handicap?

Coming in November, the World Handicap System is destined to change the game as we know it, with one of the early main concerns being the increase of a maximum handicap to 54. But is this a problem? Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about. read more ...



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