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Tag: Golf

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 Public Squabbles Over LIV Golf Need to Stop

The public spats over LIV Golf continued last week, involving Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, with even Sir Nick Faldo getting involved. Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that it's a pattern that has done the wider game no favours. 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 ...


The Ultimate Guide For Winter Golf

Are you ready to get the most out of golf this winter? This guide is designed to help you make the most of your time on the course. We've compiled our most recent articles on winter golf, rounded up all of our winter golf buying guides, included our helpful video on essential tips for winter golf, and featured lists of the best winter golf courses to play. read more ...


10 Things That Every Golfer Needs to Have This Winter

There’s no way to sugar coat it, golf in the winter can be tough going if you’re not properly prepared. But for those looking to keep playing throughout the season, we’ve compiled a list of our must-have winter essentials. read more ...


The 5 Most Frustrating Things About Winter Golf

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - unless you’re a golfer, then it’s the most frustrating. Many people put their clubs away over winter. Some face the conditions head on. But very few actually enjoy the grind. Winter golf isn’t for everyone, but for those who do play, these are the most infuriating things faced by the brave ones among us. read more ...


Golfers Officially LOVE to Play Challenging Courses

What makes a good golf course? What makes you want to return? What lives long in the mind and makes you want to tell everybody you know? It may surprise you to learn that, according to Golfshake subscribers, the thing we all want is a proper challenge. read more ...


Essential Tips For Playing Golf in Winter

If you have decided to brave the elements and play golf this winter, then you will need to be ready to face bitterly cold and rainy conditions! Golfshake Equipment Expert and Head Professional at Howley Hall Golf Club, Ryan Rastall offers some advice by talking through what equipment and apparel you require to best survive the winter season. read more ...


What Stops Golfers Wanting to Play a Golf Course Again

We all know what makes a good golf course and a decent golf club. There are all sorts of reasons that we want to visit courses other than the ones of which we are members. Sadly, you tell us that there are still many courses and clubs that you visit once and decide never to return. read more ...


How to Become a Better Golfer in 2023

How can you go about shaving some strokes off your game next year? Unfortunately, there’s no quick secret to lower scoring, despite what the Instagram adverts might tell you! However, there are some proven methods that’ll see you drop some shots off your handicap and hopefully lift a trophy or two in 2023. read more ...


What Should You Buy a Golfer For Christmas

It’s the season for giving, and if you’re looking to treat a golfer this Christmas, there’s plenty of options to make their holiday truly special. However, us golfers can be a rather particular bunch, and with so much choice, there’s a plethora of gift-buying pitfalls to avoid. read more ...


Should You Buy New Golf Clubs or Get Lessons

Whilst most golfers know the true answer to this question, it’s something that many of us still wrestle with - at least superficially! Should we finally bite the bullet and sign up for a course of lessons with a registered professional? Or should we try and buy our way out of our current slump with a new club. read more ...


Topgolf Glasgow to Open This December

It has been announced that Scotland's first Topgolf destination will open its doors to the public on Friday 16th December at 10am in Rutherglen near Glasgow. read more ...


The Uncorrupted Pleasure Of An Old Bladed Putter Book Review

The ideal Christmas gift for a golfer in your life, The Uncorrupted Pleasure Of An Old Bladed Putter: A Collection Of Golfing Fables by James Ellis-Caird is reviewed by Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken. read more ...


How to Get The Most From Your Golf This Winter

We realise that playing golf through the winter isn’t for everybody. It can be cold, muddy, and wet. However, many of us would also like to use some of this time for improvement … and for you, we’ve drawn up our list of ways to make the most of your golf this winter! read more ...


Why Famous St Andrews Clubhouse is Now a Building Site

The Royal & Ancient Clubhouse in St Andrews is unquestionably one of the most iconic landmarks in golf, most visibly showcased during this summer's 150th Open Championship. However, the famous building is undergoing something of a makeover, which shall transform its facilities internally, but has for the time being made its storied setting less photogenic. read more ...


American Golf Reveals 9 Incredible Black Friday Bargains

American Golf has celebrated Black Friday by revealing new deals, featuring discounts of over 50% off selected golf clubs, clothing, shoes, accessories, and equipment. read more ...


40 of The Best Black Friday Golf Deals

We have been searching through the literally thousands of products for sale on Scottsdale Golf and American Golf to find just some of the best savings that should catch your eye. Broken down across ten categories, covering everything from drivers to clothing and accessories, we reckon that there is something among these 40 of The Best Golf Black Friday Deals that you will appreciate! read more ...


PlayMoreGolf Announces Black Friday Flexible Membership Deals

The UK’s largest points-based golf membership scheme, PlayMoreGolf is offering £15 off yearly membership and 20 free points for home golf rounds (worth up to £70) as part of Black Friday. read more ...


How to Make Your Time at The Driving Range More Interesting

The winter months can be the perfect time to work on your own game. Without the pressure of serious competitions on the horizon, you’re free to bed in your long-overdue swing changes, or work on specific drills. However, many of us can struggle to maximise our time on the range, instead shelling ball after ball until our basket has been emptied. Whilst this might be hugely cathartic, it’ll be no help towards achieving your on-course objectives next season. read more ...


Trilby Tour Concludes Season With Dramatic Finale at Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links was the location for the finale of the Trilby Tour's long-awaited comeback season and the Ayrshire venue delivered a fitting slice of drama and excitement. read more ...


The Best Early Black Friday Golf Deals

It’s the time of the year when firms are offering Black Friday deals again, and Scottsdale Golf is leading the pack with up to 90% off their products this November. From the latest golf shoes to accessories to clubs, reductions are on offer for all categories with new deals being added every single day throughout the month. read more ...


6 Benefits of Playing Golf Through Winter

You might not be skipping around in shorts and polo shirts, but there’s still much to love about playing golf in the winter. Join us as we fly through some of our favourite reasons for heading up to the course…even in deepest, darkest winter. read more ...


When is The Right Time to Buy New Golf Clubs

When is the right time to buy new golf clubs? It’s a very valid question, as a change of equipment at the wrong time could have catastrophic consequences for your game. Join us as we take a look at some of the most popular times throughout the year to buy your new clubs for every type of player. read more ...


2023 Mizuno Next Gen Series Offers 36 UK Events

Following its rebranding as 'The Mizuno Next Gen Series' that was announced in May, Mizuno has now confirmed that its partnership with the Clutch Pro Tour will become even more impactful next year. read more ...


The Best Jobs to Have in Golf

Just about every golfer would love to work in the sport, but what are the most popular and best roles you could have? We take a look at just some of the most rewarding jobs in golf - and reveal how you could go about getting one of them! read more ...


The Golf YouTube Channels You Need to Watch in 2023

Since the introduction of golf YouTubers, the way that we consume product reviews, absorb the latest tips, research our next golf break, listen to our favourite talking points, and even just kick back and enjoy the sport has changed forever. It’s impossible to list every channel that’s currently on the platform, but we’ve noted some of our favourites, alongside a short overview of what they do! read more ...


What Makes Bamboo Golf Tees Ecologically Beneficial

Continuing his look at Sustainable Golf Week, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken caught up with Tim McManus, CEO of Green Swing, to gain a greater understanding of the ecological benefits offered by bamboo golf tees. read more ...


The Golf Club That Banned Plastic Tees

Plastic golf tees have become a major talking point as the game looks to become more ecologically sustainable. Historic Royal North Devon is among the clubs that have taken the bold step to outright ban plastic tees. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken wanted to learn more about the impact of this decision. read more ...


Golf to Make Commonwealth Games Debut in 2026

Golf returned to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, when Justin Rose and Inbee Park claimed the gold medals. Xander Schauffele and Nelly Korda took the gold in Tokyo last year. And now, it has been confirmed that the game will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Australia in 2026. read more ...


An Introduction to Sustainable Golf Week

Ahead of Sustainable Golf Week, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken has been conducting research into the many ventures that have been launched to make the game more environmentally friendly. Here, Andy provides an Introduction. read more ...


What is a St Andrews Links Ticket And How Do You Get One

The atmospheric town of St Andrews and its public golf courses stand as a glowing beacon that draw legions of visitors each year from across the planet. But for thousands of extremely fortunate golfers, they are more or less able to call it their very own Home of Golf, courtesy of possessing a Links Ticket. But what exactly is the Links Ticket - and how do you go about securing one for yourself? read more ...


9 Things to Do in Golf Before You Die

The game of golf is often gift enough for many of us. However, what if you want more? What if you really want to tick of the absolute best things to do in the sport before you sink your last putt. Check out our list of the 9 best things to do in golf during your lifetime! read more ...


The Best GPS Golf Apps to Download

The way we enjoy the game has changed drastically over recent years, with the introduction of smartphones and smart watches providing us with more information about the sport we love than ever before. Many of these can be used to provide live, on-course data - such as distances from flags or hazards, whilst others specialise in analysing your game post-round. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a golf app that’ll suit your needs. read more ...


The Most Expensive Golf Courses You Can Play

Imagine for a moment that money was no object, that you have a series of luxury cars in the driveway of your eight-bedroom home. We have looked at some of the golf courses in the UK that provide the very best value for money. Now, we explore those where the green fees would make most of us baulk and walk away. read more ...


golfclubs4cash Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With Incredible Deals

Golfers can now enjoy the most incredible offers for thousands of clubs as second-hand equipment retailer, golfclubs4cash, is celebrating its 10th birthday. From the 20th to 30th of September there will be 10,000 single clubs available in-store and online for less than £100, with the chance for one person each day to win their money back!  read more ...


The First Sustainable Golf Week Takes Place Next Month

Next month, the first Sustainable Golf Week is being hosted by GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf with its partners and collaborators globally, which shall offer the chance to reflect, celebrate and accelerate industry efforts to build a greener future for the game. read more ...


How to Play More Golf if You Are Working From Home

It looks as though working from home might be an option for some time to come, and so before you get stuck in a rut, let us explain how best to get golf into your regular routine when you’re not needed in the office. read more ...


It's Time to Thank a Golf Course Greenkeeper

There are no more invaluable figures in golf than greenkeepers, who work tirelessly each day to present the courses that we play. But it can be a thankless task. Putting that right, BIGGA, in conjunction with other global greenkeeper and course superintendent groups, is launching a 'Thank a Greenkeeper Day' next Tuesday, 13th September.  read more ...


LIV Golf Invitational Boston Preview

THE fourth LIV Golf tournament takes place in Boston this week, with the organisers promising to announce the names of more marquee defectors. It comes at the end of a PGA Tour season we will not forget in a hurry. read more ...


The Most Memorable Golf Holes You Can Play

What makes a golf hole memorable? Some would say it's the difficulty, the examination it provides, while others always remember the setting itself, the views that surround it. For many enthusiasts, anything 'quirky' or unique stands out. To learn more about the things that resonate with people, earlier this year, we surveyed the Golfshake Community and asked everyday golfers to pick out some of the best holes they have played. read more ...


Felixstowe Ferry Members Play Golf Shots From Martello Tower

Marking its Club Captains Day, Felixtowe Ferry put on a rather special event for its members, giving them (for the first time) the opportunity to ascend the steps to the summit of the historic, 210-year-old Martello Tower and hit golf shots to the 17th green in a 'beat the pro' competition and to the 13th green for a 'nearest the pin' contest. read more ...


Early Golf Royal Myths And Ancient Histories Book Review

There are a host of historical golf books that have been published to coincide with the 150th playing of The Open at St Andrews this year. Early Golf Royal Myths And Ancient Histories by Professor Neil S Millar is one of them, exploring the myths and revisiting the evidence surrounding the early history of golf. read more ...


Golf In Scotland In The Black And White Era Book Review

Golf In Scotland In The Black & White Era by Steve Finan is a coffee table book that features historic images from the archive of DC Thomson, which haven't been seen for decades, presenting the game as it looked in generations past. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken simply loved the book and describes his thoughts in this new review. read more ...


The Things You Find in Your Golf Bag

Us golfers have plenty in common, not least the fact that we’re not always sticklers for cleaning out our bags after each round! Whether it’s an unused Christmas gift, an ill-supported effort to get ‘golf fit’, or even something sentimental - how many of our list are currently in your golf bag? read more ...


Why Have Golf Club Lofts Gotten Stronger

For a long time, the lofts of irons were never of great concern to golfers. But during the past couple of decades, that has changed significantly as manufacturers began to tweak lofts downwards. We take a closer look at the reasons why and what that has meant for your game. read more ...


Incredible New Golf Facility to Open in Glasgow Next Summer

The R&A has unveiled further details about its hugely impressive golf facility that will open in Glasgow next summer, which has been named Golf It! and is based on the south bank of Hogganfield Loch, following the redevelopment of the former Lethamhill golf course. read more ...


36 Affordable Golf Courses to Play With GolfNow

These days it can feel hard to judge what a real bargain truly is, but that is something that our friends GolfNow specialise in, particularly through their new Affordable Golf Series. Offering tee time deals at outstanding courses for the best value, each of the featured destinations can be secured for no more than £20 in the UK and €20 in Ireland. read more ...


New Animated Golf Health Campaign Launched in Wales

A cutting-edge animated health campaign has been launched exclusively in Wales to encourage people to play golf to improve their health and lifestyle. read more ...


LIV Trump National - What You Need to Know

The third LIV Series 54-hole tournament takes place this week at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New York, with the news that Henrik Stenson has, as widely predicted, joined the circus. He will be joined by Jason Kokrak and the money-making machine that is Charles Howell III. read more ...


7 Benefits of Playing in Open Events at Golf Clubs

Many club golfers understandably play the majority of their golf at their home venue. However, playing the same course over and over again can become a touch repetitive. Moreover, it can hold your overall game back somewhat if you’re only ever asked the same questions by the course in front of you. There’s a load of reasons why playing an Open event can be beneficial. Join us as we explore just a few of these! read more ...


How to Fill The Top End of Your Golf Bag

The modern golfer has more choice than ever before with how to make up their 14-clubs. Whether you’re a traditionalist that likes to play a standard fairway wood and long-iron combination, or somebody that might appreciate a touch more help; allow us to walk you through some of the options that are now available to all of us as we look to fill the top end of our golf bags. read more ...


The Things You Hear on The Golf Course

Us golfers are game for a cliché. It’s part of letting others know that we’re ‘in the club’ (so to speak). Unfortunately though, the sad truth is that we’ve likely heard it all before, no matter how amusing our playing partners might think they are. So without further ado, here’s our Top 20 things that you might hear on the course … let us know how many you spot during your next round! read more ...


What It's Like to Have a Tour Caddie on Your Bag

Those watching professional golf at any level will be familiar with the caddie. Once a humble sidekick, many have now become as well-known as some of the world’s best players. But do they really help? And if so, by how much? To try and dig a little deeper into how much your game can be improved by the use of a professional caddie, we sought out the guys at The Tour Experience to put their skills to the test. read more ...


golfclubs4cash is Opening New Store in Warrington

Europe’s biggest second-hand golf equipment retailer, golfclubs4cash, is opening a new store in Warrington. Doors will open on Friday 8th July with some fantastic launch offers and more than 10,000 clubs to draw in keen customers. read more ...


Everything You Need to Know About Golf Club Lofts

Frequently referred to, and a unique characteristic of every club in the bag, check out our handy guide to the lofts on your golf clubs. read more ...


The Worst Excuses For Hitting Bad Golf Shots

It is just you against the golf course and the elements so when you play badly there is nobody to blame but yourself. And that means you are going to hear excuses for poor shots. Lots of excuses. Some of them are pretty far-fetched. Some of them are just plain daft. Without further ado, here are some of the best excuses you will hear on the golf course. read more ...


Why You Should Be Playing More Twilight Golf This Year

Playing golf after work in the evenings can be one of the most peaceful experiences in the sport. Whilst the summer equinox at the end of June marks the longest day, there’s plenty of opportunity to nip out for an hour or so from late-March to the end of September. Check out some of our top reasons for why you should be playing more twilight golf this year. read more ...


How Many Wedges Do You Need in Your Golf Bag

Designed to give you options as you approach the green, just how many wedges do you need in your golf bag? Back in the days of Seve, the Spanish wizard famously relied pretty much exclusively on his 56-degree Sand Wedge, opening and closing the face at will to create all manner of spectacular shots. But times have changed and there are several factors to consider. read more ...


What It's Like to Play on The New Trilby Tour

The Trilby Tour has been relaunched by Darwin Escapes with a new look and format, making amateur golfers feel like professionals for the day. But what is it like to experience these events? Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook recently participated in The Championship of Oxfordshire at The Springs Resort and describes a memorable day for us. read more ...


How to Improve Your Scores in The Monthly Medal

Let’s be honest, as much as we’re acutely aware that the majority of us won’t be playing the sport for a living, we all want to get better. There’s nothing worse than feeling as though you’ve plateaued, or worse, gone backwards. Whilst age or injury may contribute to higher scores, there are definitive, and proven ways to improve your scores. read more ...


Dustin Johnson Quits Membership of The PGA Tour

Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson has quit the PGA Tour to focus on the LIV Series, which is reported to have paid him $150m to commit his future to the Saudi-backed project. read more ...


LIV Golf Invitational Preview

Get ready for a media feeding frenzy as Phil Mickelson emerges from his self-imposed exile as the highest-profile player in the 48-man field for the inaugural LIV Invitational at Centurion Golf Club in St Albans. read more ...


How to Spend a Lottery Win on Golf

Admit it, we’ve all taken a glance at the Lotto or EuroMillions jackpot and thought; “what if”. After all … it could be you! We have decided to let our minds drift away with the thoughts of how to best spend a lottery win on golf. read more ...


Meet The Golf Course of Your Dreams

What are your favourite golf holes? We all have a selection that stick in the mind, but imagine if you could combine them all into one course! Providing a touch of inspiration for you to consider, Golfshake's Derek Clements has taken to describing his dream ones - the places where some unforgettable magic has occurred.  read more ...


Why You Don't Always Have to Play 18 Holes

For over a century it’s been a given that most rounds of golf are played over 18-holes, however, there’s plenty of great reasons for playing a few less! read more ...


PlayMoreGolf Launches Fairway Credit Partnership to Benefit Golfers

PlayMoreGolf, the UK's most popular flexible golf membership, has revealed a partnership with Fairway Credit, a trading name of Premium Credit, which has been created to help make the game even more accessible. read more ...


Meet The Golf Course of Your Nightmares

What are the golf holes that still make you scream with terror? Everyone has a tale of somewhere that utterly shattered their scorecard and spirit. For a touch of inspiration, Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his 18 nightmare holes, completing a course of pure horror. read more ...


How NOT to Behave on The Golf Course

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with letting off a little steam on the golf course, you don’t want to become the sort of golfer that people are looking to avoid on the tee-sheet. Become the ideal golfing partner by avoiding some of these most common on-course pitfalls! read more ...


The Worst Golf Shots You Can Possibly Hit

When all is going well and your swing is in sync there is no better sport than golf. But it can also be unforgiving. Just when you think you have it cracked, it has a habit of biting you in the backside. We take a look at the absolute worst shots in the game. read more ...


England Deaf Golf Secures New Partnership to Break Down Barriers

American Golf has partnered with England Deaf Golf (EDG) with the objective to break down barriers for the hearing impaired to drive up increased participation from within the deaf community. read more ...


Golfers Encouraged to Protect Skin Health by Campaign

We've all had to learn about taking extra precautions in recent years, but protecting your skin health should also be part of that routine, especially for golfers and greenkeepers who spend so much time outdoors and exposed to the sun. read more ...


Do Golf Clubs Still Need Visiting Golf Societies

It should, perhaps, come as no great surprise that one of the side-effects of the boom in club golf we are currently experiencing has been an impact on golf societies. Green fees have increased, as has the cost of accommodation, food and drink, and there is far less availability according to the results of the recent survey we conducted into society golf. read more ...


5 Reasons Why Golf Societies Are Great

Huge numbers of golfers are members of societies, but what explains their enduring popularity? We asked you to share your thoughts on ‘Why Society Golf Is Great’ with five key reasons standing out. read more ...


What Needs to Be in Your Golf Bag This Season

We golfers love a gadget and anything designed to help us improve our own game. Whilst a series of dedicated lessons with a PGA Professional may still be the best way to lower your scores, we’ve picked out a few items which could help both the number on your scorecard as well as your enjoyment this season. read more ...


Millions of New Golfers Are Taking to The Course

The scale of the boom enjoyed by golf has been revealed by two participation reports compiled by the R&A, England Golf, Golf Ireland, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf. read more ...


How to Solve The Issue of Pitch Marks

The issues of pitch marks is ever prevalent in golf. Whilst we all claim to be fixing our own, as well as everybody else’s, their overall numbers don’t seem to be dwindling. So how can we all go about solving the issue of pitch marks to ensure the fine work our greenkeepers carry out each morning isn’t undone by the general golfing public? read more ...


How to Prepare For Your First Rounds of The Golf Season

A combination of the clocks going forward and the start of The Masters at Augusta National means that, for many, the golf season is finally getting under way. But are you really ready to go? Here, we take a light-hearted look at some of the steps you should be taking in readiness for that first 18 holes. read more ...


Premier League Footballers Take on Golf Challenge

With The Masters on TV and the scent of spring in the air, it's a thrilling time of year to be a golfer, and squad members of Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion have gotten into the spirit of things by participating in a Betway Golf Challenge. read more ...


What Makes Spring a Special Time of Year For Golfers

After a cold and often wet winter in the UK, there’s nothing like the anticipation of spring to get us golfers excited. Everyone will have their own marker for the start of spring golf, whether it’s the clocks changing, The Masters, or that first after-work knock. Join us as we take a look at some of the reasons that make this season so magical for golfers. read more ...


5 Ways to Get Ready For The Golf Season

It’s a magical time of the year for golfers. The end of March sees the clocks change, giving us the opportunity to sneak in a few holes after work, and the warmer and drier conditions mean that you’re able to head out on the course without a dozen layers on. With the anticipation building, check out our guide to getting ready for the new golfing season. read more ...


Golfers - What Gets Under Your Skin

As you will know, we carry out lots of surveys to seek your feedback on a whole range of issues. And it has become obvious to us that there are lots of issues that get under your skin, and many of them have raised a smile with us here at Golfshake, if only because we can relate to so many of them. read more ...


The Incredible Potential of Golf in India

There was a sense of what might have been after Anirban Lahiri finished runner-up at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. India has a population of more than 1.8 billion but just 200,000 Indians play golf. If that could change, the potential growth is extraordinary. read more ...


Zane Scotland is Determined to Drive Change in Golf

The R&A has appointed Zane Scotland as a diversity ambassador and he is determined to drive change in the game, starting with the sport’s archaic dress code. read more ...


Top 10 Tips For Playing Links Golf

Links golf courses throughout the UK & Ireland feature several commonalities, notably related to weather, turf, and style of play. If you’re planning your next links-based adventure, be sure to check out our top 10 tips for playing links golf. read more ...


What Makes Links Golf The Best

Links courses provide as true and honest a test of golf as you’ll find in the modern age, and the feeling of taming a true links, utilising the full extent of your golfing toolbox, is arguably the most satisfying of all within the sport we love. read more ...


5 Reasons Why You Should Play With Fewer Than 14 Golf Clubs

It’s just accepted that a golf bag is made up of 14 clubs, right? Surely it’s always been this way? Not exactly. But just because 14 is the current limit, the rules don’t specify that golfers must carry this amount. Indeed, many choose to carry fewer than this for a huge number of reasons. Here we take a look at handful of those, perhaps inspiring you to leave some of your set in the car ahead of your next round. read more ...


13 Things That Drive Golfers Insane

Golf can be frustrating at the best of times, but there are certain things that drive most of us crazy. Following the Golfshake Survey, where respondents were asked to identify annoyances in the game, we’ve identified 13 further highly annoying habits, as voted for by you. read more ...


The Benefits of Using a Pencil Golf Bag

There’s been a rising in popularity of the humble pencil bag, or Sunday bag, over recent years. This increase in demand has been coupled with a widening of choice, giving golfers more options than ever when looking to put together the perfect lightweight setup. read more ...


The Trilby Tour Returns With a New Look in 2022

The Trilby Tour is making its long-awaited return in 2022 with an exciting and inclusive fresh look overseen by new owners Darwin Escapes. read more ...


Evidence That Golf Has Sustained Its Boom Popularity

There has been a great deal of data on the health of the game and the latest comes from the Hillier Hopkins 2021-22 Golf Club Report, which has provided further evidence that the golf boom is continuing. Golfshake's Derek Clements analyses some of the most intriguing findings in the report. read more ...


The 3 Things That Most Annoy Golfers

Our latest Golfshake Survey tasked golfers with listing their most irritating frustrations on the course and we now have our top three, as voted by the community, all of which would be easy to solve with a degree of consideration and common sense. read more ...


The Types of Golfer You DON'T Want to Play With

Golf is a social sport and one of the advantages is that you get to stride the fairways alongside regular playing partners. However, there are occasions when you will end up playing with individuals you don’t know. We take a light-hearted look at the type of golfers you don’t want to be drawn with, as well as the ones whose company you might enjoy. read more ...


PlayMoreGolf Reveals Special Boxing Day Offers

It is no secret that many golfers decide to pack their clubs away at this time of year but for for those of us who play all year round PlayMoreGolf, the UK's largest flexible golf membership offering, is teeing off a series of Boxing Day packages to encourage golfers to get their game back on course during the festive season and into the New Year. read more ...


Things We Want To See Happen in Golf in 2022

As we prepare for a new year our thoughts turn to what we would like to see happen in 2022, with Golfshake's Derek Clements picking out some things that he hopes to witness in the game, including major successes and rules changes. read more ...


Some Golf Clubs Act Like They Don't Need Visitors

One of the more surprising findings from our recent survey was that it has emerged that although golf clubs are open to visitors, a large number of non-members are actually finding it difficult to get a game, something that suggests encouragement for membership numbers, but a fact which could become an issue longer-term. read more ...


What Golf Clubs Can Do To Address Challenges

It would be all too easy to believe that all is well within the world of club golf. As we have recorded here several times, clubs are enjoying something of a boom but nobody involved in the sport should be resting on their laurels. There is so much that can be done to retain your members, keep visitors happy and ensure the tills are ringing. read more ...


What's On Your Golf Bucket List

Every golfer has their own 'bucket list' of things we hope to tick off during our journey through the sport. So, what's on your list? We put that question to the Golfshake Team of Staff & Ambassadors, who shared their own ambitions, some of which may provide a touch of inspiration to you. read more ...


More Things That Bother Golfers

When we conduct our Golfshake surveys there is always feedback that takes us by surprise. Your comments are extremely valuable and often thought-provoking and highlight areas of the game that clearly trouble you. And you have brought several more areas to our attention. read more ...


The Most Important Characters at Your Golf Club

It takes all sorts of people to make a golf club tick. If you get the right people doing their jobs to the very best of their abilities the chances are that you will have a club that is popular with its members. But just who is the most important person at your golf club? Here are some contenders. read more ...


PlayMoreGolf Reveals Special Black Friday Bundles

PlayMoreGolf, the UK's largest flexible golf membership offering, has announced its best Black Friday bundles to keep the UK on the course all year round. read more ...


Which Golf Format Should You Play More

Generally, most golfers will regularly play stableford, strokeplay or matchplay, but there are so many formats that can make the game competitively engaging for a group of friends on the course. We take a closer look at each of the formats that could inspire you to give one a go. read more ...


Golf in Bad Weather - How Much Can You Take

Golfers are generally a hardy bunch, willing to face the elements and make the best of whatever challenges nature has presented them, something that is especially the case during the depths of winter. However, everyone has their limit - even the hardiest of hardy golfers. read more ...


The Impact of Climate Change on UK Golf Courses

The eyes of the world have been on Glasgow as politicians from around the globe have gathered to tackle climate change, the single biggest issue facing mankind today. And it's a serious problem for golf too, with courses in the UK already feeling the impact of coastal erosion and flooding. read more ...


The Golf Shots You Never Forget

That's the tantalising beauty of golf, it makes dreamers of us all, but often those fantasies do come true. We can all relate to tales of the career, lifetime shot, that moment of perfection that will remain at the forefront of your mind forever. Spreading word out to the Golfshake Team of Staff & Ambassadors, we wanted to hear about The Golf Shots You Never Forget.  read more ...


That Birdie Feeling

Making a birdie is a beautiful thing for any golfer, representing that brief moment when we feel like a tour player, having successfully navigated a hole under par, courtesy of shots or a putt that would grace any major championship. This year's Golfshake #BirdieClub got us thinking about the magic of birdies and how memorable they can be. read more ...


Golf Must Do More To Welcome ALL Races

Tiger Woods is arguably the most iconic figure in golf history, but his impact hasn't seen a dramatic change in the number of golfers from BAME backgrounds. Indeed, within the UK, the percentage of members from racial minorities is shamefully low. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the subject and the work being done to address the issue. read more ...


Golf Can't Be Complacent After Participation Boom

All the evidence points towards increased numbers of people playing the game since the pandemic began. A whole host of surveys and research shows record numbers of people playing golf, but we cannot afford to be complacent. The numbers who flocked back to the sport when the first lockdown ended was unprecedented and we clearly cannot expect it to continue. read more ...


It Hurts When You Can't Play Golf

With golf enjoying a boom it is all too easy to forget that there are those who have stopped playing the game for reasons beyond their control. A recent Golfshake Survey revealed that age and injury are contributory factors. Golfshake's Derek Clements has shared his own battle with rheumatoid arthritis and the impact it has had on his ability to play golf. read more ...


What Makes The Perfect Golf Playing Partner

Everyone is different, and all golfers will have horror stories of being paired with someone whose behaviour cast a shadow over the round, but there are key traits which stand out and make even the least successful days a rewarding one. Golfshake's Kieran Clark shares his thoughts on the specific attributes needed to be the best possible fellow golfer. read more ...


What's In The Bag - Sam Burns

Sam Burns is a rising star in the game recently secured his second PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Golfshake's Liam Moore takes a closer look at the young American's progress to date and the equipment he uses. read more ...


Mannings Heath Melanoma Charity Golf Day

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently participated in a charity golf day at Mannings Heath, supporting the Melanoma Fund. Providing fun and entertainment to those in attendance in addition to education and health checks, Andy documents a rewarding experience for everyone. read more ...


Why You Should Still Play Golf in The Autumn Season

The arrival of October has spelt the end for the current golf season, but that does not necessarily mean that all golf should cease. In fact, golf should continue to be played and flourish during the cooler period and there are plenty of positives that would support this argument. read more ...


Why More Golfers Should Play Match Play

As golfers, we are fortunate that our sport has several formats and each and every one is completely different from the last. Many of us will typically stick to stroke play with the occasional bit of stableford, but Golfshake's Liam Moore explains why match play is something that more of us should make a routine part of our game. read more ...


The PGA Launches Find a Golf Lesson Platform

Launching a new free-to-use platform that has been designed to help golfers connect with PGA Professionals, The PGA has unveiled Find a Golf Lesson. read more ...


Golf is Cheaper Than You Might Think

We have recently seen a lot of controversy regarding rising visitor green fees and also increased membership prices at clubs, but the game may still be cheaper than you think. We take a closer look at how golf compares to other leisure activities and assess the value that green fees and memberships offer. read more ...


How to Combat Your Fear of Failure on The Golf Course

Pressure is a major part of golf, taking on those scary shots that have cost you before, but fearing the consequences will only make success less likely. Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore has some thoughts on the subject and how you can combat that fear, based on recent golf magazine reading. read more ...


What Keeps Us Coming Back To Golf

When playing golf, it’s often a wise idea to happily accept those good breaks, as you'll quickly have some bad ones too. The game can be frustrating, but it always brings us back for more. With the help from the Golfshake Ambassadors, Liam Moore explores why we keep chasing the dream. read more ...


How A New Golfer Perceives The Game

Everyone has their own tale to share about how they first connected with golf. For many, it began in childhood and became a lifelong passion, while for others it was a relationship that flourished later in life. Member of the Golfshake Community, Robin Baldwin is one of those who have shown that an older(er) dog can learn new tricks by recently making golf part of his life and he has described his meaningful journey through the game thus far. read more ...


Why Golf is Good For You as You Get Older

There is an obsession with reducing the age profile of those who play golf socially. But let’s not forget the benefits of playing golf for older players. And they are many and varied. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at the positives that the game can offer golfers in their senior years. read more ...


Why Golfers Are Thrilled by The Return of Bunker Rakes

The bunker rake, how dearly you have been missed. The responses from our recent Golfshake Survey have indicated that the golf community is also thankful that rakes have returned, but there are questions about general maintenance that need addressed. read more ...


How Did You First Become Addicted to Golf

How did you first become addicted to golf? Introducing a new series of articles, Golfshake's Liam Moore describes how he got into the game at a later age, after being inspired by watching the Masters, before taking that onto the course and discovering the ideal sport for him after serious injuries. read more ...


Why More Golfers Should Play in Societies

There aren’t many better hobbies than playing golf; you get to spend hours in the sunshine, the social aspect is fantastic and it’s an excellent source of exercise. Whether you play by yourself, in a duo or even a four-ball, golf accommodates all groups. Above the traditional four-ball, is the golf society. This group is typically made up of several members with one aim: play as much golf via as many different courses as possible. Sound like fun? It is. read more ...


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 ...


Lutterworth Golf Club Devastated by Fire

Just when much of the country was enjoying a round of golf during the Bank Holiday Weekend, the acclaimed Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire was reckoning with major damage after the loss of its clubhouse caused by a significant fire. 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 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Volvik Unveils Special Pack of Golf Balls

The perfect Christmas gift, Volvik has introduced new tube packs of its distinctive golf balls, featuring a range of colours, which should be welcomed by those who want to more easily spot their ball on the course during winter. read more ...


New Specialist Job Site Launched for Golf Industry

Golf Jobs is a new service that will provide golf clubs, retailers, manufacturers, resorts and bodies throughout the golf industry with their own specialist job search platform, offering a dedicated space for employers to list and promote jobs. read more ...


Littlestone Golf Club Experiences Surge in New Members

The acclaimed Littlestone Golf Club in Kent has experienced a surge in public interest since the game resumed across the country, seeing a notable rise in membership enquiries for both its Championship and Warren Courses, including beginners who want to take up the ancient game for the first time. read more ...


Mizuno Wave Cadence Spikeless Golf Shoes Review

Mizuno's Wave cadence Spikeless Golf Shoes are designed to be comfortable straight from the box and to last the distance, packed with technology and a two-year waterproof warranty. Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies has been testing them for us this summer and shares his thoughts. read more ...


Mizuno Launches New Footwear & Apparel for Summer

When you think of Mizuno, the manufacturer's acclaimed irons may come to mind, but the Japanese brand is also revered for its apparel and footwear, revealing its new collections for Spring/Summer 2020, including the Wave Cadence Spikeless and Genem GTX golf shoes. read more ...


Remembering Golf Legend Mickey Wright

Mickey Wright, winner of 13 major championships and 82 titles on the LPGA Tour, has died at the age of 85. We take a look back at the remarkable career of a players who stands regarded as being the finest female golfer in history. read more ...


Littlestone Attracts Younger Golfers With Revamped Memberships

Kent's Littlestone Golf Club has sought to attract younger golfers to its revered course and the adjacent Warren Club by revamping its membership structure, providing incredible value for several key age groups. read more ...


TaylorMade Golf Presents SIM Max and SIM Max OS Irons

Following the unveiling of the SIM Max Drivers, TaylorMade Golf has now presented its SIM Max and SIM Max OS Irons, which boast the manufacturer's Speed Bridge technology and ECGO Damping System to deliver enhanced distance and feel. read more ...


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.  read more ...


U.S. Presidents Who Played Golf

From Eisenhower to Kennedy and Obama, U.S. President have frequently sought the sanctuary of the course. With the 2016 election just a few days away, we take a look back at occupants of the White House who played golf. read more ...


Study Finds Playing Golf Has Significant Health Benefits

A study has found that playing golf is likely to have significant health benefits for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds, including an increased life expectancy and reduction of chronic diseases and mental health problems. read more ...


Derbyshire Golf Development Group Awarded Grant to Drive Participation

The Derbyshire Golf Development Group has been awarded a grant by Sport England that is set to help support the organisation that has pushed the drive to encourage more people to take up golf in the county. read more ...


New Oversized Putter Grips Introduced By Golf Pride

The Eaton Corporation have announced that its Golf Pride Grips Division is releasing an all-new series of oversized putter grips called TOUR SNSR.  read more ...


Lisbon Golf launches new English version website

Lisbon Golf, the management brand for seven unsung layouts close to the Portuguese capital, has launched a new English version of its website and has underlined its growing reputation for delivering the best-value-golf in Portugal by unveiling a range of new golf passports. read more ...


Under Armour Agrees Deal to Become Approved Supplier to Foremost Golf

PJH Brand Management have announced it has agreed a deal that will see Under Armour become an approved supplier to Foremost Golf. read more ...


Mannings Heath Winter Golf Offer

Mannings Heath Golf Club has produced the best reason yet why golfers shouldn’t pack away their clubs during winter by unveiling a new offer. read more ...


Bunker Mentality Launch Autumn Winter Range

Bunker Mentality is a brand devoted to golf and dedicated to style and they have recently launched their Autumn/Winter range for 2013 ready to add a mix of color and warmth to your winter clothing. read more ...


Lumine Golf Club Launches Ultimate Winter Golf Getaways

Book now and take advantage of great-value stay and play packages at the stunning 45-hole facility on Spain’s Costa Daurada. read more ...



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