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Strange Things That Golf Commentators Say

Golf commentators and analysts are employed to paint pictures. When they are good, they are really good. But sometimes, even the best stray into cliche, leaving viewers groaning at the screen. Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out some odd phrases that perplex him when watching tournaments on TV.  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 Amateur Golfers Who Won Professional Tour Events

It has now been 30 years since then-amateur Phil Mickelson won the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson. He remains the most recent amateur golfer to win on the PGA Tour. There has naturally always been a divide between the paid and non-paid ranks, but throughout the history of the game, several amateurs have successfully upstaged their professional rivals on tour and in major championships. read more ...


More Golf Books to Read During Lockdown

Facing lockdown and more time spent at home, many golfers will be missing the opportunity to visit their beloved courses, but that doesn't mean you can't stay engaged with the game. This is a great chance to read a variety of golf-related books. We have selected another ten for your consideration, including reads on golf courses, instruction, and some of the most legendary figures in history. read more ...


What New Lockdowns Mean For Your Golf

It was inevitable that further coronavirus restrictions would be established at the beginning of the New Year, many of them once again impacting the golf industry. Golf courses are presently closed across England, Wales and the Island of Ireland, but they do remain open in Scotland. We take a look at where things stand in each corner of the British Isles. read more ...


Golfers Reflect on 2020 and Get Set for 2021

In our most recent survey, completed in December 2020 by over 700 avid golfers, we asked golfers to reflect on their golf in 2020 and also what they were planning to do in 2021. read more ...


Tournament of Champions Preview, Picks & Analysis

Justin Thomas returns to Kapalua looking to successfully defend the Sentry Tournament of Champions title he won in dramatic fashion 12 months ago.  We look ahead to a tournament that Thomas clearly loves having won in 2020 and back in 2017. read more ...


Looking Back at the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season

As 2021 kicks off with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, what better time to look back on the 2019-20 PGA Tour season, a year that was devastated by Covid-19.  Golfshake writer Derek Clements picks out the highlights. read more ...


The Most Played & Most Reviewed Golf Courses in 2020

Here at Golfshake we enjoy compiling a variety of golf course lists and recommendation features from the data derived from our leading online golf course directory and review system.  Here we take a slightly different look at the Golfshake data and identifiy the most popular courses in terms of those played and those reviewed in 2020. read more ...


The Best of Golfshake 2020

What a year that was! Probably not quite the year we all had planned in terms of golf activity but 2020 did see an unexpected boom and surge in demand which we saw throughout the services we provide here at Golfshake.  Before we fully shift our attentions to 2021 and new golf goals we wanted to share with you some of 2020 stats from here at Golfshake. read more ...


20 Things We Want To See in 2021 for Golf

THIS may be a year we will all want to forget. Derek Clements looks ahead to 2021 which it is hoped will be rather more joyful and he rounds up 20 fervent wishes for the 12 months that lie ahead read more ...


10 Golfers in Need of a Big Season in 2021

Dustin Johnson finished 2020 as the world’s undisputed number one. But it wasn’t plain sailing for everybody. Golf can be a cruel game. One minute you are on top of the world, and then you get up the next morning and can’t hit a barn door. Here, we look at 10 players who are in desperate need of a big year in 2021. read more ...


12 Golfers To Look Out For in 2021

ANOTHER big year awaits us, with four majors, the Ryder Cup and, hopefully, the return of spectators around the world.So who are the players we should be looking out for?  Here we pick out 12 golfers who could be grabbing the headlines - a mix of established winners and golfers still looking for their first victory. read more ...


When Are The Men's Majors in 2021

WE look ahead to what we can expect in 2021 when, hopefully, we will see fans allowed back in to cheer on their favourites. As good as the majors were in 2020, without spectators there was a crucial element missing, with glorious shots greeted in absolute silence.  Below we round up when the Majors are and what we hope to see. read more ...


How Much Do You Remember About 2020 in Golf?

Most of us quite simply want to turn our backs on 2020 and look ahead to hopefully better times ahead, but golfers were luckier than most this year; we enjoyed a sparkling summer golf boom AND we witnessed many incredible moments on the tours and major championships. But how much can you remember about the past season? Let's try and jog your memory. From the Masters to the LPGA Tour and a striking new links in Scotland, we challenge you to our new quiz! read more ...


How Was Your 2020 Golf Year? Best Course | Low Score

In what has been a quite unexpected year, which saw many golfing plans, trips & targets pushed to one side, golf bizarrely had a renewed and unprecedented boom.  Whilst the year may not have been what we originally planned some golfers were able to take advantage of opportunities to play more and still tick off some of their 2020 targets.  How did you get on? read more ...


How To Make The Most Of Your Time At The Driving Range

We all feel that we should spend time at the driving range. But we are all guilty of heading down to the range, buying a bucket or two of balls and indulging in aimlessly pounding them into submission. Here, we look at some drills you might want to consider to make your next range session more effective. read more ...


2020 Golf Year In Review - That Was Year That Was ....

Derek Clements reports on the year that was.  Golf by design brings us together but its importance was put into perspective by the pandemic that gripped the world in 2020.  Derek looks back over the last 10 months which saw courses forced to close, golfers confined to their homes and events cancelled. read more ...


The 54 Toughest Golf Holes of 2020

The Golfshake Score Tracker was busier than ever before in 2020, with thousands of golfers tracking their scores in record numbers. Consequently, we have a vast database of stats to reflect upon from the past season, including discovering some true card-wreckers across the United Kingdom and Ireland. From the iconic 18th at The Belfry to Auchmill Golf Club in Aberdeenshire, we have identified 54 of the Toughest Golf Holes of 2020!  read more ...


Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for 2020

If you are looking for some last minute Christmas gift ideas then look no further than these 4 stocking fillers which any golfer would be delighted to receive. read more ...


Glimmer of Hope For Allestree Park Golf Course

Offering a glimmer of hope that a future can be found for the Harry Colt designed Allestree Park in Derby, the City Council has revealed that the course will remain in a playable state beyond the scheduled closure date on 31 December, giving potential buyers an opportunity to make a constructive bid. read more ...


Golf Boom Should Not Overshadow Course Closures

There has been an unprecedented surge in golf participation numbers in 2020 despite the devastating impact of Covid-19, with as many as 100,000 men, women and children either taking up or returning to the game this year, but Golfshake's Derek Clements believes that we shouldn't forget about the courses that have closed despite the boom. read more ...


Find the Perfect Golf Gift This Christmas

If you are still searching for that perfect golf gift, we have picked out a range of possibilities to consider for those important people in your life. From bargain stocking fillers to ideal tools for introducing children into the game, complete your Christmas shopping here! read more ...


A Bitingly Bitter Day at Allestree Park

Golfshake's Andy Picken continues his ongoing story at Allestree Park, which faces closure, visiting the venue and charting former holes designed by the great Harry Colt, while also being stunned by just how busy the course was despte challenging weather conditions. 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 ...


Things We Learned During And After The Lockdowns

It has been an extraordinary year, one that we will never forget. We have spent much of it in lockdown and for golfer that meant weeks forced away from the game that we all love. So what did we learn about golf and about ourselves doing these strange times? read more ...


What Makes New Golfers Different

Golf enjoyed an unprecedented boom in 2020 in the most trying and difficult of circumstances. Countless people have returned to the game for the first time in years, while others took it up for the first time after weeks in lockdown. But how do these new golfers differ from traditional and long-standing club members? We identified several key themes. read more ...


The Christmas Golf Gift Guide

When buying a Christmas present for a golfer, the good news is that there isn't a shortage of options, but that vast choice available can make it a challenge to select that truly special, meaningful gift. Providing a helping hand, we have picked out 15 products across a range of prices and categories, presenting the Golfshake Christmas Golf Gift Guide! 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 ...


Hidden in Plain Sight - Uncovering a Golf Treasure

Derbyshire's Allestree Park Golf Course faces closure and being lost to history. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken began his relationship with the game at this public venue and has investigated its fascinating past, which points to the layout being designed by the legendary architect Harry Colt. 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 ...


Golfers Ready To Commit To Winter Season

Following this most unique of years and the remarkable summer golf boom, it will be fascinating to see whether that interest can be maintained throughout the winter months. Surveying 1,700 avid golfers, we discovered their plans for the winter season ahead. read more ...


Who Can Play Golf in the UK And Where

Golfers in England are set to return to their beloved golf courses. However, there are some differences to note between regions under the new tier system, with golfers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also facing contrasting restrictions as we enter the height of winter. Who can play golf and where? We take a closer look at how each of the nations stand. read more ...


Who Is The Longest And Most Accurate On Tour?

The incredible distance of Bryson DeChambeau dominated headlines this season, with South African sensation Wilco Neinaber recently causing a stir with his long hitting. But what does it mean, and how do the longest drivers compare with the straightest? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks into the stats to find out. read more ...


Golf is Back in England But Will You Be Rushing Out To Play?

What a relief that most of us can get back out there and start playing golf again. It’s been a tough few weeks, with so much uncertainty surrounding whether or not we would be able to return. But with the imminent return of the tier system, it signals the way for courses to reopen in England.  But will you get back out playing? read more ...


What Can We Expect From Golf Courses in December

Seasoned golfers will have no great expectations about what they might find when their courses reopen after this latest lockdown ends. But those who returned to the game and/or took it up for the first time after the first lockdown ended might be disappointed - they shouldn’t be. Instead, we should all be thankful of the chance to go out and play again. read more ...


English Golfers Get Set For Return of Golf

Golfers throughout England will rejoice at the news that the game will resume following this month's national lockdown. But just how excited are golfers by the prospect of getting back out and playing? On Golfshake, 1,600 golfers responded to our recent Winter Survey, and we discovered their thoughts on the sport resuming. read more ...


A Magical Links Experience in Scotland

With restrictions on international travel, Golfshake's Ryan Rastall and a group of friends decided to take an adventure up to the Home of Golf, Scotland, where they experienced Kingbarns, Carnoustie, Dumbarnie Links, and the Jubilee Course at St Andrews. Ryan's describes their journey, the courses played, and the memories forged. read more ...


Do You Think We Will Be Playing Golf in December?

With lockdown in England forcing golf courses to close across the country, Golfshake writer Derek Clements reflects on what this means to him this winter, what he is doing to keep golf active and hopes for the short term. read more ...


No Need To Panic Over Europe's Ryder Cup Prospects

Off the back of the 2020 golf season and 2020 Masters, Golfshake writer and sports journalist Derek Clements looks ahead to the 2021 Ryder Cup assessing how the European team may stack up and compare against their US counterparts. read more ...


Reflecting on the 2020 Masters

Before the 84th Masters, all the talk was about Bryson DeChambeau, but Dustin Johnson made the headlines with his dominant victory. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the week, from the exploits of Bernhard Langer to frustrations for Rory McIlroy, and what Augusta National was like without the atmosphere. read more ...


The 25 Most Birdied Golf Holes of 2020

Everyone loves making a birdie, but just where are Golfshake Members making those positive numbers? We decided to find out by analysing the data. From thousands of eligible holes, there are 25 that have stood out above the rest as being the Most Birdied this year. read more ...


Discover Scotland's New Masterpiece - Dumbarnie Links

Designed by Clive Clark, Dumbarnie Links opened in May 2020 to great acclaim. Golfshake Equipment Expert, Ryan Rastall recently had the chance to visit Fife and experience the layout for himself. Describing the course and what you can expect, here are Ryan's thoughts on this stunning destination.  read more ...


DeChambeau is NOT the Only Show in Town at Augusta

If you read the papers or tune in to the TV coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that Bryson DeChambeau is the only person taking part in the 84th Masters at Augusta National. His obsessive search for distance is dominating everything to do with the final major of the season. But Golfshake's Derek Clements doesn't necessarily believe that the hype will lead to success. read more ...


6 Outsiders to Follow at the Masters

This year's Masters is set for a contest between the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, the tournament favourites, while eyes will also be on Rory McIlroy and defending champion Tiger Woods. However, looking beyond the world's top 20 players, we have picked out six names who could upset the odds and triumphantly place their arms inside that iconic Green Jacket on Sunday. read more ...



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