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Golfers Just Want a Handicap System That is Fair

The World Handicap System has generated much discussion on what it means for golfers going forward, but the vast majority of players simply want a process that is fair to everybody, reducing the number of trophy hunters and so-called bandits. Will the WHS deliver on that? That is something the governing bodies are determined to achieve. read more ...


What is Your Best Ever Start to a Round

Everyone dreams of getting off to a fast start on the golf course. However, it so often doesn't turn out that way, which makes it especially memorable when it actually does. We take a look at some of the best starts to a round in golf - and also share our own moments of front-nine glory. read more ...


Are You Ready For Winter Golf - Tips To Keep Playing

The clocks are turning back meaning that winter golf is officially here, a time of year that divides opinion but one that can provide enjoyable playing opportunities. We have some thoughts on what you can do to prepare yourselves for winter and on what you can expect to face in the coming months. 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 ...


18 Golf Holes That Could Ruin Your Scorecard

Everyone has that one hole that invariably threatens to ruin their scorecard, when even on the best days it ominously looms in your mind. This is true for all golfers, including single handicap players, as we have discovered when analysing the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify some true card wreckers. read more ...


Importance of Prostate Cancer Awareness - A Personal Story

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the United Kingdom. 129 men are diagnosed every day, with early detection key. Golfshake's Andy Picken was exposed to an awareness campaign, something that may have saved his life, as identifying key symptoms led to a vital diagnosis. Showcasing the importance, Andy shares his personal story and journey. read more ...


Slow Play - How to Keep Things Moving on the Golf Course

Pace of play remains a hot topic in the minds of golfers, as underlined in a recent Golfshake Survey, which gathered views on the subject following the coronavirus lockdown, where measures initially led to quicker rounds, before a frustrating sense of normality began to hit. We analyse those opinions and what can be done to address the issue. read more ...


What the New COVID-19 Rules Mean for Golfers

As COVID-19 continues to run rampant in the UK, new Government restrictions have been imposed, but rules vary between different parts of the country, with golfers wondering how this impacts them. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look and explains what affect these changes have on playing golf. read more ...


View From The Fairway - Credit to Keith Pelley & The European Tour

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his View From The Fairway, showcasing key thoughts on the game from the past week, including praise for Keith Pelley and the European Tour, who have managed to pull together an entertaining schedule of events in the face of the pandemic. read more ...


How to Get More Juniors Playing Golf

While golf remains highly popular and naturally appealing to older people, can the game do more to connect with the next generation? Clearly, a significant number of golfers feel that the sport must become more dynamic and engaging in the future. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his thoughts on how that can happen. read more ...


Sir Nick Faldo Supports Campaign to Save Cleeve Hill

The campaign to save the unique and historic Cleeve Hill has drawn significant interest, including from golf legend Sir Nick Faldo. Golfshake's Andy Picken shares his insight on the situation and explains why this story matters for the game. read more ...


Golfers Address Issues Facing the Game

While there has been cause for optimism in the game due to the enthusiasm of golfers in the midst of the pandemic, the deeper issues remain for many, factors that need addressing in the future for the sport to thrive in the post-COVID climate. We look at the key areas that continue to concern golfers. 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 ...


The Need to Save Cleeve Hill Golf Club

The unique and historic Cleeve Hill Golf Club is facing potential closure next year, a situation that has caused despair to the thousands of golfers who have played there. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken explains why this spectacular venue needs to be saved. read more ...


Golfers Are Optimistic About Future of UK Golf Clubs

The year began with fears of mass golf course closures, but following this most unique of seasons, are golfers feeling optimistic about the future? Apparently so. When asked, 75% of golfers said they were. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks deeper into the comments and what can be learned from them. read more ...


Rounds of Golf Are Taking Less Time - And Golfers Are Loving It

Slow play has been a hot topic for years, but when the game resumed after lockdown, due to larger tee time intervals and an increase of two-balls, the Golfshake Survey has revealed that golfers have enjoyed quicker rounds, featuring less waiting time, something that many are hoping continues into the future. 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 ...


Interview With Pro Golfer Holly Calvert

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently played the magnificent Hillside Golf Club with LET Access Series player, Holly Calvert, where they discussed life as a professional, how to grow the game for girls, and her experiences of the recent Rose Ladies Series. read more ...


The Reasons Golfers Joined Golf Clubs in Record Numbers

England Golf declared that over 20,000 new members have joined golf clubs this season, but that figure could be closer to 100,000. Ultimately, it's clear that the game has seen an unexpected level of growth, but the question for the industry to ponder is why did so many join golf clubs this year?  read more ...


Interview With Amateur Champion Joe Long

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken interviews 2020 Amateur Champion Joe Long, who defeated fellow Bristolian Joe Harvey in the final, securing the historic title and his place in the Masters, US Open and Open. Joe describe his journey, the experience of winning, and what the future holds. read more ...


How COVID Has Impacted Golf Spending Habits

The coronavirus pandemic is a major public health crisis, but also an economic one, significantly impacting every industry, including golf. Analysing the latest Golfshake Survey that was completed by over 2,500 keen golfers, we look into how COVID-19 has changed travel and spending habits in the game. read more ...


Bryson is Long, But Distance Has Always Been Key to Success

Bryson DeChambeau's dominant victory at the US Open has led to deep analysis on what his style of golf means for the game, but as Golfshake's Will Trinkwon explains, the American is not unique and distance has always been key to success at the highest level. read more ...


Golf Is More Than Just A Game - Why It Should Remain Open

For many golf is clearly more than just a game, it's an enriching activity, an integral part of daily life. Following the spring lockdown that was introduced throughout the UK, the importance of golf has became apparent during these challenging times, a spotlight was shone on the many benefits it can bring to the health and wellbeing of millions. read more ...


Golfers Describe Get Golf Fit Experience

2,000 golfers have signed up for Get Golf Fit, a fitness programme launched by Golfshake and Jon Ship of JS Golf Fit, designed to help our Community to become Fitter, Stronger, Faster, improving flexibility, rotation and performance on the course. Months later, we have gathered their feedback to discover the benefits of the series. read more ...


Why Tee Time Access is Golf's Biggest Challenge This Autumn

Golf has enjoyed a staggering boom during these extraordinary times, a dramatic turnaround that now presents another kind of challenge, namely how to address the impact of supply and demand with tee time availability. We look at why finding a way to keep everyone happy, delivering value for money, and ensuring opportunities to play in the face of narrowing hours of daylight, is the major test for the game this autumn. read more ...


Survey Reveals Unprecedented Summer Golf Boom

Following years of reported decline in membership and golfers lost to other activities, no one could have predicted the astonishing recovery golf was about to experience due to the global pandemic which has led to an unprecedented summer boom. Following widespread industry data underlining the incredible surge of interest in the game, we have surveyed the Golfshake Community to canvas their thought and opinions. read more ...


How Golf Breaks Have Changed With COVID Regulations

Golf breaks in the UK have taken on a whole new dimension as we learn to live with social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions, but thousands of golfers haven't allowed that to stop them enjoying a trip. We take a look at the advice and guidance on how things have to changed. read more ...


Why Autumn is the Best Time of Year to Play Golf

Many keen golfers realise that the best kept secret in golf is that the autumn is an underrated time of the year. Whether it be the magical colours, those crisp morning conditions, or the more relaxed pace, it may even be the finest season to play. We asked the Golfshake Ambassadors to share their thoughts on playing golf during autumn. read more ...


Popular Alternatives to Traditional Golf Club Memberships

Golf club memberships have gone through the roof since lockdown ended, but many golfers would still rather continue their nomadic existence than join a club. Fortunately, they have lots of choice. We take a look at the alternatives out there, the schemes and possible options that golfers have to play a variety of courses for great value. read more ...


486,000 Net Birdies or Better Tracked During Golfshake #BirdieClub

Following eight weeks of qualifying rounds submitted by the Golfshake Community, a staggering 486,000 net birdies or better were recorded in the Score Tracker during the Golfshake #BirdieClub. read more ...


Golf is Booming - Let's Make Sure it Continues

The number of rounds played are up. Club memberships have increased. All the evidence suggests that club golf is booming in the UK, but can that be sustained into the future? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at stories of courses that have transformed themselves, reflecting on the wider picture and this unique opportunity for the game. read more ...


10 of the Strangest Golf Swings

Much is made of the search for the perfect golf swing. But there are, of course, many ways to get the job done and the world of golf is full of players who have achieved huge success by throwing away the rule book and doing it their own way. We take a closer look at ten of the most idiosyncratic techniques. read more ...


The Toughest Par 5s in England

Par 5s can be punishingly lengthy or intelligently strategic. There are long holes that are difficult for all standards of golfers, where escaping with a five should be considered a good result. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to identify the 20 Toughest Par 5s in England.  read more ...


10 of the Best Golf Coaches

Behind many a great player is a celebrated golf coach, those swing and short game masters who guide their pupils and help them succeed at the highest level. And some of them have become household names, able to command vast sums of money for their services. Here we look at ten of the very best. read more ...


The Best UK Golf Courses Never to Host a Major

Hosting a tournament of significance is a proud achievement for any golf course, but as any keen golfer knows, there are many quality venues that haven't welcomed a major championship to their fairways. Underlining the depth of British golf, we have identified some of the best throughout the country that have not played host to a major professional or amatuer event. read more ...


English Golf Clubs Report Astonishing Surge in New Members

This has been a year that none of us will forget, but one positive sight has been the widespread image of busy courses throughout the summer, with golf clubs reporting a staggering rise in new memberships, presenting an encouraging opportunity for the industry to embrace. read more ...


The Summer of Birdies Continues on Golfshake

Accelerating through August, the Golfshake #BirdieClub is continuing to record striking numbers and shows encouraging signs of the keenness being currently expressed by golfers, with ten more winners claiming Callaway Chrome Softs with Triple Track Technology. read more ...


The Worst Shots Played by the Best Golfers

We marvel at what the world's top golfers can do, massive drives, fairway woods that finish three feet from the hole, stunning wedges, miraculous recoveries, glorious bunker shots and 60-foot birdie putts. But it does go wrong more often than you might believe, and sometimes in the most spectacular fashion. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at ten shots that these big names would rather forget. read more ...


How to Reach Single Figures - A Journey

Reaching single figures is a dream goal for most golfers, but Golfshake Ambassador Mel Davies hadn't quite reached it. However, with his 50th birthday approaching, he dedicated himself through practice, equipment, fitness and coaching to achieve his objective. Mel describes his journey to new heights. read more ...


No Need for Rory McIlroy to Press the Panic Button

It's now been six years since Rory McIlroy won a major championship, following a dissappointing showing at the PGA, which continued his poor form since the game restarted. Despite concerns, Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why the Northern Irishman will return to his best soon - and why majors are in his future. read more ...


How Much Do You Know About The PGA Championship

The PGA Championship has a rich history within the game, crowning many of the finest players in golf, but how much do you know about it? Take on the latest Golfshake Quiz, where you can test your knowledge on the winners, courses, and moments that have defined this historic event. read more ...


62,000 Net Birdies Made in a Week on Golfshake

The extraordinary thirst to play golf has continued apace this summer with thousands more golfers joining the Golfshake #BirdieClub during Week 4 of the contest, recording over 5,500 birdies and 62,000 net birdies or better on the Score Tracker, which has never been busier. read more ...


10 Players to Watch at the US PGA

The 102nd PGA Championship at Harding Park will be a unique major, but there is an opportunity for someone to become part of history, joining the list of storied names on the Wanamaker Trophy. Who is most likely to snatch the crown from Brooks Koepka? We take a look at some key stars to look out for at the PGA. read more ...


6 Outsiders to Follow at the US PGA

There are players who are drifting under the radar at Harding Park, with attention fixed on the likes of Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau, but we look at six nams who may surprise them and feature on the leaderboard at the PGA Championship. read more ...


US PGA Championship Preview, Picks & Analysis

Brooks Koepka is looking to complete a historic treble of PGA Championship victories, but he faces stiff competition at Harding Park in the first major of this unique year, with new world number one Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and two-time winner Rory McIlroy among the favourites to lift the Wanamaker Trophy. read more ...


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