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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 ...


The Toughest Par 4s in England

Par 4s are the foundation of most golf courses and come in all shapes and sizes, but we wanted to find out what the toughest are in England. Studying data in the Golfshake Score Tracker, here are some of the most difficult, those holes that put a blemish on more cards than not. read more ...


18 Miguel Angel Jimenez Facts & Stats

Celebrating the hugely impressive and enduring career of Miguel Angel Jimenez, we have picked out 18 statistics that serve as a timely reminder of just how good the Spaniard has been for a very long time. read more ...


The Golfshake #BirdieClub Continues

Thousands more golfers have joined the #BirdieClub after tracking their rounds on the Golfshake Score Tracker, making the most of this summer of golf, with the Golfshake Community playing in record numbers throughout July. read more ...


Looking for the Next Generation of Scottish Winners

From the likes of Old Tom Morris to Willie Anderson, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Sandy Lyle, Catriona Matthew, Paul Lawrie and Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfers have played a starring role in golf, but in recent times, that production line has slowed. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at where the next champion could emerge from. read more ...


How to Improve Your Golf When on Holiday

Could you improve your game during a week off on holiday without playing golf? Golfshake Ambassador Richard Moore believes so and explains the tips and steps he followed to change his mindset on the course, which has made a positive impact. read more ...


Andrew Johnston Withdrawal Highlights Difficulty of Life in a Bubble

Last week, Andrew "Beef" Johnston withdrew from the British Masters after nine-holes, citing the difficulty of having to exist within the bubble environment on the European Tour, away from his family. Golfshake's Derek Clements explains why this is understandable, looking at the challenges of this new normal for pro golf. read more ...


Are These the Most Birdied Opening Holes in the UK

The opening hole to a round can set the tone of the day. Establishing a positive start is a challenge, but there are some layouts that introduce golfers in a more relaxed fashion. We have studied the Golfshake Score Tracker to help identify some of the easiest 1st holes in the UK, picking out the most birdied in 2020. read more ...


The Most Difficult Par 3s England

Most courses have that one tricky and memorable short hole, those alluring designs that are rife with danger. We wanted to discover the par 3s that give our golfers nightmares, and the only way to find them was to delve into the Golfshake Score Tracker, uncovering some of the toughest in England. read more ...


How Jon Rahm Conquered the World

New world number one Jon Rahm has enjoyed a constant rise to the top since turning professional in 2016. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks back at how the powerful Spaniard has done it, starting with his stunning amateur career, to his latest memorable success at The Memorial. read more ...


Why Tiger's Lack of Competitive Golf is a Problem

Tiger Woods made his return to the PGA Tour at the Memorial, with flashes of brilliance diluted by medicore play. Showing understandable rust, Will Trinkwon believes that the 15-time major champion's light schedule could hold him back in the upcoming season of majors as he chases down records. read more ...


8 Strange Backgrounds of Tour Pros

Many tour pros follow a standard path into the highest levels of the game, whether it be progressing through college or elite amateur level, but as Will Trinkwon explores, there have been several notable names who took an unusual route into the sport. read more ...


The Most Difficult 1st Holes in the UK

Getting off to a good start is often vital for a successful round, but that can be easier said than done at certain courses. We have analysed rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker since May, picking out those tricky opening holes that have challenged golfers, featuring some of the earliest card-wreckers in the game. read more ...


How the 2011 Open Championship Was Won

This week should have been The 149th Open at Royal St George's, but the coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement for the first time since the Second World War. To remind us of what we're missing, Golfshake's Derek Clements relives the most recent edition of golf's oldest major in Kent, 2011, the year when Darren Clarke secured his greatest triumph. read more ...


The Most Difficult 18th Holes in the UK

The final hole of the day is always a significant one, but to discover the most challenging across the UK, we have studied rounds submitted into the Golfshake Score Tracker since May, identifying the 18th holes that everyday golfers find difficult, featuring several surprising monsters to give everyone nightmares. read more ...


Bryson DeChambeau Continues to Divide Opinion

Bryson DeChambeau has dominated headlines lately, dividing opinion. Golfshake's Derek Clements recently shared his views in an article that drew a considerable number of passionate comments, both in support and against what he said. Now, Derek responds and addresses those directly. read more ...


An Open Letter to Club Golfers on COVID-19

When playing golf, are you still seeing golfers closely following social distancing rules? Will Trinkwon is asthmatic and is concerned by what he has witnessed on the course, making him nervous about venturing back to the game. Writing an open letter to golfers, Will seeks to remind everyone that the threat of the coronavirus remains very real. read more ...


The Ryder Cup Officially Postponed Until 2021

It had been widely speculated and predicted for months, but it's now official; the Ryder Cup has been postponed until 2021. The biennial contest between the United States and Europe had originally been scheduled for 25-27 September, but it will now be pushed back 12 months. read more ...


Join The Golfshake #BirdieClub This Summer

Combining with Callaway, Golfshake welcomes golfers into the #BirdieClub, revealing a new contest for the Golfshake Community, where each net birdie tracked in the Golfshake Score Tracker will see golfers entered into a weekly prize draw, with four winners being randomly drawn from the hat to claim either a dozen or a sleeve of Chrome Softs. read more ...


The Many Questions Raised by Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau has been the main talking point in golf for weeks, his radical physical transformation, his stunning power, and his attitude have all generated discussion and controversy. Golfshake's Derek Clements is stunned by what he's acheived, but explains why he doesn't believe the American is good for the game. read more ...


50 Golf Courses to Play This Summer Under £50

Following months of lockdown, we're looking forward to make up for lost time on the golf course this summer. But where are you going to play? We all want to visit more courses without breaking the bank. Analysing reviews submitted by the Golfshake Community, we have identified courses for your list to experience, all of which have green fees no higher than £50. read more ...


15 of the Best Caddies in Golf

For a tour player, a good caddie can be worth three or four shots a round - and maybe more than that. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at just some of the best in business, past and present, those characters who guide the world's best players around major championship venues. read more ...


The Ryder Cup Looks Set To Be Postponed

It has been widely reported that the Ryder Cup is expected to be called off, potentially as soon as this week. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a closer look at the complexities behind the decision and why it's not as straightforward as some may think. read more ...


Why Tiger's Reluctance to Play Could Hurt His Record Chasing

When will we see Tiger Woods play in a professional golf tournament again? Will Trinkwon delves into the 15-time major champion's reduced schedule and questions whether such an approach is best for his chances to surpass records, specifically Sam Snead's PGA Tour win total. read more ...


Golfshake Ambassadors Reflect on Get Golf Fit Journey

Earlier this year, we dispatched Golfshake Ambassadors to meet Jon Ship, fitness expert and founder of JS Golf Fit, who established a carefully developed fitness programme for them to undertake. We have caught up with the guys to see how well they have followed the steps outlined by Jon, following the exercises and progressing through each stage of the programme, and what benefits they have seen on the golf course. read more ...


Rory McIlroy's 7 Most Controversial Moments

For over a decade, Rory McIlroy has captivated golf fans with his incredible play and major championship successes, but his admirable outspokenness, honesty and strength of character has occasionally placed the Northern Irishman into controversy situations. Will Trinkwon has picked out seven of the world number one's most contentious moments. read more ...


The Best TV Golf Commentators

Televised golf has progressed dramatically since it first emerged in the 1950s, but one thing that has not changed is the need for voices to enhance the pictures, those who add knowledge, insight and humour to proceedings. Everyone has their favourite TV golf commentators, so we have shared ours. read more ...


Golf Breaks Return in England

Now that summer is here and many restrictions have been lifted, there are reasons to be optimistic about discovering a semblance of normality to our lives, including the return of golf breaks, with hotels opening their doors again, golfers are ready to experience venues throughout England with many attractive options available. read more ...


UK Golf Clubs Report Stunning Rise in New Members

Many golf clubs across the UK have reported dramatic increases in membership, including several notable stories of remarkable revival, but as Golfshake's Derek Clements notes, that positive trend is real, but there remains key challenges for some venues. read more ...


Golf Clubhouses to Reopen in England

Since the much welcomed resumption of play in May, golf courses in England have experienced unprecedented demand, but one thing that had been absent in the return was access to clubhouses and the bar and catering facilities within them. However, that is all set to change from July 4th read more ...


10 of Golf's Biggest and Best Characters

Golf has been littered with many colourful, fascinating and charismatic figures through the decades, something that Golfshake's Derek Clements celebrates in this feature, describing several of his favourite characters across various eras in the game. read more ...


The Greatest Father & Son Combinations in Golf

Golf is a game that has traditionally been passed down generations, most often by fathers to their children. For the vast majority of players on the PGA and European Tours, their introduction to golf came through their dad. And in several cases, both the father and son were truly exceptional players. We take a closer look at some of the Greatest Father & Son Combinations in Golf. read more ...


Golf's Original Muscle Man

The radical physical transformation of Bryson DeChambeau has drawn scrutiny during the PGA Tour's return, but while it's true to say that more golfers these days have shed the beer belly in favour of a six-pack, it's not like fitness and athleticism are entirely new concepts. We take a look at some of the pioneers, including golf's original muscle man, Frank Stranahan. read more ...


Are You Ready For The World Handicap System

With golf now back, a big talking point among everyday golfers remains the World Handicap System (WHS), which is being rolled out across the world in 2020. Golfshake has surveyed 2,000 golfers to gather their thoughts on the new system, whether they understand it, what they hope it will achieve, and whether they think it's good for the game. read more ...


Golf Quiz #7 - How Much Do You Know About Phil Mickelson?

In a career littered with milestones, Phil Mickelson has now reached another, turning 50. The five-time major champion has spent nearly 30 years winning on the PGA Tour, becoming one of the most popular and charismatic golfers of his era. Celebrating everything that he has achieved - and testing your knowledge in the process - here is our latest quiz, focused specifically on Lefty himself. read more ...


Bryson DeChambeau Has Transformed - But Can It Last

PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau has physically transformed in recent months, gaining an extraordinary amount of weight and muscle that has seen his driving distance increase dramatically. Will Trinkwon is impressed by the American's effort and dedication, but worries that it may not be sustainable and lead to lasting damage. read more ...


Where Senior Golfers Stand in the Game - What You Said

Golfshake writer and senior golfer Derek Clements reviews and breaks down the findings of a recent survey that focused on the attitudes of golfers, specifically with regards to senior golf, asking key questions about memberships, pace of play, and just how important this demograpgic is for clubs. read more ...


How to Pick the Ultimate European Ryder Cup Team

The revelation that American captain Steve Stricker will have six wild card picks at the Ryder Cup got us thinking about how we would embark on hand-picking a side, looking at key factors like form, experience and compatibility. However, we wanted to experiment and go a little further, using historical stats to select the Ultimate European Ryder Cup Team. read more ...


Golfshake Sees Record Growth & Positive Trends For Golf

This extraordinary period in world history has impacted all industries, golf included, but Golfshake is delighted to report evidence that the game has emerged strongly since play resumed in the UK, seeing record website traffic and a dramatic surge in the number of rounds tracked. read more ...


Rory McIlroy Suggests European Tour and PGA Tour Should Merge

With the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic yet to be known, world number one Rory McIlroy has expressed fear for the future of the European Tour, suggesting that it should potentially merge with the PGA Tour to help simplify and strengthen the game at the highest level. read more ...


The Joy of Returning to the Golf Course Again

Golfshake's Derek Clements shares the final chapter of his lockdown diary, reflecting on his long-awaited return to the golf course, something that he had been initially unsure about, but the experience surpassed all expectations. read more ...


The Golf Holes That You Must Play

Unforgettable holes make a golf course, whether it be the challenge they provide, the dramatic visuals they offer, or the history behind them, this sport is littered with architectural masterpieces. Looking to identify some of the greatest around, we asked several of our Golfshake Ambassadors to pick out three holes that they have experienced, describing why they are a must play. read more ...


It's Time to Show More Tolerance Towards Nomadic Golfers

Since golf resumed in the UK, clubs have sought to find the balance of satisfying the needs of committed members alongside visitors who provide valuable income through green fees. But there has been a degree of dissension between many golfers. Looking at the debate and responding to comments, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his view on why more tolerance should be shown towards nomadic players. read more ...


The Joys of Single Golf

Golf is best shared with others, but during this age of social distancing, many golfers have found themselves introduced to the joys of single golf. The social element is an integral element behind the appeal of the game, but Golfshake's Kieran Clark explains why there is much to be said for stepping onto the first tee alone with your thoughts. read more ...


Early Mornings at The Old Course

The historic town of St Andrews is widely known as the spiritual home of golf, but many won't have realised just how alive the Old Course is at sunrise. From the queues of golfers hoping to play, the tourists seeking a photo opportunity, and the squad of greenkeepers working hard, it's a buzzing hub of activity. Golfshake's Kieran Clark wanted to see this spectacle for himself, discovering the magic of early mornings at the Old Course. read more ...


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