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  • Long Drive World Series returns to Portugal this weekend

    21 September 2017

    Golf's most exciting new showpiece event, Long Drive World Series, returns this weekend for the final leg of the 2017 competition. The event will take place on Sunday 24th September at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, the same venue which plays host to this week's European Tour hosted Portugal Masters.  The event will see eight of the world's longest...

  • Mind control on the course: How to strike the right balance

    20 September 2017

    Mind control advice on the course: How to let your performance matter... but don't make it matter too much This piece is written for Today's Golfer by Karl Morris, who has worked with major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell. For more about him, go to  http://www.themindfactor.com/ Golfing legend Sam Snead once said: "Good golfing temperament falls between taking it with a...

  • 16 games to play on the course that you've probably never heard of

    Written by Michael Catling on 20 September 2017

    Whether you play for 50p, a fiver or simply for bragging rights, there are dozens of games that can add a bit of competitive fun to a round of golf. For a game that is anything but predictable, it's ironic that that most golf competitions follow on of these formats. And whether it's strokeplay, stableford or matchplay, you can guarantee that...

  • Insiders Guide to Mauritius

    20 September 2017

    Mark Twain once said: "You get the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius." The famous writer visited this Indian Ocean jewel some six years before golf arrived here – 1902's Gymkhana GC layout is the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, and the island now boasts nine 18-hole courses. But given the utter...

  • Best luxury cars for golfers

    Written by Tom Goodlad on 20 September 2017

    Want to cut a dash in the golf club car park? If you have cash to splash and are in the market for a new upmarket motor, our colleagues at Parkers.co.uk have named the best luxury vehicles on sale in their New Car of the Year Awards 2018. Today’s Golfer has teamed up with Parkers to name the Best Luxury Car...

  • Six Burning Questions: Jim 'Bones' Mackay

    19 September 2017

    After 25 years of pounding the fairways alongside Phil Mickelson, the world's most recognisable caddie decided to hang up his bag and become an on-course commentator. Here he tells our sister magazine Golf World about his new venture, about the perils of chewing gum, and why he fully expects his old boss to keep on winning well into his 50s. Obvious opener,...

  • My life in golf: Alan Shearer

    Written by Kevin Brown on 19 September 2017

    The former England and Newcastle legend on pro-am nerves, his annual trip to Augusta and playing with the 'angry' Ian Wright Alan Shearer is one of the best strikers this country has ever produced. He scored 283 league goals in a glittering career that included a record 260 in the Premier League, a record 11 top- flight hat- tricks and a...

  • Luke Donald and Alex Levy surprise two golf fans

    07 September 2017

    Watch as Luke Donald and Alex Levy surprise two young golf fans at the Omega European Masters! To celebrate the future of golf, the tournament invited talented young golfers Elliott Andrews, 7, from Northern Ireland and Amelia Wan, 10, from England, over to Crans-Montana for a tour of the golf-club and to watch some of the action. Little did they know...

  • Speed Golf: An honest verdict

    Written by Camilla Tait on 06 September 2017

    Speed Golf: What happened when our digital editor tried one of the latest forms of golf Thanks to Golf Sixes, the Zurich Classic and Super Sixes events on the European and PGA Tours this year, it’s clear there’s been a considerable shift away from golf’s originally purposed form in a bid to increase participation. Speedgolf is the latest version of golf to...

  • WATCH: Pro long driver swings so hard he SNAPS his driver

    06 September 2017

    You don't see this every day! The Volvik World Long Drive finals are currently underway in Oaklahoma, but while everyone was expecting some super-human drives - they weren't expecting competitor Wes Pettersen SNAP his driver and send it flying in to the crowd.  Pettersen may be down a driver, but he IS through the quarter-finals against Mitch Grassing from Canada later this...

  • Andrew Cotter: Why golf is more than a game

    Written by Andrew Cotter on 06 September 2017

    "Golf is more than a game. It creates lifelong bonds and special memories" Who was it that first got you into golf? For me, there were a number of family members involved since, when I first played, I was three years old and work associates were thin on the ground. There were my parents, of course, and also my grandfather. But...

  • 4 drills to increase your clubhead speed

    05 September 2017

    A faster clubhead means longer shots. But you don’t need bulging muscles – just a better technique We don’t need a launch monitor to tell us that if we move the ball faster we increase our potential for hitting the ball further. Boosting your speed, though, is not quite as simple as it sounds. Increased speed cannot come at the expense...

  • Artificial six-hole course opens at Frilford Heath

    Written by Kevin Brown on 01 September 2017

    An exciting new course has just opened at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire in the form of a unique synthetic artificial grass layout. The Yellow Course sits alongside Frilford Heath’s three existing championship courses but what sets it apart is that it has been created using Huxley Golf all-weather surfaces. The course is divided into two accessible loops of three holes each with...

  • Prince’s Golf Club announces big plans to redevelop Himalayas nine

    31 August 2017

    Prince's Golf Club, in Sandwich Bay, Kent and host of the 1932 Open Championship, has announced extensive and ambitious plans to redevelop the Himalayas nine. Prince’s Golf Club, in Sandwich Bay, Kent and host of the 1932 Open Championship, has announced extensive and ambitious plans to redevelop the Himalayas nine. The club has hired renowned international golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert...

  • 13 reasons to buy the new issue of Today’s Golfer

    30 August 2017

    The accuracy issue: Whether it's getting fitted for the right clubs, practicing the perfect drills or taking tips from legends of the game - it's all right here in the latest issue of TG Lets face it, every single one of us would love to be more accurate. Whether it's hitting more fairways, boosting that greens in regulation percentage or being...

  • 50 fun UK golf courses that will make you forget about your score

    30 August 2017

    Golf, more than anything, is meant to be enjoyable, so we've put together a list of 50 fun golf courses in the UK that will make you forget about your scorecard It's supposed to be fun from the moment you tee it up to the time you walk off the  final green. Whether you've played well or, for that matter, been...

  • American Golf crowns Junior Champions 2017

    25 August 2017

    American Golf have crowned their 2017 Junior Champions after a day of excellent competition in all categories The fourth annual American Golf Junior Championship in association with PING came to its climax as the regional winners headed to Gainsborough Golf Club to compete for the coveted championship titles. Despite the hot competition, the American Golf Junior Championship is renowned for its relaxed,...

  • When will distance measuring devices go pro?

    25 August 2017

    Wondering when distance measuring devices will make it to the big leagues? It could be sooner than you think, as it's already happening on the EuroPro Tour... Where would we be without range nders, GPS watches and smartphones? Probably still hacking around in the woods, lamenting poor club choice as our score nears double gures. Before 2014, it was a common...

  • My life in golf: Andy Garcia

    25 August 2017

    Hollywood superstar Andy Garcia talks about teeing it up with Jack Nicholson and Joe Pesci, accepting what he's got and his victory on the PGA Tour The Godfather III, Oceans 11, Internal Affairs... Andy Garcia has starred in some of Hollywood's biggest movies over the past three decades. But one of the 60-year-old's greatest achievements is a win on the PGA...

  • Feature: Golf’s golden retriever collects 50k golf balls

    25 August 2017

    It's no secret that golf can be an expensive game when you factor in the cost of clubs, green fees and golf balls. But for one player, his biggest expense is dog biscuits! Barry Gell, of Dunfermline, Fife, rewards his collie Jess with a treat every time she finds a golf ball. That may not seem like much, but she's fetched...

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