2015

  • AP McCoy: "Tiger didn't know who I was, but we had a good chat about injuries!"

    Written by James Henderson on 22 December 2015

    If a golfer dominated the game the way Tony ‘AP’ McCoy has dominated horse racing, they would have 100 Majors under their belt and make a hole-in-one every time they so much as looked at a par 3.  Watch the documentary Being AP and you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching an extended episode of children’s TV show Record Breakers. McCoy’s...

  • Would you pay a £100,000 membership fee at Wentworth?

    Written by Kevin Brown on 22 December 2015

    It’s always a tough time of year for golf club members, when the annual fees are due and you’re forced to assess whether you’re getting value for money from your membership and can justify paying for another year. So spare a thought for members of Wentworth, who will have to stump up £100,000 if they want to retain their membership after...

  • Say hello to the world's best new golf courses

    Written by Rob McGarr on 18 December 2015

    A few weeks ago, we brought you the news that Greg Norman had designed the world's best new golf course, in the form of The Bluffs in Vietnam. But that was 2015's best new golf course. That's old news now. These courses are the ones that will be in contention for world's best new course of 2016. Some are already open...

  • Trump's Scotland hotel looks dead in the water

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on 16 December 2015

    Controversial US politician and golf course owner Donald Trump has run into more trouble, having failed in his bid to stop an offshore wind farm being built opposite Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen. Trump, who is the Republican presidential frontrunner, said the construction of 11 turbines off the northeastern coast of Scotland would be a blot on the horizon of...

  • Prepare to be awestruck as we explore the world of blind golf

    Written by James Henderson & Rob McGarr on 16 December 2015

    What’s the most impressive shot you’ve ever seen hit live, in the flesh? Until recently, I had three contenders: Joe Miller launching drives at 200 miles per hour, the ball disappearing upon impact and arcing back into view 400 yards away; Rory McIlroy hitting a 5-iron that never left the flag from 239 yards to set up a second eagle...

  • Exclusive tips from the 2015 Coach of the Year

    16 December 2015

    *Image: Leaderboard Photography. Three men who have each 'pulled out all the stops' to support golfers have been honoured with awards at the England Golf coaching conference. Terry Casey, who has just retired as the manager of the England men's team, won the award for the Outstanding Contribution to Coaching. He also happens to be the dad of PGA Tour star Paul. Steve Parrish,...

  • The world's top golfers just opened their Christmas presents

    Written by Rob McGarr on 15 December 2015

    Most of us won't be unwrapping any presents until the 25th of December, but golfers live in a world where the 2016 season started weeks ago, so they can't be blamed for being a bit premature when it comes to opening their gifts. Judging by their reactions, some of them clearly made Santa's 'nice list'. Others, not so much... "Wow! This...

  • 17 things about golf that make absolutely no sense whatsoever

    Written by Rob McGarr on 11 December 2015

    Yes, we've done one of those funny list things! How original! Shut up and enjoy it. 1. We do it for pleasure And yet, the less we do of it, the more we enjoy it. If you fly around the course in three hours, shooting 65, you’ve had a great time. But a round that takes six hours and 130 shots is not...

  • TG TBT #2: How good is a £15 driver?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 10 December 2015

    Hello, and welcome, to the second instalment of Today's Golfer Throwback Thursdays, our weekly trip down memory lane.  In last week's inaugural TG TBT, we took a journey to December 2010, a strange world where Lee Westwood was world number one, Jordan Spieth was a fresh-faced 16-year-old, the Ping I15 was the longest driver in town and golf balls cost £329.  This...

  • Rory McIlroy is dishing out free drivers AGAIN

    Written by Rob McGarr on 08 December 2015

    Only last week we brought you the thoroughly lovely news that Rory McIlroy had given one of his old drivers to a bloke who asked for it on Facebook. Rory is at it again, this time giving one to Mark Wahlberg. "I played golf at Portmarnock, it was beautiful," Wahlberg told The Herald. "I'd love to come back here on vacation...

  • This golf club will give you a pint of beer if you avoid slow play

    Written by Rob McGarr on 08 December 2015

    Slow play isn't just a problem for the golfers suffering it; it's also a big issue for the clubs it affects. If golfers paying green fees find themselves stuck out on the course for five or six hours, they're hardly likely to rush back. And members are likely to consider going elsewhere if they have to book a week's holiday just...

  • Make the rules of golf simpler

    Written by Denis Pugh, PGA Master professional and coach to Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher on 07 December 2015

    The rules of golf are too complicated. There’s no question about it. They are unnecessarily complex and do not have a logical sequence. And it’s not just an annoyance that existing golfers have to deal with and get over; it’s a huge factor in putting non-golfers off from taking up the game.  Some of the rules and penalties simply make no...

  • 100ft Robot Golf is coming to PS4 and looks absolutely bonkers

    Written by Rob McGarr on 07 December 2015

    Golf computer games are never sure how seriously and faithfully they should recreate the sport. The big-selling EA Sports franchise, known as Tiger Woods PGA Tour for many years before being rebranded as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour this year, has dabbled with power boosts, spin you can apply while the ball is in flight, novelty characters and mini games like...

  • Short game tips from the British pitch & putt champion

    Written by Rob McGarr on 07 December 2015

    John Deeble only took up pitch and putt “to learn the basics of golf before moving on to play a proper course”. But when he discovered he was good at it, he could play it competitively and rounds took just over an hour, it became his passion. The 34-year-old from Dagenham began playing internationally in 2003 and 12 years on,...

  • TG TBT #1: When Westwood was number one, Spieth was just a prospect, and golf balls cost £329

    Written by Rob McGarr on 03 December 2015

    Today's Golfer has been around for aaaaaages. The magazine is so old it used to offer tips to help velociraptors eliminate their slice.  We've decided to celebrate that history by taking a weekly look back to the past. As the kids are always talking about "throwback Thursday", which, as far as we understand, is where you reminisce about something lovely that...

  • Is FootGolf any good?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 02 December 2015

    FootGolf is taking over the UK. There are now over 160 FootGolf courses in the UK, up from around 40 a year ago. (FootGolf claims to be the fastest growing sport in the UK, but we always take those claims with a pinch of salt, as every sport from hockey to tiddlywinks, frizbee-while-bunging-jumping to underwater lawnmower racing tends to make...

  • Reader offer: Save £20 on Zepp Golf

    01 December 2015

    If you're serious about improving your game in 2016, get some help from one of the best teaching aids around. Zepp Golf gives instant feedback on your swing – and you can get £20 off the £129.95 RRP with Today's Golfer. The easy-to-use device lets you measure and track the most critical aspects of your swing, such as clubhead speed, club...

  • Phil Taylor: "A nine-darter is harder than a hole-in-one"

    Written by Chris Jones on 01 December 2015

    Phil Taylor likes winning. “I can’t play tiddlywinks without trying my best,” he says. “My daughter beat me at pool once and I went down the pool hall for 10 days on the trot, so that I’d get her next time. That’s life, isn’t it? It’s all about winning.” It’s a character trait that came to the fore when he took up...

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