January

  • Professional golfers are even better than you think – and have the handicaps to prove it

    Written by Denis Pugh, PGA Master professional and coach to Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher on 27 January 2016

    The PGA Tour trailers on TV often finish with the slogan “these guys are good”. Actually, these guys aren’t just good – they are far, far better than you think. Every amateur golfer has dreamed of what it would be like to be a tour professional. Some of you may be scratch golfers, or play with scratch golfers, and wonder if...

  • Know your pick from your place in our guide to the winter golf rules

    Written by Today's Golfer on 27 January 2016

    There are lots of things to love about winter golf, and one of the best is preferred lies, or ‘winter rules’. But there are things you need to know before you pick up your ball in the middle of the fairway. Here’s our guide. You can…  Move your ball only when a committee has introduced a Local Rule for preferred lies. Simply...

  • Golf is officially the most expensive sport to play

    Written by Rob McGarr on 26 January 2016

    Golfers spend £214 a month on the game One in ten hide their expenditure from their partner Biggest expense is golf club membership Golf is as expensive as you choose to make it. Decide to splash £100,000 or however much they're charging these days for a membership at Wentworth, get diamond-encrusted balls and clubs forged from gold, and the bill will quickly add...

  • 2015 Open at St Andrews was the best ever

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on 25 January 2016

    The 2015 Open Championship in St Andrews delivered £140 million of economic benefit to Scotland - the largest amount ever achieved by a golf event in the United Kingdom or Ireland, according to an independent economic impact assessment. The study, commissioned by the R&A, shows spending by visitors to Scotland for the tournament generated £88 million – nearly double the £47.5...

  • Should there be a minimum age for playing in golf tournaments?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    Paul Chaplet was only ten years old when he first picked up a golf club, but six years later, he's on his way to Augusta to play in the 2016 Masters.  Chaplet won the Latin American Amateur on Sunday, and will follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, Matias Dominguez, as he makes his first appearance in a major. "It's...

  • Today's Golfer Issue 344

    25 January 2016

    1. Dustin Johnson exclusive We sat down with the game's longest hitter to get his thoughts to help you unleash longer tee shots.   2. Gain 30 yards in 30 minutes Two TG readers and Top 50 pro Chris Ryan set about gaining distance through tips and fitting. The results surprised everyone.   3. 5 power moves you can master Chris Ryan shares the secrets to more...

  • What could Jordan Spieth do with all the money he earnt in 2015?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    Jordan Spieth earnt a reported $53,030,465 in prize winnings and sponsorship last year, dethroning Tiger Woods as the game’s top earner for the first time in over a decade. Spieth won $23,030,465 in prize money during 2015, the highest total in history, making up the other $30 million in sponsorships, including his big-money deal with Under Armour. Spieth’s total is £37,575,615.75 by...

  • Fancy setting a golf world record?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    Being in the Guinness Book of World Records used to be something to be really proud of, before entries like 'most pieces of sweetcorn eaten using only your toes in 60 seconds' and 'most T-shirts worn at once'* detracted from the prestige somewhat.  (*The record is 270, which, to be fair, is actually quite impressive.) Holding a golf world record would still...

  • Is Topgolf the saviour of golf – or just an overpriced driving range?

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    Golf's participation statistics are a real cause for concern. Golf has lost 13% of its regular players in the last four years. That's worrying enough, but another stat troubles us even more: participation amongst 16 to 25-year-olds has dropped 45% in the same period. There are currently only around 50,000 regular golfers in that age range. That means, as older...

  • Four-ball better ball handicap allowances have changed for 2016

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    Several changes to the Rules of Golf came into effect on 1st January 2016. Among them, the handicap allowance in four-ball better ball format changed from 75% of the difference in handicap between you and the best player in your group to a more generous 90%.  The number of extra shots that gives you obviously depends on the difference in your...

  • Will a draw or fade help you play better golf?

    Written by Stuart Hood on 25 January 2016

    90% of amateur golfers hit the ball with a left-to-right shot shape. And almost 100% of them would swap it for a crowd-pleasing draw, given half the chance. But is a draw all it's cracked up to be? Plenty of the world's best golfers favour a fade, and Martin Kaymer's game fell apart when he tried to swap his for...

  • We take a first look at a new PC golf game called Winning Putt

    Written by Rob McGarr on 25 January 2016

    The PC used to be the homeland of golf games, until Sony's PlayStation came along and we all ditched three clicks of the mouse for a pull and push of a joystick as they way of making a virtual swing.  The PC may be about to make a comeback, though, with the release of Winning Putt by Bandai Namco.  Winning Putt is completely...

  • We chat golf with Dan Walker - including the day he nearly won $1m for a hole-in-one

    Written by Rob Jerram on 12 January 2016

    When Dan Walker's mother cut short his first golf lesson, a group session being taught by a drunken instructor, he could never have guessed the huge part the sport would play in his life.  The 38-year-old has been a key part of the BBC's golf team for over a decade, and it was during the 2009 Open at Turnberry that Walker...

  • Golf betting tips from a professional golf gambler

    Written by Stuart Hood on 12 January 2016

    Ian Richards has been a professional golf gambler for 15 years. In that time he has developed a strategy that has relieved bookmakers of hundreds of thousands of pounds. He agreed to reveal his secrets, as long as we didn't reveal his face.  If you are planning to bet on golf, make sure you pay close attention to Richards' tips.  How did...

  • The Belfry has a snazzy new mini golf course based on famous Ryder Cup holes

    Written by Rob McGarr on 12 January 2016

    It's often easy to dismiss mini golf as a bit of novelty fun, a nice way to spend half an hour on a summer holiday putting through the mouth of a whale or a clown's pocket, but with little resemblance to real golf. At The Belfry's new 12-hole mini golf course, however, it's a much more serious affair.  The Belfry has...

  • Diaries at the ready... here are the golf dates you can't afford to miss in 2016

    Written by Rob McGarr on 06 January 2016

    2016 is set to be a year to remember for golf fans. As well as the usual four majors, we've got the Ryder Cup 2016 to look forward to, and the little matter of the 2016 Olympics being the first to feature golf since 1904. To ensure you don't miss any of the action, make sure you've got these dates...

  • It's about time you went on a launch monitor

    Written by Denis Pugh, PGA Master professional and coach to Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher on 06 January 2016

    I spend a lot of time at Tour events, both as a Sky Sports pundit, and working with the players I coach. Walking along the practice range, I’ll see players practising and preparing in a variety of different manners. They have different routines, use different swing aids, hit different clubs in different orders and work on different things. One thing...

  • Hit the latest gear at a new golf show

    Written by Chris Jones on 06 January 2016

    If you’ve been tempted to try some of the new kit revealed in the last week, you’ll get the chance at a new golf show.  The Golf Show by American Golf, which takes place over the weekend of February 27-28, will see the latest hardware on show from brands such as Benross, Callaway, Cobra, Nike, Ping, Srixon, TaylorMade, Titleist and Wilson. This...

  • The 10 Greatest Ever Golf Seasons

    Written by Pete Masters, Golf World Magazine on 06 January 2016

    In 2015, Jordan Spieth put together one of the greatest years in the history of professional golf. Spieth who began the year aged 21, won two majors and three other tournaments en route to FedEx Cup glory, earning more than $22 million and overhauling Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings. But how does Spieth's 2015 season compare...

  • You may not have heard of Parsons Xtreme Golf. That's all about to change...

    Written by Rob McGarr on 05 January 2016

    If we asked you to name 10 golf manufacturers, Parsons Xtreme Golf probably wouldn't make the list. Unless you're seriously into your golf gear, it's likely you've never heard of Parsons Xtreme Golf, often known simply as 'PXG'. But you can expect that to change during the course of 2016.  In a world where the likes of Ping, Callaway, Titleist and...