January

  • Bags to riches: The truth about caddieing on Tour

    Written by Kevin Brown on 01 February 2017

    MEET THE CADDIES Dermot Byrne: Caddies for: Shane Lowry. Started caddieing: “In 1996; this is my seventh year with Shane.” Worked for: Peter Lawrie and Steven Gallacher Adam Marrow: Caddies for: Thomas Pieters. Started caddieing: “This is my 12th year.” Worked for: Ross Fisher and Lucas Bjerregaard. Cliffie Botha: Caddies for: Miguel Angel Jimenez. Started caddieing: “In 2002, with 13 years on the European...

  • Track your stats like a pro to improve

    Written by Graeme Leslie on 31 January 2017

    A club golfer who plays 38 rounds of golf in a year, registering an average score of 79, hits about 3,000 golf shots. That’s a truly valuable data sample, containing a wealth of useful information about how he plays the game. Hidden in there is the data that can tell him how destructive a driver he is, which iron is...

  • 10 ways a Tour caddie would save you shots

    Written by Michael Catling on 31 January 2017

    Imagine being able to get a game using one of the European Tour’s top caddies. He could help you plot your way around a course. He’d advise on the best strategy for a particular hole. And he’d probably talk you out of hitting that hero shot with a hybrid from the rough behind the trees... If you’re fed-up of making stupid...

  • Paul McGinley captains pro golfers to victory at Abu Dhabi Invitational

    Written by Michael Catling on 30 January 2017

    Paul McGinley underlined his captaincy credentials once again after leading a team of professional golfers to a resounding win over a celebrity all-stars team at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Invitational. The Irishman, who famously led Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, beat celebrity captain and Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel 3&2 to add gloss to a scoreline which read...

  • Wayne Rooney talks golf

    Written by Kevin Brown on 30 January 2017

    Wayne Rooney has just broken Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goal-scoring record for Manchester United, with his 250th strike for the club. “Obviously it is a proud moment,” Rooney said. “It is a bit of a strange feeling as obviously we wanted three points but didn't get it. But on the other end it is a proud moment for myself to get...

  • Make practice more fun

    Written by Darren Parris on 30 January 2017

    Footballers can practise on the pitch, and snooker players on the table. But when we golfers want to practise, we are forced off our playing arena to a wide expanse of nothing that bears little relevance to the challenges of the game. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can work on your game in the arena where you...

  • Paul McGinley: Thomas Pieters needs more experience before he can challenge for Major titles

    Written by Michael Catling on 28 January 2017

    Paul McGinley has played down Thomas Pieters’ chances of becoming the first rookie since Fuzzy Zoeller to win the first Major of the year at this year’s Masters. Pieters made an inauspicious start to 2017 by missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week and McGinley believes the Belgium has struggled to recapture the form that saw him...

  • TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 drivers on sale

    Written by Edward Colman on 27 January 2017

    The wait is finally over... The TaylorMade 2017 M1 and M2 drivers as well as other members of the iconic M-Family are now in stores and you get finally get your hands on their exiting line up. The TaylorMade M1 driver, fairway woods and hybrids as well as the TaylorMade M2 driver, fairway woods and hybrids are now available plus the...

  • Callaway GBB Epic driver on sale today

    Written by Edward Colman on 27 January 2017

    The Callaway GBB Epic and Epic Sub-Zero drivers have arrived in stores across the UK. The two drivers that utilise Callaway's ground breaking Jailbreak Technology have an RRP of £469 and are now available for the first time following January's launch. Callaway GBB Epic Drivers The face of both the Epic and Epic Sub Zero is made more efficient by Jailbreak Technology that...

  • One overnight stay, two rounds plus a free pint for £99

    Written by Kevin Brown on 26 January 2017

    Golfers can enjoy 36 holes and an overnight stay in the New Forest with The Bell Inn’s new ‘Stay & Play for £99pp’ offer. Under the same family ownership, The Bell Inn is also home to Bramshaw GC which boasts two contrasting 18-hole courses - the undulating fairways of the Manor course and the open heathland of the Forest Course, Hampshire’s oldest...

  • Welcome to seven of the UK's most romantic resorts

    Written by Kevin Brown on 25 January 2017

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, here are some suggestions to ensure you're well and truly in your other half's very good books.... Great golf and sensational Spas. The best of both words. Paradise. What more can you ask for? Stoke Park, Bucks Stay and play venues simply don’t come any better than this iconic venue which boasts 27 holes of quality Harry Colt...

  • Free fourballs up for grabs

    Written by Kevin Brown on 24 January 2017

    QHotels, the UK's largest golf resort operator, is offering visiting golfers the chance to double their enjoyment with a BOGOFF offer - Buy One Get One Fourball Free - at each of its 10 outstanding venues. Until March 31, golfers booking a fourball at any of QHotels' venues will receive a voucher entitling them to another fourball visit, with the only...

  • Learn from Abu Dhabi champion Tommy Fleetwood

    Written by Michael Catling on 23 January 2017

    Tommy Fleetwood was in danger of becoming golf's forgotten man. That was until he ended a 1,247-day wait for a second European Tour title by winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He has since followed that up with a second-place finish at the WGC Mexico, and as a result has broken in to the World's top 50 at World no.35. His run of form couldn't have been...

  • The day we played golf with President Trump

    Written by Kevin Brown on 20 January 2017

    The 45th US president plays it hard and fast. Golf that is. Well, that’s the way it was when I joined Donald Trump for a game following the official opening of his spectacular Trump International Golf Links just outside Aberdeen. Trump loves golf with a burning passion – virtually everything about it - and just as much as he does making...

  • The world (of golf) according to President Donald Trump

    Written by Kevin Brown on 20 January 2017

    As you would expect, President Trump freely and frankly offers his views on why golf is great….and how it can be even better. The exclusive interview took place in the summer of 2015 at The Donald's beloved Trump International Golf Links just outside Aberdeen. TRUMP’S OPENING DRIVE…GENERALLY-SPEAKING Firstly, let me say I think I like everything about the game of golf and overall...

  • New US president Donald Trump admits he's a golf nut

    Written by Kevin Brown on 20 January 2017

    The new US president has a passion for golf. He owns some of the best golf venues on the planet including three in the UK and Ireland. Not even Donald Trump's unveiling later today as the 45th president - and arguably the most powerful man in the world - will stop him from getting a round, or three, in. Once...

  • Stephen Gallacher joins European Tour 500 club in Abu Dhabi

    Written by Edward Colman on 19 January 2017

    Stephen Gallacher has joined an exclusive club at Abu Dhabi Golf Club by becoming just the 32nd player to play 500 European Tour events. The former Ryder Cup player becomes the fifth Scot in history to reach the milestone, following Sam Torrance (706), Colin Montgomerie (605), Gordon Brand Jnr (597) and Paul Lawrie (591). TOP STORIES Reader Test: Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip When should...

  • Top Greece resort to stage major Pro-Am event

    Written by Kevin Brown on 18 January 2017

    Greece’s no.1 golf resort – Costa Navarino – is getting ready to host the first Messinian Pro Am on February 21-24. Top professional and amateur players, celebrities and special guests from all over the world will compete on the award-winning Dunes and Bay courses,  the only signature courses in Greece. Basketball legend and accomplished golfer Joe Arlauckas, along with Tino Schuster, member...

  • Ryder Cup 2018: Team Europe to increase wildcards to four

    Written by Edward Colman on 18 January 2017

    Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will have four wildcard picks for his team in 2018. The increase from three, at Le Golf National in France, is among several changes the European Tour has made to its qualifying criteria. TOP STORIES Choose the best golf ball for your game When should you replace irons with hybrids? Golf Equipment Reviews One of the main changes is that...

  • Rory McIlroy withdraws from Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Written by Edward Colman on 17 January 2017

    World number two Rory McIlroy has been forced to pull out of the Abu Dhabi Championship because of a rib injury. The Northern Irishman had tests on Monday which showed he had sustained a stress fracture and will now begin a rehabilitation programme. TOP STORIES Which Callaway irons are right for you? Reader Test: Cobra's new CobraCONNECT grip When should you replace irons with hybrids? "It's bitterly...

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