Golf's Biggest Questions: Answered

  • Playing lesson or range lesson - What's better?

    11 January 2018

    In our 'golf's biggest questions answered series', we put the question to Henrik Stenson's coach Pete Cowen - is a range lesson or a playing lesson better for your game? Most of us would really only consider a lesson on the range, and a big part of that is because you always feel like you hit it better on the range.

  • Should my swing look textbook?

    11 January 2018

    Find out why our TG Top 50 coach Karl Morris think you should focus less on how your swing looks and more on how it works. So tell me, who has the best swing in golf? I suspect right now your mind's eye is probably focusing on Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory perhaps. I further suspect it hasn't alighted on...

  • Is a 3-wood more accurate than a driver off the tee?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to ask the experts: Is a 3-wood more accurate than a driver off the tee? As it turns out, yes it is. But that doesn't mean you need to start copying Henrik Stenson and hit a lot more three woods off the tee, as it doesn't necessarily mean it is the right play. "When...

  • How do I choose new irons?

    11 January 2018

    What type of irons should you choose: Better player, game improvement or super game improvement? Read this and find out! Buying a new set of irons is exciting, but with so many options out there the decision can be bewildering. You need to make the right choice so you get a set that complements your game, reduces the effects of mishits and...

  • Which type of hybrid should I choose?

    11 January 2018

    What type of hybrid should you choose: Wide body, narrow body or utility iron? Read this and find out! We’ve all boomed a Sunday best drive down the middle on a tough par 4, only to stroll to our ball and realise there’s more than 200 yards left to the flag. A few years ago you’d have been full of dread...

  • Should I use a centre-shafted putter?

    11 January 2018

    Centre Shaft putters Review: We put four of the latest centre shaft putters to the test. Centre-shafted putters have been part of the game for as long as most of us can remember. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, you were almost the odd one out if you didn’t own an old-school ‘bullseye’ or ‘golden goose’ putter. But since Ping introduced...

  • How to choose a new driver?

    11 January 2018

    Which new golf driver should I choose? With dozens of new clubs on the market it’s difficult to know where to start if you want a new one. To help narrow down your choice we recommend that you start by looking at your swing speed and realising which design traits might aid your game. Don't know your swing speed? It's not that...

  • How often should I replace my golf grips

    11 January 2018

    Have you ever thought about how often you should replace your golf grips?  Most of us are guilty of keeping the same grips for longer than we'd like to admit, but could that be negatively affecting our performance on the course? In our biggest questions answered series, we posed the question to Craig Watson from Golf Pride - just how often...

  • How big is the sweet spot of your irons?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to find out - just how big is the sweet spot of your irons?  An iron's actual sweet spot, like any club, is no bigger than a pinhead. It's the point on the club where, when you hit a golf ball, the centre of gravity is moving directly towards the centre of the...

  • Should I use long irons or hybrids?

    11 January 2018

    Should I really ditch long irons in favour of hybrids? We put this question to equipment expert Tom Wishon as part of our biggest questions answered series Once upon a time, using hybrids was seen as a sign of weakness. Now, Tour pros are using them, and so should you. "Even a golfer who plays off  five or six would be better off...

  • What is the best pre-round practice drill?

    11 January 2018

    What is the best pre-round practice drill? We asked top tour coach Pete Cowen as part of our biggest questions answered series "If you are flexible enough to do it, then the wide stance drill is very, very good because it gets every muscle in your body working for golf," says top tour coach Pete Cowen. "Start by getting your feet as...

  • How do I get over terrible shots?

    11 January 2018

    Struggle to get over terrible shots? As part of our biggest questions answered series, we asked performance coach Karl Morris at themindfactor.net how to deal with your emotions after a bad shot.  Consistency has always been held as one of the key goals of golfing performance. But have you ever really asked yourself what consistency really means? I think most of...

  • How often should you play to your handicap?

    11 January 2018

    Don't play to your handicap as often as you'd like? Join the club. But just how often SHOULD you be getting in the buffer zone? Judging by the way most golfers behave, you'd think anything less than 90 per cent of the time is unacceptable. Most of us are guilty of throwing a paddy if we don't can that six- footer on...

  • Are trees really 90% air?

    11 January 2018

    In our 'golf's biggest questions answered' series, we decided to put the myth to the test - are trees really 90% air? Let's face it, you probably know the answer. And we had a pretty good idea, too. But that didn't stop us from finding six different types of trees at Burghley Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire and firing a bunch...

  • What should you order at the half way house?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to find out - what SHOULD you order at the half way house?  Your biggest worry shouldn't be whether to pair your bacon bap with ketchup or brown sauce, but whether you should be eating one at all, as our expect thinks making it the norm could hinder your ability to make a...

  • Have you been stuck on the same handicap for years?

    11 January 2018

    As part of our biggest questions answered series, we decided to ask the experts - just why do some people get stuck on the same handicap for years?  It's one of the most common groans I hear – the golfer who feels doomed to exist at a set level of competence, from the 22-handicapper to the pro who can't break through...

  • Stroke Indexes: What are they?

    11 January 2018

    Stroke indexes; how are they allocated, the myth about difficulty of the holes and what else you should know As part of our biggest questions answered series, we decided to find out - just what are stroke indexes and what should we know about them?  Angry golfers take heed. The stroke index is not designed to penalise you, even though it may...

  • How can I tell if my grooves are worn out?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to find out just how you can tell when your grooves are worn out “Watch for fliers,” says Scott Manwaring, Callaway’s Director of R&D, Irons and Hybrids. “Fliers are the best read since it removes the variability of the green and landing conditions. If you start to notice the ball is flying higher...

  • Can you still play well hungover?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to find out whether you can still play well after drinking the night before! We've all been there. The banging headache; the bleary eyes; and the unmistakable nausea that only comes from ordering that greasy kebab in the early hours. It always seems like a cocktail for disaster when you've got to negotiate...

  • How do you really compare to other golfers?

    11 January 2018

    In our biggest questions answered series, we crunched the numbers to find out just how often you should get up and down or hit greens in regulation depending on your handicap What's the best part of your game? You might knock it past your partners on a regular basis, or be deadly from six feet... but how do you know whether...

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