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  • The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Golf

    Saturday, 9 November 2019

    Avoid embarrassment and costly mistakes with our invaluable guide to becoming a fully fledged golfer. So you want to take up golf? Good for you, and welcome to a lifelong relationship with a sport (and before you say it, yes, golf is a sport, it’s in the Olympics and everything…) that will bring you joy and despair, highs and lows, new...

  • Become a better bunker player with this five-point plan

    Written by Oliver Morton on Wednesday, 6 November 2019

    Get on top of bunkers once and for all with this targeted five-point plan. According to the statisticians, bunker shots constitute a relatively small proportion of the total shots we play during a typical round. But this doesn’t tell the full story. The mere sight of a heavily-trapped green or a particularly deep bunker can strike fear into the poor sand...

  • How to score better on par 3s

    Written by Gareth Johnston on Tuesday, 5 November 2019

    Discover the preparation, strategy and skills that will take your par 3 performance to the next level Check the stroke indexes on the scorecard of your home course and you’ll likely find the par 3 holes are ranked among the easiest. It seems logical; after all, the shorter the hole, the fewer opportunities it gives us to mess it up. Cold hard...

  • Inside the European Tour's fitness and wellness truck

    Monday, 30 September 2019

    Inside the European Tour's fitness and wellness truck When the European Tour's physiotherapy unit was first founded in 1992, the idea of warming up, working out, and devoting half an hour to recovery after 18 holes was little more than an afterthought for most golfers. "When I first turned pro, I was the only one in the gym, except Vijay [Singh]," Tiger...

  • Iron play with Lucas Bjerregaard

    Written by Michael Catling on Monday, 23 September 2019

    Lucas Bjerregaard reveals his time-saving tips for better ball striking Lucas Bjerregaard knows better than most how unpredictable golf can be. Tipped for big things after beating Tommy Fleetwood to win the European Amateur in 2010, the Dane had just three Nordic Golf League titles and two missed cuts from three Major appearances to his name in the seven years that...

  • Golf's Most Costly Shots: Cured

    Monday, 19 August 2019

    For anyone who's sliced it OB, three-jabbed from nowhere, duffed a chip or left a bunker shot in their own footprints, this is for you... It won't have escaped your notice that not all of golf's crimes carry equal punishment. We might not enjoy a necky drive that cuts off into the rough, but when you compare it to the big yahoo...

  • Master every club in your bag

    Sunday, 4 August 2019

    To get more out of your clubs, tailor your approach to each. TG Top 50 coach Chris Ryan shows you how... While we tend to group golf technique into one desirable set of rules, the fact is that your set of clubs consists of a range of weapons, designed to achieve differing objectives and demanding different key skills. Here, TG Top 50...

  • Royal Portrush: The Key Shots

    Tuesday, 16 July 2019

    Royal Portrush Head Professional Gary McNeill shows you how to play the Key Shots players will need at the Open this week From how to hit a stinger to the bump and run with a seven iron and finding the fairway off the tee, learn the key shots players will need this week from Royal Portrush Head Pro Gary McNeill. How to…...

  • A-Z Putting (Z): Zen Green Stage

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Zen Green Stage: The first computer controlled putting green If you're serious about your putting, you need to get yourself on one of these. Unlike those lightning-quick putting mats in American Golf or the miniature versions from Argos, Zen Green Stage can recreate real-world putts at just the touch of a button. In a matter of seconds, you can tilt the stage...

  • A-Z Putting (Y): The Yips

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Yip, Yip, Hooray: You don't have to suffer in silence any more If an attack of the shanks doesn't get you, the yips just might. In 2016, Ernie Els considered quitting the game when he six-putted the opening hole at Augusta. "I couldn't get the putter back," he said. "I can't explain it." Not many people can, which is why it largely goes...

  • A-Z Putting (X): X Factor

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    The X-Factor: These five players had it, and are considered among the best putters of all-time Brad Faxon The man who recently advised Rory on his stroke once had the best putting season ever, averaging 1.704 putts per GIR in 2000. When Faxon putts there are no technical thoughts; he creates a picture in his mind and uses that image to tell his...

  • A-Z Putting (W): Warm Up With Purpose

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Warm Up: Arriving early will give you a head start on the greens Sorry to disappoint you but dropping a few balls down five minutes before your tee time isn't a warm-up. You might as well keep munching on that bacon butty instead, because you're never going to learn anything about the pace of the greens without a little bit of application...

  • A-Z Putting (V): Visualisation

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Why visualising can help with your success on the greens When you give your brain a clear picture of what it is you are trying to achieve, it can get to work on creating the appropriate movements to deliver success. This is why visualising is such a potent weapon on the greens. Here are two ways you can improve your own ability...

  • A-Z Putting (U): Understanding Your Stroke

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Understanding your stroke will help you putt better Watch the best golfers in the world and you will quickly see that some favour a straighter stroke, in which the putter tracks up and down the ball- target line, while others prefer more of an arcing motion. Both can be effective, and it is one of those areas of putting that comes down...

  • A-Z Putting (T): Tempo

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Tempo: Why it matters, and how to groove yours Tempo has been defined as the total time your stroke takes from start to finish. It often gets confused with rhythm, but as this definition shows, tempo is more about the speed you swing the putter – slower, or faster. That said, tempo has a direct impact on rhythm. Good tempo evens out back/through...

  • A-Z Putting (S): Spider X

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Why include the Spider X within an A-Z of putting? Well because it, and its predecessor the Spider Tour, are he putters convincing tour pros in their droves to switch from blades to mallets. Ten years ago when TaylorMade launched the first Spider putter, 75 per cent of tour pros used blade putters. A decade later, 60 per cent now use...

  • A-Z Putting (R): Reading Greens

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    The importance of green reading: You will never hole putts unless you know how to assess greens properly One of the biggest mistakes club golfers make is under-playing break and missing on the low side (the amateur side). Do that and gravity dictates that the ball never has a chance of catching the edge of the hole and going in. Instead, you...

  • A-Z Putting (Q): How Quick

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    A stimpmeter is used to measure how quick the speed of the green is The speed of greens is a talking point from Tour events to weekend medals. Speeds are measured with a device known as a Stimpmeter, an aluminium bar which is raised to an angle of about 20 degrees so a ball can run down its length and along...

  • A-Z Putting (P): Personalisation

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Personalisation with MySpider: It's never been easier to get a bespoke putter made just for you More and more Tour players are tweaking their clubs so they're unique to them – and now you can, too. Whether that's adding alignment lines or taking them off, changing the colour or changing the grip, there are hardly any "standard" putters on Tour anymore. Now...

  • A-Z Putting (N): Nerves... And How To Tame Them

    Monday, 24 June 2019

    Mind coach Karl Morris on how to get over nerves when you're standing over your putts Think back to the last putt you got really nervous on. If you pull the situation apart, you can begin to see how those nerves were based on a prediction of failure. Effectively, you were anticipating just how unpleasant or problematic a miss would be.

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