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  • New World Handicap System to be implemented in 2020

    20 February 2018

    The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability. The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing...

  • How to get the perfect grip for you

    15 February 2018

    How much do you know about the golf grip?  Learn from TG Top 50 Coach Ian Taylor, who talks you through the three types of golf grip, gives you advice on how hard you should grip it and the biggest issue amateurs have with their grip.  How hard should I grip it? Imagine you are cradling a bird in your hand. You need...

  • Bill Haas injured in fatal car crash near Riviera

    14 February 2018

    Bill Haas was injured but is expected to make a full recovery after being involved in a fatal car crash in California on Tuesday evening which left the driver of the car Haas was in dead.  The six-time PGA Tour winner was the passenger in a Ferrari that collided with a BMW in the 500 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard just...

  • R&A CEO Martin Slumbers on hitting distances: A serious discussion is now needed

    12 February 2018

    R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has indicated that the governing bodies are ready to take action on hitting distances. Slumbers has consistently denied that distance in the professional game has been an issue since taking office, but has now admitted that the increases in driving distances has caused 'serious concern' among both governing bodies of the game. Next month, the R&A and...

  • Andrew Cotter: 'I hope the obsession with the youth market doesn't neglect older golfers'

    12 February 2018

    Andrew Cotter: I hope the obsession with the youth market doesn't neglect older golfers. The excitement of competition is something we never lose, no matter how ancient we get. (Cotter's latest column is taken from issue 370) Happy New Year! Yes, I am well aware that this greeting may be well out of date by the time you read this. But this...

  • Links courses at risk of disappearing by end of the century says Climate Coalition report

    Written by Camilla Tait on 07 February 2018

    A new report by the Climate Coalition highlights the impending threat of climate change, suggesting higher sea levels could see all of Britain's historical links courses washed away by 2100.  An increase in rainfall, coastal erosion, rising sea levels and more extreme weather leads the report to predict we will see 'golf courses crumbling into the sea', forecasting a turbulent future...

  • Nick Dougherty: Knowledge is power, but only if you use it correctly

    Written by Nick Dougherty on 05 February 2018

    Getting bogged down with technique is a one-way ticket to nowhere. . . Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know I kept myself busy over Christmas. Any free time I've had has been spent on the golf course, filming a bunch of 60 second videos as part of my 'TeeTimeTip' series. Ever since I retired, I've wanted to share my...

  • Golf: More dangerous than rugby

    Written by Staff writer on 02 February 2018

    Golf is more dangerous than rugby, according to a new survey of sports injuries.  It’s not people being hit by balls or clubs, though, but lower back and joint injuries through swinging a club.  Recreational sports – including golf – have an injury rate of 1.8 per 1,000 persons, higher than rugby, hockey and other team sports (1.5 per 1,000 persons) The incidence...

  • Fantasy Golf: Winners

    26 January 2018

    The list of winners of the 2017 TG Fantasy Golf have finally been announced - congratulations to everyone who has won a prize! If your name is on this list, watch your inbox for your email! WINNERS 1st: Four-night break for 2 at La Manga WINNER: Stuart Wilson 2nd: Three nights and 2 rounds at Praia D'El Rey WINNER: Jordan Smith 3rd: 4 night HB for 2 at...

  • 9 Guinness World Records you could actually break

    Written by Michael Catling on 26 January 2018

    How do you fancy setting a new Guinness World Record?  Your chances of winning the Open may be incredibly slim, but that doesn't mean you can't secure your place in golfing history. The Guinness World Records Book is jam-packed with weird and wonderful feats, many of which are just begging to be broken. Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick, Matthew Southgate and Tyrrell Hatton...

  • OUT NOW: New Issue of TG

    18 January 2018

    The latest issue of Today's Golfer features an exclusive look at Callaway's newest golf clubs, Sergio Garcia's gear tips and 180 ways to play better this year.  There have been a handful of mega player equipment moves in the last few years. Rory, Tiger and Lydia Ko are three huge names who’ve made a wholesale switch to a new manufacturer, and...

  • We joined the crack down on fake golf gear

    Written by Michael Catling on 17 January 2018

    It's a raid! We joined the crackdown on fake golf gear Counterfeit golf gear is a booming business in the UK, so you cannot blame manufacturers and distributors for wanting to bust the people responsible. We joined Staffordshire Trading Standards on a raid to uncover the dark side of the golf retail industry... There are some things a journalism degree doesn't prepare...

  • Mind Games: Golf isn't a game of perfect

    10 January 2018

    Mind games in golf: Learn to harness the positive side of perfectionism and be a perfectionist where you can Every golfer reading this will have hit a shot that could legitimately be described as perfect. Ok, some of you might have to raid your memory banks more than others... but think back and it will be there, that one moment when you felt the...

  • 17 Ways to buy a better game

    10 January 2018

    If you're in the market for any new gear in 2018, here are some key things that will help you choose If you've got the time and patience to dedicate to your game, a course of lessons with a PGA pro is the best thing to buy if you want really to improve. But many of us don't have the...

  • WATCH Brit Steve Jeffs set World Record for Fastest Hole in Golf

    05 January 2018

    Steve Jeffs broke the World Record for the Fastest Hole in Golf, Individual, and the reaction is brilliant! Jeffs, a 31-year-old PE teacher from the UK and dedicated Speed Golfer, has broken the record for the Fastest hole of golf, individual, completing a 500-yard par-five hole in just 1 min 50.6 sec. The record was broken in August and ratified by Guiness...

  • What are the CONGU handicap changes for 2018?

    Written by Camilla Tait on 05 January 2018

    What you need to know about the new CONGU handicap changes, which came in to effect on January 1. The news was announced in October that CONGU were ending club and disability handicaps to make way for a new maximum competition handicap of 54, relaxing of supplementary scores rules and introducing 9 hole competitions to count towards handicap scores.  However, now that...

  • Should I use long irons or hybrids?

    05 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...

  • 20 ways to shoot your best score

    05 January 2018

    Our tee-to-green guide will help improve each area of your game. One of the great things about golf is the sense of anticipation that accompanies every walk to the first tee. TOP STORIES Which Mizuno JPX900 irons are right for you? How to choose the best golf ball for your game 2016's best blade putters Will this be the day when everything falls into place...

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