2010

  • Rate My Swing: Gareth Banks

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 4 March 2010

    "Well Gareth, glad you've managed to find that elusive 'inside approach' on the golf ball. It's essential for good ball striking but don't overdose on it. "Remember, an ideal action moves the clubhead in to straight to back in again with the clubface squaring. So too much in-to-out can cause pushes and hooks. "Where now? To gain even more consisistency I feel...

  • Rory McIlroy Drives it Happy Gilmore style!

    Written by TG Instruction Editor on Tuesday, 2 March 2010

    During some down time on set with Golf World, Rory McIlory attempted the classic Happy Gilmore run and swing technique. After an airshot with his first attempt, the young man from Northern Ireland nailed it with his second well past the 300-yard barrier! McIlroy tees it up in the States this week for the Honda Classic, where US PGA Champion Y E Yang...

  • Alice rocks it on golf's big stage

    Written by Kevin Brown in Phoenix on Friday, 26 February 2010

    Veteran rock star Alice Coopr is still on cloud nine after emerging triumphant in the 'Shot at Glory' at the notorious par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale - hosting this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. Local hero Cooper, a 5 handicapper, finished just 11ft from the pin at the 150-yarder and as a result picked up a handy $40,000 for his...

  • Gtour 2009 winner uses Handicap Tracker

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 25 February 2010

    TG subscriber and 2009 Gtour Order of Merit champion Shane Davies has used Handicap Tracker to help him improve his game since 2007. Davies played off 11 when he signed up to the FREE Handicap Tracker service two years ago, but with the help of tips from TG and feedback from the service he is now down to 6.1. The stats show...

  • Do you play golf when the course is on winter greens?

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 25 February 2010

    The weather hasn't been great recently and more golf courses than ever before have been forced to resort to using winter greens to protect their regular greens for the summer. Playing on temporary greens can be frustrating but is it enough of a hindrance that it completely stops you from playing golf? Do you play golf when the course in on winter...

  • Rate My Swing: Ben Garwood

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Wednesday, 24 February 2010

    "One look at your swing it's obvious you're a good player - there's a young Adam Scott look about your swing. "There are a couple of areas I would like you to consider looking at which I feel would make you more consistent and an even better player. "Firstly, at the top of your backswing you have a tendency to let your left wrist...

  • Handicap Tracker: Make more sand saves

    Written by TG Features Writer on Friday, 19 February 2010

    While we all like a trip to the beach in the summer, it's best to stay away from the sand when you're playing golf. Whether it's through lack of practice or a simple lack of confidence in how to approach the shot, very few of us amateur golfers get up-and-down from greenside bunkers consistently. Handicap Tracker allows you to track all your...

  • Today's Golfer: Behind the Scenes!

    Written by Instruction Editor Joel Tadman on Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    Today's Golfer Instruction Editor Joel Tadman braved the intense heat of the Middle East to provide TG readers with top tips from some of the best players on the European Tour. Despite being given plenty of stick from his work colleagues for his so called 'holidays', he managed to rack up a whopping 32 tips in all, which can be seen in the next Issue of...

  • Rate My Swing: Six-year-old Ollie

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Wednesday, 17 February 2010

    "What a great swing for such a youngster, Ollie. Your set up and swing look really good, keep up the practice and I'm sure you're going to be a really good golfer. "One small thing you have to watch, which is common in young players, is keeping your posture and staying bent forward as you swing back. "Sometimes the weight of the club makes you...

  • Handicap Tracker: Hit more fairways!

    Written by TG Features Writer on Friday, 12 February 2010

    Thousand of you have been flooding onto the nations golf courses since the snow thawed and it looks like some of you are a little rusty, partcularly when it comes to finding the fairway off the tee. This week's FREE Handicap Tracker entries have revealed that the break from golf has affected some users's accuracy. Three people affected particularly badly are: » Jon Davis (23.4)...

  • Rate My Swing: sebwiff

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 11 February 2010

    "Seb, you have a good-looking technique which I feel should allow you to get into an even lower digit handicap. "At address you appear to be a little high in the right arm and side with your right arm quite extended. This set-up can cause you to fold and swing your arms a little flat across your chest in the backswing. "Plus,...

  • New Celtic Manor bridge opens

    Written by TG Courses editor on Wednesday, 10 February 2010

    A vast new bridge which will transport players and spectators to the practice ground during this year’s Ryder Cup has been officially opened by the First Minister of Wales. Carwyn Jones AM cut the ribbon on the 120-metre long, cable stayed bridge over the River Usk in the company of Sir Terry Matthews, Chairman of The Celtic Manor...

  • Rate My Swing: Become a heel-raiser!

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Friday, 5 February 2010

    "Gerard, you are obviously a very competent golfer and work hard on your technique. "I feel you have a very solid looking golf swing, but I suspect by your pre-shot waggle that you have had a tendency to whip the club inside a little early and maybe get a touch flat in the backswing. "I also feel your backswing could be a...

  • Better putting... even on winter greens!

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 4 February 2010

    Putting is difficult in the current conditions and many Handicap Tracker users have struggled to get the ball in the hole in the last week. The numbers speak for themselves: 20% of you recorded 40+ putts, 50% 35+ putts and only 4% had less than 30 putts. It was a bad day with the flat stick for these Handicap Tracker users: Gary White (25.2)...

  • Vintage putter up for grabs

    Written by TG Courses editor on Wednesday, 3 February 2010

    A centre shafted putter dating from 1900 is to be offered at Bonhams Sporting and Golf Memorabilia sale at Chester on February 24.    The club has an intriguing history. The maker is unknown and the putter is not recorded in The Club Maker's Art – the Bible of golf clubs. It is stamped A.G.H. Askew but no-one of that name is recorded...

  • Buy O2 Golf LIVE tickets NOW!

    Written by TG Features Writer on Monday, 1 February 2010

    Tickets for O2 Golf LIVE at Stoke Park from May 14-16 are on sale now and available for a special price courtesy of Today's Golfer. Until February 14, you can purchase a pair of tickets for the knock-down price of £60 - a £30 saving! There are only limited numbers of these special offer tickets available so make sure you don't miss...

  • Chris Evans takes on Bernard Gallacher

    Written by TG Features Writer on Friday, 29 January 2010

    Radio 2 DJ and keen golfer Chris Evans recently took on former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher as part of The Friday Breakfast Show Sporting Challenge. Evans teamed up with Rev Rob Gillian for the six-hole match at The Berkshire, while Gallacher was helping out Evans' challenge adversary Jonny Saunders. Watch the video below to find out who won... ...

  • Second-hand bargain clubs or shiny and new?

    Written by TG Features Writer on Friday, 29 January 2010

    Everyone loves buying new golf clubs, but what approach do you take to getting new gear? Do you hunt down a second-hand bargain or go straight for the shiny and more expensive latest releases?   Do you buy second-hand bargain golf clubs or more expensive shiny new ones?(opinion)...

  • Increase clubhead speed and distance with a 'swish'

    Written by Adrian Fryer on Thursday, 28 January 2010

    "Hello Simon. For the length of time you've been playing your swing looks really good. What you need to focus a little more on is trying to source less power from your shoulders and get more from 'leverage' by swinging your arms, wrists and club more efficiently. "Most beginners try to force it with their shoulders, but pros are able to...

  • Make your first shot count

    Written by TG Features Writer on Thursday, 28 January 2010

    Your first tee shot can so often set the tone for the rest of your round, so it's amazing how many people don't warm up or have a hit in the range before teeing off. TG's FREE Handicap Tracker service can help you identify if you're losing more shots than you should be early on like these guys: Philip Hogan (19.6) started...

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