September

  • Bye bye BBC: The world reacts to the BBC dropping The Open a year early

    Thursday, 1 October 2015

    What we'll miss about the Open on the BBC... and what we won't   With the news that the BBC will not host another Open, it brings to a close one of the longest relationships in sport. The Beeb has been responsible for broadcasting golf’s oldest major for 60 years, but from 2016 it’s moving to Sky Sports, completing its grand slam...

  • Sky to begin coverage for The Open a year early

    Written by Chris Jones on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    Sky Sports will broadcast the Open a year earlier than planned from 2016 after the BBC cancelled its deal with the R&A.  The satellite channel will have exclusive live coverage of next year’s event from Royal Troon. It follows the announcement in February that Sky Sports had secured the TV rights to golf's oldest Major championship from 2017.   Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing...

  • TIPS: Chris Wood gives you 10 rules for putting

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    It was a case of the difficult second album for Chris Wood who, after winning his maiden European Tour title at the Qatar Masters in January 2013, had to wait until June of this year to back it up. Much has changed in the two-and-a-half years between Wood’s desert delight and victory in the Lyoness Open, but the key to...

  • TIPS: Six fixes to help your slice

    Thursday, 24 September 2015

    Fault: You regularly slice the ball. Fix: It is the most common miss among amateur golfers – the high slice. It costs you distance and control but, most frustratingly of all, you don’t know why you do it. I see it in around 75 per cent of people I teach and use one or two of these six drills with each of...

  • TIPS: Training aids already in your golf bag

    Written by TG Top 50 Coach on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

    Learning any new movement in a golf swing takes time and patience, with the first rehearsals often feeling awkward and unfamiliar. Training aids provide a useful tool to give my students an enhanced sense of what they are trying to achieve, either by presenting a visual picture, intensifying a specific feeling, or providing instant feedback on the success of a new move. While...

  • Win a world class golf break with European Tour Properties

    Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    You’ve read the Top 100… now you can win a dream trip to a luxury European Tour Properties venue. Have you ever watched a European Tour tournament on television and dreamed of playing the pristine fairways, putting on perfect greens and enjoying the international lifestyle of a top Tour professional? If so, the tournament experience may be closer than you think. European...

  • Shane Lowry: Everything I know about the short game

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Can anyone become a great short game player? I’d say it’s quite possible to become a good short game player, but it may not be possible to become a great one. The course I grew up on, all the greens were raised, so you were always having to hit delicate chip shots. I used to play a lot on my...

  • Q&A with Miguel Angel Jiminez

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Miguel Angel Jimenez has been winning golf tournaments for longer than Jordan Spieth has been alive. He has finished inside the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit every year since 1989 (Spieth was born four years later). This is a man who has spent his life at the top tier of golf, and yet there are no...

  • Longest Day Challenge a massive hit

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 14 September 2015

    This summer’s Longest Golf Day challenge has raised a record-breaking £1m plus for Macmillan Cancer Support. Nearly 2,000 teams from across the UK took part in the stamina-sapping event and the grateful organisers are absolutely flabbergasted with the outcome. A delighted spokesperson said: “This means we can be there for more people affected by cancer than ever before. Amazing work by all...

  • Practice: Here's how three stars prepare for a round

    Thursday, 3 September 2015

    Tiger Woods Arrives 60 minutes before his tee time            5 minutes Starts with putting: Rolls two 30-footers and six four-footers with just his right hand.  10 minutes Short game: Hits 50-yard pitches, then full wedges to target greens.   35 minutes Long game: Hits 5-woods, teed 3-woods, then drivers. Goes back to seven 8-irons, then three full wedges.  10 minutes Putting before the start of his round.             Rory McIlroy Arrives 50...

  • David Leadbetter has some advice for you, the future of golf, and Tiger

    Tuesday, 1 September 2015

    David Leadbetter is the Godfather of modern golf instruction. Now 63 and still going strong, it seems he’s been improving golfers’ skills and games – from hackers to superstars – for a lifetime.  Between them his students have celebrated 20 major titles, 100-plus individual worldwide tournament victories and there are now 23 full-time Leadbetter golf academies in 12 countries. “I was one...