2016

  • This 4-year-old could probably beat you at golf

    Friday, 19 February 2016

    His name is Bobby Moore but, judging by these videos, he's more likely to be lifting the Claret Jug than the Jules Rimet Trophy. At just four years old, he's already looking like a future major winner.  "Bobby and I have been going to the driving range since he was two," says Bobby's dad, Rob. "He hits about 700 balls a week.

  • Forget "drive for show, putt for dough" – it's not putting that's letting you down

    Written by Denis Pugh, PGA Master professional and coach to Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher on Friday, 19 February 2016

    Golf stats have evolved from the early days of fairways hit, greens in regulation and number of putts. The sophisticated and comprehensive stats on offer these days play a huge role in influencing the way Tour pros practise, strategise, and play.  The PGA Tour uses ShotLink to track every shot hit during their events. Players use this data to analyse how...

  • Why there's never been a better time to be a golfer

    Written by Chris Jones on Thursday, 18 February 2016

    Has there ever been a better time to be a golfer? The game is buzzing right now. With the new ‘Big Four’ doing battle on tour, golf’s imminent return to the Olympics and a Ryder Cup on the horizon, there’s lots to get excited about. Whether you’re a golfer like me who’s constantly battling to improve his (now 11) handicap,...

  • What do real golfers say about getting custom fitted for golf clubs?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 18 February 2016

    Getting custom fit for golf clubs is a bit like upgrading to Sky HD from the standard resolution. Everyone who has done it will tell you that the difference is remarkable, it's well worth the money, and that once you've done it you'll never be able to go back.  But when you're sat there, watching the perfectly acceptable standard definition, it...

  • Does AimPoint green-reading work or is it a load of nonsense?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Thursday, 18 February 2016

    According to the AimPoint website, 45,000 amateur golfers, 5,000 juniors, 200 tour pros and 250 instructors are using the unique green-reading system to, as AimPoint put it, "make everything!" Some – including some of the world's best golfers – swear by it. Others dismiss it as a gimmick. Zimbabwean pro Tony Johnstone, who won six times on the European Tour,...

  • How do you get a golf handicap? Is it time to change the system?

    Written by Stuart Hood on Thursday, 18 February 2016

    How do you get a golf handicap? "Our official system is run by The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU)," explains Gemma Hunter, Handicap and Course Rating Executive for England Golf. "Members of affiliated golf clubs can gain a CONGU handicap by returning either three 18-hole or six nine-hole cards that have been signed by someone the club deems to be...

  • Professional golfers are even better than you think – and have the handicaps to prove it

    Written by Denis Pugh, PGA Master professional and coach to Francesco Molinari and Ross Fisher on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    The PGA Tour trailers on TV often finish with the slogan “these guys are good”. Actually, these guys aren’t just good – they are far, far better than you think. Every amateur golfer has dreamed of what it would be like to be a tour professional. Some of you may be scratch golfers, or play with scratch golfers, and wonder if...

  • Know your pick from your place in our guide to the winter golf rules

    Written by Today's Golfer on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

    There are lots of things to love about winter golf, and one of the best is preferred lies, or ‘winter rules’. But there are things you need to know before you pick up your ball in the middle of the fairway. Here’s our guide. You can…  Move your ball only when a committee has introduced a Local Rule for preferred lies. Simply...

  • Golf is officially the most expensive sport to play

    Written by Rob McGarr on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Golfers spend £214 a month on the game One in ten hide their expenditure from their partner Biggest expense is golf club membership Golf is as expensive as you choose to make it. Decide to splash £100,000 or however much they're charging these days for a membership at Wentworth, get diamond-encrusted balls and clubs forged from gold, and the bill will quickly add...

  • What could Jordan Spieth do with all the money he earnt in 2015?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    Jordan Spieth earnt a reported $53,030,465 in prize winnings and sponsorship last year, dethroning Tiger Woods as the game’s top earner for the first time in over a decade. Spieth won $23,030,465 in prize money during 2015, the highest total in history, making up the other $30 million in sponsorships, including his big-money deal with Under Armour. Spieth’s total is £37,575,615.75 by...

  • Today's Golfer Issue 344

    Monday, 25 January 2016

    1. Dustin Johnson exclusive We sat down with the game's longest hitter to get his thoughts to help you unleash longer tee shots.   2. Gain 30 yards in 30 minutes Two TG readers and Top 50 pro Chris Ryan set about gaining distance through tips and fitting. The results surprised everyone.   3. 5 power moves you can master Chris Ryan shares the secrets to more...

  • Should there be a minimum age for playing in golf tournaments?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    Paul Chaplet was only ten years old when he first picked up a golf club, but six years later, he's on his way to Augusta to play in the 2016 Masters.  Chaplet won the Latin American Amateur on Sunday, and will follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, Matias Dominguez, as he makes his first appearance in a major. "It's...

  • 2015 Open at St Andrews was the best ever

    Written by Courses & Travel Editor Kevin Brown on Monday, 25 January 2016

    The 2015 Open Championship in St Andrews delivered £140 million of economic benefit to Scotland - the largest amount ever achieved by a golf event in the United Kingdom or Ireland, according to an independent economic impact assessment. The study, commissioned by the R&A, shows spending by visitors to Scotland for the tournament generated £88 million – nearly double the £47.5...

  • We take a first look at a new PC golf game called Winning Putt

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    The PC used to be the homeland of golf games, until Sony's PlayStation came along and we all ditched three clicks of the mouse for a pull and push of a joystick as they way of making a virtual swing.  The PC may be about to make a comeback, though, with the release of Winning Putt by Bandai Namco.  Winning Putt is completely...

  • Will a draw or fade help you play better golf?

    Written by Stuart Hood on Monday, 25 January 2016

    90% of amateur golfers hit the ball with a left-to-right shot shape. And almost 100% of them would swap it for a crowd-pleasing draw, given half the chance. But is a draw all it's cracked up to be? Plenty of the world's best golfers favour a fade, and Martin Kaymer's game fell apart when he tried to swap his for...

  • Four-ball better ball handicap allowances have changed for 2016

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    Several changes to the Rules of Golf came into effect on 1st January 2016. Among them, the handicap allowance in four-ball better ball format changed from 75% of the difference in handicap between you and the best player in your group to a more generous 90%.  The number of extra shots that gives you obviously depends on the difference in your...

  • Is Topgolf the saviour of golf – or just an overpriced driving range?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    Golf's participation statistics are a real cause for concern. Golf has lost 13% of its regular players in the last four years. That's worrying enough, but another stat troubles us even more: participation amongst 16 to 25-year-olds has dropped 45% in the same period. There are currently only around 50,000 regular golfers in that age range. That means, as older...

  • Fancy setting a golf world record?

    Written by Rob McGarr on Monday, 25 January 2016

    Being in the Guinness Book of World Records used to be something to be really proud of, before entries like 'most pieces of sweetcorn eaten using only your toes in 60 seconds' and 'most T-shirts worn at once'* detracted from the prestige somewhat.  (*The record is 270, which, to be fair, is actually quite impressive.) Holding a golf world record would still...

  • We chat golf with Dan Walker - including the day he nearly won $1m for a hole-in-one

    Written by Rob Jerram on Tuesday, 12 January 2016

    When Dan Walker's mother cut short his first golf lesson, a group session being taught by a drunken instructor, he could never have guessed the huge part the sport would play in his life.  The 38-year-old has been a key part of the BBC's golf team for over a decade, and it was during the 2009 Open at Turnberry that Walker...

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