February

  • The new 2019 Rules; What they mean to you

    Monday, 12 March 2018

    Let’s be honest, the Rules of Golf can be a bit of a nightmare. How many times to you see tour pros call over a ref to help them get a ruling? If those guys don’t know the rules – and they’re playing EVERY DAY – what hope has a 15-handicapper who plays twice a month? In order to make the Rules...

  • What the new World Handicap system means for you

    Tuesday, 27 February 2018

    Could your handicap be about to change every day in a week? It may seem ludicrous but that's what could happen in 2020 due to the introduction of the new World Handicap System.  Put the pitch forks down. The R&A and USGA may be up to their tricks again, fiddling with golf's rules, but the good news is that you've got...

  • US Open abandons 18-hole playoff

    Monday, 26 February 2018

    The USGA has announced that the U.S. Open is abandoning it's 18-hole playoff set up in favour of a two-hole aggregate playoff, effective immediately. There have been 33 18-hole playoffs in the history of the US Open's 117 years, but one hasn't been needed since Tiger Woods' famous victory over Rocco Mediate on the first sudden-death hole in 2008. The site...

  • New World Handicap System to be implemented in 2020

    Tuesday, 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

    Thursday, 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

    Wednesday, 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

    Monday, 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'

    Monday, 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 Wednesday, 7 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 Monday, 5 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 Friday, 2 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...