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Haste Hill Golf Club in Middlesex has had its honours boards taken down by the council so they don't put off potential customers looking to hire the venueClubhouse Honours Boards Ripped Down To Encourage Functions
Haste Hill Golf Club, a well-established Middlesex club in Northwood, is fighting to maintain its history and identity.
For most club members getting your name on one or more of the clubhouse boards is a dream, or a very proud achievement if you’ve managed to do it, but Haste Hill’s members no longer have that option.
Hillingdon Council, who run and own the clubhouse facility as well as the public golf course, have decided to remove all of the club’s wooden honours boards from the two function rooms and bar areas to encourage functions such as weddings and birthday parties.
The boards were ripped down for a refurb but are not being put back up.
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Instead, the council have offered to install a small digital honours board as a ‘gesture of goodwill’. 
Club members were officially informed of the Council’s decision at the AGM last month.
Haste Hill’s honours boards before they were removed
The Council say the reason for banishing the wooden boards is that people who want to hire the premises for functions in the future will be put off by them, although there has been no evidence yet to support these claims. 
The club have attempted to explain to the Council how important the retention and visibility of these wooden boards are – both to current and past members whose names appear on those boards.
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However, their appeals seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Indeed, whatever compromises and appeals Haste Hill Golf Club have suggested, the response from the Council has simply been to refuse to engage in any meaningful conversations with the club’s representatives.
Haste Hill’s honours board before they were taken down
The Council refuses to understand the club’s genuine concerns of the need to celebrate and remember the achievements of members over the decades.
Many members started off as juniors and, in a number of instances, the names which appear on those boards chart the successes and achievements of families over many decades – not only current members but also fathers and grandfathers spanning three generations. 
Golf clubs up and down the country regularly let their premises for a variety of reasons, and there is little evidence that any club has been asked to remove their boards for a letting.
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Indeed, it is rare that any club has found the existence of these boards has prevented them from achieving whatever extra income they wanted from letting their premises.
In fact, many people may actually choose to host events at golf clubs and other similar establishments because of the characterful history on show.
Haste Hill Golf Club President John Paterson said: “I’m devastated at what the Council have done. They have taken away the history of our Club. I have played here since 1980 and now all my memories have gone. These people don’t really understand, do they?”
Haste Hill Golf Club Captain Patrick Clasby in the now-empty Clubhouse
The council told the London Evening Standard, “The public golf course and its clubhouse is very popular and open to everyone, and the venue is hired out for events and weddings to increase revenue.
“Haste Hill Golf Club is a separately organised group that uses the course but does not contribute financially to the building or its upkeep, and their 26 wooden boards were dis-suading people from hiring the venue.
“The council offered to replace them with a digital board. The clubhouse is set in beautiful surroundings and we hope the refurbishment will encourage more residents to visit.”
Haste Hill was designed by the renowned golf architect Harry Colt in 1926 and the club has been in existence at Haste Hill Golf Course since at least 1930.How would you feel if all of your club’s honours boards were taken down? And do you think honours boards discourage functions?
As always, let us know your thoughts on the Golf Monthly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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The new Puma Ignite Pwradapt shoes have been revealed, introducing a cutting-edge traction system designed to adapt to any lie for more versatile gripThe new Puma Ignite Pwradapt shoes come in three versionsThe new Puma Ignite Pwradapt shoes have been revealed, introducing a cutting-edge traction system designed to adapt to any lie for more versatile grip.
The Puma Ignite Pwradapt shoes will come in three versions – the Ignite Pwradapt, Ignite Pwradapt Disc and Ignite Pwradapt Leather.
Each of the models will utilise Pwradapt sole technology with three-dimensional traction pods and Ignite Foam cushioning.
The Ignite Foam has been utilised the entire length of the midsole for the first time in a cleated shoe so that every stride is cushioned, with a spring-like energy return on your next step.Related: Best Golf Shoes 2018
The new Pwradapt pods then provide traction on every lie, with enhanced comfort from tee-to-green.
Each of the new Puma Ignite Pwradapt shoes utilises premium Aniline Leather accents for added style, as well as some cool elements like the sockliner featuring a map of Carlsbad, highlighting Puma’s headquarters where the shoe was designed.Puma Ignite Pwradapt Shoes – £140
This model features full-length Ignite Foam and the Pwradapt traction system. You’ll also find a new Comfort Construction mesh bootie that replaces a traditional tongue to aid the fit, comfort and support. The Pwrframe is then strategically placed in high stress areas on the shoe’s upper for lightweight support and enhanced stability. It’s available in three colours; Quiet Shade/Quite Shade, Black/White and White/White.
The new Puma Ignite PwradaptPuma Ignite Pwradapt Disc Shoes – £140
Like the traditional lace version, except Puma’s Disc tightening system features to give you a micro-adjusting dial that quickly and easily secures your foot for a consistent and custom fit. It also comes in three colours; Quiet Shade/Quiet Shade, Black/White and White/White.
The new Puma Ignite Pwradapt DiscPuma Ignite Pwradapt Leather Shoes – £140
Finally there’s a leather version for those seeking a more sophisticated style. The premium full-grain leather upper combines with a mesh hybrid bootie lining for an ideal fit. It will be available in classic White/White and Black/Black colours.
The new Puma Ignite Pwradapt Leather
Each of the three styles comes with a two-year waterproof warranty and go on sale on February 15th 2018.
This article Puma Ignite Pwradapt Shoes Revealed appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Fergus Bisset looks forward to one of his favourite weeks of the golfing year. Tomorrow he heads from the frozen north east of Scotland to Santiago, Chile for the fourth running of the Latin America Amateur Championship.LAAC - TrophyLooking out this morning at my ice-covered car and frosted garden I half cheered, half scared myself by checking the week’s forecast for Santiago, Chile where I’ll be by Thursday morning for the fourth instalment of the 2018 LAAC  (Latin America Amateur Championship.) The outlook is a steady 33 degrees C and sunshine. That’s at least 33 degrees hotter than Aberdeenshire right now which could come as something of a shock to the system.
But armed with a cap, a pair of lightweight slacks and a vat of factor 50, I’m ready to take on the challenge. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend each edition of the LAAC since its inception in 2015 and it’s one of my very favourite weeks of the year. The tournament is brilliantly run and attended by some of the friendliest people you could meet, all of whom are passionate about golf and the good that it can do. Many of the competitors are potential future stars of the game, who have one eye on the professional ranks but, as it’s open to golfers with a handicap of 5.4 or less, smaller nations are able to send more experienced, career amateurs, adding great character and depth to the event.
The Latin America Amateur Championship was founded and is run by the R&A, The Masters Tournament and the USGA. Open to the leading players from the 29 IOC recognised countries from Central and Southern America and the Caribbean (who are members of the International Golf Federation,) the tournament was started with a view towards the development of golf through the Latin America region.
The LAAC was established following the success of the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, inaugurated in 2009. That event has played a significant role in the advancement of golf in the Asia Pacific region and has already produced world-beating champions. Hideki Matsuyama was twice a winner of the event, in 2010 and 2011. Going into just its fourth year, the LAAC is already having a similar impact.
The winner of the tournament receives: an invitation to compete in The Masters Tournament; an exemption into The Amateur Championship, an exemption into the U.S. Amateur Championship and any other USGA amateur championship for which he is eligible. In addition, the champion and runner(s)-up receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifiying for The Open Championship with an opportunity to earn a place in The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, plus an exemption into final stage qualifying for the U.S. Open with an opportunity to earn a place in the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
With such prizes on offer, players and unions are focused on performing well in this event and golfing programmes at both grass roots and elite level are being established and developed in countries across Latin America, with one eye on this tournament and the opportunities it might provide. Many players from the LAAC have gone on to play in the American Collegiate system so a good week in this event could be life-changing.
In the first three instalments of the LAAC, the champions have been Matias Dominguez of Chile, Paul Chaplet of Costa Rica and Tomas Goya, also of Chile. Given the success of Chilean golfers in this event through the first three tournaments, it seems fitting the competition will be held in the country’s capital, Santiago this time out.
Looking at the field for this year, there are many names I know from the first three competitions. From Argentina, Alejandro Tosti, a runner-up in 2015 and a semi-finalist in the 2017 British Amateur Championship will be among the favourites, as will the likes of Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico and Venezuela’s Jorge Garcia. But, it will be Chilean player Joaquin Niemann shouldering the weight of home expectation. The Santiago resident comes into the event as the World’s Number 1 ranked amateur. He was tied for second in this event last year and will be desperately keen to make it three Chilean wins in four attempts at the LAAC.
Prince of Wales Country Club
The host course for this year’s event is at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago. The club dates from 1925 and the course from 1930. It was designed by club member Alex MacDonald who was a British businessman and a golf course architect. With a par of 72 and measuring 6,892-yards, it’s not overly long but with narrow fairways it demands accuracy. The bentgrass greens feature subtle contours and slopes that should test the players skill and nerve.
I don’t know an awful lot about Chile except that my mum once visited back in the early 70s. Back then, according to her accounts, the journey took about three weeks and is most effectively charted using a children’s blow-up globe and a red marker pen whilst listening to the theme tune from Indiana Jones.
It’s not that bad these days, although it is quite a long flight (about five films and four G&Ts worth.) Very much worth it though to see some of these youngsters compete – they play with a great amount of energy and flair and it’s fantastic to watch. I’ll be keeping you up to date with the progress of the tournament and with what I see around and off the course as well. With the Andes Mountains as a backdrop, Santiago looks a spectacular city and the reading I’ve done suggests it has a rich culture and history to explore and enjoy.
This article From chilly to Chile: Golf Monthly bound for 2018 LAAC appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Roll up, roll up get your birdies here! The PGA Tour is in the very scoring friendly conditions of California, check out these CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Betting TipsCareerBuilder Challenge Golf Betting Tips
The PGA Tour is in the beautiful La Quinta, California for the CareerBuilder Challenge this week at the Stadium Course at PGA West.
Last season the tournament was won by Hudson Swafford who hit an incredible tee shot on the island green 17th hole to seal victory by a stroke over Adam Hadwin.
You can pick him up at 50/1 if you fancy him to win again.
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World number three Jon Rahm headlines the field and is favourite at 10/1. Brian Harman is second-favourite at 13/1 and Patrick Reed is third-favourite at 17/1.
Phil Mickelson also plays and he can be picked up at 22/1.
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Jason Dufner – 4 points each way at 30/1 with – Dufner has got off to a decent start this season with a T11 and T18 in the first two events of 2018. He won here in 2016 and is trending nciely
Charles Howell – 2 points each way at 33/1 with – Had a decent T32 finish last week and was T4th just two starts prior. Despite not registering a victory in over 10 years, the American is one of the Tour’s most consistent players. He’s also had top-12s here in the last two years.
Adam Hadwin – 2 points each way at 59/1 with – The Canadian hasn’t missed a cut in his last seven events and was T6th here in 2016 and second here last year – he lost by a stroke and also shot a 59 in round 3.
Ben Martin – 1 point each way at 100/1 with – Martin closed last week with a tidy 65 to finish in a tie for seventh place. Looks decent odds at 100/1The GM Tipster Tom Clarke returns from Australia next week so do keep a look-out for his Dubai Desert Classic and Farmers Insurance Open betting tips. 
The best of luck and do bet responsibly
This article CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Betting Tips appeared first on Golf Monthly.

The start of the golf season is here with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship check out who we think will do well with these Abu Dhabi Golf Betting TipsAbu Dhabi HSBC Championship Golf Betting Tips
The first big event of 2018 arrives in the shape of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and what a week it promises to be.
Not only does Rory McIlroy return to professional golf after two months out, world number one Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood are playing.
DJ is rightly favourite for the title, having won on his last outing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. He can be backed at 19/4.
Rory McIlroy is second favourite at 7/1 to win his first event since September 2016, whilst defending champion Tommy Fleetwood can be picked up at 22/1 if you fancy him to make it back-to-back in Abu Dhabi.
The course measures 7,600 yards so suits the longer hitters. This will be reflecting in my tips this week.
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Paul Casey – 4 points each way at 18/1 with – This is Casey’s first proper European Tour event since he rejoined the Tour late last year. The Englisman won here in 2007 and 2009 and would virtually guarantee a Ryder Cup spot if he were to win this week.
Thomas Pieters- 2.5 points each way at 39/1 with – The big-hitting Belgian, like Casey, could really firm up his Ryder Cup hopes with a victory here and he’s certainly overdue. He hasn’t won since August 2016 but did have two top-5s in WGCs in 2017 and a T4th at the Masters. Despite missing the cut here last year he was 2nd in 2016.
Ross Fisher – 2.5 points each way at 44/1 with – Fisher is well due a win having been runner-up to Tyrrell Hatton twice in October. He was T9th here in 2015 and had decent finishes in the last two years as well.
Scott Hend – 1 point each way at 125/1 with – No real form to speak of but he was around the lead at the DP World Tour Championship after three rounds before a closing 78. He’s played in this tournament a few times, with his best year in 2015 with a T31st. He’s a big-hitter, very experienced and has had a month off since the Indonesian Masters. Too tempting at 125/1.
The best of luck and do bet responsibly
This article Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Golf Betting Tips appeared first on Golf Monthly.

The PGA Tour hits mainland USA this week after a fortnight in Hawaii. Hudson Swafford is defending champion in the CareerBuilder Challenge at La Quinta, California.Hudson Swafford defends CareerBuilder ChallengeA strong field has assembled to contest the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge over the Stadium Course at La Quinta. Defending champion Hudson Swafford will start, together with Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson.
From 1965 until 2010 this tournament carried the name of Bob Hope as the “Bob Hope Classic.” The event has been won by some notable players, including: Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples. Mickelson is in the field again this week looking to win again for the first time since The Open Championship of 2013.
Last year Hudson Swafford fired a closing round of 67 to emerge from the pack and claim his first PGA Tour title. He finished one clear of Canadian Adam Hadwin who had posted a 59 in round three.
Swafford returns to defend his title but will face strong competition from a field including World Number 3 Jon Rahm. The Spaniard was second in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and will start this event as favourite.Guide to perfect posture:Watch video
The Pete Dye designed Stadium Course at PGA West is now established as host course for this event. It’s an extremely testing layout that was once dubbed as “too difficult for the PGA Tour.” There’s plenty of water to contend with together with some punishing bunkers and rolling terrain.
The weather looks favourable, if a little cool. Wind could play a part on the Friday.Venue: Stadium Course, La Quinta, CaliforniaDate: Jan 18-21Course stats: par 72, 7,113 yardsPurse: $5,900,000Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20)TV Coverage:
Thursday 18 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pm
Friday 19 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pm
Saturday 20 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pm
Sunday 21 – Sky Sports Golf from 8pmPlayer Watch:
Brian Harman – He’s been one of the most consistent players so far this PGA Tour season. In five starts he has four top-five finishes plus an eighth. He was tied third in this event last year.
James Hahn – He’ll be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of a playoff loss in the Sony Open. He closed with a 62 at Waialae so is clearly on his game.
Phil Mickelson – “Lefty” is seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2013 Open and this could be the perfect place to secure it – he’s won the event twice before. He’s been off since October and will be looking to return with a bang.Key hole: 17th – “Alcatraz.” A par-3 with an island green, yardage can vary up to 168 yards but there’s one key to success and that is: Find the green!
This article Hudson Swafford defends CareerBuilder Challenge appeared first on Golf Monthly.

The European Tour heads for the Middle East this week where Tommy Fleetwood will defend the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA against a strong field containing World Number 1 Dustin Johnson.Tommy Fleetwood defends Abu Dhabi HSBC ChampionshipThere’s a star-studded line-up for this, the 13th running of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. World Number 1 Dustin Johnson will start following his victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Rory McIlroy is back in action and European stars like Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and defending champ Tommy Fleetwood will also play.
McIlroy returns from injury and is looking forward to the season ahead.
“I am looking for a strong start in 2018 and Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to open my season’s campaign,” he said. “Having come really close here on more than one occasion, I will be completely focused on trying to win the coveted Falcon Trophy and getting myself back into the winners’ circle – that would be a real confidence boost to start the New Year.”Rory McIlroy’s warm up routine:Watch video
Dustin Johnson finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in 2017 and will be looking to go one better this time out. “Hopefully Abu Dhabi will serve as the perfect springboard for me in 2018,” he said.
First contested in 2006, this is an event that was dominated by two players in the tournament’s early years – Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey. The Englishman won in 2007 and 2009 while the German has been the champion three times – 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Rickie Fowler triumphed in 2016 and Tommy Fleetwood took the title last season. The one-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson kick-started the English player’s season and he went on to finish the year as European Tour Number 1.
Designed by renowned desert course architect Peter Harradine, the course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club is long and challenging with plenty of water hazards to negotiate. Stretched now to almost 7,600 yards, it’s a venue that suits the power hitters.
The weather looks to be settled with temperatures not too high. Scoring should be good.Venue: Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesDate: Jan 18-21Course stats: par 72, 7,583 yardsPurse: €2,452,000Defending champion: Tommy Fleetwood (-17)TV Coverage:
Thursday 18 – Sky Sports Golf from 3.30am
Friday 19 – Sky Sports Golf from 7am
Saturday 20 – Sky Sports Golf from 8.30am
Sunday 21 – Sky Sports Golf from 8.30am
Player Watch:
Dustin Johnson – A winner in his last start in Hawaii, DJ was runner-up in this event last year. He’ll be tough to beat.
Paul Casey – Twice a winner here and a supremely consistent performer, Casey will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle this week.
Branden Grace – He has two top-five finishes in this event and comes into the week on good form – he was second last week in the BMW SA Open.Key hole: 18th. Played directly towards the iconic Falcon shaped clubhouse, the final hole is a par-5 that’s been extended over the years and now measures 562 yards. It’s still reachable in two for the longest hitters and that means the tournament could swing at the death.
This article Tommy Fleetwood defends Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Callaway Rogue Drivers Revealed - Callaway will be launching three new Rogue drivers alongside Epic to provide performance for all types of playerCallaway Rogue Drivers Revealed
Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic drivers and fairway woods were one of the success stories of 2017 but for this year, it will be joined by another range in the family that Callaway say performs even better.
The Jailbreak technology in the Epic and Epic Sub Zero driver, along with other features like the triaxial carbon crown and moveable weights, meant it was one of the longest drivers we tested in 2017.
The Rogue driver is much longer from front to back than Epic
The new Rogue driver features redesigned Jailbreak bars that are now more hourglass in shape, which makes them 25 per cent lighter but more effective at stiffening the body of the clubhead to make the face more flexible on a wider area.
A look inside at the new Jailbreak bars in the Rogue drivers
Although they come in at the same RRP as Epic, the Rogue drivers focus less on adjustability, but comes in three heads of Standard, Sub Zero and now Draw to suit every player type.
Rogue drivers come in standard, draw (left) and sub zero (right)
A new variable thickness X Face has been designed to accommodate the impact of Jailbreak at impact and the CG is now lower in the head thanks to the removal of carbon fibre pieces on the sole, which tended to scratch up. The result, Callaway say, is ultimate distance without compromise.
A new Speed Step crown design, which looks to be less prominent visually, is said to reduce aerodynamic drag for increased club speed.How does Rogue compare to Epic?
The MOI (resistance to twisting) of the Rogue driver is higher than Epic and Epic Sub Zero, which should lead to 16 per cent tighter dispersion. The Rogue Draw driver provides more draw bias than Epic could in its maximum draw setting, while Rogue Sub Zero can produce lower spin with more fade bias than Epic Sub Zero.
Read our full review of the Callaway Rogue drivers here.Callaway Rogue Fairway Woods
For the first time, Jailbreak has been included in the standard and Sub Zero Rogue fairway woods.
The 3mm rods are made of steel rather than titanium and are not hour glass shape. They are joined by an ultra-thin, fast Carpenter 455 steel face, which Callaway say is made faster by Jailbreak.
Callaway’s Face Cup also promotes more speed and the overall combined effect of these three technologies is meant to help golfers achieve fast ball speed and long distance on both centre-face hits and off-centre hits.
The Rogue Fairways also incorporate Internal Standing Wave, which positions the CG low and forward to promote a distance-enhancing combination of high-launch and low-spin.
The Triaxial Carbon Crown saves weight, as does the fixed hosel, is used to pull the CG lower to promote easy launch, and to increase MOI for forgiveness.
The Sub Zero option offers lower spin and a more penetrating flight for those seeking it thanks to a 5g weight on the front of the sole, mainly those golfers with faster clubhead speeds.
Key Info
Rogue RRPs – Drivers £469 in lofts 9˚, 10.5˚ and 13.5˚ adjustable. Rogue fairways RRP £269 Standard fairway lofts 13.5°, 15°, 17°, 19°, Heavenwood 20°, 21° and 23°, Sub Zero lofts 13.5˚, 15˚ and 18˚ non adjustable. On sale Feb 9th.
 Tech Q&ACallaway’s Dr. Alan Hocknell explains the benefits of the new technology in the Rogue rangeWhat is the design philosophy behind the Rogue Drivers?
Rogue represents a different idea of optimising ball speed, aligned to maximising forgiveness. Our first challenge was actually designing a product that surpassed Epic. Rogue has a lot of the same ingredients as Epic, but the way the new hourglass-shaped titanium rods work in tandem with our X-Face VFT Technology in the face delivers even more performance than Epic.Why does Epic remain in the line for 2018?
The trio of Rogue drivers generate more ball speed than Epic and are also more forgiving. But there is still a very clear place for Epic, particularly in the custom-fitting environment where some players will wish to spend more time seeking what we call a ‘high fidelity’ fitting, using the adjustable sliding weight of Epic, which doesn’t feature in Rogue. Some golfers may also have a head shape preference towards Epic, as the footprint is not quite as large as Rogue.
This article Callaway Rogue Drivers Revealed appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Instagrammer/blogger @GolfPeach responds to the recent YouGov poll that revealed golf is the most boring sport to watchWhy Golf Isn’t The Most Boring Sport
So, golf is the most boring sport on the planet? What does that say about us?!
Well, the woman golfstagrammers know as GolfPeach is decidedly miffed and indignant about the findings of the much-publicised YouGov poll that branded our beloved game one long yawn. But then the same woman of four years ago had never swung a club in anger because… well, golf seemed the most boring sport on the planet.
Golf is sporting marmite.
You either pile it on in layers or you curl your lip at the very mention of it.
Golfing converts often encounter a ‘Road to Jericho’ moment when they suddenly, maybe unexpectedly get a taste for it.
It is at that crossroads when all of the things that made golf seem boring… its slowness, its weird vocabulary, its anal attention to technical detail… are perversely the very same qualities that make it fascinating.Rory McIlroy: I don’t fear any of them. I’ve beaten them before”
70% of those canvassed simply haven’t found their way to that intersection yet, right?
Now let me say straight away I do kind of agree with the survey! Not the headlines, but the actual YouGov research.
The question their pollsters asked was all about ‘watching’ sports, not ‘playing’ them.
I have been fortunate enough to tee it up alongside one or two pro golfers but I am yet to develop an appetite for trooping around a tournament course to watch them.
I don’t mind tuning into late-night action from somewhere sunny to marvel at how far DJ smashes it but I’d rather be out there myself.
99% of competitive pro golf is 72-hole strokeplay. Our sport’s heroes and heroines spend most of their careers playing against the course.
There aren’t many greater sporting spectacles than the back nine on Masters Sunday
There is a saying that the Masters doesn’t begin until Amen Corner on Sunday afternoon. Only then do we see the cut-and-thrust of man-against-man that is the essence of most spectator sports.
The Ryder and Solheim Cups are sporting theatre, but too many of the Majors are long processions. Like Test cricket, they are pure sport because the best player wins over 72 holes… but, like Test cricket, they are for the aficionados.
The really worrying thing is that, four years into life as a golfer, I think I’m becoming a bit of an aficionado myself.Ping G700 irons revealed
The mental subtleties of keeping your nerve when the leaderboard says a par at the last will be enough are something you can identify with when you’ve stood on the 18th tee with 35 points already banked in the Monthly Medal.
Golf lovers quickly become protectors of all of the finer points that shape our addictions to it. It’s like being part of a secret society. If the great unwashed say the sport is boring then it almost confirms our own refined tastes.
So, do we care if golf’s image is staid and stately? We should.
The golf economy in the USA came under attack from a cycling boom a few years ago. Nike pulled out of the golf equipment business in 2016 citing a fall in demand.
Now the same trend is emerging in the UK. England Golf recently reported that 1 in 5 of the players who held a club membership in 2004 have since packed the game in. More tee times for the rest of us?… not if your club closes as a result.
Golf clubs are closing across the UK
If the game wises up, this survey may just be the biggest favour that anyone has ever done golf.The final day at Laleham Golf Club
Even the crustiest of colonels would surely raise his glass of port in the Men’s Bar to the notion that golf has to be more open to fresh ideas.
Cricket connoisseurs will say that 20/20 Big Bash slogs are ruining the game but try telling that to the fans that fill county grounds to see the shortened versions of the sport.
Last May the European Tour unveiled GolfSixes, a 6-hole matchplay knockout tournament played to the accompaniment of pop music and whooping crowds. Remember, the first tee of the Ryder Cup when Bubba Watson came to play? It was like that all weekend. There was even a clock put on the snails-pace pros at GolfSixes… well, on one hole. It’s a start.WATCH: Police chase on golf course caught on camera
I’m not suggesting that the champion golfer should lift the Claret Jug to the sound of a Stormzy rap at Carnoustie this summer. As with Test cricket, there will always be a major place for the Major tests of the sports superstars.
But if a wider sporting public is ever going to appreciate the power and the skill that the great golfers display, their talents need to be better showcased with a 21st century twist. So much of the fun that I have during the course of a roll-up round with the guys at our club seems to be missing from the poker-faced millionaires with their emotions hidden beneath their sponsored caps.
Maybe the cameras should come to watch us play on a Sunday morning. It’s never boring.
Do you agree with @GolfPeach’s views? Let us know on the Golf Monthly social channels
This article Why Golf Isn’t The Most Boring Sport appeared first on Golf Monthly.

The four-time major winner's recent interview with The Telegraph brought up some interesting pointsMcIlroy: “I Don’t Fear Any Of Them. I’ve Beaten Them Before”
It’s been a quiet few months for former world number one Rory McIlroy, who has had a prolonged winter break after an injury-plagued 2017 season.
The four-time major winner made his final appearance of 2017 in October at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a week after he matched his best result of the year with a runner-up finish to Paul Dunne at the British Masters.
McIlroy returns to the sport he’s dominated in years gone by at a lowly 11th in the world rankings which was his lowest in almost seven years.
He left the game in October at world number six, but has seen rivals such as Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka all pass him.
However, Rory isn’t bothered – at least that’s what he told the Telegraph.
“I don’t care about the world rankings,” McIlroy said.
Rory McIlroy plays his second shot from the 18th fairway during a practice round ahead of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
“I don’t feel I need to compare myself to anyone else, because I know what I can do. I’m not hung up on it. Maybe before, I had to win from the front. I just don’t feel that now. I don’t fear any of them. Any one of them. I’ve beaten them before.”
“I need to get back on that track and this year my goals are to add to my major tally and get back to world No. 1, winning more times than anyone else.
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“Let’s just say that between now and when I signed off last year, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful. I know exactly what I can do.”
Now they’re positive words from a man who’s tasted major glory four times, won three Race to Dubai crowns, a FedEx Cup and 22 titles overall.
McIlroy is seeking to go beyond his tally of four major titles this year
The 28-year-old returns this week in Abu Dhabi ahead of a huge 2018, and if he’s as hungry as he sounds, he could reclaim his number one spot this year.
In April he will attempt to complete the career grand slam with victory at the Masters, yet could seal his fifth major championship at any one of the year’s big four.
A fifth major would put him on par with the likes of Phil Mickelson, James Braid, Seve Ballesteros and Byron Nelson. If he could wrap up two more he’d be level with Faldo and Trevino.How do you think Rory McIlroy will get on in 2018? Let us know on the Golf Monthly social channels
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Ping G700 Irons Revealed - New hollow-body iron set to provide extra distance, with option of 'Power Spec' for even more distancePing G700 Irons Revealed
Ping is the latest manufacturer to enter the market with a hollow body super-game-improvement iron designed to offer maximum distance and forgiveness for the mid-to-high handicapper.
The Ping G700 Irons replace the GMax irons and feature a hollow body construction, which increases face flexibility for a higher trajectory and more distance.
This is assisted by a machined C300 maraging steel face, which has undergone a two-step heat treatment process to add strength, enabling Ping to make it thinner and therefore even more flexible than the face on the G-Max iron.RELATED: Best Game Improvement Irons of 2017
In a unique twist, it looks like the G700 irons are available in standard spec or ‘Power spec’, which features 1.5˚ to 2˚ stronger lofts for even more distance. The standard spec 7-iron is 29.5˚ while the power spec 7-iron is 28˚.
“The desire for golfers to hit their irons further continues to grow,” said Ping President John K. Solheim.
“We want to provide options that greatly increase distance without sacrificing other performance attributes, such as consistency, forgiveness and feel. With the G700 iron, we’ve been able to accomplish all of that in a very appealing design with a sound that screams distance from the moment golfers hit it.”
Forgiveness comes not only from the size but from the toe and shaft weights, which creates extreme perimeter weighting and a balanced CG position.
The special sole design should improve turf interaction. In fact, the sole width, bounce and offset are similar to the G400 iron.
Key Info
The Ping G700 Irons go on sale March 29th and are available in 4-9, PW, UW, SW in 10 lie angle colour codes with an RRP of £149 per iron in steel shafts, £159 per iron in graphite.
The stock steel shaft offering is the Ping AWT 2.0 while in graphite it is the Alta CB (counter-balanced) powered by AWT, UST Recoil 760 ES SMACWRAP, UST Recoil 780 ES SMACWRAP
Aftermarket steel shaft options with no upcharge include True Temper Dynamic Gold, Project X LZ , True Temper XP95, Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 and KBS Tour.
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Ping G400 Max Driver Unveiled - Ping is set to launch a 460cc version of its popular G400 driver to help golfers find even more fairways on Feb 9thPing G400 Max Driver Unveiled
Ping is launching a fourth model within its popular G400 driver range that is said help find even more fairways.
The G400 Max driver reaches the maximum volume size allowed by the R&A and USGA of 460cc, 20cc than the current G400 drivers at 440cc.
The G400 Max has a larger address profile than the original G400 driver
This means the G400 Max is the most forgiving Ping G400 driver in the family with an MOI (resistance to twisting) of 9,902 gram cm2, compared to 9,263 gram cm2 for the standard G400 driver.
This should mean that shots hit off centre fly straighter and lose less distance compared to strikes from the sweetspot. The larger size, however, may result in a slight reduction in clubhead speed compared to other G400 models.RELATED: Ping G400 v G v G30 Driver Test
The G400 Max driver features the same technologies as the other G400 drivers, including the weight-saving Dragonfly crown, tungsten back weight for maximum forgiveness, a fast forged titanium face and internal rib structure that improves the sound and feel.
The 460cc G400 Max driver is only available in standard version. The original Ping G400 driver also comes in LST (low spin technology) and SFT (draw-biased straight flight technology).
“Our engineers focused on increasing the forgiveness of the driver while maintaining the distance gains and powerful sound of the original G400 driver,” said Ping President John K. Solheim.
“The forgiveness is off the charts and leads to tighter dispersion, which reveals just how consistent your distance and accuracy results will be on the golf course.”
Even Tour pros have seen the benefit, with staff players Aaron Baddeley and Seamus Power putting the G400 Max driver in play at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
As always, plenty of shaft offerings are available. The stock offering is the Alta CB 55 with its unique colour shift paint technology, while others like the Alta Distanza 40, Tour 65 and 75, Kuro Kage, Hzrdus and X-Torsion incur an upcharge.
The Ping G400 Max driver goes on sale from February 9th and has an RRP of £389. It will come in lofts 9˚ and 10.5˚ adjustable +/- 1˚.
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The Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedge has been revealed, with its new glare reducing finish helping the head to appear more compact than the standard Glide 2.0 wedgeThe new Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedgeThe Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedge has been revealed, with its new glare reducing finish helping the head to appear more compact than the standard Glide 2.0 wedge.
The Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedge is made from an 8620 carbon steel and has precision-milled grooves to deliver a softer feel and higher spin for greater control.
New though for this version is the tour-inspired Stealth finish that yields less glare and makes the head appear smaller. The finish is applied using a ‘Quench Polish Quench’ process, which Ping says adds durability.
You’ll also notice a half groove near the leading edge on the 56°, 58° and 60° lofts that boosts spin on shots struck low on the face. The half groove has been wheel-cut, a milling process developed by Ping’s engineers, to enable grooves with a sharper edge radius for improved spin.
The grooves in the lower lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are also milled with a 20° sidewall to optimise spin on full pitch shots, while the higher lofted heads (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) have a steeper 28° sidewall to impart more spin on shorter shots around the greens.
As with the standard version, the Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedge will come in four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) to suit different golfers’ attack angles and the different turf conditions they face.
Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge Specifications
The SS GRIND (46°, 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58° and 60°) is a mid-bounce sole to create greenside versatility and is ideal for moderate attack angles.
The WS GRIND (54°, 56°°, 58° and 60°) is a wider sole design for players with a steep angle of attack, with its reduced camber helping to reduce unwanted digging.
The TS GRIND (58° and 60°) is a half-moon grind that facilitate shot making, with heel relief aiding open faced lob shots to difficult pins or from firm lies.
Finally the Eye 2-inspired ES Grind (54°, 56°, 58° and 60°) has a dish profile and tapered hosel to suit bunker shots.
The stock shaft options will be the Ping AWT 2.0 Wedge and the PING CFS graphite. You can also get aftermarket steel shafts from True Temper, Nippon and KBS at no upcharge.
The Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedge will cost £130 per club (steel) or £140 per club (graphite).
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The new Ping Vault 2.0 putters have been unveiled and are headlined by a new custom-weighting system
The new Ping Vault 2.0 puttersThe new Ping Vault 2.0 putters have been unveiled and are headlined by a new custom-weighting system.
The 100%-milled models will offer tour-caliber touch and performance from True Roll Technology (TR) grooves, plus a new custom-weighting system that helps you personalise your swingweight and feel.
The new system provides sole weight options in steel (standard weight head), tungsten (15g heavier) and aluminum (15g lighter) so you can match a model to your balance preferences.
Returning from previous Ping Vault putters is precision-milled TR groove technology that aids consistent speeds across the putter face.
The new Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser shown here in each of the new finish options
Alongside the three sole weight options will be three premium finish options – Stealth, Platinum or Copper – and six different heads.
Of these six, the new Dale Anser will draw attention as it was inspired by one of the original Anser putter moulds created by Allan Dale Solheim and detailed by his father, Karsten Solheim.
The Ketsch also returns for players seeking a high MOI mallet. You’ll also find the Voss and ZB blades and B60 and Piper mid-mallets.
The six models available in the new Ping Vault 2.0 range
All the models are fit for stroke and designed with varying alignment aids to fit a golfer’s preferred look and alignment style.
As part of the custom building process that ensures optimal balance, putters between 34″ and 36″ in length are built with steel sole weights. Models 34″ and shorter then feature tungsten weighting, while putters built 36″ and longer use aluminium weights.
There are also four Ping grip options. The PP60 is a midsize, lightweight design; the PP61 has an exaggerated pistol to fit the contour of the golfer’s hands; the PP62 is a lightweight, oversized grip with a rounded profile and the CB60 is a counter-balanced option.PING Vault 2.0 Putters – Specifications
The Dale Anser (£275) weighs 350g, is available in Copper, Platinum or Stealth finishes and will suit slightly arcing strokes.
The Voss (£275) weighs 350g, is available in Copper or Platinum finishes and will suit slightly arcing strokes.
The B60 (£275) weighs 355g, is available in Copper or Platinum finishes and will suit slightly arcing strokes.
The ZB (£275) weighs 350g, is available in Copper or Stealth finishes and will suit slightly arcing strokes.
The Piper (£275) weighs 360g, is available in Copper or Platinum finishes and will suit slightly arcing or straight strokes.
The Ketsch (£275) weighs 365g, is available in Stealth and Slate finishes and will suit slightly arcing or straight strokes.
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Both the BMW SA Open winner and runner-up were spotted using a new prototype Callaway driverPaisley And Grace Star In South Africa Using New Callaway Driver
Chris Paisley won his maiden European Tour title in South Africa and eagle-eyed watchers will have noticed that he had a new driver in the bag.
The Callaway ambassador was spotted using a new driver, which is thought to be the Rogue.
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He also had a new prototype 3 wood, as well as a new Callaway Prototype ball.
As well as the new prototype woods, Paisley had the new Callaway X Forged UT in the bag and Mack Daddy 4 wedges – both of which were launched this month.
Fellow Callaway ambassador Branden Grace, who finished in 2nd place, was also using the new prototype driver, fairway woods and ball.
Branden Grace averaged 312 yards off the tee using the new prototype driver. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Callaway’s new signings Renato Paratore and Chase Koepka, who both finished T7th, also had the new prototype woods and ball in the bag.
As well as the BMW SA Open’s top two, 17 further players had the new Callaway prototype driver in the bag at the Sony Open on the PGA Tour.
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Neil Howie, President and Managing Director, Callaway EMEA, commented: “Congratulations to Chris, Branden and our new signings for a truly amazing start to 2018.
“For a prototype driver, fairway wood and golf ball to go into professional competitive play and immediately help our Staff Professionals to a 1-2 finish is nothing short of incredible.
“It underlines why we are so excited to tell the world about these new products very soon!”
Chris Paisley What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Callaway Prototype
Fairways: Callaway Prototype
UT: Callaway X Forged UT
Irons (5-PW): Callaway X Forged ’18
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 52, 56 and 60
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa Tank #1
Ball: Callaway Prototype
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Patton Kizzire came through a six-hole playoff against fellow American James Hahn to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae GC in Honolulu. It was his second PGA Tour title of the season.Patton Kizzire wins Sony Open in HawaiiThe Sony Open in Hawaii had to be settled in a playoff after Patton Kizzire and James Hahn finished 72 holes tied on 17-under-par. Kizzire prevailed at the sixth extra hole to claim his second victory of the 2017-18 PGA Tour wraparound season.James Hahn played a superb final round of 62 at Waialae GC to set a clubhouse leading score of 263. He had to wait nearly an hour to see if the 54-hole leaders could match him.
Tom Hoge could have surpassed the number had it not been for a double bogey on the 16th. Kizzire needed a birdie at the last to claim the victory outright but his chip from short of the par-5 ran past the hole and he missed the birdie effort.
Kizzire tapped in for par to tie Hahn’s score and extra holes were required to decide the winner.
Both men made two pars and two birdies on the par-5 last – Hahn twice had putts to win that didn’t drop – and both made pars on the par-3 17th. For the sixth extra hole they returned to the par-3 and this time Hahn was unable to save par and Kizzire was champion.3 Talking points from the Sony Open in Hawaii
1 – This was Kizzire’s second win of the season following the OHL Classic. He is now leader by 452 points on the FedEx Cup standings.
“I’m just going to keep working hard. I want to get the third win. The first win was big, and this one is even bigger… Our ultimate goal is to be No. 1 at the end of the year.”
2 – James Hahn was left dejected after the playoff defeat. Despite his superb final round 62, he was struggling to find the positives.
“I’d rather lose by 100 than lose by 1. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”
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3 – Scotland’s Russell Knox was the best placed non-US player. He started the round within four of the leader Tom Hoge and was still in the hunt with six to play. But dropped shots at the 15th and 16th holes saw him fall back into a tie for 10th place.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jan 11-14
Purse: $6,200,000 Par: 701 Patton Kizzire (USA) 67 64 64 68 263 $1,116,0002 James Hahn (USA) 67 69 65 62 263 $669,6003 Tom Hoge (USA) 65 65 64 70 264 $421,600T4 Webb Simpson (USA) 67 70 63 65 265 $256,267T4 Brian Harman (USA) 64 63 68 70 265 $256,267T4 Brian Stuard (USA) 67 66 67 65 265 $256,267
T7 Ollie Schniederjans (USA) 66 65 67 68 266 $193,233T7 Ben Martin (USA) 69 66 66 65 266 $193,233
T7 Gary Woodland (USA) 67 67 68 64 266 $193,233T10 Chris Kirk (USA) 63 67 67 70 267 $148,800T10 Kyle Stanley (USA) 64 67 65 71 267 $148,800
T10 Russell Knox (Sco) 69 64 65 69 267 $148,800
T10 Ryan Blaum (USA) 66 68 68 65 267 $148,800
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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England’s Chris Paisley claimed his first European Tour title with a three-shot victory over Branden Grace in the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.Chris Paisley wins BMW SA OpenChris Paisley fired an error-free final round of 66 at Glendower GC to post a four-round total of 21-under par and to finish three clear of home player Branden Grace. It was Paisley’s first victory on the European Tour.
Paisley began the final round a stroke ahead of the field but found himself behind Branden Grace after the South African started fast with a birdie and then and an eagle.
The Englishman held his nerve though and kept it steady on the front nine. After birdieing the 7th and 10th holes he moved four shots in front.
Grace attempted to rally on the back nine and an eagle on the 13th and then another gain on the 15th saw him reach 17-under. But Paisley wasn’t to be denied, he also birdied the 15th to remain four ahead.
Grace reduced the deficit to three with a tap-in birdie on the 16th but he wasn’t able to get any closer than that. Paisley parred the last two holes and took the title.
“I’m just so happy with how the week went and to get the win,” Paisley said. “I still can’t believe it. Going head-to-head against Branden, in his home country with pretty much everyone in the crowd on his side was tough but I just played great. I played out of my skin. I didn’t even think I was capable of playing that well to be honest, and to come out on top in such a wonderful place is amazing.”3 Talking points from the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni
1 – Chris Paisley is the third English winner of this tournament in its last four instalments. Andy Sullivan was the victor in 2015 and Graeme Storm was champion last season. It was 31-year-old Paisley’s first victory since the English Challenge on the Challenger Tour back in 2012.
Paisley’s wife Keri was on the bag for the week and he was quick to praise her after his win. “My regular caddie is getting some stick but I just can’t say enough about how good of a job she has done this week and just in life in general,” he said. “She doesn’t know that much about golf but she knows me really well and she knows when I’m going a little quicker than I usually do or getting a bit tight. Coming up the last fairway with her next to me was just incredible.”
2 – Branden Grace was looking to win the event for the first time and to join Ernie Els as the only players to have won South Africa’s three most prestigious events. He made a good run but had to settle for second place. Still, he can console himself with the fact that he should move up to 27th place on the Official World Golf Ranking, just three places behind top-ranked South African Louis Oosthuizen.Branden Grace swing sequence:Watch video
3 – Home player Hennie Otto looked like having a great chance of setting a course record in the final round, having posted 10 birdies through his first 16 holes. But a dropped shot at the 17th meant the 41-year-old former champion finished with a 64 to end the week on 11-under-par.
BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni
Glendower GC, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
Jan 11-14
Purse: €1,050,000 Par: 72
1 Chris Paisley (Eng) 66 65 70 66 267 €159,6692 Branden Grace (RSA) 65 71 66 68 270 €110,8113 JC Ritchie (RSA) 72 70 65 65 272 €74,747
T4 Jacques Blaauw (RSA) 68 70 66 70 274 €42,243
T4 Jacques Kruysvijk (RSA) 68 70 66 70 274 €42,243
T4 Scott Vincent (Zim) 70 66 71 67 274 €42,243T7 Darren Fichardt (RSA) 70 71 64 70 275 €24,001
T7 Chase Koepka (USA) 65 71 68 71 275 €24,001
T7 Renato Paratore (Ita) 71 67 69 68 275 €24,001T7 Adrien Saddier (Fra) 68 63 73 71 275 €24,001
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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With soggy lies and ice-numbed hands, winter golf can be tough. To counteract the elements, here's 5 top winter golf hacks to help make your scores drop as low as the temperature does. 5 Top Winter Golf Hacks
Mud-sodden fairways, frozen greens harder than concrete, it’s small wonder that few golfers look forward to the winter golf season.
But winter golf is certainly challenging, a diving thermometer doesn’t have to mean a rise in your scores.
Read on for our 5 top tips for getting the most out of your golf game this winter.1. Get yourself a good pair of wet-weather gloves
The UK’s weather is never great even at the best of times, but in winter the rain clouds are especially likely to gather. Usually only celebrated by marine animals, with a good quality wet-weather glove, your golf scores will also react positively to the rainstorms. The wetter they get, the firmer they grip, helping you to keep a hold of both your clubs and the pars on your scorecard.
Related: 10 reasons to love winter golf2. Now’s the time to practice your short game and wedge play
With cold air, frost-covered golf balls and wet ground, golf courses start to play a lot longer once the winter kicks in. Par 4s that in summer needed only a fair drive and a flicked wedge now have you pulling out a 3-wood for your second shot and coming up short. With even your best strikes going nowhere, you’re likely to be scrambling a lot more for your pars. Getting your short game and wedge play white hot will be the key to keep posting good scores.
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3. Invest in a good base-layer
With this January set to be one of the coldest on record, keeping warm on the course is a must. A cold body is a stiff body and will cost you both distance and feel. Wrapping yourself up in a fat-suit of jumpers, however, is almost certain to limit your golf swing. The answer? A wafer-thin, heat-locking base layer. Lighter, slimmer and more stylish than a sweater, a good base layer will ward off the cold but without sacrificing flexibility. If you’ve not got one, buy one: your golf scores will thank you for it.
Related: How to putt on winter greens4. Stop your golf balls from freezing by keeping them in your pockets
That a warm golf ball flies further than a cold one is no urban legend, it’s fact. The rule of thumb is that for every ten degrees by which the temperature drops, a golf ball will carry two yards shorter. Clearly then, there’s a premium for keeping your golf balls as toasty as possible. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to keep one in your pocket. They’ll soak up your body heat throughout the round and your shots will keep going the distance.5. Think about ditching your trolley for a carry bag
Yes, carrying a golf bag can be hard work, and that shiny new trolley that your wife brought you looks like a dream. But with golf courses vulnerable to becoming mud-baths over the winter months and an increase in restrictions on trolley usage, you might find it less hassle just to work out those shoulder muscles and trade in your wheels for a carry bag. You’ll help keep your home course in good fettle, cut out those laboursome detours around ‘NO TROLLEY’ areas, and, with one less thing to worry about, you might even cut a few shots off your scorecard.
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Golf's Boat Race: The Oxford and Cambridge Golf Match - You know Oxford and Cambridge have a famous Boat Race, but did you also know they have an annual golf match?Golf’s Boat Race: The Oxford and Cambridge Golf Match
Oxford and Cambridge have been rivals since the latter university was founded by Oxford scholars escaping from a mob of angry townspeople in 1209.
The boffs fled to Cambridge where they swiftly set up a university and Oxford and Cambridge have been the bitterest of foes ever since.
Aside from the academic competition between the two institutions, the most famous Oxford versus Cambridge event of the year is the Boat Race.
More relevant for golfers, however, is the fact that the universities also play a yearly Varsity match in golf.
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The existence of the match is not now much known about by the golfing public, but it wasn’t always so low-profile.
The match was inaugurated in 1878, making it officially the oldest amateur event in the game (the British Amateur Championship was first played in 1885 by comparison) and it is also the oldest extant team competition in English golf.
Many famous figures have taken part in the Oxford and Cambridge golf match including the celebrated journalist Bernard Darwin, who captained the Cambridge side in 1897.
Ex- R&A chief executive Peter Dawson has played in the Oxford and Cambridge Varsity match
The ex- R&A chief executive Peter Dawson is also an Oxbridge golfing alumni.
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He read engineering at Cambridge, played in multiple varsity matches during his three years as a student at the university and also, as Darwin did, captained the team.
Back when Dawson was roaming the university’s quads, Cambridge usually got the victory over their Oxford rivals, but in recent years momentum has swung the other way.
Oxford have been undefeated in the match since 2009, having bested their opponents in a record-breaking 8 matches-and-counting in a row.
This year, however, Cambridge are confident about ending the run.
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A R Nall Cain and W F Pharazyn, captains of Oxford and Cambridge respectively in the 1925 Varsity match, have some fun with a photo before the game.
They recently achieved an important win over the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society (who they had previously not beaten in over five years) and the side’s 2018 captain, Adam Parkes is feeling bullish about the Light Blues’ chances.
“We had an opportunity to snap [Oxford’s] streak a few years back but we didn’t take it, since then Oxford’s squad depth has helped them over the line, but I don’t think there is any reason we can’t win this year,” Parkes has been quoted as saying.
“Being a young team too there is no scar tissue either; we have every chance.”
This year’s Varsity match will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March at Royal Porthcawl, comprising of five 36-hole foursomes games played on the Friday and ten 36-hole singles on the Saturday.
Entry is free of charge.
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Wanting to get your partner into the game? Here are some tips...9 Stages To Getting Your Partner Into Golf
Looking to combine your two loves – golf and your partner?
Here are the 9 main stages to help you get your partner into the gameLet them walk round with you
This is the first step. As we know, golf is a tough sport so you need to show them the ropes and make them acclimatised to the environment. Either walk with them or take them in a buggy with you so they can watch you play. This is also a good time to show them the very basic etiquette like tending flags and raking bunkers.Let them play
Now that they’ve seen the golf course and watched you hit a few shots, let them have a go at a putt here and there and perhaps even a few chips. At this point there shouldn’t be a great deal of coaching going on, perhaps a small tip or two, but just let them figure out and enjoy the sensation of hitting some chip shots and what rolling a putt towards the hole feels like.
Related: Beginner’s guide to chippingTake them to a short game area
Whether that be a specific short game zone, golf course green if nobody is around or a local field that doesn’t specifically prohibit the odd golf shot here and there. Let them have a prolonged time practicing pitches, chips and putts. Golf should be learnt short game first to allow timing to develop. Perhaps show them a few basics like the proper way to grip the club.Take them down the range
Now that they’re a bit more used to the game it’s time to take the next step. You don’t want to progress too far here so don’t encourage them go above much more than a 7 iron. Give them a few tips, stick to the very basics, and let them hit a few half and full wedge shots to get a feel of what it’s like to hit the ball. They might be a natural, but they probably won’t be, so don’t get too frustrated or be too expectant. Golf is hard.Lessons
After maybe one, two or three range sessions and some short game time, it’s probably time for some proper tuition. Whether that be with a PGA pro or in a beginners group session, it will help massively for them to see someone with some true expertise as well as experience of teaching beginners. If they’re still going at this stage, you’re doing well.
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Treat them to some gear
Buy them some nice golf-specific clothes and their own golf bag and some clubs. You don’t have to splash out, you can get some great deals throughout the year or go to the second-hand market – plus at this stage they’ll still only need a half set. Either way, having their own bag and clubs and some proper golf clothes should spike some interest and motivation to continue to improve.Remember why you’re doing it
You’re not training your wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend to be the next Annika Sorenstam or Tiger Woods, you just want to be able to play the game you love with the person you love. When they’re topping, shanking or chunking it don’t get too frustrated, just be patient and think that sometime soon you’ll be able to have a game together or even head off on a nice golf break.
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Take them to a par-3 or pitch and putt course so they can begin to hit full shots out on a course. This should be repeated, along with range and short game sessions, as many times as possible until they’re ready for a full course. Hitting tee shots, bunker shots, chip-outs, wedges and actually getting the ball in the hole is all part of learning to play the game of golf.
Don’t rush
Golf is a sport that we can play right up until our later days so there really is no rush. Stay patient with your partner and enjoy the time together because who knows, in 10 years they might be beating you!Tip:
Remember the both of you can practice things like putting and grip in the house, this could speed up your partner’s development. You can also practice chipping in the garden, if it’s safe to do so, as well as the full swing if you purchase a net.
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