Today's Golfer

Today's Golfer

Issue 398

Today’s Golfer is dedicated to helping you play and buy better... We'll lower your handicap. Each issue, the magazine's team of elite coaches gives you tips that will lower your handicap - proven drills to help your driving, iron play, putting and close approach work. And if you're looking to invest in new kit, our experienced testing team brings you the first independent reviews of the latest golf clubs & accessories every issue. If you want to play abroad, ensure you read our travel advice... we'll ensure you have the golfing holiday of a lifetime. Plus: don’t miss our exclusive green fee deals and course guides. You could save a lot of money!

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In this issue

2 min.
club reviews you can trust

Everyone is a golf club reviewer these days. Give anyone a video camera and a YouTube log-in and they can claim to be an ‘influencer’, hitting a handful of shots (on a launch monitor if you’re lucky) before offering an opinion. “IT’S NOT 50 YARDS LONGER!!!” screams a video headline in big yellow letters, as this ever-increasing number of “content creators” seek shoutier and shoutier ways of making their videos stand out from the crowd. We’re not really like that – as our annual Top Gear test illustrates (from page 77). It’s not shouty. We’re not reviewing one club and making outlandish statements just to get more views on YouTube. As TG has been doing for more than 30 years (largely in print, but now more than ever online and on video) we’re…

1 min.
today's golfer

EDITORIAL Editor Chris Jones Courses Editor Kevin Brown Equipment Editor Simon Daddow Features Editor Michael Catling Group Art Director Hakan Simsek Senior Production Editor Rob Jerram Art Editor Craig Iredale Senior Digital Marketing Executive Sarah Pyett Editorial Assistant Stephanie Etchells CONTRIBUTORS Lee Westwood, Andrew Cotter, Chris Ryan, Gavin Dear, Adrian Fryer, Gary Casey, James Whitaker, David Armitage, Karl Morris, Gary Nicol, Ian Clark, Alan White, Mark McGeehan, Ben Emerson, Steve Thomas, Neil Wain, Angus Murray, Duncan Lennard, Howard Boylan, Bob Atkins, Tom Critchell, Jacques Portal. Pictures by Getty Images unless stated. ADVERTISING Commercial Director Donna Harris Key Account Director Jack Raynor Sales Account Manager Ben Peck Travel Director Ken Gill Telesales Executive Catherine Whiteman Project Manager Gabriella Challis Inserts contact Howard Foster MARKETING Direct Marketing Manager Julie Spires Marketing Manager Susan Rogers susan.rogers@bauermedia.co.uk Head of Newstrade Marketing Leon Benoiton leon.benoiton@flgroup.co.uk Newstrade Marketing Manager Karen Caruso karen.caruso@flgroup.co.uk H BAUER PUBLISHING Editorial Director June Smith-Sheppard Head of…

2 min.
the most spectacular par 3 on the open rota?

Royal Liverpool Golf Club will have a brand new look when The Open returns in 2022 – and this stunning little par 3 could decide who wins it. For the Championship, it will play as the 17th – the 15th for members – and measure just 139 yards from the elevated back tee. The beach lies just a stone’s throw from the green, which sits above the dunes and slopes towards three, “very deep” pot bunkers. The new hole forms part of several alterations being carried out by course architect Martin Ebert, in a bid to make Royal Liverpool “future friendly”. “The concept was kind of based on the Postage Stamp [at Royal Troon] with the steep banks and narrow green,” says Ebert, who has redesigned seven of the 10 courses on The…

5 min.
bomber disposal!

Golf has a problem. That’s the message from The R&A and USGA, who have finally acknowledged what everybody has been saying and thinking for years – distances are getting out of control (on tour, at least). Only now they are doing something about it. In a bid to rein in the game's biggest hitters, the ruling bodies are conducting a review into golf equipment so they can finally put the brakes on how far players are hitting the ball. Their concerns were detailed as part of the Distance Insights Report, which referenced a joint statement in 2002 warning that “any further significant increases in hitting distances at the highest level are undesirable”. ‘ANY FURTHER SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN HITTING DISTANCES AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL ARE UNDESIRABLE’ In the years since, they can point to the…

1 min.
distance is forcing augusta to change its iconic 13th

Augusta National have always done things their own way, and could lead the charge when it comes to curbing distance. A “tournament ball” is something the Green Jackets have already mooted, but until then they’re trying to squeeze out every last yard available to them – and it looks like they’ve already done some groundwork to lengthen the iconic 13th. A new Google Earth image picked up last year shows a new “service road” has been built behind the existing 13th tee, following the purchase of land from neighbouring Augusta Country Club. Augusta National has confirmed the road is theirs, but has been tight-lipped about whether that will enable them to push the par-5 tee back for future Masters. Last April, Augusta Chairman Fred Ridley did acknowledge that 13 “does not play how it…

2 min.
the trolley that thinks it’s an iphone

Motocaddy’s top-of-the-range electric trolley has just got a whole lot smarter, and you don’t even have to press a button to operate it. The new M5 GPS is the world’s first touchscreen trolley, which can be used as a GPS or smartphone replacement. More than 40,000 courses around the world are pre-loaded onto the system with front, middle and back distances visible, along with the ability to move flags, measure shots and check for any hazards on the hole. It’s all contained in a very slick, weatherproof, high-res screen, which operates with all the intuitive ease of use of an iPhone. When the trolley is hooked up to the free Motocaddy GPS app, golfers can receive smartphone notifications – missed calls, texts, emails and WhatsApp and Facebook alerts. And if your phone’s low on…