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Golf Monthly December 2017

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Golf Monthly is the market-leading magazine brand in the UK in a sport that continues to grow and grow. Golf Monthly is a lively and welcoming brand targeted at good golfers who are regular players - and keen to get even better. With over 100 years of heritage and authority behind it, it represents the real 'voice of golf' with leading columnists, top players and unrivalled coverage of equipment and instruction. The Golf Monthly brand also has a strong and growing presence in digital publishing, with a popular website delivering over 1 million page impressions each month, and a strong following on the key social media platforms.

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a shot at history

michael.harris@timeinc.com It used to be that the topic most likely to cause a heated exchange between golfers was that of dress codes. However, I now think that low scores by tour pros, especially around the Old Course at St Andrews, could give collarless shirts and knee-length socks a run for their money. The annual Dunhill Links Championship is always likely to provide a platform for this debate. Links courses playing softer than they would in summer, modest rough and pin positions generous enough to accommodate the amateurs in the field give the opportunity for low scoring, and when there's hardly a zephyr blowing, the most celebrated golf course in the world was always there to be attacked. This year Ross Fisher had barely got to the fancy new halfway hut before the latest…

your view

The final straw? When are The R&A and the USGA going to bite the bullet? We've recently seen new course records at Carnoustie (63, by Tommy Fleetwood) and at St Andrews (61, by Ross Fisher, which could have been a 59). Is it not time to restrict the distance the ball travels? I admit that weather conditions over the weekend were very benign, but the Dunhill Links has been held in benign conditions before. I also checked the statistics for The Open at Royal Birkdale and the average driving distance on both the 15th and 17th holes was 307 yards. It's not rocket science to reduce the distance a golf ball will go – make it bigger or lighter or change the dimple pattern. Colin Tait, via email Editor’s response: A hot topic I've…

letter of the month

A helping hand I felt compelled to write in having read last month’s debate on whether clubs should offer free membership to children. There were some good arguments made on both sides, but in my mind, the most salient point came from Jeremy Ellwood. We have to be proactive in order to secure future memberships and ensure there is indeed a ‘next generation’. Giving juniors the opportunity to become hooked on this great game is the best way to go about doing that. As Jeremy also notes, happy juniors mean happy parents, who may also choose to get involved. Jacob Thyme, Solihull Editor’s reply: Well said, Jacob. There are many people and organisations working tirelessly to safeguard the future, including the Golf Foundation. You can read more about its current initiatives on page 64.…

talking point

The GM view: A lot of people, including several GM staff, felt it was curtains for Tiger’s career after he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February. While it’s encouraging to see him hitting full shots again, any optimism about a fully-fledged return has to be considered misguided at this point. @mrbpconnelly: If he just stays relaxed with the big stick and understands that he can’t outdrive everyone, we might get to see him compete again. shortgame: Admittedly I’m a cynic, but I think the videos are as much about him staying relevant as anything else. It’d be great if he could actually challenge again, but I fear his body is broken, his head has gone, the game has moved on and he’s not feared and revered like he used…

the game

TYRRELL HATTON At The Double Tyrrell Hatton enjoyed the finest two weeks of his career in October, recording back-to-back victories at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Italian Open to move back inside the world's top 20. He was always one of the top contenders for a rookie berth in next year's Ryder Cup, and these two performances have put him in pole position to secure a place in Thomas Bjorn's side for the clash at Le Golf National. HATTON A FABULOUS FORTNIGHT -68 His combined under-par score for his last four events, with his lowest finish in that stretch a tie for 8th at the British Masters 1 Hatton’s position on the European Points List for 2018 Ryder Cup qualification €1,666,531 Combined earnings from the Dunhill Links and the Italian Open 17 Hatton’s world ranking following…

tyrrell hatton

HATTON BY THE NUMBERS -45 Combined under-par score for the two victories 15 Feet – length of his birdie putt on the 72nd in Italy How does it feel to record back-to-back victories on the European Tour? Yeah, obviously it's an amazing feeling to win back-to-back. They were slightly different circumstances, too. In Italy I had to come from behind. I'm not sure how far back I was going into the back nine, but I knew I needed plenty of birdies. I was very fortunate that I holed a few putts coming in. Obviously it was a great putt on 18, too. I was very happy to see that one fall in! It's sort of crazy to think about. It's amazing to win one, but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable. You’re…