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Golf Monthly

Golf Monthly

August 2021

Published by TI Media Limited 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
good month bad month

Renato Paratore Three missed cuts in a row has seen the two-time European Tour winner sliding down the world rankings. He’ll be hoping to find some form in the second half of 2021. Martin Kaymer After three consecutive missed cuts, the former World No.1 finished T26 at the US Open and runner-up at the BMW International Open the following week. Sami Valimaki Early exits at the Scandinavian Mixed and the Irish Open made it four missed cuts in a row for the talented Fin, who has now fallen well outside the world’s top 100. Bubba Watson But for an untidy finish, Watson could have won the Travelers Championship and backed that up with a T6 finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.…

1 min
county louth

Co. Louth Golf Club has graced Ireland’s eastern coastline since 1892. It is a links of infinite variety and brilliance and yet it has a calm humility to it. That’s hard to say when you’ve hosted two Irish Opens and the East of Ireland Amateur since 1941. The Tom Simpson and Molly Gourlay design remains deeply entrenched and revered. The par 3s are especially strong, with three of the four greens cleverly and deviously perched on dune edges, but the two shortest par 4s, the 4th and 14th, deserve a special mention. The signature 14th (pictured), in the middle of a fabulous closing stretch, plays from a high tee with the green floating on a carpet of rising dunes. It’s a study in links strategy… something true of every hole here. County Louth GF…

2 min
srixon q-star tour divide balls £34.99 a dozen

GM says This split system is far more effective than a line when sizing up putts. Plus, you get more feedback on how the ball rolls on the greens and spins on chip shots, which can inform technique changes. One product sure to catch your eye on the shelf is the new Srixon Q-Star Tour Divide golf ball, thanks to its unique split-cover design. It comprises one yellow half and the other half of either orange, red or blue, designed to assist with putting alignment and provide increased visual feedback on your chip and pitch shots. On the greens, the Divide’s 360-degree line allows you to see if your putts have been lined up and struck correctly, while every shot will produce a strobe effect to help show off the speed and direction…

2 min
conquer greenside bunkers

1 Ball and weight forward You should position the ball midway between your sternum and lead armpit, so underneath where most shirts have a logo. Have your weight 70 per cent into your lead foot at address and keep it there throughout the swing. You want the club shaft to be pretty vertical, so make sure you don’t lean it forward. Bury your feet a couple of inches into the sand. 2 Everything square except clubface Set up with your heels and body square to the target, rather than everything way open. The only thing you want open is the clubface. Bending your knees a little more than usual and dropping the butt of the club lower brings the aim of the clubface to the left (for right-handers), so the ball will launch…

2 min
nairn dunbar

The Scottish Highlands is not only home to some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the UK&I, but also to a strong and varied array of golf. Not far from Inverness and just a few miles to the east of Castle Stuart, Nairn is a historic town with its own classic Top 100 links. Bordering its ancient fishing port, there is a second very fine course, Nairn Dunbar. Dating back to 1899, it is protected from the North Sea by impressive dunes and is a strong and very interesting links. It is also the 2021 Environmental Golf Course of the Year. The judges were very impressed by the restoration of the links landscape through the implementation of a rough management plan. Native grasses, wildflowers and heather have all been allowed…

1 min
ask the experts

With regard to course rankings, surely how well you play will influence the review? Mike Howell, Manchester This would be an easy trap into which to fall, but the answer is a resounding no. I remember scoring 47 points once at Tudor Park but still feeling underwhelmed by the course. I also recall my first visit to Gleneagles when it didn’t stop raining all day. I could barely grip the club and scored poorly, but loved every minute because the King’s and Queen’s are so beautiful and varied. While it is good if the course calls for every club in the bag, it doesn’t matter what you then do with that club. The course comes first every time and we know we are there on behalf of the readers. It’s still vital to consider…