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Golf Monthly Dec-2018

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
are you rules ready?

michael.harris@ti-media.com Ever since the Articles and Laws in Playing at Golf were published in 1744 by the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith, the Rules by which golf is played have been a work in progress. Many of the revisions over the intervening 275 years have been evolutionary and sought to address the changing nature of variables such as golf equipment. At other points in time more fundamental changes have been introduced, driven by the rulemakers' desire to review the overall philosophy and presentation of the Rules. The new Rules that come into effect on January 1, 2019 certainly fall into the later category, and the changes are widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive revisions for decades. The number of Rules has been cut from 34 to 24 and many of the changes are…

4 min
your view

Improve on perfection Having attended the fantastic Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France, I'd like to make two observations/suggestions for how things can be improved. Firstly, since the 17th and 18th holes were not used in many of the matches, it would be better to use a different scoring arrangement for the four-balls and foursomes. What I suggest is that every match plays all 18 holes despite one pair apparently winning, say, 3&2. The completed 18 might give a result of 1up if the beaten team win 17 and 18. At the end of the matches, an aggregate score would give a winner. My second suggestion is for all 12 players to play in every match, thereby helping to distribute the spectators over six matches as opposed to four. When there are…

1 min
letter of the month

Mix things up I read with interest Wayne Riley’s article on the merits of a mixed World Cup [October issue] and wanted to tell you about how successful mixed competitions can be at golf clubs. Last year, when my wife Pauline was lady captain at Headingley GC, she introduced an open, cup knockout competition to celebrate our 125th anniversary. This was the first time all sections of the club could compete against each other. The event was so popular that it was introduced again this year. Many of the men had never played against a woman and everyone who entered really enjoyed the experience. This type of competition really unites a golf club and gets rid of many myths about both the male and female game. I believe it’s already on next year’s…

1 min
get in touch

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1 min
talking point

The GM view: It was initially hoped the level of detail in Green Books would speed up play, but most would concede they have had the opposite effect. Golf’s governing bodies have now limited their size and scale, but some have questioned how much this will change. Morris Slade: In my mind, this situation isn’t dissimilar to the anchored putter debacle, in the sense that the game’s lawmakers allowed something to be introduced that probably shouldn’t have been and were then forced to take action. I would guess that size and scale have been limited instead of a widespread ban because of fears over potential legal action. Stephen Bonnington: Green Books are just another way to slow up the game. Gary Player was right when he said that being able to read…

1 min
a family affair

Many questioned Thomas Bjorn's decision to pick Sergio Garcia for the Ryder Cup but the Spaniard produced a fine display in Paris, breaking Nick Faldo's all-time point-scoring record in the process. He followed that up with his third victory at the Valderrama Masters last month, which he celebrated with his wife Angela and their baby daughter Azalea. Not a bad way to rejuvenate a year that was threatening to fizzle out. 3 Victory margin for In Gee Chun at the LPGA Tour’s KEB Hana Bank Championship 2 Lucas Bjerregaard won his second European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 12 Greg Kinnear plays his fourth shot from the beach on Kingsbarns’ 12th hole during the Dunhill Links 54 The Andalucia Masters was reduced to 54 holes owing to inclement weather -26 The winning…