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Golf Monthly July 2020

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Life inside the ropes One of the (few) benefits of living under lockdown has been that I’ve made time to listen to the weekly Golf Monthly Clubhouse podcast. As my commute to work is only 20 minutes, my podcast listening is normally reserved for longer car journeys. Those have obviously stopped, but the duration of my dog walks has increased and I’ve taken the opportunity to listen to some great interviews. Over the last few weeks, Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald have all been guests–a pretty stellar cast, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, for me, the best listen was an hour-long interview that GM’s Elliott Heath did with young tour player Scott Gregory. The name might ring a bell–Gregory won the 2016 Amateur Championship, defeating Robert MacIntyre in a superb final…

3 min
your view

Shed the blazers An article in the Sunday Times caught my attention recently. It featured Caversham Heath GC and Sittingbourne and Milton Regis GC and their two differing attitudes to coronavirus. The board of Caversham has decided to allow non-members to use its land for a run, a stroll or to walk the dog. The general manager said: “These are exceptional times and our members were keen to help the community.” Compare that with the response from the general manager of Sittingbourne and Milton Regis, who said: “We would not entertain having any Tom, Dick or Harry running around our golf course–that’s for sure.” It is hardly the kind of statement that will endear the club to the local population and attract new members. In these darkest of dark days, what an appalling…

2 min

Across 7 Aunt and son play around Devon club (7) 8 Cost of being Open Champion in 1994 (5) 9 He won the US Open in 1976, aged 22 (4) 10 Names hot tip at Hampshire course (8) 11 Reasonable distance to short grass (7) 13 No par made from this green’s fringe (5) 16 Yes to be on the bag for English tour player (5) 18 First Australian to win a Major (7) 20 Seve’s only course design in England is a sheer hit again (3,5) 22 Measure of how much a shaft bends (4) 23 Score of match given in phone update (3,2) 24 Father and son golfers, father a US Masters winner (7) Down 1 At a lab designs ball (6) 2 How often Prince’s has hosted The Open (4) 3 So woman dances for British Major winner (7) 4 Love to write during…

1 min
the game

BY THE NUMBERS 2006 Year Kevin started photographing golf courses 474 Courses shot worldwide, not including return visits 14 Different cameras purchased since 2008 78 Number of airports visited by Kevin 1, 076 Golf photography projects worked on since January 2006 1 Cream of the crop The world’s 15 most beautiful courses If you’re a regular reader of Golf Monthly, you’ll have seen countless golf course images shot by renowned photographer Kevin Murray. With tournament golf still on an enforced hiatus, we asked Kevin to list the 15 most beautiful courses he’s had the pleasure of photographing, from Turnberry in Scotland to Green Monkey in Barbados. Check out the Golf Monthly YouTube channel to see Kevin discuss the following layouts and what makes them so special……

3 min
what have you missed most–competitions or friendly golf?

Competitions says Fergus Bisset During this bizarre sabbatical from normal life, all of us are greatly missing time spent out on the fairways. One hourlong stroll from the front door and a putt on the carpet doesn’t really cut it, does it? Of course, generally speaking, I am simply missing golf itself. But thinking the other day about what I am really longing for most, I realised it was club competition. I love having a card in my hand and playing for something. That’s what golf is all about for me–putting my game on the line and really trying hard to record the best possible score I can. I’m not a trophy hunter and that’s not what I like about individual competitions. It’s really the chance to feel like I’ve done myself proud–returning a…

1 min
the 70-yard bunker shot

SET-UP ADJUSTMENTS It’s difficult for an average club golfer to hit a wedge that far from the sand, so play an 8- or 9-iron. Turn your left foot out a little and stand slightly wider and a little more open to the target, with the ball further forward in your stance so there’s virtually no shaft lean. KEEP WEIGHT LEFT Feel the pressure of your body’s weight bearing down through your left knee and keep it there throughout. Even though it’s much longer than a greenside bunker shot, you still need to catch the sand a little behind the ball. If your weight is moving, you’ll compromise the strike and fail to achieve the desired distance. DON’T PICK IT OFF Now make a three-quarter swing–your open alignment and clubface mean you should fade the ball.…