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Golf Monthly January 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
master at work

Standing close to any tour pro when they are hitting balls is a thing of wonder. The effortless power, the sound of the strike, the flight of the ball and the sheer distance it travels. To describe it as ‘impressive’ doesn’t really do the experience justice. In the 20 years I’ve been fortunate enough to witness this sort of magic on a semi-regular basis at tournaments, golf days and clinics, the finest display came courtesy of Dustin Johnson on the range at Panmure Golf Club (just down the road from Carnoustie) on the Monday of the 2018 Open. Johnson was due to appear to represent TaylorMade and showcase a new hybrid driving iron that the brand had rushed to get ready for a week on the fast-running links. Talking to the TaylorMade…

2 min
your view

Here's to the mortals I write this having watched Bryson DeChambeau play with a swing that would require most of us to visit a chiropractor if we ever attempted it. I’m sure there are many opinions on his method – is it good for golf, how does equipment need to change etc – but this letter is not dedicated to the Brysons of this world with their 180mph ball speeds, but to the average golfers who are at the heart of the game. We all love elite-level sport – the drama, tension, skill (and prize money!), but it isn’t reflective of the thousands of people up and down the country standing on the 1st tee most Saturday mornings wondering ‘where is this small white ball going today…?’ The day before Bryson won the…

1 min
letter of the month

What a fabulous four days The Masters provided this year, and yet it was so different to previous years. Here’s what I loved about it: no Green Books – this innovation has plagued the professional game for too long; no patrons – the lack of inane shouts such as “get in the hole” and “mashed potato” was refreshing and created an almost theatrical, reverential atmosphere; and the drones and extra cameras provided views of Augusta we had never seen before. Then there are the things I always love about The Masters: the traditions, the caddies' boiler suits and the number of people allowed to follow the players around inside the ropes, which has ruined many a hard-fought view when I have visited The Open. The Masters is quite simply a tournament…

1 min

Across 7 Hampshire club with nine holes designed by James Braid(5) 8 Augusta’s 13th (6) 9 Shot with high trajectory (9) 10 Bernhard Langer’s World Cupwinning partner (4) 11 Poorly maintained course for nanny? (4,5) 14 Swedish Ryder Cup player (9) 16 Flyleaf has Open Champion’s name (4) 17 Lion cub roams round me at Colorado club (9) 19 Equipment maker slow in delivering (6) 20 Type of cup awarded by host country of a WGC event in 2019? (5) Down 1 Winner of 2020 Qatar Masters (8) 2 Graeme who could be made by 9? (5) 3 Clubs on senior tour (3,5) 4 Race to Dubai Champion of 2019 (4) 5 Cup for those who scorn buggies? (6) 6 Left-handed golfer in water hazard? (4) 12 Wee topic for debate is type of ball (3-5) 13 Manufacturer to pay a visit when not at home (8) 15 Long-standing BBC…

1 min
our view

Who is most likely to win the Career Grand Slam first: DJ, Rory, Koepka or Spieth? The passing of another Masters means another opportunity for the Career Grand Slam has fallen by the wayside for Rory McIlroy. It was a familiar tale for the Northern Irishman, who couldn't fight back from an opening 75. Dustin Johnson’s dominant display proved he is currently head and shoulders above the rest, and if he can continue this form there are surely more Majors to follow. Elsewhere, Brooks Koepka was disappointed with only finishing 7th after a year battling injury. If he can get back to his best, he’s another man who will no doubt add to his Major tally. And then there’s Jordan Spieth. The Texan has lost his way of late, but it wasn’t…

2 min
the game

Dustin Johnson Not green with envy Dustin Johnson produced a nearflawless display at Augusta National to secure The Masters title in recordbreaking fashion and notch his second Major Championship victory. Johnson, who’s now halfway to the Career Grand Slam, played the first four holes on Saturday in four-under-par and never looked back, holding a world-class field at bay with a combination of power, accuracy and finesse. With that skill set, he looks poised to add to his Major tally sooner rather than later. 24 Dustin Johnson won his 24th PGA Tour title at The Masters -20 He set a new record score – also a tie for the lowest score to par in men’s Major golf 60 Johnson hit 60 greens in regulation and only had four bogeys – the fewest ever by a winner 11…