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Today's Golfer

Today's Golfer

Issue 415

Today’s Golfer is dedicated to helping you play and buy better... We'll lower your handicap. Each issue, the magazine's team of elite coaches gives you tips that will lower your handicap - proven drills to help your driving, iron play, putting and close approach work. And if you're looking to invest in new kit, our experienced testing team brings you the first independent reviews of the latest golf clubs & accessories every issue. If you want to play abroad, ensure you read our travel advice... we'll ensure you have the golfing holiday of a lifetime. Plus: don’t miss our exclusive green fee deals and course guides. You could save a lot of money!

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a passion to play golf can overcome the odds

Do you remember what hooked you into golf? For me it was the local pitch-and-putt; just a wedge and a putter, scorecard in hand. There were plenty of sevens and eights in the first few months, but the satisfaction of knocking a battered old ball onto a freshly-mown green 70 yards away was compelling. Scores in the 50s (it was a par-36, 12-holer) turned into 40s, then one day it was in the 30s. Golf had me. That desire to play and compete, whether it’s at the local pitch-and-putt or on the PGA Tour, is something every keen golfer shares. But in this issue we’ve spoken to six people whose passion for the game could not be dimmed, despite monumental challenges (see page 46). Sophia Popov (below) tells us how she could…

1 min
around the clubs

Stoke Park to shut for two years Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire is set to close for two years later this summer after a £57 million takeover by Indian tycoon, Mukesh Ambani. The venue, which featured as a backdrop in Goldfinger, is scheduled to shut its doors on August 2, 2021, with the 27-hole course and estate following suit on October 18. It is expected to reopen in the summer of 2023 following a “major reinvestment” aimed at “future proofing” the business. Spurs to finally win something? Tottenham Hotspur are set to take over the lease of Whitewebbs Park Golf Course in North London, which has controversially not reopened following the most recent lockdown. According to Enfield Council, the 18-hole parkland course has run at a loss of more than £1.1 million…

1 min
divide and conquer!

Golfers are bad at aiming. Whether that’s off the tee or on the green, many amateurs get it wrong. That’s why balls with built-in alignment aids have become a major battleground for top brands. Callaway started the trend with their Triple Track idea; TaylorMade joined the party with the TP5 pix; and in 2021 even the Titleist Pro V1 can now be bought with enhanced alignment stripes. Srixon had resisted going down the alignment route, until now. And by bringing together two contrasting colours on opposite sides of the ball, they’re not just joining the party, they’re turning the volume up a notch, too. The Divide is built on the Q-Star Tour’s urethane-covered foundation, which means it’s a ball optimised to perform at club golfer speeds off the tee, with iron…

7 min
beauty & the beast

OUR UNDERCOVER PLAYERS CHRISTIAN PEACOCK Age 47 Handicap 17 Lives Peterborough Best golfing moment Shooting a gross 73 around my local course, Orton Meadows. STUART HODSON Age 70 Handicap 22 Lives Market Deeping, Lincs Best golfing moment Winning a nice trophy for the nearest the pin at a charity event. KEVIN BROWN Age 64 Handicap 15 Lives Peterborough Best golfing moment Doing an ‘In the Bag’ with the late, great Arnold Palmer, outside the Augusta National clubhouse. RICHARD CORMACK Age 43 Handicap 20 Lives Swadlincote, Derbys Best golfing moment A hole-in-one I didn’t know anything about until I got on the green and found my ball in the hole. NEED TO KNOW... Founded 1895. Designers Harry Colt & James Braid. Yardage 6,281-6,835 (par 71). Summer green fees £65-£90. Where it is Just east of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, with a satnav address of Eakring Road, Mansfield,…

2 min
elevate your expectations

Of course, you always want to attack the pin when you’re inside 130 yards with a short iron or wedge in your hands. But you have to consider the situation. A tucked pin on an elevated green makes it a more difficult shot – and the last thing you want to do is turn a good birdie opportunity into a bogey or worse. Follow these simple strategy tips to make the most of this situation… 1 If in doubt, favour the safe side If you’re between clubs, favour the one that misses in the place that leaves an easier up-and-down. In this instance, long is the better option so the longer club would be the better call. It’s also easier to make a co-ordinated swing and hit an accurate shot by hitting…

1 min
lift off!

When hitting driver, most club golfers set up with the clubhead grounded and centred behind the ball. This may seem correct, but in fact it can encourage a heel strike. You can see how by lifting the clubhead up an inch or so off the ground, to place it behind the ball. This is effectively what happens during the swing; but you will see how, as the club rises, the heel area of the club moves increasingly behind the ball. More hover, less bovver To put this right, all you have to do is set up with the club hovering behind the ball, effectively in its impact position. Check the sweetspot is directly behind the ball. If you want to ground the club from here, that’s fine... but expect the ball to…