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Today's Golfer Issue 405

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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United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
what’s your motivation for playing golf?

Why do you play this game? Personally, I love the challenge, and the satisfaction I get from hitting a big drive, or a towering iron, or a quality chip. People I regularly play with want to improve their handicap, and spend hours on the range practising. Others want to win everything, whether that’s £5 off me or the club champs. A few don’t really care much about the golf, it’s about meeting up with friends in a nice environment and having a pint afterwards. I ask because this issue features golfers whose reasons for playing are polar opposites, yet I know they have as much fun as each other. On one side are award-winning comedians Alex Horne and John Robins, who’ve set up a popular YouTube channel called ‘Bad Golf’ (see page…

1 min
first tee

DJ DELIVERS First. Second. First. Second. First. Golf’s return has been very good to Dustin Johnson, who ended an incredible run of results with his first FedEx Cup trophy and an extra $15 million deposited into his already enormous bank account. The victory also saw him cement his place at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, earned with victory in The Northern Trust. In four straight tournaments against the best fields, he had the 54-hole three times and was tied in the other. He converted one into an 11-shot win. He lost to a 65 by Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship and to a 65-foot putt by Jon Rahm at the BMW. But when the big money was on the table, DJ stepped up to the plate. “Being a FedEx…

4 min
‘the quality of your bad shots determines how good a player you are’

During the off season, I’ll be in the gym for an hour, three days a week. I normally practise my short game for two hours, with an hour spent just on putting. I’ll then devote 45 minutes towards my swing mechanics and then another 45 minutes on performance-related goals like controlled, competitive games. There’s a wedge distance control game, which I really enjoy and use regularly. I have two versions of it. One is a kind of random one, where I use my Trackman to select a random distance and I have to land my ball within four per cent of that number. So, if the yardage is 100, I’m allowed to be four yards left, right, long or short. Then I tally up my numbers to see how well I’ve…

2 min
what’s on our radar?

DO IT European Tour The Rolex Series resumes next month, minus Rory and Rahm, with the Scottish Open at Renaissance and the BMW PGA Championship taking place from October 1-4 and October 8-11 respectively. Both events boast a $7m purse and form part of a four-week UK Swing, bookended by the Irish Open at Galgorm and the Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews. BUY IT Arccos Caddie Strokes Gained Analytics Ever wondered how your strokes gained stats compare against a tour pro’s? A new and entirely free feature in the Arccos caddie app now lets you measure your performances against a target handicap. As well as showing your trend and scoring analysis, the SGA metric highlights your top three strengths and weaknesses, and even provides tips from instructors to help you play smarter. www.arccosgolf.com DO IT Golf…

3 min
dj, drives & dollars… the pga tour season review

It’s been a topsy-turvy year on the PGA Tour, but for all the challenges it has still served up some incredible drama. Hours after DJ holed his $15 million put to win the FedEx Cup, we trawled the stats to uncover some of the most interesting about the 2019/20 season. 3 With his Tour Championship win, DJ passed Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk to become the third-richest golfer of all-time in terms of on-course earnings. He’s now earned nearly $85 million, and that doesn’t count FedEx Cup cash. Only Tiger ($120 million) and Phil Mickelson ($92 million) have more. 5TH Scottie Scheffler became just the third rookie to finish inside the top-10 in the FedEx Cup standings, joining Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth. $10,000,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus distributed among the top-10 ranked players in…

2 min
the big takeaways from the new-look 2020-21 pga tour schedule

50 tournaments in 51 weeks The new ‘super season’ features the highest number of events in a PGA Tour season since 1975. Only five weeks have been kept free on the calendar, and four of them form part of a Christmas break. The season finishes at the Tour Championship in the first week of September, just 19 days before Team Europe defends the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. A new-look ‘Asia swing’ Following the cancellation of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, October’s Asia Swing becomes the West Coast Swing for one year only. The CJ Cup has moved to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, while Tiger will now defend the Zozo Championship at Sherwood CC, where he’s won six times before. No timetable for fan return Many of the remaining tournaments in 2020 have already…