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Today's Golfer Issue 406

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!

United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
most eagerly-awaited masters ever?

This year’s Majors have actually been pretty good. I really missed the Open, but Collin Morikawa’s dramatic PGA win and Bryson’s brutal demolition of Winged Foot made for great TV, even without the roars from the crowd. However, the one event I really want to watch is the Masters. It won’t have any patrons. The azaleas won’t be in bloom. We’re hearing cooler temperatures and a different wind will make it tougher than April. But it’s still the Masters, at Augusta National – the most familiar of all the major championship venues. And in a year when just about everything has been very unfamiliar, I can’t wait for the opening tee shots, those super-quick greens, Amen Corner, Rae’s Creek, Sunday’s flags, Tiger defending, Rory going for the Grand Slam, Bryson’s gameplan, the…

1 min
tiger’s new playground

Carved out with dynamite and with around 250 feet of elevation behind it, this island green at Payne Valley might just be the most daunting yet spectacular par 3 we’ve ever seen. The course itself is named after the late, great Payne Stewart and was designed in partnership by Tiger and billionaire resort founder Johnny Morris, whose idea it was to build this bet-settling hole at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri. The result is a fun ‘bonus hole’ called The Rock, which plays anywhere from 123 to 202 yards off the back tees. The green is nestled below in a limestone amphitheatre, surrounded by water and tucked on a shelf in the side of the rock face. After putting out, you walk through a cave, behind the cascading waterfalls, to…

2 min
the most inspiring tv you’ll see this year

Golf can change lives - and here’s the proof. A new documentary - Mulligan: Tough Love and Second Chances - tells the stories of six golfers who refuse to be defined by a disability. One of them is Juan Postigo Arce, born without much of his right leg and no knee. The four-handicapper from Spain (pictured) says: “In golf, we can play against and with everyone; it is one of only a few games where our disability doesn’t count. We play the same courses with the same conditions.” From losing limbs through cancer to being blown up serving their country, the men and women featured in the programme reveal how golf has helped them all regain a sense of purpose, and find success through the European Disabled Golf Association. Their…

1 min
the bargain hunter

TAYLORMADE M6 DRIVER £299 Built to create a face as close to the legal limit of speed as possible, but with more forgiveness than the adjustable M5. BRIDGESTONE TREO SOFT BALLS £14.99 (DOZ) A distance ball with a softer feel - the ideal combo for lots of club golfers. CALVIN KLEIN TECH TROUSERS £34.99 Stylish and comfortable trousers made from the highest quality polyester. ECCO BIOM HYBRID SHOES £99.99 A performance shoe styled with street design and BIOM tech for grip and stability. BUSHNELL NEO EXCEL GPS WATCH £119.99 Preloaded with more than 35,000 courses in more than 30 countries. These deals available now at www.clubhousegolf.co.uk…

1 min
around the clubs

Two wins, 57 years apart Jill Thornhill (right), winner of the British and English Ladies Amateur Championships in the 1980s, equalled her age of 78 for the first time last month in winning the Ladies Autumn Meeting Gold Medal at Walton Heath - the same event she won 57 years ago, as a 21-year-old. Her one-shot victory on the Old Course also earned her a handicap cut -from six to five. Good news: Free golf! Bad news: Only if you’re called Ant or Dec We all love a freebie, and if your name is Ant or Dec you can get a free 18-hole round at Abergele Golf Club. To celebrate the 2020 series of I’m a Celebrity being filmed in Abergele, rather than Australia, the Welsh club is inviting all golfers with the…

2 min
get ready for winter

When are winter rules being introduced? Dan Felgate, Essex There is no set time, but the decision rests with the Committee who can introduce a Local Rule for winter rules (also known as Preferred Lies) to allow fair play and/or protect the fairway. When in operation, a player may take free relief when their ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, including fringes or aprons around the greens. This must be taken within a specified area (six inches or one club length, for example) no nearer the hole. If I find my ball in the bunker or a penalty area and it’s surrounded by leaves, can I move it without penalty? Daniel Soar, email This is another rule which changed last year. You are now allowed to…