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Today's Golfer Issue 407

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
shining a light on the game’s real heroes

This issue sees one of the most important features Today’s Golfer has ever published. It’s not about curing a slice or unhooding a new driver. It’s about diversity, and how far golf has come - but how far it still has to go – to be truly diverse. Michael Catling’s powerful interviews with golfers who are not middle-aged, white and male is compelling reading (page 42). LPGA winner Mel Reid reveals why she is not giving up her fight for equality, despite receiving a torrent of abuse online, while former European Tour pro turned Sky Sports analyst Zane Scotland shares some horrific experiences of discrimination which shows how far golf has still got to go. It’s something we are incredibly passionate about at TG, and want to encourage more golf clubs…

1 min
only fools and horses

Pitch and putt can be dangerous, especially when the course is located inside a racetrack. One man in New Zealand found that out the hard way when he hit his ball onto Ellerslie Racecourse, then ducked under a guard rail to play it. Nothing wrong with that you might think… except there was a nationally-televised steeplechase going on at the time. “He obviously was more interested in his ball than the race,” jockey Shaun Fannin told the New Zealand Herald. “When he heard us and saw us coming, he started pointing at his ball to show us what he was doing there. But we just wanted him to get the hell out of the way.” Amazingly, the golfer escaped unharmed… but he never did finish the hole.…

2 min
join the battle against plastic

One of the world’s biggest golf tee producers makes more than 1.5 billion tees every year, and roughly half of them are plastic. But when you’ve hit your tee shot off one and it’s lost, that plastic tee doesn’t just vanish. It ends up in landfill, lakes, rivers, oceans… It ends up joining billions of tons of plastic waste that is already devastating fragile ecosystems around the world. That’s why the Ladies European Tour have partnered with OceanTee to swap every plastic tee for sustainable bamboo ones. The European Tour also got in on the act during the Cyprus Swing (pictured below: Clément Sordet, Toby Tree, Nicolas Colsaerts and Marcus Armitage) – and we think it’s about time you did, too. You can now buy non-plastic castle tees, as well…

1 min
the bargain hunter

CALVIN KLEIN TECH HYBRID JACKET NOW £49.95 Perfect for winter, this full-zip jacket is stretchy and stylish and offers great protection from the wind and rain. GARMIN S60 GPS WATCH NOW £299 Still one of the best golf watches, three years after its release. It’s pre-loaded with 40,000+ courses and the touchscreen lets you drag and drop the pin for greater accuracy. HONMA FUTURE XX 12-BALL PACK NOW £29.99 Billed as Honma’s flagship ball, thanks to a six-layer construction suited to high and moderate swing speeds. CALLAWAY SURE OUT 2 STEEL WEDGE NOW £89 The Sure Out 2 wedge has more heel relief, a larger face area and aggressive full-face grooves to help you get up and down more often. COBRA FLEX CELL GLOVE TWIN PACK NOW £12 This multipack offers great value and comes in five different sizes. These…

1 min
around the clubs

Touching tribute Two hundred golfers at Croham Hurst turned out to support course manager Mark Hastry, who has had to leave the golf club after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 49. A socially-distanced golf day helped raise more than £23,000, with the money being split 50/50 between Hastry and the King’s College Neurology centre who are currently treating him. Amateur shoots 58… again! Torey Edwards isn’t very good at maths, but he is very good at breaking 60. Playing in a Southern California Golf Association Scratch League, the American amateur canned an eagle putt on the last to shoot a 12-under-par 58 – and he didn’t even realise. He had to be told by his playing partner that he had just tied the lowest-score ever recorded on a…

4 min
essential course advice

To save time trying to force my tee into the ground, am I allowed to use a rubber, driving range-style tee instead? Henry Bitmead, email As long as the rubber tee does not exceed four inches in height, it’s perfectly acceptable to use, regardless of the ground conditions. You are also permitted to use two or more tees tied together, provided they are not used to help with alignment. What’s the time limit when searching for two lost balls from the same player? Greg Smith, email It all depends on how close the two balls (such as the ball in play and a provisional ball) are to each other. If the balls are in the same area where they can be searched for at the same time, a player is allowed only three minutes to…