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Today's Golfer Issue 408

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

1 min
golf’s renaissance can get even stronger in ’21

As the year draws to a close, I always reflect on my game over the last 12 months. What was good? What was bad? What new courses stood out? Where do I want to play over the next 12 months? But, as this year draws to a close, I’d much rather look ahead than back - my 2020 highlights reel isn’t very long. Strangely, though, the same can’t be said for the game itself, which has had an unexpected renaissance in 2020. As we reveal in our review of the year (see page 34), the game – certainly at club level – hasn’t looked this healthy for years. Courses are packed. Memberships are over-subscribed. Equipment sales are booming. And 2021 can offer more of the same. Golf has led by example…

1 min
front nine

GOLF’S NHS APPEAL Our clubs haven’t had it easy this year. But despite the financial implications caused by two lockdowns, many have united in a bid to support the NHS. Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club was one of several clubs to pay a special tribute with a unique fairway design (pictured), while dozens more offered free memberships and rounds of golf to key workers and frontline staff this summer. But perhaps the biggest gesture happened in October when nearly 1,000 green fee vouchers were donated by clubs for two online golf auctions, which helped to raise more than £100,000 for NHS Charities Together. As golfers, we can also donate individually. Visit www.justgiving. com/fundraising/golf-nhs, where you can make a donation of £4 (‘fore’) and leave a message of support for our NHS heroes…

1 min
team woods

Are you ready for this? Tiger Woods will line up with his son Charlie, 11, for the first time in the PNC Championship next month. The unofficial event, formerly known as the Father/Son Challenge, will see a bunch of Major winners – male and female – competing alongside a family member in a 36-hole, 20-team scramble at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando. You can marvel at just how good young Charlie’s swing is on Sky Sports Golf, from December 19-20. Other standout names in the field include Justin Thomas, John Daly, Greg Norman and Gary Player.…

1 min
the henrik stenson podcast

One of the funniest men in golf has his own bi-weekly podcast show, presented by Callaway, and it’s been available for the last six months! While we apologise for only stumbling upon it now, it does mean you’ve got more than a dozen episodes and outrageous stories to catch up on… as he recalls the time he played a shot in his pants, and how a thief hilariously knocked themselves out after stealing from a family friend. Did you also know Stenson has written his own children’s book, Go For It, Hank!? You do now.…

1 min
a ’one of a kind’ tournament

If we can take morals and ethics out of the equation, there was plenty to like about the Saudi Ladies Team International – and plenty the men’s tours should copy, not least the addition of a brand-new, 54-hole format featuring teams of four, captains and an NFL-style draft. With only two of the best team scores counting on each hole, the unique tournament saw each captain pick their first player before being randomly allocated a third professional teammate and a competing amateur. All 36 teams then competed over three rounds, complete with WWE-style entrance music, live bands and the chance to compete for team and individual prizes. We’re not sure about the addition of an ice-cream stop for players, but who wouldn’t like to see a certain. golfer walking on…

1 min
the world handicap system app

England Golf has finally launched its new app, My England Golf, which will allow you to stay up-to-date with your handicap index as part of the World Handicap System. As well as being able to keep track of your overall playing record on-the-go, a course handicap calculator enables you to cross-reference your handicap index with whichever set of tees you will play from on a particular day. If you’re the competitive type, there’s also the ability to link up with fellow golfers and follow their progress by creating a ‘Friends’ group. The app is free to download and available in the Apple and Google Play store…