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Today's Golfer Issue 414

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
welcome return of the open championship

As I stood by the 18th green at Royal Portrush in July 2019, watching Shane Lowry lift the Claret Jug in front of his adoring home crowd, no-one could have known it would be two years until we’d see the trophy again. But with just weeks to go until the world’s best players arrive in Kent for the 149th Open Championship, anticipation is building for the return of the game’s greatest Major. It won’t be a ‘normal’ Open, of course – but the R&A is still hoping for a “significant” number of fans at Royal St George’s. The grandstands are in place, and there are plans for as many as 35,000 people a day at the course. To get you in the mood, we’ve pulled together a 30-page preview to the event…

1 min
the sands of time

Before you ask, this is still a golf magazine, not a tribute to sand art. But we couldn’t help ourselves when we saw this stunning tribute to Seve on the 10-year anniversary of his death. Like the Tiger mural we shared a few months ago, this incredible creation was carved into the sand at St Andrews West Sands – a short pitch from the Old Course on which the Spaniard won the 1984 Open Championship. The R&A is currently celebrating Seve’s life and career with a series of unique tributes, including the production of a feature-length documentary and an 18-month exhibition at the British Golf Museum in St Andrews.…

3 min
spectators to return for the uk swing

We’ve all earned a day out over the last year – and soon you should be able to apply for tickets to attend one, two or maybe all six of the events on the European Tour’s UK Swing. At the time of writing, we don’t know exactly how many spectators will be allowed to attend each event, but there’s still plenty of reasons to get excited. For starters, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas are already in the field for the Scottish Open, while the World Invitational - a new mixed tournament backed by Niall Horan – will see stars from the European Tour, LET and LPGA compete on the same course and for the same prize fund in Northern Ireland. Each event has plenty riding on it and could determine…

1 min
the bargain hunter

ODYSSEY TRIPL TRACK 2-BALL FROM £175 The colours and spacing of the lines are critical in helping your brain process and visualise alignment more accurately. TAYLORMADE TRUSS TM2 FROM £187 Where centre shaft putters used to be the least stable models when hit off centre, Truss now make them the most stable. CLEVELAND FRONTLINE FROM £125 Cleveland say a putter with a rearward centre of gravity is less accurate than an identical putter with its centre of gravity positioned in the face. ODYSSEY STROKE LAB BLACK DOUBLE WIDE FROM £171 With a headweight of 360g, double-bend hosel and heel-toe-balanced face, this putter is best suited to those with a straight putting stroke. PING SIGMA G ANSER FROM £120 Combines a highly responsive Pebax Elastomer and a milled aluminium face to provide full-face forgiveness. These deals are available now at www.golfbidder.co.uk…

3 min
‘i spent 1,000 hours restoring the old golf links in wales’

As a boy growing up in mid-Wales, Chris Powell used to ride his pony past Rhayader Golf Club, home to a nine-hole golf course designed by famed architect Dr Alister MacKenzie. Back then it was known locally in Powys as the ‘old golf links’ but since closing in 1968, the flags have gone and the fairways have been overtaken by fern-like bracken. The only distinguishing features were a pair of abandoned greens and the odd golfer using the grounds as a practice range. As a keen golfer, Powell had intended to do likewise when the first lockdown hit and his local club closed, but ended up playing the role of greenkeeper after discovering all the old tees and greens. “I guess my curiosity got the better of me,” he tells TG now.…

1 min
around the clubs

Blaze erases 117 years of history Lutterworth Golf Club in Leicestershire has been reduced to char after an arson attack. Around 40 firefighters battled the blaze for more than eight hours at the 117-year-old club but could not prevent the clubhouse and adjoining building from being destroyed. The course has since reopened and temporary facilities will be provided while a new clubhouse is being built. Holy cow! Just when you’ve thought you’ve herd it all… staff at Browns Golf & Cafe on the Isle of Wight came across an unlikely hazard when two dozen cows ‘invaded’ the two nine-hole pitch and putt courses. Luckily, the course’s owners happen to be experienced cattle farmers and, with the help of a mower, the cattle were rapidly rounded up and led away to safety. Now this is…