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Today's Golfer Issue 417

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

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this will be a ryder cup worth waiting for

The Ryder Cup is always a hugely anticipated event – but this one… this one is going to be epic! It has all the ingredients to make it a classic, which is why we’ve dedicated a fair chunk of this issue to previewing the big event. A lot has happened in the three years since Paris. Europe are a team in transition, while the USA – on paper at least – are clear favourites. Of course, we all know world rankings count for nothing in matchplay – and that’s what makes it so enthralling. Whistling Straits is as dramatic as they come, a Pete Dye links perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. With risk and reward everywhere you look (see our in-depth course guide on page 52), it’s destined…

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scotland’s super summer of golf

Scotland really will be the Home of Golf next July – and not just because of The 150th Open at St Andrews. For the first-time ever, the Scottish Open will count towards the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai and feature a split field of European Tour and PGA Tour stars. As part of the tours’ ‘strategic alliance’, the Irish Open will nearly double its purse to $6 million, while 50 members of the European Tour will each play in the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship in the same weeks as the Scottish Open and Open respectively. As for the rest of the new PGA Tour season, prize money is up by $35 million – and that’s despite the number of World Golf Championship events being cut from four to two.…

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the phantom of the open

We can count on one hand the number of decent golf movies, yet things may be looking up. Following on from the news that a golf comedy, starring Renée Zellweger, is currently in the pipeline, we can reveal a cinematic release date has just been set for The Phantom of The Open. We admit it sounds like the reworking of a popular musical, but it’s actually based on the true story of Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator from Barrow-in-Furness, who managed to gain entry to the 1976 Open Final Qualifying, despite never playing a round of golf before. Spoiler alert: he subsequently carded a 49-over-par 121—the worst score in the tournament’s history – and was handed a lifetime ban by The R&A. The script is adapted from the book The…

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the ultimate golf app

It was promoted enough during The Open, but if you missed it, Sky subscribers can now access Golf Pass through Sky Q. You do have to pay to watch most of the content, but you can sign up to a free, seven-day trial (or pay £49 annually) to access more than 4,000 hours of instruction from top coaches and Major winners. Rory fans are particularly well catered for with exclusive lessons and interviews, plus you can unlock an extensive library of Golf Channel films, documentaries and shows, such as all 10 series of Feherty and The Conor Moore Show. www.golfpass.co.uk…

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is this the strictest dress code in golf?

If The R&A and USGA are to be believed, distance – or rather the equipment – is the biggest problem in golf right now. But anyone who saw the backlash after Tyrrell Hatton won the 2020 BMW PGA Championship while wearing a hoodie will know golf has an image problem – and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. We thought it was bad enough that Royal St George’s still insist on gentlemen wearing a jacket and tie in the clubhouse after 11am, but then we discovered the archaic dress code members and guests must adhere to at Kasumigaseki Country Club, AKA the Olympic course in Tokyo. To save you reading the full 517-word document, on the right are some of the key points listed by the Etiquette and…

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the uk swing ii

The Women’s Open may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to watch live golf in the UK. The Dunhill Links Championship takes centre stage at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie three days after the Ryder Cup finishes, but first there’s the return of fans to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship, from September 7-12. The Celebrity Pro-Am makes a welcome return on September 8, but all eyes will be on the Rolex Series event, which runs over the next four days and will decide who qualifies automatically for Europe’s Ryder Cup team. There will also be live music from Clean Bandit and Feeder on Saturday and Sunday night respectively. Prices for Wednesday’s Celebrity Pro-Am start from £25, while Championship day tickets are from £43-£57 per person. www.eventbrite.co.uk…