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Today's Golfer Issue 418

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
five minutes of your time could save a life

A few years ago, I arrived at my old club and saw that the flag was flying at half-mast. “What’s happened?” I asked the pro. “A member died on Thursday, on the 13th tee, cardiac arrest.” Every year 100,000 people in the UK die from a cardiac arrest and, given the average age of most golfers, their sex (cardiac arrests are more common in men) and the long walk involved, far too many happen on the golf course. That’s why David Sullivan spent over 10 weeks walking 1,100 miles from the top to the bottom of the UK to raise awareness of the issue – and train an estimated 30,000 people in CPR. “I had one very close friend who died on a golf course after a cardiac arrest, and I wanted to…

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open return for portush

Northern Ireland won’t have to wait another 68 years for The Open to return – The R&A has confirmed the 153rd Championship will be heading back to Royal Portrush on the Antrim coast for a third time, in 2025. The 2019 event, won by Shane Lowry, generated more than £100 million for the economy of Northern Ireland, with 237,750 fans packing the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush – a record for a Championship staged outside of St Andrews. The last time a venue outside St Andrews hosted the Open again so quickly was Royal St George’s, in 1981 and then again four years later. “We see huge potential for Royal Portrush to continue to develop and enhance its status, and perhaps achieve the same iconic status for golfers throughout Northern Ireland as St…

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the world’s most magical golf course

If you consider yourself to be a bit of a wizard on the putting green, you’ve now got a chance to prove it by visiting the first-ever Harry Potter-themed crazy golf venue. Located in York, the nine-hole course, creatively named ‘The Hole In Wand’, takes inspiration from the films and features magical portals, bubbling cauldrons and a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting. Green fees start from £6.99 per person and include a potion drink. Open seven days a week until late; maximum of six players per booking. theholeinwand.com…

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phone-free shot tracking

Apple and Samsung Galaxy watches have just got a lot better. Arccos Caddie users can now download a free app which tracks all your shots without having to carry a smartphone in your pocket. The new Arccos Caddie app has been optimised for use with Apple Watch 6 and SE models, as well as the Galaxy Watch4 Series, and includes caddie club recommendations, plus other in-round insights and post-round strokes gained data. In 2020, the average new Arccos member improved their handicap by 5.02 strokes, which suggests it’s a pretty effective tool to have!…

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bryson’s biggest challenge yet

Say what you want about Bryson DeChambeau (though you may get in trouble with the PGA Tour if you do), but he never shies away from a challenge. He’s gone to great lengths (literally) to transform his swing, packing on 40lb of muscle and producing ball speeds approaching 200mph. Statistically, he is the longest driver on the PGA Tour – and has been for the last two seasons. But if you’ve ever wondered how Bryson would fare in a long-drive contest against Kyle Berkshire and Co, we’re about to find out. A day after the Ryder Cup finishes, the 28-year-old will make history when he becomes the highest-ranked player ever to compete in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship in Nevada. Not since Rory Sabbatini tried his luck in the same…

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the bargain hunter

CALLAWAY MAVRIK MAX DRIVER NOW £349 Callaway’s Mavrik Max driver is the easiest launching model in the Mavrik line-up, with the highest MOI and most draw bias. TAYLORMADE TRUSS TM1 £229 TaylorMade’s Truss is like the Holy Grail of putters. It combines traditional blade putter looks with extra stability. The TM1 is a heel-shafted mallet. GARMIN APPROACH S40 NOW £184.99 Stylish, lightweight GPS golf watch with a 1.2”colour touchscreen display and metal bezel. Pre-loaded with more than 41,000 courses. SKECHERS GO GOLF PIVOT SHOES NOW £59.99 Features lightweight, responsive Resagrip cushioning, a high-rebound Goga Max cushioned insole and a water-resistant treated upper. COBRA KING SPEEDZONE HYBRID NOW £139 Slightly larger than a traditional hybrid, with a square leading edge to improve alignment. Comes with Cobra Connect shot tracking as standard. These deals are available now at www.scottsdalegolf.co.uk…