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Issue 393

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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hats off to our greenkeepers

Do you take your course for granted? Many of us do. We rock up first thing on a Sunday morning, expecting leaves and dew to have been brushed off greens, flags moved, bunkers and fairways immaculately presented. We don’t want muddy paths, or scruffy traps, or divots, or fluffy greens. Hell, I’ve even seen golfers waving their arms and muttering exasperatedly that a greenkeeper has dared to mow the green they’re on, forcing them to wait five minutes. And don’t get these golfers started on hollow tining… Yet without this band of dedicated men and women – who are up at the crack of dawn every day, in all weathers bar snow – golf courses just wouldn’t exist. And the work you see on your course is just a fraction of what…

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today's golfer

EDITORIAL Editor Chris Jones 01733 468523Courses Editor Kevin Brown 01733 468299Equipment Editor Simon Daddow 01733 468469Features Editor Michael Catling 01733 468685Group Art Director Hakan Simsek 01733 468240Senior Production Editor Rob Jerram 01733 468631Art Editor Craig Iredale 01733 468466Digital Editor Camilla Tait 01733 468096Senior Digital Marketing Executive Sarah Pyett 01733 468571Editorial Assistant Stephanie Etchells 01733 468243 CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Cotter, Gary Casey, Gareth Johnston, Karl Morris, Bob Atkins, Simon Payne, Alan White, Lee Cox, Darren Parris, Scott Cranfield, James Whitaker, Lee Scarbrow, Adrian Fryer, Andy Taylor, Chris Ryan, Steve Astle, Ian Clark, Kristian Baker, Jon Wallett, Angus Murray, Isobel Sampson, Duncan Lennard, Howard Boylan, Bob Atkins, James Nesbitt, Howard Boylan, Tom Critchell, Jacques Portal, Colin Montgomerie. Pictures by Getty Images unless stated. ADVERTISING Commercial Director Donna Harris 01733 395028Key Account Director Jack Raynor 01733 366328Sales Account Manager…

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the open rota... by bike

Luke Willett isn’t your normal run of the mill PGA pro. Away from the course, he has built a reputation for taking on ironman-style golfathons which often involve cycling or running hundreds of miles while carrying a golf bag on his back. Since 2018, the 34-year-old has completed a triathlon, which included a three-mile swim, a four-hour bike ride up the two steepest roads in the UK, and 18 holes at Windermere GC. He then topped it off by completing his own version of the Golfing Coast to Coast, a cycling and golfing fundraiser which covered 130 miles from Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club in Cumbria to Goswick Golf Club by the North Sea in Northumberland. Now he’s attempting his most ambitious challenge yet – cycling to all 14 past and present Open Championship…

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how a world handicap will affect you

Every golf course in the world will be issued with a course rating, which will be used to indicate its level of difficulty. Remember when we told you to get ready for the new World Handicap System at the start of next year? Well, we’ve all been granted an 11-month extension. Like Brexit, the date has been pushed back because England Golf and other home unions are not ready to implement it in time. The new handover date is set for November 2, 2020, by which time your handicap could go up or down overnight depending on your last 20 scores. It’s one of several changes to the current CONGU method of handicapping which you’ll need to get your head around. The WHS – governed by The R&A and USGA – replaces the…

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five key takeaways from the 2020 european tour schedule

QUICK TURNAROUND The new schedule begins with the Hong Kong Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, just four days after this year’s Race to Dubai finishes on November 24. The first 18 events also take place outside Europe and include visits to Kenya, Oman and Saudi Arabia. THE ROLEX SERIES RETURNS All eight events remain unchanged with a minimum $7 million kitty at each. The series begins at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January, followed by the Irish Open in late May and the Scottish Open the week before The Open. The season closes at the World Tour Championship in Dubai (Nov 19-22). INNOVATIVE TOURNAMENTS GONE Despite the Tour’s “commitment to innovation”, there’s no space for the Belgian Knockout, World Super 6 Perth or Shot Clock Invitational in 2020, which means only Golfsixes…

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making sense of…

Course rating: Replaces standard scratch (SSS). It represents the number of strokes taken by the average scratch golfer to play the course on an average day. Slope rating: The relative difficulty of a course from a specific set of tees for a ‘bogey’ golfer compared to a ‘scratch’ golfer. Each golfer’s handicap for a specific course is determined by multiplying the handicap index by the slope rating, divided by the ‘neutral’ slope of 113. Bogey golfer: A male ‘bogey’ golfer is a typical 20 handicapper; a female ‘bogey’ golfer is a typical 24 handicapper.…