Golf in 2022 – Exciting!

Golf in 2022 – Exciting!

For me, once the Christmas and New Year festivities have finished, I start to get really excited about golf again. Not just my own game and how I’m going to become a better golfer, but the professional game, new equipment, playing on new courses and visiting some...

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Golf resolutions 2022

Golf resolutions 2022

When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, I don’t make many, let alone write them down and publish them. But this year, I’m making an exception when it comes to golf goals. I really want to get to a single-figure handicap index by year end. It’s going to take...

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Go and play winter golf

Go and play winter golf

Historically in the winter, when the phone rings and those words ‘Fancy a round of golf today’ emanate from someone’s lips, my usual response would always have been ‘I’m busy’. It’s cold and the air's damp, the course is wet and muddy, the bunkers are hard, the...

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Putting the percentages

Putting the percentages

How often do you step up to a 6-foot putt and expect to sink it? What about 10 feet? I always have great expectations of my putting but then I looked at the data from the PGA tour. They miss less putts than me, but to be fair, they don’t have wet, bobbly, winter...

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How NOT to play a new course

How NOT to play a new course

Most golfers like us play the same 18 holes to get our membership money’s worth. But how do you approach your game when you visit a new and unfamiliar course with no local knowledge? The 7 P’s You’ll probably remember the adage, proper planning and preparation...

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Brooks vs. Bryson – The Match

Brooks vs. Bryson – The Match

We thought it was all over when they embraced at the Ryder Cup, admittedly after strong encouragement to kiss and make up from their USA teammates. Perhaps peace had finally broken out. But after 2 years of exchanging blows on Twitter and jabbing away about speed...

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Swing like a Lady

Swing like a Lady

With the AIG Women’s Open and the Solheim Cup nearly upon us and more women and girls taking up the great game of golf throughout the country, I thought it was time to visit one of my pet subjects – the female golf swing – and why I wish I could swing like a lady....

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From T71 to Claret Jug

From T71 to Claret Jug

What a difference a week can make when it comes to golfing performance. One week, you’re struggling - the next, you’re The Champion Golfer of the Year. How does that happen? Can’t buy a putt At the Scottish Open, the traditional preparation and jet lag cure for The...

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Open to learning?

Open to learning?

It’s amazing what you can learn by just watching golfers play golf - live. Watching tournament highlights videos is ok but you just don’t get to see the player’s full process - the way they prepare, the studying of the data, their pre-shot routines, shot execution...

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Scrambling a recovery

Scrambling a recovery

When you hit a poor shot and the ball ends up somewhere less than ideal, how well do you recover to make a nett par?  Do you take your medicine and take a drop or the sensible route, adding up an extra stroke, or do you try and hit a heroic risky recovery shot?...

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How big are your greens?

How big are your greens?

I’m not talking about the size of your vegetables but those patches of turf we spend our days trying to hit in regulation. How can you miss? My last round of golf included just 7 greens in regulation - that’s about 40%, compared to a PGA tour pro’s GIR  stats of...

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Why PuttBANDIT?

Why PuttBANDIT?

Why do you need a PuttBANDIT?  To us, the answer is obvious - which keen improvement-minded golfer doesn’t want to set their putting line better? We want to be better golfers We want to play better, shoot lower scores, maybe win a friendly four-ball now and then or...

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Don’t miss those short ones

Don’t miss those short ones

I have to admit that the most frustrating thing for me is to miss a very sinkable short putt, or worse, a tap-in. We’ve all done it. Thankfully I do that less often these days but when I do miss a short one it’s very annoying because I’ve wasted a relatively easy...

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Today I booked a tee time!

Today I booked a tee time!

It was just by chance that I glanced at my phone. I had an email from my golf club saying the booking system had opened. Fantastic. It had been a massive 30 minutes since the email was sent, so fearing a panicky rush to book tee times, I panicked and rushed to book...

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Things we never knew about golf

Things we never knew about golf

I like unusual facts, and although I have been playing golf for a long time, I still come across interesting facts that I didn’t know. Here are just a few of them. 4 under for the hole Scoring a hole in one on a par 5 or taking two on a par 6 is called a ‘condor’....

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