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    Royal and Ancient Golf Club Decision to Allow Female Members is a Sign Of Progress That Should Not Be Needed

    October 28th, 2014

    The news that the previously fiercely all-male Royal and Ancient Golf Club had decided by a mandate of 85% of its 2,400 members, to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history was a historic moment in golf.

    It is therefore something of a shame that this important moment for golfing equality was somewhat lost in the hype that surrounded the 2014 Ryder Cup, that started the day after the R&A made public their announcement to allow women members.




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    Why Mickelson’s Azinger v Watson Rant Overlooks One Vital Ingredient

    October 18th, 2014

    When it comes to two U.S. golfers most well liked in Europe, you’ll be hard pushed to find two more popular than Tom Watson or Phil Mickelson. Renowned for their friendly nature and good humour, as well as outstanding success around the world, both enjoy a superb reputation both at home and across the globe.

    Which is why Phil Mickelson’s thinly veiled attack on Tom Watson’s man-management technique following the United States Ryder Cup defeat was so surprising.



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    What You Should Know About Golf Insurance

    October 7th, 2014

    Watch TV for long enough and soon you’ll come across an advertisement for a law firm seeking to recover you damages for personal injury claims, excessive bank charges or similar. You may feel golf is free from these somewhat invasive practices, but the fact of the matter is, golf compensation claims are very much on the rise.


    In 2011 Manchester golfer Anthony Phee was awarded £400,000 in damages after he was hit in the eye by a golf ball while enjoying a round with friends in Scotland. The player who hit the shot, James Gordon, was found 70% responsible by the court, with the course 30% responsible. Sadly Mr Phee lost an eye through the incident, which would explain the size of the award.




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    A Hole in One That Lifts Sullivan To The Stratosphere and Beyond

    September 30th, 2014

    For the typical club golfer, the hole in one is something that is both revered and feared. It is revered as it is an all-too fleeting moment of golfing perfection, when you take aim at a hole 100+ yards distance and then through skill and luck in varying amounts, manage to land the ball at the bottom of the cup.


    The elation, and sadly I am yet to experience it, when achieving a hole-in-one must be immense. Indeed my brother has said that if he ever achieves it, he will give up golf on the spot as he’s achieved perfection and the only way afterwards is down.  That elation is short-lived however as with it comes the realisation that you are facing a pretty hefty bar bill back at the 19th hole!





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    Golf and Stag Do’s Don’t Mix…Or Do They?

    September 23rd, 2014

    Ask anybody what they think a typical young person’s stag do consists of and you are likely to get a somewhat consistent answer.

    Usually it will be one that consists mainly of a booze-filled night out where the groom is gradually intoxicated before being ‘treated’ to a private lap-dance or striptease, followed by being tied naked to a lamppost or being placed on a train, with no money and a one way ticket to Madrid.


    However, that somewhat unedifying image of a typical stag do is slowly changing. Increasingly, a stag party is less a one night event and more often an event often lasting a weekend, several days or occasionally an entire week and with that has brought about a change in focus.



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    How to Avoid Looking Like The Golfing Noob the First Time You Play

    September 19th, 2014

    Ask any beginner golfer what their biggest fear is about playing and many will likely tell you exactly the same answer; making a fool of yourself out on the course.


    Whether it is by breaking a simple rule of etiquette, being unable to hit the ball properly, losing too many balls and taking too long to find them to simply slowing down all the golfers playing behind you, it is little wonder that many beginners have a sense of real trepidation when they head out onto a genuine 18-hole, full length golf course for the very first time.

    So how do you avoid looking like the nervous newbie out on the course for the first time? We’ll show you precisely how below…





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    Tom Watson’s US Ryder Cup Selection Dilemma

    September 9th, 2014

    With just under a month until the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, American team captain Tom Watson has seen his American team already decimated by a combination of personal issues and injury. This has led to speculation as to who Watson is likely to pick as his three wildcard selections for the tournament.


    Of course, Tiger Woods has ruled himself out of the Ryder Cup this year due to his recurrent back injury and it seems likely that another major winner, Jason Dufner, could also be set to miss out with a similar ailment, although Dufner has not yet confirmed he won’t be able to compete. These two injuries are a big blow for the American team, as is the self-imposed exile of big-hitter Dustin Johnson (below) for personal reasons.


    Dustin Johnson