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    Learning to Play – The Best Way?

    April 21st, 2014

    Here’s the dilemma:

    My son is now 10 years old and has expressed an interest in moving from being my (underpaid) caddy to actually joining us for a round of golf.

    He’s played on pitch and putt courses and enjoyed a summer camp a year or two ago, but other than that he’s just hit balls on the range when he’s ventured there with me.


    As a dutiful dad, I’ve tried to give him a few simple pointers with mixed results and now that he seems to be getting more serious about golf I have to consider one thorny issue:

    • Do I let him follow the “Bubba Watson” path and find his own golf swing?
    • Or, do I spend a little cash and get him a few lessons with an instructor to help him along?



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    Fancy Buying your Own Golf Course?

    April 16th, 2014

    The sad news that Torphin Hall Golf Club near Edinburgh, Scotland was forced to call in the Administrators this week after failing to find a buyer, highlights the increasingly worrying times facing many British golf clubs and courses.

    With research from KPMG showing that membership has fallen by 20% over recent years, clubs are struggling and owners of private courses are starting to jump ship, with courses now going on the market.


    So the question is, how much do you think it would cost to buy your own 18-hole golf course?

    Gorilla Golf think you may be in for a surprise.



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    What Makes a Great Golf Hole?

    April 9th, 2014

    Whether it is arguably the most famous hole in golf, the 18th at St Andrews (below), TPC Sawgrass famous island 17th green, or perhaps even one of the holes around the famous Amen Corner at Augusta, most people are aware of some of the greatest holes in golf.

    Yet what it is about the hole that makes it ‘great’ is open to conjecture. No doubt that for every golfer who lauds the Postage Stamp, or the island green at Sawgrass, there are many more who would happily confine either to the waste bin if they could.

    So this led me to ponder, what is it that makes a great golf hole?



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    New Year Golfing Resolutions – A Review of 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014

    March 17th, 2014

    Last year I penned an article on Gorilla Golf about my three main New Year resolutions in 2013 in terms of my golf.


    To summarise them briefly, they were:

    1. To get fitter to play golf more easily
    2. Attend refresher lessons with a local pro, and
    3. Structure my practice at the range still further

    So how did I do? And what are my new year’s resolutions for 2014? Read on to find out!


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    The Best New Golf App and Gizmo of the Year?

    March 14th, 2014

    One of the biggest criticism’s made about golf swing apps is that while they are useful for recording your swing and analysing against the swing of other players (including professionals), when it comes to feedback, you are very much on your own.


    That situation could be about to change thanks to American company Zepp and their range of sporting sensors and app.



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    The Hole From Hell – Dealing with a Round Wrecking Single Hole Score

    March 5th, 2014

    Earlier this year on a bright, summers evening, I headed to the local course with three friends for a lovely evening four-ball on a Friday.


    Somewhat untypically, I began the round in impressive fashion, and after six holes of play, considering my handicap was around 18 at the time, I was one under par and had registered two birdies on the round, and had an eagle putt lip out on the cup.

    Then it all began to unravel in spectacular style…



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    Five Great Things About Winter Golf For The Amateur Hacker

    February 10th, 2014

    Being brutally honest, winter golf can be a bit of a slog at times. If the rain isn’t going to get you then the strong, cold wind can turn even a dry round into something of an ordeal.

    Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. Winter golf is a mindset that you need to conquer in order to keep your game in the best shape possible for when the weather improves.


    If that means hitting balls at the range so be it, but why spend money hitting balls, when you could be hitting the course?

    Here’s some handy winter tips to prepare for your first winter round…


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