8 Rules Golfers Break… without realising!

Do you ever break the rules on the golf course?  Hopefully your answer is "No!" I've mentioned before that I've really enjoyed playing golf this year, primarily because I played much more social golf than usual.  Usually my friends and I would head off to play in...

Ken on Putting

On Thursday evening it was somewhat bizarre to hear talk of "green jackets" in November and to see aerial shots of Augusta National dominated by autumnal hues, since The Masters traditionally heralds the beginning of the golf season, however 2020 has been a year like...

Clear Your Head for Better Golf

I've really enjoyed golf this season for a variety of reasons.  Firstly, golf allowed me to meet up with my friends (always maintaining a 2 metre gap of course) and was probably the first activity that brought some sense of normality to life as we gradually emerged...

Darren does it again!

I can remember sitting on my sofa on a Wednesday evening in July 2011, eagerly watching a BBC NI programme entitled "The Open Plan", in which Stephen Watson looked ahead to The Open with Northern Ireland's major winners, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.  There were...

All change!

This time next week every member of every golf club in GB & Ireland should have a Handicap Index, rather than an Exact Handicap, as we're moving from CONGU's Unified System of Handicapping  (CONGU is the Council of National Golf Unions in England, Wales, Scotland...

Rules from Carnoustie

When I hear the word "Carnoustie" the image of a previously unknown French golfer standing in the Barry Burn with his trousers rolled up above his knees, comes to mind.  Jean Van de Velde's nightmarish 18th hole on the Sunday evening of the 1999 Open was like...

Add Distance to your Drives

On Saturday one of my four ball complained several times about being out-driven and generally not being able to hit as far as she used to, so when I got home I searched the Internet for remedies, since I was outdriven many times by the other two players.  I came...

World Handicap System for Dummies!

You may have spotted Golf Ireland posting about the impending introduction of the World Handicap System on Facebook and Twitter.  A few weeks ago I blogged on this topic, but I thought it would be useful to share some of the resources prepared by Golf Ireland, since...

Pace Putting

My driver has been working reasonably well recently but I dropped several points on Friday evening thanks to my dodgy putting.  It didn't take long trawling the internet to come across this surprisingly simple tip from Maureen Madill.  One of my playing partners...

Are you ready for a new handicap?

It's just six weeks until the World Handicap System takes over and your CONGU handicap is consolidated into a single portable index!  To sort the facts from fiction, the folks at Today's Golfer teamed up with Scottish Golf and England Golf to help us make sense of...