Flop it like Phil!

On Thursday, as my friends and I played our approach shots to the 17th green, we got chatting about wedges (as we'd all layed up for a variety of reasons).  That got me thinking about a video clip I'd seen a couple of years ago of Phil Mickelson messing about after...

Winning or losing?

I've really enjoyed playing golf since clubs reopened in May.  I suppose it was the first opportunity I'd had to see friends that I'd missed (albeit from a distance of 2 metres)  and it was a step closer to normality, however I was a little surprised to realise just...

What’s the answer?

Only the other day I spied a golfer on another fairway dropping a ball from shoulder height. I'm sure most of you will immediately have recognised that he/she was in the wrong, but maybe not everyone will have remembered that this was one of the rules that changed...

What can you do when…?

Our Club ran its first men's competition since lockdown yesterday and I'm planning to play in the ladies' first competition on Tuesday, so there are definite signs of progress.  The return to competitive golf means no more "gimmes" or spending five minutes searching...

Straighter Shots Around the Clock

Things are moving a little closer to normal on the golf course as we progress to Step 2 today, with the return of four-balls, albeit at 12 minute intervals. Although we're still missing rakes, bins and marking each others' cards, it is progress in the right direction...

Rules from the Garden

Isn't it great to back out playing golf?  Apologies to those of you who are shielding - hopefully you'll be able to join us soon.  I've really enjoyed playing without a card in my hand.  I have a selective memory - I only remember the good shots, so I walk off the...

Golf Is Back!

It's been a strange old week.  On Monday I was jealous of golfers living in the South as Twitter was full of photos of players teeing up their balls and blasting them down freshly cut fairways.  There were rumours that there would be an announcement about golf made by...

Getting Ready to Play?

Surely we'll be allowed to play golf very soon! Now that I've almost finished tidying up the garden (obviously during the hours that I'm not working from home) I decided that my next project was to get my gear ready for my return to the fairways. I cleaned my shoes...

Learn on-line

If you're stuck at home and are feeling fit and healthy, there are ways to practise golf at home which could mean your game is in better shape than ever by the time golf courses reopen. Practise with Padraig By now I'm sure most golfers are aware that Padraig...

Understanding the new World Handicap System

Well, how did your one-handed chipping go? I'm sure that most of you found that one hand was much more successful than the other, but I was pleasantly surprised when I reverted to using two hands - I found that my shots were better than my original two-handed ones! ...