Feb 15th, 2017
We’ve slept on this one: 6 holes, 16 teams, and a few fireworks. Is this really going to move the dial? Or is there something else going on?
We’ve slept on this one: 6 holes, 16 teams, and a few fireworks. Is this really going to move the dial? Or is there something else going on?
Get ready folks there is a new handicapping system on its way. For those across the pond things will not be much different but for golfers in the UK, and to a slightly lesser extent Europe, there is a fair bit changing. The new World Handicap System will be introduced in the USA and dozens of other countries in January 2020 with the changes coming to the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Italy in November.
Local favourite Stephanie Meadow will take a four shot lead into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Invitational. The 27-year-old from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland shot a six under par 67 to sit on ten under for the event, four clear of England’s Eleanor Givens. In the men’s event, Damien Perrier of France and Todd Clement of England lead the field by a single shot following another long day with rain delays at Galgorm Castle.
Scotland’s Craig Ross and England’s Eleanor Givens are the first round leaders lead in the The ISPS HANDA World Invitational, both carding an impressive 6 under par. Ross shot an impressive birdie free round of 64 Massereene Golf Club while Givens had seven birdies and one solitary bogey in carding a 67 at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
It has rather flown under the radar but yesterday the ISPS HANDA World Invitational event for both men and women teed of at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club. A first for golf in Europe as women will play alongside (sort of) the men and will play for the same money.
How fast do you think you could play a par five hole? Well the world record stood at one minute and thirty three seconds when the European Tour decided to see if any of their boys could beat it. American Sean Crocker, Belgian Thomas Detry, Ireland’s Paul Dunne and Italian Guido Migliozzi to take on the record for the ‘Fastest hole of hole of golf by an individual’.
It's back! The event that totally signals the start of the golf season proper. I look forward to this week as soon as Christmas makes way for the new year and, no offence to the Saudi International, there's only one game in town this week.
It’s the Golf Brigadier here, and I’ve never had a proper pair of golf shorts before in all my days of golf foozling. Not a real, proper pair, actually designed for the golf course. Until I received a pair of adidas Ultimate 3654 golf shorts.
A great result for GolfPunk readers with Danny Willett winning the DP World tour Championship at 139/1. He actually drifted on Betfair to 179/1 so hopefully GolfPunk readers got the best odds??
Jodie Kidd..at Brocket Hall? Yes Sir, No Sir.
Heads up GolfPunks! Fancy a bit of Golf In The Sky? Helicopters, mountains and niblicks here we come!
World of Golf London, one of the busiest driving ranges in Europe with an average of 13 million balls hit each year, is enjoying a record period and has seen its business boosted by Ryder Cup fever following Europe’s victory in Paris.
Building off the success of the original F-MAX irons which debuted in 2017, the 2018 F-MAX men’s and women’s Superlite irons and combo sets feature incredibly light-weight technologies and designs that provide more club speed, distance and easier launch than ever before.
Paige Spiranac is releasing a limited-edition SuperStroke putter grip, with half of the proceeds going to the Cybersmile Foundation.
It's the start of the season and you're going to need all the help you can get to shoot some decent scores. Some fresh wedges will ensure maximum control around the greens, and lets face it who doesn't like seeing that ball rip back when it lands. Without further ado here are six of the best wedges for 2017...
The putter Arnold Palmer used to win the 1964 Masters sold at auction on the very morning of Masters Sunday, 2017 for the incredible price of $97,691.
The Long Drive World Series is launching an epic world tour in 2018: 10 events in 10 different countries pitting the biggest hitters on the planet against each other in a global kaboom-fest to determine who is number 1... and now there is a digital magazine to take us every step of the way...
And you thought Chambers Bay and Whistling Straits look bonkers?! They haven't got anything on these 7 wonders of the golf world...
Joe Miller puts himself through hell to get in the shape he needs to be to compete for the World Long Drive Championship. We know, because we spent several days with him last year. This year he won the title. And here he is...
World Golf Awards has revealed that the five-star La Manga Club resort, will host its Gala Ceremony 2017 at the end of this year.
A six–year–old has become the youngest player to score a hole–in–one at Bruntsfield Links.
Minigolf hopefuls worldwide are polishing off their putters for the 2017 World Crazy Golf Championships in June. The two-day minigolf extravaganza uniquely attracts complete novices and top international players, with a prize fund of £4,500 up for grabs.
Now this was surprising....
Numbers 30-26 in our Top 50 GolfPunks Of All Time 'Hall Of Fame'...
Australian YouTubers, How Ridiculous, managed to sink an incredible 120.6 metre (135.67 yard) putt, which is now the new Guinness World Record for the longest putt ever in a non–tournament.
Australian Brett Rumford beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai two and one in the six–hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth.
This March the world’s biggest hitters will go head to head on golf’s most exciting new battleground: The Long Drive World Series.
Callaway has announced its 2016 financial results today, and they are clearly on a roll.
Here's a great little time–lapse video of the legendary 16th going up at the Wastemanagement Phoenix Open.
U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck has signed with IMG for worldwide management and marketing representation.
With their new Supersoft Golf Ball, Callaway have combined their lowest compression golf ball ever with a soft cover and their Premuim HEX Areodynamics surface pattern. Result: long, straight and Supersoft.
312 players from 26 different countries have been battling it out in Malaysia in the Kids Golf World Championship.
We don't know about you, but we want to hit the ball further. From watching Jason, Dustin and Rory rip it off the tee, to seeing Lucas Dornan drive it 380 yards on the regular, distance matters. Here's a round up of 2017's best drivers.
Pimp out your putter with these new Limited Edition SuperStroke Skull putter grips.
A new house is to be built next to the world’s fifth oldest golf club in Musselburgh, despite objections from golfers around the world.
Colchester will stage the 2017 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Team Disc Golf Championships.
The fat lady has clearly decided to take the rest of the week off, as Tiger shot a bogey free 65, with 7 birdies and no bogeys to move to six under at the Hero World Challenge.
Denmark take a four shot lead into the final day at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf after shooting a two under par 70 in the third round Foursomes.
Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan are two strokes behind leaders Spain after the first round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne. Russell Knox's 'zero to hero' experiment, however, seems doomed
The phrase 'World Cup' has a certain cachet in the sports world. Outside of maybe the Summer Olympics, the football World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Now golf has tried to get in on the power of the 'World Cup' brand with the World Cup of Golf. But the stars aren't turning out.
Golfers as Superheroes. Is your money on 'The Force' or 'The Magician this week at the WGC HSBC Champions?
North East golfer Rebecca McGinley has secured an incredible third place finish in the World Long Drive Championship after taking on the biggest hitters in the women’s game in Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Cinderella Story! "I feel like this has the potential to change Duncan's life." Why Russell Knox has chosen a complete unknown as his World Cup partner...
Sandy Lyle shot a final round of 71 to back up a three under par 67 to beat the defending champion, and Norfolk Club professional, Andrew Marshall.
Boom! Joe Miller is your 2016 World Long Drive Champion!
A rare collection of photographic slides showing the 1963 Open Championship at Royal Lytham has been discovered at an auction in Manchester.
Wilson Staff have won more majors with their irons than any other brand. Here's why you should look at the FG Tour V6 irons...
The European Tour are launching the Perth Super 6 Tournament next year, with a new and unique format to entice new players to the sport. But have they done enough?
Phil Mickelson has done it again. Check out this escape...
As the highest ranked Englishman confirmed for the World Cup, Danny Willett was given the honour of choosing his team-mate for the Melbourne based event.
Why the Srixon Z U65 is the best new driving iron you will hit. It shoots bullets!
The new Srixon Z65 range are three of the best looking irons on the market, here's why you should give them a go...
It's time for the last major of 2016. Here's our USPGA quiz. Quite easy this one...
We asked them if we could play at The Open. They said “Don’t be ridiculous.” “But we’re GolfPunk, the golf website for the re . . .” “We know who you are,”they said,“but we’ve got the world’s biggest golf event to organise.” “Fine,” we said,“be like that.”
This weekend sees the 14th World Crazy Golf Championship in Hastings, Sussex with both amateur and elite players all trying to win some of the £4,500 purse.
Six piece golf balls? Gold plated putters? Find out about these gorgeous things that only Honma could do, then enter our competition for your chance to win them!
Adidas launch their most advanced and comfortable golf shoe ever.
The amazing new limited edition Titleist C16 Concept clubs. You'll have to work extra hard if you want to get hold of a set! Check out the videos!
The multi-award-winning, independent, five-star Finca Cortesin - one of Europe's leading golf resorts - has joined World of Leading Golf (WLG), the international organisation representing some of the world's best golf venues.
We spoke to Jose Miraflor and Rickie Fowler to find out about the new Cobra King F6 Baffler, the trouble club that could help Rickie to Masters glory.
According to data compiled over three million rounds of golf by the GPS and scoring app, Hole19, the UK has achieved more hole-in-one’s than any other country.
The Spiv is back with the inside track....The WGC World Match Play is one of my favourite events of the year. I love Match Play. The only problem is that there isn’t enough of it around on the Tour. This makes it difficult to place a bet. An out of form player with a strong competitive nature can easily win this one.
Check out this super limited edition driver Callaway have created specifically for their long hitting tour professionals. It's the driver for the best of us.
This week the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro played host to it’s first test event, The Aquece Rio Golf Challenge, and whilst the main PGA Tour players could not be persuaded to attend the one day event, Brazil’s top nine golfers were there to christen the course. Here's the verdict!
Behind the scenes at the Perth International including everything from Victor Dubuisson and a Koala to Brett Rumford having his appendix out.
Marina Bay Golf Course has announced that it will create the first ever par six hole in Singapore, to celebrate its 10th anniversary. What are they thinking?
Why bother lacing up when you can just twist the Boa dial? Check out the adidas TOUR360 BOOST BOA.
We want to hit the ball further in 2016. We're not sure we're ready to start working out though, so we thought we'd see which driver might help us hit longer drives this year. There are limitations in place on driver design by the R&A and USGA, but the manufactuers won't stop striving to produce drivers that hit the ball consistantly further.
We got called out on Twitter the other day when we wrote about what we thought was the oldest golf pub in the world, and the fact that it was going to be closed down. So we've done some digging and now we think we know what the oldest golf pub in the world is.....
A Scottish golf course, which is reputedly the oldest in the world, could be closed this week, as part of council cuts.
Mrs Forman’s is the oldest golf pub in the world, but plans are afoot to demolish it and turn it into a garage. Have people no respect?!
Vokey wedges are everywhere. On tour. In golf clubs. Probably in most of your golf bags. But essentially they haven't changed much for a long, long time. Until now.
The British Open Speedgolf Championships will return to Dale Hill Golf Club in East Sussex on August 14 2016. Come on in if you can shoot a 77 in 34 minutes and 4 seconds. We're sitting this one out.
“Dubai you say? End of November you say? Two new drivers you say? Smoke me a driver, I’ll be back for my tee time.” I didn't exactly need my arm twisting, and with that I was off to the Arabian Ranches Golf Club to try the latest Callaway XR 16 and XR 16 Drivers.
The adidas TOUR360 is one of our favourite golf shoes ever. It was one of the first golf shoes to feel as comfy as a pair of trainers, while bringing a much more modern look to the game when everyone else was still wearing wingtips. It makes its return in January.
Royal Blackheath have secured the safety of their club by selling a painting for £700,000 at Bonhams. "The Portrait of Henry Callender”, is one of the earliest paintings to show a golfer.
We were lucky enough to sample all of the new Cobra Golf clubs for next year, and we’re pretty sure a lot of you will be playing Cobra’s F6 Irons next season.
Faldo calls USA as favourites for 2016 Ryder Cup, citing a potential raft of European rookies tilting the odds in Davis Love III's favour. We also take a trip down bad memory lane to Faldo's nadir at Valhalla 2008...
The Cobra F6+ is the most adjustable driver Cobra have ever produced. It's an absoute beast.
Trick shots and weird clubs with world record holder Marsten Maas, plus tips on how to improve your balance!
This is it, the big one. A European Number One will be crowned on Sunday as the top players on the European Tour play in the season finale. Rory McIlroy may be in pole position but the chasing pack are close...really close. It's all to play for. Here are GolfPunk's tips for the big one.
As well as four new sets of irons and two awesome hybrid clubs, Titleist have also launched these tour inspired driving irons. While not designed for everyone, for the right player these will be a godsend.
So it’s the Sunday Driver, where we go out and find an awesome driver you probably haven’t heard of before. This week we’ve got a world championship winner.
The USGA and R&A have announced four changes to the Rules of Golf, including the much-anticipated ban on the anchored stroke. This is that they have come up with.
Last month he came in to make the tea and we sent him on safari. Why do we give him all the good jobs when we’re dehydrated and confused?... Anyway,
If the MB is the Titleist iron we want to play while the the forgiving AP1 is the club that most of us should be playing, then the AP2 is the club that most likely we will be playing. It’s a pocket rocket of a golf club, with loads of technology packed in to a classic looking iron.
The Titleist 716 CB was the biggest surprise in the new Titleist range. While the MB is still a classic MB, and not professing to be anything but, the new CB has really been amped up.
Titleist have switched things up with the launch of the 816 H1 and H2 hybrids. Realising that hybrids need to be gapped distance wise with a set of irons, they've switched the release schedule to come out the same time as the irons rather than with the driver and irons.
Various brands have made sneaker style golf shoes, but this new Jordan brand Golf shoe based on the Jordan 6 Low might be the best we have seen since the Nike Dunk golf shoes, and the first collectible golf shoe. Based on the shoe Michael Jordan won his first NBA title in, this is a historic choice of kicks for the sneakerheads out there.
We love our fairway woods to look simple. We don’t want any distractions at address, nor features we deem unnecessary. We want a serious golf club for getting the job done, good from the fairway and strong off the tee. This new Callaway could easily be our next three wood.
The Great Big Bertha might be the best driver for most players, but if you’re already a long hitter, the new Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond Driver (now that’s a mouthful– Ed) could be the driver for you. With it's classic looks, and centre of gravity optimisation this is a driver that can unlock extra yards.
It's starting!!! Tiger is on the way back no doubt. After yesterday's -3, 69, he shot a -5, 66, today to climb the leaderboard...
Rickie wears Puma. Let’s put orange trousers in. Let’s not.
Berkhamsted Golf Club has decided to allow both sexes to compete in the Berkhamsted Trophy, a long-standing top men’s amateur in the UK. This is a world-first for elite amateur golf and has the backing of the R&A and England Golf. The event which is entering its 61st year – has transformed from being a men-only tournament, into one which invites both sexes to compete for the same prize.
LET 2018 Rookie of the Year, Julia Engström, carded a two under par 70 at Vipingo Ridge course to extend her lead in the Magical Kenya Ladies Open to seven shots over the field. Esther Henseleit who needs to win the event for a chance of grabbing the LET order of merit title could only manage a 71 and sits in joint second.
Well it’s been a pretty exciting week for golf on the island of Ireland. First, Shane Lowry’s spectacular win at the 148th Open in Northern Ireland and then the magnificent Adare Manor in County Limerick has been announced as host of The Ryder Cup 2026. Not too shabby!
Harpenden’s Joss Gosling implemented a smart irons-only game plan in winning last weekend’s 60th Berkhamsted Trophy in association with Bushnell Golf, at Berkhamsted Golf Club.
adidas Golf announce the TOUR360 XT, the newest model of the TOUR360 franchise that features the highest-performing cleated outsole the brand has ever made. Plus, with the growing popularity of spikeless golf shoes, adidas have got in on the action with their new TOUR360 franchise launch including their first ever sneaker-style model. And they rock.
Park's 6th career LPGA victory is the first global win for TaylorMade's all-new Spider X putter, and the 3rd for M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s Injected Twist Face technology.