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    DeChambeau : Flawed Maverick or Champion Reformer ?

    The current wall to wall golf press coverage of the DeChambeau phenomenon has raised a number of issues. The seemingly never ending distance debate has been given new life; invigorating calls for overhauling club and ball technology, a system of bifurcation and heated argument on narrowing fairways with knee-high rough for when the pros come to compete. All have merit, all have supporters and all are keenly contested. Mr DeChambeau’s recent performance at Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio where he managed to produce a quintuple bogey 10 including two shots out of bounds, refused to abide by a decision by a rules official and missed the…

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    A Scottish Golf Tourist : 6 essential items

    Right now in these strange times most golf bags contain a bizarre combination of hand sanitiser, face mask and anything else deemed essential for self survival and for displaying selfless concern for our close companions. Normally of course the process of setting up your golf bag is fairly straightforward. Ensure the maximum of 14 clubs is not exceeded, with clubs cleaned and dried,a selection of preferred brand of balls suitably marked, tees, ball marker, pitch mark repair tool, liquid refreshment and a couple of chocolate bars ( traditionally at least 12 months past their best before date ). All very standard across the golf world but what about the situation…

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    A Scottish Golf Tourist : Lesson 1 – 6

    As fully paid up members of the world wide golf community, we all love to take on the challenge of displaying our skills playing in another country on a selection of its best golf courses. A visit last year to USA provided just such an opportunity to assess the type of customer experience members and visitors have come to expect from their country’s golf club operators. This prompted some reflection on precisely what anyone embarking on a Scottish golf vacation should expect and,critically, be prepared to do without. No. 1  Let’s be clear, golf is a walking game Yes, we all know how much fun you can have with a…

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    6 reasons why Golf is the Best Sport

      Many keen golfers will have seen the recently published report which attempted to assess the relative “ difficulty “ of a wide range of sports and particularly the utterly bizarre decision that the finest sport of all, the Royal & Ancient game of golf merited inclusion at the lowly level of no.51. I appreciate that I am completely biased but anything less than no.1 for golf is clearly complete nonsense. Given the fact the noble sport of boxing was allocated top spot, I rest my case. As the King himself stated on many occasions. ” Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the…

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    The Grand Scottish Golf Tour

    Lockdowns…… shielding…..social distancing. Economies put on hold. Travel put on hold. Lives put on hold. Sport put on hold. Medical and scientific advisors on daily government televised briefings. Without any question this has been the strangest start to any golf season anyone can recall. Now we are getting back on the course,  the first item we pack in the golf bag isn’t a pack of new balls, it’s our anti-bacterial hand wash. We have been out on the fairways in Scotland now for a couple of weeks and my own view is that the restrictions in place are a small price to pay in exchange for a chance to support…

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    We Miss It …When It’s Not There !

    We have now reached ten days since the Scottish Government’s lockdown review process decreed we should be allowed back on to our hallowed greens, tees and fairways. We are allowed back to enjoy this most challenging but most rewarding of sports and please note we play golf; we do not go golfing. During the recent golf lockdown the media could not resist reporting on some of the very regrettable but isolated incidents of damage to courses by a few moronic degenerates. Encouragingly this news was balanced by the vast majority of clubs expressing gratitude for the genuine care and respect shown to courses by those members and non members using…

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    Scottish Tourism + Scottish Golf = Scottish Economy

    We cannot simply forget that a number of “ Red Flags “ were already flying over the Scottish economic landscape heading towards the end of 2019. Our much vaunted North Sea oil industry was feeling the the negative impact of both rapidly declining oil prices and the increasingly influential and vociferous renewable energy crusaders plus the Brexit clouds weren’t going anywhere in a hurry. All this had resulted in nervous markets, investors, business leaders ,employees and consumers. Of course we still had our whisky and we still had our tourism industry. Or at least we did have until someone decided to eat an undercooked bat in their local Wuhan deli…

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    Seminole Shootout

    Sunday’s TaylorMade Driving Relief Skins Challenge was rightly seen by the vast majority of the golfing community as both a genuine contribution in support of front line health workers and as a much needed distraction for those of us still denied the freedom to participate in our all-consuming sporting passion. An opportunity for golf to give something back, courtesy of the event’s main backer United Health Group and the viewing public’s generosity An opportunity to watch four of the top stars of the modern Pro Tour demonstrate their rich talent whilst complying with current social distancing dictates. No caddies = get the carry bags out. No high fives. No crowd.…

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    Two Nations Divided By A Common (sporting ) Passion

    With apologies to George Bernard Shaw who may or not have  stated something very similar regarding the UK’s close relationship with our friends “ across the pond “, the Covid 19 world we all now inhabit has created a number of starkly contrasting attitudes worldwide around the most effective approach to surviving the pandemic, the best way to protect all citizens and precisely what each and every one of us should be allowed to do to occupy the endless hours, days and weeks of lockdown. For nations such as USA and UK with a rich sporting heritage these are strange and challenging times.For the golfing community in UK you can…

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    The New Golf Season 2020

    We are often told that a week is a long time in politics. Certainly the last three months has been a very long time in the world of golf. At the end of 2019, golfers everywhere would be considering any number of seemingly important annual issues. What condition will my course be in this season ? What do I need to focus on to lower my handicap ? Is this my year to win a club trophy ? Will I finally achieve a hole in one ? Who will win the Majors ? Will Rory finally secure a Green Jacket ? Will Koepka simply overpower every course he competes on…