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IT’S US PGA Championship week so what could possibly be better than getting “One Tip That Will Change Your Chipping FOREVER!” from a PGA Pro? Getting that same tip from two PGA Pro’s at once of course.
GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced some major changes to its national amateur events in a move that may ruffle some feathers but is ultimately seen as beneficial on many levels. The Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship and the Australian Women's Senior Amateur Championship are two of the events affected with Golf Australia (GA) saying they will be played concurrently at the same venue from 2021. The move will mean a reduction in field size for both events and end the long held tradition in the women’s championship of the early rounds being played as strokeplay qualifying with the winner decided in final round elimination matchplay.    
DEVELOPERS  of the soon-to-launch PGA Tour 2K21 golf video game seem to be going to incredible lengths to make the in-game experience for the end user as realistic as possible. In a just released trailer for the August 21-launched game, the developers share how they are using some pretty impressive mapping technology to create ultra realistic and accurate course environments in-game. The trailer shows the process, using drone cinematography and other digital means, underway at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. One of the guys involved says each digital pixel they are producing represents about a centimetre of golf course…which certainly sounds impressive.

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Veteran Golf

A Guide To Veteran Golf Around Australia

This guide gives a state by state overview of veteran golf in Australia. For the latest veteran golf news and events see postings in the Events/Veteran Golf category. VETERANS...

Featured

Concourse CBM3 Power Buggy, Smart Wheels Series 2: Review

CONCOURSE GOLF has certainly come a long way in a comparatively short time. Not only have their individual products like the renowned Smart Wheels quickly matured, but the range of offerings has also greatly expanded.

Ken and Darryl’s golf book reviews: June 2020. Nick O’Hern’s Tour Mentality; Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Tom Morris & more

We continue with our series of golf book reviews from top Australian senior amateur golfers Ken Brewer and Darryl Hearsch. Ken looks at three books focusing on the fascinating beginnings of professional golf while Darryl suggests a look inside Nick O’Hern’s Tour Mentality could do wonders for your mental game

IM4 Single Seat Golf Buggy: a top choice for older golfers

OLDER golfers needing a bit of motorised assistance around the course have a number of options but one that should not be overlooked is...

Equipment

TaylorMade Truss TB1 putter: Dustin Johnson swears by them – at least for this week

DUSTIN JOHNSON seems to change putters only a little less often than he changes socks but the TaylorMade Truss TB1 he used to secure...

Alien Pros Golf Overgrips Review: Liven up your game with these great feeling, functional, low cost golf club grips

THEY reckon one of the quickest ways to revamp a “tired” set of golf clubs is to fit new grips. Traditionally, that meant a trip...

Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch: Review

Review by Brian O'Hare. I’VE got to state right at the outset that after six weeks of using the Garmin Approach S20 I’m totally won...

Instruction

The Secret to Creating Effortless Power for Senior Golfers!

WHAT with bushfires and Covid and the rest there's been lots of tension around in 2020. That sort of ongoing tension is more than understandable but one place there shouldn't be tension is in the golf swing. In this new golf tips video US PGA Professional Jess Frank says tension is the one of the biggest destroyers of power of the golf swing. Frank offers some simple advice to help senior golfers hit the ball higher, farther and straighter than ever before.

Hooking or slicing your driver? You need to ‘feel’ your swing for a dramatic improvement

CONSISTENTLY hooking or slicing the ball when you are trying to enjoy a round - or a lifetime - of golf can be a real bummer. Here top English golf coach Danny Maude explains the importance of "feeling and experiencing" what you are actually doing in your golf swing to help you to start hitting those drives straighter and longer.

Pro vs Amateur: Golf Swing hip rotation comparison video

THIS is a fascinating new golf swing instruction video - as long as you're not threatened by the sight a a man's bottom cheeks pressed against a window pane. It's part of a series from Athletic Motion Golf demonstrating the difference between pro and amateur golf swings, and how the latter can begin narrowing the gap. In it we see "John",  a 50-something golfer with a single digit handicap who says he has a scratch marker short game but a double digit long game. "John" presents to AMG for help, saying he knows a big problem with his swing is thrusting his hips toward the golf ball in the downswing but has given up trying to fix that common fault.

Travel and Courses

Go Golfing’s Bushfire Recovery Golf Tour

Go Golfing Travel, one of Australia’s biggest and most awarded golf travel companies, has just launched a new golf tour aimed at supporting New South Wales communities ravaged by bushfires that struck the region over the Christmas/New Year period. Vast areas of the New South Wales' south coast were scorched by the fires, which severely impacted not only residents but the many tourism dependent businesses in the region, including golf courses and resorts. Peter McCarthy, owner of Go Golfing Travel, made a commitment to help the bushfire affected communities back in January and after some initial fundraising and cash donations has now announced the company's Bushfire Recovery Golf Tour.

Larry Canning: What’s the scariest golf hole you have ever played… without laughing?

By Larry Canning. ONE of my millions of twitter followers and respected golf photographer, Adrian Logue, recently sparked a timely “sitting at home in front of computer” conversation by asking the question “what’s the scariest hole you ever played?” It’s a great question and one that had me thinking long and hard.

2020 NSW Veteran Matchplay Championship in Nelson Bay hopefully to be played in December

THE 2020 Latitude One NSW Veteran Golfers Association (NSWVGA) Matchplay Championship had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak but will now hopefully be able to be staged in December at its planned new venue in Port Stephens. With the proviso that the Coronavirus situation has been completely resolved by then [and here's hoping we all ride out the storm in as good a shape as possible], the tournament will be played the week of 7 - 11 December 2020.

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Callaway Golf FT-iQ Driver

Having a mid or later life crisis and can’t afford a new sports car. Perhaps Callaway’s new FT-iQ Driver will fit the bill. Among all the usual technical babble and sales hyperbole – we’re talking about the “New dawn” of the “World’s Smartest Driver” here – Callaway claims the club was styled on the Lamborghini Reventon sports car. As well as the odd stealth jet.

New Golf Australia CEO

  QUEENSLANDER Stephen Pitt has been named as the new chief executive of Golf Australia. Pitt is an experienced sports administrator and was selected from more...

Turning Golf Pro at 48

PROVING it's never too late, English amateur golfer Gary Wolstenholme has decided to turn pro at the ripe old age of 48. Wolstenholme, one of...

Queensland Mid Amateur Golf

Horton Park's David Grenfell has won the 2008 Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship after shooting a final round one-under par 71 at Club Pelican. The championship...

The 7 deadly sins of warming up

By Ramsay McMaster, Golf Physiotherapist. Seven bad habits that can destroy your round. Number one is starting the day by rushing to the course. The tension and anxiety created can not only disrupt your golf rhythm but can lead to common injuries.

Golf aids memory, at least for some

WALKING not only boosts physical health but new Australian research shows it can also help your brain stay younger longer. That’s good news for (the many cartless) older golfers and means that even if your score starts to skyrocket as your aging body deteriorates, at least you’ll still have the mental capacity to add it all up at the end of the round.

Strong Aussie team for Senior Asia Pacific golf championship

The strong six man Australian team chosen to compete in the 2008 Asia-Pacific Senior Golf Championship in Malaysia in November is hoping to go...

Men’s golf handicap increased and cheats targeted

The maximum men’s golf handicap has now increased to 36.4 under changes announced by Golf Australia. A number of other measures also come into force as of September 1, including new provisions cracking down on players suspected of “manipulating” their handicaps, and help for those returning from injury.

Golf, James Golf

Actor Sean Connery, the original and best James Bond, has revealed that preparing for the movie Goldfinger led to his lifelong passion for golf. In his just released memoir, Connery says he came to see golf as a metaphor for living, that it greatly enhanced his life and was the nearest he ever came to having a religion.

Billy McWilliam a golfing great

Billy McWilliam was one of Australia's most famous golf coaches and when he passed away this week he left a legacy that had touched golfing careers going back to the likes of a young Greg Norman and stretched to more recently guiding Sarah Kemp on the path to LPGA success. He was still an active coach well into his 80's.

Tiger Woods Walks on Water

Many people have long suspected Tiger Woods could walk on water and now there is a video to "prove" it. The first look at a long-rumoured "Jesus Shot" has been posted on YouTube, showing Woods hitting a wedge from the middle of a water hazard. Problem is, he does break Rule 13-4 in the process.

Golf Rules Quiz No 3

Tony and Joe are playing a course that is wet and muddy. Both have played their second shots to just short of the green. Joe is away by a few centimetres. Tony, thinking his ball will interfere with Joe's play, marks, lifts and puts it in his pocket so he can hold an umbrella and his clubs.