own worse enemy

How to combat your self destruct


  You are your own worst enemy Golf will beat you up, you don’t need to add to the beating! Sometimes we forget why we play this beautiful game. I frequently see golfers on the course berating themselves for playing a bad a shot. Without realising it, they are actually doing more harm and wrecking any chance... Read more »

Caged Tiger

Release your caged tiger


  . I recently heard a fabulous analogy to describe how we typically train for golf that explains why we find ourselves struggling when playing in competition. 90% of coaching and training is carried out in a controlled environment, such as at a range or putting green. What we haven’t appreciated is that this is setting us to... Read more »

Peaks and Dales

Other Activities – Peaks and Dales


Accommodation . Peak Edge Hotel Family owned 4 star modern boutique hotel Countryside location near Chesterfield 26 ensuite bedrooms Red Lion Bar & Bistro – award winning Gastro Pub Peak Edge Hotel – Darley Road, Stonedge, Chesterfield, S45 0LW 01246 566142   –   www.peakedgehotel.co.uk . Best Western Lee Wood Hotel Close proximity to both... Read more »

Shirland Golf Club

Shirland Golf Club


On the southern edge of Peaks and Dales and hidden away at the head of a picturesque Derbyshire valley this established 18 hole course takes advantage of the breathtaking countryside yet is only a few minutes away from junction 28 of the M1. Shirland’s manicured and easy walking layout combines brilliantly with the areas rugged... Read more »

125 years – South Staffs GC


The South Staffordshire Club is always a special visit. Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Wolverhampton, a traditional members club with a much admired parkland course that never fails to impress. Messrs Vardon, Colt, Braid and more recently Donald Steel have all played their parts in creating a layout that charms, teases and yields a low score very reluctantly.

Pro Focus – Daniel Parkes


Dan's the Man - Joining MG to sit alongside Anders Mankert in the magazine is Daniel Parkes (main image, left), a two time national award winning Advanced PGA Professional. Daniel is in charge of building a new academy brand at Charnwood Golf Complex near Loughborough in Leicestershire.

Robin Hood

The Legend of Robin Hood GC


“ Some of the best greens I've played, anywhere in the world. I wouldn't think Augusta's are quicker than these, and that's no exaggeration.”The words of European Tour event winner Van Phillips following his appearance at the TP Tour event at Solihull's Robin Hood Golf Club in 2015.

Two new GolfBuddy watches

Two new GolfBuddy watches on the market


GolfBuddy, the world-leading developer of distance measuring devices made exclusively for golfers, is introducing two new models of GPS watch for 2017, including its most advanced ever model WTX.

Go North Wales


The best outdoor adventure activities in the world. Brilliant beaches. Thrilling mountain scenery. Fascinating ancient culture and heritage wherever you turn. North Wales has all this in abundance, and a whole lot more!

Snowdonia - A walk on the wildside

Snowdonia – A Walk on the Wild Side


Snowdonia Golf - 5 amazingly good reasons to travel just that little bit further off the beaten path of North Wales golf. Five great golf clubs who have joined forces to offer a superb variety of golf to visitors this year. Plus, they're offering all visiting golfers a wonderful opportunity to sample it for yourselves this spring with a very special offer indeed.

Erewash Valley Golf Club

New Range for Erewash Valley


A Derbyshire golf club has started work on a brand new covered 12-bay driving range, which it plans to open up to local schools and members of the public to encourage more people to take up the sport.

Zoom golf gloves

Zoom – Fits like a glove


With its ‘One Size Fits All’ technology, ZOOM is designed to fit YOUR handBuying a glove is a tricky business. Every golfer knows the routine. Under the disapproving glare of the club Pro you un-wrap, force it on, flex your hand and then badly re-pack gloves in an effort to find the one that fits best. A slightly baggy palm, a tiny pinch on the knuckle, unless you’re blessed with a model hand of exact M, M/L, or L proportions your glove will be the best fit you can find, not the perfect fit.

Spring – The Manor is alive again


It's been a long winter for all Midlands golf but one Staffordshire club in particular can't wait for the spring to start. With a new club professional Phil Cary starting at the back end of summer 2016 and a new greenkeeping regime out there on the golf course

Dannyal Spalding

Daanyal sets his sights on the big time


MG are pleased to introduce a new young professional to our ranks. We met up with him at Four Ashes Golf Centre near Solihull earlier this month, Mandy chatted to him while we watched him take a few swings, take a look below.

Big Max golf bag

Big Max adds to award winning Aqua bag range


New styles designed to make life on the course that little bit easierThe AQUA golf bag range from BIG MAX is set to expand for another season as the brand adds two innovative new designs to the award winning series.

Brain Train4 course management

BrainTrain4 – Course Management


Following on from our highly successful golf psychology evening last week at Branston G&CC in Staffs, there was one topic that appears to have resonated with several people. So this week, I've decided to dedicate the blog to course management to show how changing your thought process can have a dramatic effect.

G/Fore clothing

‘Disruptive’ G/Fore goes to the top of the class


G/FORE has shown once again it can be relied upon to influence others with its 2017 autumn/winter collection. While other school reports from the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando might have read "must do better", G/FORE was in the good books with its Disruptive Luxury theme, which encapsulated the brand's trademark innovative design with a hint of unconventional mischief.

Quattro - Big Max

Quattro – From Big Max


When the biggest names want stability and traction they turn to 4-wheel drive. So as BIG MAX sets its sights on tackling golf’s toughest terrain, it’s quite natural that the answer from the innovation leader in push trolley technology is the 4-wheel Blade Quattro.

Lamkin z5 grips

Lamkin introduces Z5 grips


Lamkin Corporation– the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – is introducing its latest innovation - Z5 - to the U.K. and European golf market from February 2017. Designed to deliver maximum control, comfort and consistency with every swing, Z5 boasts 5 distinct zones, each delivering a specific functional advantage.

Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Gaudet Luce – Major host


This is a modern golf and leisure complex that doesn’t like to sit still and the steady growth in popularity of the club since its opening in 1995 has enabled the family ownership to put investment back into the course and facilities.

Ella's Inspiration

Ella’s inspiration – This Girl is Golf


I set up GL GOLF Academy in 2012 with a vision to 'Inspire The Next Generation' of golfers in Birmingham and the West Midlands into the game. In recent years my focus has been predominantly on encouraging young people in the game to experience the social and life skills is has to offer.

Pro Focus – Mark & Lisa Shervill


Husband and wife coaching team Mark and Lisa Shervill are bringing their unique brand of performance based teaching to South Staffordshire, teaming up with the club's Director of Golf, Ryder Cup and European Tour star Peter Baker.

Maybole


Golf South Ayrshire Golf South Ayrshire operates 8 superb courses throughout the region. Each course boasts its own unique history, challenges and stunning Scottish scenery, alongside illustrious neighbours Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. With a variety of different types to choose from ranging from links to parkland, each of our courses has its own... Read more »

Dalmilling


Golf South Ayrshire Golf South Ayrshire operates 8 superb courses throughout the region. Each course boasts its own unique history, challenges and stunning Scottish scenery, alongside illustrious neighbours Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. With a variety of different types to choose from ranging from links to parkland, each of our courses has its own... Read more »

Girvan


Golf South Ayrshire Golf South Ayrshire operates 8 superb courses throughout the region. Each course boasts its own unique history, challenges and stunning Scottish scenery, alongside illustrious neighbours Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. With a variety of different types to choose from ranging from links to parkland, each of our courses has its own... Read more »

Troon Links


Golf South Ayrshire Golf South Ayrshire operates 8 superb courses throughout the region. Each course boasts its own unique history, challenges and stunning Scottish scenery, alongside illustrious neighbours Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. With a variety of different types to choose from ranging from links to parkland, each of our courses has its own... Read more »

Belleisle Park


Golf South Ayrshire Golf South Ayrshire operates 8 superb courses throughout the region. Each course boasts its own unique history, challenges and stunning Scottish scenery, alongside illustrious neighbours Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry and Prestwick. With a variety of different types to choose from ranging from links to parkland, each of our courses has its own... Read more »

Morley Hayes

Morley Hayes – the full package


A major East Midlands player, Morley Hayes truly has it all, you can play, learn, socialise and get your head down. All ages and abilities of golfer are welcomed and share the off course charms with many non-golfing visitors, diners, hotel guests and businesses. A hive of activity, in this special feature we introduce you to it all, and new for 2017 the complex is now introducing membership packages for the very first time.

Scotscraig


Part of the ‘Links with History‘ Play 5 Golfing Jewels – Set in the Kingdom of Fife Links with History is a unique golf pass offering the opportunity to play top quality Championship golf at great value. Developed by four Scotland’s leading golf clubs, the pass provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ to book and play rounds of... Read more »

The Home of Golf – Our tale


In November 2016 Midlands Golfer released our biggest ever travel supplement, a feature that had been eight months in the making. If you're talking about labour of love it can't get a lot better than a Golf in Scotland guide.

Perfect Pitching


Perfect Pitching David Fulcher – Quick tips The short game is a very unstated area of the game, and one which we are all guilty of not practicing enough. Improving your short game can have a greater impact on lowering scores and improving your handicap without even changing your long game technique. Question: Do you... Read more »

The ‘Pill’ – Bringing Focus To Your Game


The 'Pill' is taking the short game coaching world by storm. It’s a golf ball with each of its sides cut off, think car tyre. If a car tyre doesn’t roll straight it wobbles or falls flat on it’s side, so does The 'Pill'. With a putter in your hand you have to strike The 'Pill' with a square club face

Improve your bunker play!


Improve your bunker play! Quick Tips – David Fulcher Bunker shots can be a feared area of the short game; the worry of not getting it out of the sand or hitting too far are common responses I hear. Professionals commonly say they would rather be in the bunker than chipping at certain times, why... Read more »

Game Golf – Play. See. Share. Compare


PLAY YOUR GAME AND TRACK YOUR GAME WITH GAME GOLF - Like other technology devices that have come before it, GameGolf records your rounds and analyzes your performance. But it does this with unparalleled ease and sophistication.

Upwardly mobile – Redditch GC


Fortunes are continuing on an upward curve at Redditch Golf Club. This popular members club situated on the outskirts of the Worcestershire town is a current European Challenge Tour qualifying host, when the Bridgestone Challenge comes to town annually. The course was also voted No1 in Worcestershire in the 2016 Midlands Golfer course rankings, and no13 in the full region as a whole.

Bloxwich GC – Black Country Magic


Founded in 1923, a warm Black Country welcome awaits at this peaceful and very accessible South Staffordshire location. A mature, undulating, parkland course of distinctive character, Bloxwich makes full use of its natural hazards to provide a testing round of golf and a real sense of achievement for players of all levels.

Away from it all – Druids Heath GC


A secluded stretch of delightful parkland to discover on the Staffordshire/West Midlands border, Druids Heath is a traditional members club offering a very friendly welcome to all visitors and a peaceful ‘away from it all’ playing experience.

Design + Execution + Precision


Over the summer Midlands Golfer got to test some of the world's finest handmade putters from KRONOS. The reality is, whatever putter you use requires constant practice, and the shift to a more expensive putter isn't going to bring you instant results.

Optimize Your Putting with T-Stroke


T-STROKE - Alignment, Rhythm & Connection - We put the T-stroke to the test with Phil Nicholas, MG Editor. Phil is an inherent 'Lefty' and a bit of a putting demon on the green, so putting the T-stroke in his capable hands makes sense and hopefully will highlight that this piece of equipment is suitable for all levels of golfers.

Get your Chipping up to Par!


The short game, especially green side chipping can be the difference to playing to your handicap or dropping those few shots which can leave you frustrated and thinking, only if I chipped the ball closer on those two holes I would have played to my handicap.

Nuneaton GC – Home from home


The fortunes of Nuneaton Golf Club are doing rather nicely of late, a rate of progress to compare favourably with their famous son. Locally born Andy Sullivan played his golf here from picking up a club at the age of ten. He still lives in the area and during his downtime away from the European Tour is often to be found on the fairways of Nuneaton, still playing money games with old mates.

Get to grips with your Putter


Andy Gorman. PGA Golf Professional, Former Jamaica National Coach, Specialist Putting Consultant since 2006 Playing golf for over 35 years and PGA qualified coach since 1993. Putting coach to Solheim Cup star and LET tour winner Charley Hull and numerous PGA European Tour stars as well as club pros and recreational golfers.

Nottinghamshire GC

Midlands Golfer – 2017 Rankings


Time to vote once again in the second annual Midlands Golfer club and course rankings. We have seven categories for you this time, including a new one, favourite hole in the region.

SkyCaddie launches SkyTrak in the UK


The new SkyTrak™ Personal Golf Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator arrives in the UK  priced at £1,695, although golfers in the UK can place their pre-orders now either direct from www.skytrakgolf.com or from their local golf professional. SkyTrak is a joint venture between SkyCaddie parent company SkyGolf, and digital technology company SportTrak. It combines the... Read more »

leamington

The Progress Continues…….At Leamington & County


Leamington and County GC has the experience of over 100 years of golfing tradition combined with a healthy modern attitude to bringing new golfers into the game.Leamington have undertaken some course developments this year too, a slightly altered layout now exists with a re-route and two changed holes which include a new 18th. A joint editor's visit was required to check it all out, Mandy and myself chose the hottest day of the year to do it!

The Emerald Isle – Bill & Phil’s Excellent Adventure – Part II


Club Choice Ireland are the experts at tailor made golf packages to the East & South East of Ireland.This is a golf tour company with a difference… when they say ‘experienced’ and ‘personalised’ they mean it. The background to Club Choice Ireland is a father and son duo (Larry & Tiernan Byrne) with over 40 years combined experience in bringing golfers into Ireland. You only need to spend a few minutes in their company to know that they are genuinely passionate about their region as a golfing destination and in April we got the chance to experience it first-hand…