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TaylorMade P790 irons review – First impressions

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These first appeared as long irons in the bags of a few TaylorMade staff players, but I was delighted to learn that they are available as a full set. And what a delight they are to look at. A really clean and stylish design gives the P790 off-the-charts shelf appeal.

These irons do form part of TaylorMade’s ‘players’ family of irons along with the P770, P750 and P730 but they are more in the middle of the P and M families for me. The size of these irons will give them wide-ranging appeal – anything from low single figures to high teens will be happy looking down on these. The price might reduce that audience slightly – as these are coming in at just over £1,000 for a full set.

It’s a similar route Callaway took with their Epic irons but they haven’t gone quite as far with the pricing. But there’s some serious technology and materials being used here which is why they will cost more than your average set.

 

TaylorMade P790 irons review – The technology

 

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TaylorMade say these irons are offering distance but in a ‘players’ format. There’s a hollow, forged construction with a bit of tungsten for added stability and come cool new material inside the head. Something called Speedfoam is injected into it, which improves the sound and feel but without reducing ball speed off the face.

There’s a very thin carbon steel face which can still flex a lot at impact. We still have the speed pocket in the sole as in the M1 and M2 irons. So this is an iron that has heaps of technology to help improve performance but in a clean look which will appeal to better players.

There’s also a new superlight Dynamic Gold shaft available in these irons which was in the samples I tested. According to TaylorMade, “with P790, we created a forged distance iron that meets the demands of better players and delivers consistent performance for the aspirational golfer. “By combining our new speedfoam with a wrapped face construction, we have engineered an iron that is as beautiful as it is powerful.”

 

TaylorMade P790 irons review – The results

 

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From the first shot to the last, I was incredibly impressed by these. They look stunning but perform even better. I immediately noticed a jump up in ball speeds and carry from my current irons and all with a lovely sound and feel off the face. I was actually taken aback at how good these irons were.

The ball speed was up 4mph on average compare to my current gamer irons which are the Ping G400. This resulted in a greater average carry too. And before you say it, the lofts on the P790 are actually half a degree weaker than the G400. Yes 30.5˚ is very strong for a ‘players’ 7-iron but it’s about standard in the ‘helpful’ irons category. On a really, really good shot there wasn’t much in it, but I felt I was getting more carry and speed more often with the P790 which was a surprise to me.

The only problem with these irons for me would be re-evaluating how far I hit them as would normally pull out a 7-iron when faced with a 150-yard shot. I’d be tempted to pull out a 7-iron if faced with a 165-yard shot if I was carrying the P790. That can only be a good thing as I’d back myself to be more accurate with a 7-iron than a 6-iron.

 

TaylorMade P790 irons verdict:

I’ve never really raved about TaylorMade irons previously. I loved the performance of the M2 but found them very bulky with a less than pleasing sound off the face. The M1 were much more up my street but still have more of a ‘game-improvement’ feel about them. I play off 17 so do need all the help I can get but I still crave an iron that looks proper. And I’m a big believer in using an iron that you like the sound and feel of.

Golf should be enjoyable, you play a lot of money for clubs so why would you want to use something that you didn’t like the look, sound and feel of? The P790 are ticking all the boxes for me and are hands-down the best TaylorMade irons I have ever hit and easily one of the best from any brand I have hit this year. I was also a big fan of the new lightweight Dynamic Gold shaft. It felt premium and was really easy for me to swing – a definite factor in helping me hit good shots.

 

Details

Available: October 16

Set: Available 3-PW with AW and SW

Shafts: True Temper’s Dynamic Gold 105 steel, UST Mamiya’s Recoil 760/780 ES SmacWrap graphite

SRP: Seven irons £1,049/£1,299 (steel/graphite)

 

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“I think he has an opportunity to win 15 or 20 majors or whatever he wants to do if he wants to keep playing. I love his swing, I love his rhythm, I love his moxie. He’s got a little swagger there, it’s a little bit cocky but not offensive.”

When Jack Nicklaus speaks we all sit up and listen so when he suggested, at the back end of 2014, that Rory McIlroy could surpass his major tally of 18 then we could all begin to wonder if he could genuinely be the best ever. The GOAT.

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Nicklaus isn’t one to get carried away like the rest of us, he’s done and seen it all before, but the facts were right there. The boy wonder’s first two majors came courtesy of eight-shot triumphs, his next two, in 2014, came after battling it out against the best in the business: Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson. In between the Open and PGA wins there was also a first WGC title at Firestone, all in the space of four weeks.

Three years and 12 majors later – 4-9-DNP-17-10-MC-5-MC-7-MC-5-22 – we are all wondering where the next tour win is going to come from. The closest he has got to the winner in that period is five shots back. The last victory came at the Tour Championship last September.

I have been lucky enough to interview McIlroy a couple of times. The first time he was still a teenager and full of puppy fat and facial bum fluff, as well as the owner of the most remarkable rapid swing on a range packed with seasoned European Tour pros. Looking along a line of similarly rhythmical movements one stood out, that of the 18-year-old from Northern Ireland, both for the speed and balance as well as the repetitive thud of the ball meeting the 150-yard board in the distance.

The second time was a week after that win at Valhalla in 2014, the last of his major successes. It took place in New York to mark the launch of some new Nike clubs and Tiger Woods, who had begun 2014 as the world No. 1, was also present. Nobody said as much but it seemed to be a handing over of the baton, one player very much on the up, the other unable to hit any balls at the launch and struggling with his back.

This year it has become a weekly guessing game as to what is not clicking for McIlroy. At Augusta he said: “It was quite a consistent, steady Masters for me. I felt like I had an opportunity on Saturday to shoot something in the mid to high 60s and I didn’t quite do that.” As for the early-season rib problems he saw those as more of a positive than negative.

“I feel the time off was more of a blessing. I got to work on some stuff in my short game. I felt as comfortable on the greens here as I ever had, even though I had a couple of three putts. Every time I come back here I’m more and more comfortable.” Erin Hills and his first major as a married man brought an opening 78, despite an early eagle, and a third US Open missed cut since his runaway victory in 2011.

“I hit the fairway on the 10th, and I didn’t hit one on the way in. You cannot play this course if you’re not in position off the tee. Obviously, I paid the price for that.” The rib, he added, was not to blame despite having to miss Wentworth the previous month. As for the Open, at times McIlroy’s golf was sensational. But to begin with it was ordinary at best. After his opening round he admitted, to his great credit as always for telling it like it is, to feeling anxious and nervous.

By the end of the week he said it was his iron play that had mainly let him down, no mention of the putter, the rib or the weather. It proved to be the final outing for his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald.

McIlroy

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Quail Hollow was supposed to be something of a tap-in for McIlroy. Rounds of 66-62 over the weekend in 2010, his first PGA Tour success, and a seven-shot demolition two years ago, which included a third-round 61, meant that he would line up as the favourite for the week albeit on a toughened-up layout. The 20-1 odds available at Birkdale were now down to sevens.

Fifth last week at the Bridgestone, pounding his 3-wood more 300 yards on the range at the start of the week, all the stars seemed to be aligned.

But the numbers on the course didn’t add up. He was second for driving distance but 124th for accuracy off the tee. His total putts were outside the top 50, he was 84th for approaching the green.

But while we all try to calculate the glitch that is short-circuiting his golf McIlroy might now be out for the rest of the year.

The rib problem that he picked up after testing out all that new equipment at the start of the year is still troubling him, something that a few have been whispering for some time.

After signing off his 2017 majors with a 68 McIlroy revealed all, speaking in a resigned manner that we might not see him for quite a while. The hunt for a new caddie can wait.

 

“Right now I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm,” McIlroy said. “It’s sort of the way it has been for the last few weeks. I have upped my practice coming into these events because I wanted to feel like I was in a good place in my game. But right now it’s a tough one because I go out there and play and shoot decent scores, but when I come off the course, I feel my left rhomboid going into spasm. The inside of my left arm goes numb. The more I play, it’s just not allowing that time to heal 100 per cent.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. You might not see my until next year. You might see me in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Coming up is his FedEx Cup defence, then the end-of-season business on the European Tour. But McIlroy’s main thrust, already, is getting ready for Augusta.

“I want to get back into that winner’s circle. You don’t want to be teeing off at 9.45 on the final rounds of a major on a Sunday. That is not where you want to be. The next big thing is April and that’s really what my focus will be on from now until then.”

The good news is he’s got 235 days to get himself sorted.

 

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Before the Open, we asked you to tell us some of your favourite Open memories. There was a flood of great anecdotes, both touching and humorous – and we’ve listed the best below. In fact, there were so many, we decided there should be two winners this month!

Open Memories

 

Dennis – *Star Answer*

“Carnoustie 1999. We were in the stand by the 18th green and watched Jean Van de Velde infamously squander his 3-shot lead. It was freezing, so my partner and I decided to race back to the hotel and watch the play-off in the warmth of our hotel room on television. The schedule was tight to get back in time, so as we drove to the hotel I dropped my partner off and she got a bottle of wine and two glasses and ran upstairs to our room. About a minute later I ran in to the hotel and legged it upstairs as well. I’m not sure what the hotel staff and people in the bar thought, but I doubt that they thought we were rushing upstairs to watch golf!

Incidentally, Paul Lawrie won the three-way play-off.”

While we can’t guess the reaction of the hotel staff, we can confirm that our reaction when reading this memory was to roar with laughter. Thanks for sharing Dennis – enjoy the 12 balls!

 

David – *Star Answer*

“My favourite memory? When I escorted injured soldiers from Afghanistan around Lytham St Anne’s in 2012. It was an absolute honour.”

Good man, David. We hope they had a good day, and we’re sure you will too with some Titleist TruSoft’s!

 

Open Memories

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Ian

Darren Clarke winning The Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club. His victory showed that you should never give up no matter what life throws at you. Throughout his first wife’s illness and her sad demise Darren showed just what a strong, caring and compassionate person he is.

His strength of character, humility and sense of humour helped him cope with his personal tragedy but also served him well when winning The Open. A more fitting winner there has never been, and one that is an example to us all. No matter what life throws at you, people with Darren’s strength and personality will always win through.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, Ian. After the emotional final moments of the 2006 Ryder Cup, where even the most stiff-lipped of us found ourselves with moist eyes, it was a real cathartic celebration to see Darren finally lift the Claret Jug in 2011. The whole golf world smiled that day.

 

Chris

Nick Faldo’s win against Greg Norman in 1996. Although people talk about it as Greg’s collapse, Nick’s tenacity always seems to be overlooked. If Faldo hadn’t been playing well enough to capitalise on Norman’s mistakes, then the title wouldn’t have gone to the Englishman.

I remember watching the closing stages on the edge of my seat willing Faldo to claw the shots back, which he did, inch by inch getting closer to that illustrious jacket. An awesome competition!

That 1996 Open finish is always on the list of best Open moments for a reason, but we agree that Nick Faldo should get more credit than he does for being ready to pounce. Danny Willett would probably agree from experience at the 2016 Masters too!

 

Open Memories

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Russell

When visiting from Zimbabwe, my wife and I were in the stand on the 17th during the final round of the 1994 Open at Turnberry – watching Nick Price sink a fabulous putt to go on to win the Claret Jug.

The icing on the cake was that my godson, Brian Gunson, was Assistant Pro at Turnberry at the time and got drafted in at the last minute to mark the card for Peter Jacobsen. Brian birdied the 18th to rapturous applause from a very appreciative crowd. A never to be forgotten thrill for us to be there for Nick and Brian.

That’s quite a story, Russell. We can only imagine what it must be like to sink a birdie putt on the 18th during an Open, so we’re both amazed and slightly jealous!

 

Deryck

As a callow youth, I attended the 1979 Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes. This may have been Seve’s first Major triumph, but I spent most of the final day following Peter Oosterhuis – who kept putting his shots amongst the television cables that lined the fairways.

On each occasion, he unfailingly thanked us for spotting his ball before launching it in the general direction of the green. A true gentleman. Tis a shame he never won a major.

It’s always heartening to hear stories of pros who are so friendly and polite with the crowd, not to mention giving the rest of us hope about our game when they keep duffing it! Unfortunately, as you say, his kindness was never rewarded with a major – but at least he created a happy Open memory.

 

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How much of Jordan Spieth’s erratic final round at the Open was pure luck? Dan Murphy offers an analysis of the Open champion’s big day at Birkdale…

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Is Jordan Spieth lucky? On six occasions on Sunday alone, and on countless more over his short but incredibly successful career to date, I have found myself reacting with astonishment to where Spieth’s miscues finish – and the scores he salvages from them.
I know I’m not the only one, which is why his catastrophic quadruple at the 12th in the final round of last year’s Masters is indelibly lodged in all our memories.

For me at least, it wasn’t schadenfreude but rather catharsis. There was a sense of justice being done – that someone hitting so many poor shots ought not to be on his way to a Green Jacket.

It’s still hard to credit that Spieth, having played the first 13 holes in four over par yesterday, went on to change personalities and complete the final five in five under to win the Claret Jug.

Poor old Matt Kuchar. He took a one-shot lead to the 14th and went par, birdie, par, birdie. He found himself two shots behind Spieth standing on the final tee. But as sensational as Spieth’s play was down the stretch, it felt to me like he was fortunate still to have still been in contention through 13 holes.

So here’s my analysis of what he did, how he did it and how he got away with it. Is Spieth lucky or are we missing something more profound?

Finds a hardpan lie for his third to the 1st

Spieth’s tee shot finishes on a rough bank. His second is a hack out. It goes straight left on him – towards the fans, more rough and gorse bushes. It comes to rest on a path, from where he pitches on to the green and two-putts for bogey.

Was Spieth lucky?
No and yes. He was unlucky in that his tee shot stuck on the hill when other balls landing there had obeyed gravity and popped out on to the fairway. The second, though, could very easily have ended up in a bush.

Hook off the 6th tee ends on short grass with a clear swing

Spieth’s 3-wood starts left and goes further that way. It is so wide there is lost ball potential – like Rory McIlroy on the 15th later on – but it lands in the spectators and comes to rest on ground where the fans have flattened grass and wood chippings down. The lie is so good he is able to get his 3-wood back out for his 262-yard second shot.

Was Spieth lucky?
Yes, undoubtedly. On the same hole, Kuchar hit a far better tee shot that finished in a weird spot on a hill, next to a bunker, in heavy rough. Spieth went on to save par, while Kuchar took five.

Hook off the 10th tee stays above ground

Spieth hits his driving iron left off the 10th, which doglegs sharply to the left. He is so wide he gets inside the bunkers that protect the inside of the dogleg. Better still, he draws a good lie and because he is travelling on what is almost a straight line from the tee to the green, he only has a wedge in.

Was Spieth lucky?
Yes. From a similar tee shot 24 hours earlier, McIlroy found sand and it led to a momentum-arresting double-bogey six. Normally, there would be a real danger of a lost ball up on that hill. Happily for Jordan, not by the Sunday of an Open week that had seen 235,000 fans marching across Birkdale.

 

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Hook from the 11th fairway ends up in a clear spot on the top of the dune

From the middle of the 11th fairway, Spieth has just a short iron in his hands with the wind blowing from right to left. His approach goes straight left on him and finishes, once more, in the middle of the spectators. He is also short-sided. There is much gunge just a few yards away that could have cost him a penalty drop. As it is, he has a lie that enables him to play a delightful recovery to a few feet. And he saves par once more.

Was Spieth lucky?
Yes, he surely was on this occasion. It was a very poor shot and he got away with it. That said, it’s one thing getting the break and another taking advantage of it. The chip was so good – and the putt still needed holing.

That tee shot on the 13th only costs him a shot

Spieth had a strategy on the 13th all week to drive into the wispy rough to the right of the fairway to take the bunkers out of play. He said he wanted to make sure he didn’t miss left, which he thought was the worst miss.
Bearing in mind that he has hit several shots left up to this point, it’s safe to assume he was guarding against another one. A wet clubface is another factor, according to Spieth. He hits it off the planet – although not quite as wide as some of the more excitable commentators are leading us to believe.

It finishes around 50 yards from the fairway and so presumably 25 to 30 yards right of where he was aiming. It rebounds right on landing, as well, possibly off some poor unfortunate’s head. At least, I think it does.

Was Spieth lucky?
He was certainly lucky to find his ball because it bounced on to the far side of the dunes to an area where there were no spectators.
The way he handled the situation from there on, though, was a lesson to any golfer, professional or amateur.
Which of us wouldn’t have taken a swipe and probably ended up in even more trouble? That would have resulted in a six or more.
Spieth realised that by going back on to the practice ground he could make five. And what a five it was. He got his third back on to the golf course and within the vicinity of the green. Then he re-entered the arena, apologised to Kuchar for the delay and calmly chipped and putted.

Brilliant course management. Brilliant execution.
It felt to me that from the moment Spieth had the good fortune to find his ball, he had mentally written down a five on his scorecard and moved on to the 14th tee to start again.

Wide tee shot on 17 is harmless and leads to a birdie

By now, Spieth has a two-shot lead, making the tee shot on the 17th crucial. The hole doglegs from right to left and the wind is blowing from left to right. Spieth doesn’t really know where his ball is going off the tee so this is a stressful shot.
It’s probably the last moment where he can lose the championship.
He knows he has a two-way miss at his disposal. Wisely, he chooses not to fight the wind and squeezes one down the right. It isn’t good but nor is it disastrous. It is 15 yards right of the fairway, right of the bunkers, and the ball is still visible when it stops.

Was Spieth lucky?
No, this was just very smart play. OK, he drew a better than average lie but he also knew he would find his ball over there and, all things being equal, be able to advance it far enough to get a wedge in his hand for his third shot.
Which, in Jordan’s world, is birdie time. Even though he had to stop his swing halfway through his pitch after a snapper went too early.
In trying to take a tight line, Kuchar’s drive got stuck on the side of the dune – a much more dangerous spot and one that Spieth wisely avoided.

So is Spieth lucky or not?

Yes and no. He certainly drew a couple of good breaks but, make no mistake, Spieth’s course management is in a league of its own. Especially when compared to the likes of McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. It also helps when your short game is as sharp as Spieth’s – a part of the game he doesn’t get enough credit for.
We already know how good his wedges are and likewise his putting. His rationale when not swinging well is just to give himself a chance with the clubs he is best at. He’s also masterful at making the most of a good break, which is a special skill in itself.
Many of us, even having got our ball to within a chip of the 13th green in three, could still have run up a six of seven. But not Jordan.
It just goes to show that a strong mind is more than a match for a strong long game – at least some of the time.

 

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The LPGA’s ban on plunging necklines, short skirts and leggings only makes golf look more boring and old-fashioned, writes Harriet Shephard.

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We all know that to grow women’s golf, we need to get rid of its archaic, stuffy image and make it seem more welcoming and fun. But with brands like Nike and Puma releasing increasingly fashionable golf clothing, inspiring young tour pros to make it look cool and fun, it seemed that things were heading in the right direction.

But then along came the LPGA and its updated dress code, with its eyes fixed on destroying any progress. The body has announced that players are now banned from wearing “offensive” items like plunging necklines, skirts below a certain length, and leggings.

Excuse me? This is just another thing that makes you hold your head in your hands and feel completely embarrassed. Player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman detailed the new rules in an email to all LPGA players. They included:

  • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback)
  • Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
  • Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
  • Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
  • Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  • Workout gear and jeans (all colours) NOT allowed inside the ropes
  • Joggers are NOT allowed

The penalty for breaking any of these rules is a $1,000 fine, which doubles with each offence.

Really where to start with the many, many things that are wrong with this list… Firstly, who on the tour is going around exposing their ‘bottom area’? And who even uses that phrase?

Yes, skorts might blow up, but the whole point of them is that this doesn’t really matter because you’re wearing shorts underneath.
The fine seems incredibly unfair. Particularly as the players need to wear the clothes that the sponsors supply them with, so it’s not like they have a great deal of choice in what they choose. The capitalisation of every ‘NOT’ in the email is also woefully condescending.

It makes you wonder what angered the LPGA into sending such a severe list. What was the final straw that resulted in such a steep fine being imposed? Was it Michelle Wie wearing yet another stylish racer-back top? It’s bizarre to think that this was offending anyone.
A top doesn’t need a collar in order to look smart, and leggings can look just as good, if not better, than a frumpy pair of golf trousers.

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It’s sad that Wie, who I think is the best-dressed player on the tour, is going to have to abandon nearly all of her enviable Nike wardrobe if she wants to avoid a hefty fine.
Many of the other players will also have to reassess their outfits. It seems that freedom of expression is clearly not a thing in professional golf.

Most of the players are teenagers and young women in their 20s. It is normal that they want to look their best. When they’re on TV with the world watching they should at least feel good in what they’re wearing.
Golf is obviously a physical activity that’s often played in very hot weather. No-one looks down on athletes in other sports for showing some skin. We aren’t disgusted with Jessica Ennis-Hill for showing off her magnificant abs when she competes, and Wimbledon doesn’t ban tennis players from wearing skorts. But of course this is golf, so logic doesn’t always apply.

As a guess, I’d say these rules are designed to deter the players from ‘sexualising’ the sport or becoming social media sensations like Paige Spiranac, who at least makes golf look fun and fashionable.
But there’s a different between dressing in modern, flattering clothes and taking sexy selfies in a low cut top. Yes the players should proudly represent the tour and do them proud, but they shouldn’t be stopped from being normal young women. A player wearing a vest with no collar is hardly as shocking or provocative as Kylie Jenner posting Instagram snaps in her underwear.

Teen Vogue has accused the LPGA of “slut shaming” female players, while golf writer Robert Lusetich also criticised the list on Twitter:


Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA Tour’s chief communications and operations officer, told Golf Digest: “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends.”

Granted you couldn’t get away with wearing what Wie does in most golf clubs. But it should be the other way round; the clubs should change their dress codes, not the LPGA. After holding the US Women’s Open at Trump National, this is the second time that the LPGA’s decisions have been criticised recently.
Nobody is going to be enticed by a sport where you have to panic about what you’re meant to wear. For any other sport you could wear a pair of leggings or shorts without fear of being judged.

These claims about wanting to get more young women and girls into golf are all well and good, but with embarrassing rules like these making the headlines, it’s clearer than ever that golf just needs to relax and embrace 2017.

 

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We recently ran a survey about how to get more women playing golf, unveiling a selection of the best responses we received shortly afterwards. The response was so overwhelming that we decided to turn the power of our dedicated golfing audience to the just-as-difficult task of getting more young people playing golf too – and you didn’t disappoint. Here are some of the best.

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*Allan – Star Answer*

Let kids play for free, as long as they are with an adult. Additionally, offer free golf lessons for groups of children.

Clearly the best way to get more youngsters playing golf is to make it cheaper and easier to play, and what is cheaper than free? What’s more, in a group atmosphere it’s easier to create the friendly competition and camaraderie that is so crucial to golf as we know it.

 

Keith

Low cost membership options aligned with shorter competitions.  Plus, a more relaxed dress code e.g. allowing trainers on the course as they do less damage to greens than spikes.

More than just free lessons, making ‘junior’ memberships even cheaper – or perhaps making them ‘weekend-only’ would allow keen young golfers to be a part of the club – while short tournaments would give them motivation and something to aim for. As for dress code, as long as they stick to the colours of the club – we can’t see an issue with dark trainers, but perhaps not for the competitions. That way there’s a serious match standard at the end.

 

Suze

Have forward tees at every club, have fun days where they can involve parents, integrate them with the older generation so there is a seamless transition.

There’s nothing wrong with a learning curve, is there? As an alternative to the shorter competitions, playing golf with further forward tees are a good way of keeping round length down and motivation up. If it was paired with a ‘fun’ day, whether that’s themed or charity-focussed – who wouldn’t want to join in?

 

Lee

Teenagers love comparing themselves to others in online games and competitions. I suggest Stats and League tables available for comparing with others nationally. It could be based on an individual’s performance against course difficulty including some sort of rating scale for weather.

While difficult to create, leaderboards and rewards would be an excellent way of getting teens golfing more. Whether it’s an app which the chance to unlock clothing, balls and even equipment for consistent practise and play – it would be a masterstroke. The only difficulty is getting the majority of clubs or manufacturers to sign up for it. Over to you, European Tour?

 

Tony

Introduce a golf day out to a local course for schools. The local can show kids how to use a club and hit a ball, plus show some of the advantages and the enjoyment of the game.

There are so many other sports that get taught at school, it has always seemed a shame that golf isn’t often one of them. We appreciate that the equipment and injury dangers involved are usually what put schools off, so the idea of taking the kids to the course rather than visa versa is a good idea. That way, the golf club already has the equipment and facilities needed, and in return might just get some lifelong members!