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How to write a good golf club review…

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

how to write a golf club reviewAs the way we consume media and buy products and services changes, it is now becoming commonplace for internet users to leave a golf club review for other consumers.

So much so, that 78% of consumers now say they DO NOT make a purchase before doing research. We asked Ian Mullins (MD of TheSocialGolfer.com), what makes for a good review?

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When writing a golf club review it is important that you are both object and fair in your judging criteria.

In addition, it is important that your review is not based on the quality of the golf you played on the day but on the club and course itself.

There are four main criteria that we at the socialgolfer.com believe you should consider in your testimonial and here are some suggestions of the topics you should cover in your golf club review…

Clubhouse & Catering – Was the course easy to find? What is the history and provenance of the club? Is the Clubhouse clean and welcoming? Were the staff friendly? Was the food to your satisfaction? How were you treated by the staff in the Proshop? Were the changing facilities clean and tidy?

Quality of the Course – Describe the layout of the course e.g. Parkland, Woodland, Links? What condition were the tee boxes, the fairways? Were the Greens well maintained? Was there good signage between the holes? Was there a particularly memorable hole you liked?

Practice Facilities – Were there designated areas for Putting, Chipping etc. Was there a range? Do they offer tuition packages? Were the Pro’s on hand to advise you about the set-up and course? Is there information on club and course available?

Value For Money – Give an account of the cost of your round. Did you take advantage of any offers? Was the overall experience matched by the Green Fee? Were you treated as a welcome visitor or an interloper?

how to write a golf club reviewAs we look ahead, like many other industries, golf club and golf centres around the UK and beyond, will have to start taking notice of their visitors, as well as their members.

Leaving a golf club review after you have visited a course, not only allows you to remember your experience before returning to the club again but this is also a valuable service for your fellow golfing “nomads”.

Finally, as golf courses become more and more reliant on visitors rather than members, we believe this will force all golf clubs to improve their service for all.

So next time you sit down to write a golf club review, either on thesocialgolfer.com or rival golf platform, think about who else may be reading it, and what information you would like to know, before booking a tee time.

#goodluck


By Ian Mullins

The Social Golfer named Media Partner at World Golf Awards…

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

World Golf AwardsGolf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations….

The 2017 World Golf Awards will focus on the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry.

Now in its fourth year, World Golf Awards recognises and celebrates the crème de la crème in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations from across the globe.

The awards, voted for by golfers worldwide, aim to raise the bar for golf experiences and sit as part of the World Travel Awards, which have been rewarding quality across the leisure and tourism sector for 24 years.

However, we can also proudly announce that for the first time, this year,  TheSocialGolfer.com will be an Official Media Partner for the awards!


World Golf Awards v2The World Golf Awards – Who’s involved…

While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards strives to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.

The voting will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.

Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).

The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence.

Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.

The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.

The World Golf Awards – Dates & Deadlines…

Stakeholders from across the golf hospitality industry are being invited to cast their ballots as voting opens ahead of the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2017.

The worldwide voting process begins on 14th March 2017 and closes 1st October 2017.

World Golf Awards Managing Director, Christopher Frost, said: “Voting is now open ahead of the World Golf Awards 2017, as we begin preparations for the fourth annual event. With voting now open it is down to you, the voters, to decide who we will recognise with our prestigious trophies.”

The World Golf Awards – This year’s nominees…

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 The World Golf Awards – Last year’s winners…

Sir Nick Faldo led the winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the prestigious title of Golf Course Designer of the Year.

Also celebrating was England’s The Belfry, recognised as Europe’s Best Golf Hotel, while Quinta do Lago took the title of Europe’s Best Golf Venue.

Hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast ahead of the Gala Ceremony, which was hosted by the Conrad Algarve in Portugal.

St Andrews Links – Old Course was also among the winners, successfully defending the titles of Europe’s Best Golf Course and World’s Best Golf Course which it won in 2015.

A duo of unique awards were also presented at the event, with Richard Tessel, chief executive of easyGolf Worldwide Australia, taking the title of World Golf Awards Travel Personality of the Year 2016.

At the same time golf trainer David Leadbetter was recognised with the World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.

Event partner Quinta do Lago again offered World Golf Awards guests a chance to enjoy its three award-winning championship golf courses – the South Course, Laranjal and the North Course, which was co-designed by Beau Welling and European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley. Each has been expertly designed to complement its natural surroundings while offering its own set of unique challenges.

Find a full list of winners can be found here

Finally, as an Official Media Partner of this event, The Social Golfer Team will keep you up to date with details of the awards and will announce the winners directly following the event.


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Women & Golf Magazine PUMA & COBRA – Reader Day…

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Women & Golf Magazine PUMA & COBRA – Reader Day – The Course…Women & Golf Magazine

The tree-lined golf course at Silvermere is a true test of golf located in the heart of Surrey. The first six holes are sure to get the pulse racing with tight fairways, challenging approaches and great views.

However, the course is probably most renowned for the 17th and 18th holes which are played over Silvermere Lake.

The 18th hole finishes into a semi-island green that has been recently re-built, offering a spectacular finishing hole.

For players, there is the thrill of hitting over the lake onto the island target. For the visitors enjoying the ‘Inn on the Lake’ there is always the hope of watching another ball confined to a watery grave.

The course was designed by Neil Coles and Brian Hugget and opened for play in 1976.
Whilst it is not a long course by modern standards, the combination of tree lined fairways and the succession of water holes makes it a particularly challenging course. Playing to your handicap is a real achievement at Silvermere.

Silvermere, however, really should be better known for its former use as the site where Barnes Wallis tested his famous Dambuster bouncing bomb.

In the film and more recent TV documentaries, you may recall scenes where Barnes Wallis used a huge catapult to fire mini prototypes across a lake to test whether they should use forward or back spin, a spherical or cylindrical shape or a smooth or dimpled surface.

Women & Golf MagazineThese tests were all conducted on Silvermere Lake, so if you stick the ball in the drink on the 17th or 18th just put it down to scientific endeavour and be consoled by the thought that your ball has joined other valuable objects in the water…

Silvermere is also well known for its extensive Golf Store situated at the club.

Want to play in the Women & Golf Magazine PUMA & COBRA – Reader Day?

To book a place, email kim.wild@womenandgolf.com. If you have any queries, please call 0207 434 0995


*Offer available on Thursday 6th July only. Discount excludes the purchase of waterproofs, accessories, headwear, shoes and golf equipment. Excludes sale items.

Els joins forces with The Golf Trust…

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Golf Trust today announces a new partnership with The Els for Autism Foundation, including a programme of activity to offer UK individuals on the autism spectrum the opportunity to use golf as a life skills and physical development tool.

The Els for Autism Foundation – The background…

Established in 2009 by PGA TOUR golfer Ernie Els and his wife Liezl (residents of Jupiter, FL) shortly after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism.

The charity will deliver Els for Autism’s structured 12-session #GameON Autism™ Golf programme, with the first initiatives taking place at five North London venues.

These include The Village School in Kingsbury and Mapledown School in Brent Cross, working with The Shire London in Barnet, and the Belvue School working with the West London Golf Centre, both in Northolt.

A #GameON pilot 12-session programme involving eight individuals on the autism spectrum has been running at T he Village School and The Shire London since November 2016, led by The Golf Trust’s Cae Menai-Davis and Chris Whitelegg.

This first programme will end in February 2017, after a final progress assessment, and it is the first #GameON programme to take place in the UK, after USA pilots involving 100 children in seven cities ran in 2015-16.

The global #GameON rollout is scheduled to start in 2017.

The second UK #GameON pilot 12-session programme started at the West London Golf Centre on January 13th, 2017, led by The Golf Trust’s Nigel Lawrence and Tom Talbot, again involving eight individuals, this time from the nearby Belvue School.

The third will start at The Shire London on January 31st, 2017, in conjunction with Mapledown School.

The Golf Trust…

The Gofl Trust & Els For Autism37 Golf Trust coaches based in the South East of England have already been trained to deliver #GameON Autism Golf programme, and plans are in place to offer similar training to the majority of The Golf Trust’s 221 golf coaches in the UK and in the Caribbean, over the next two years.

For PGA Professionals, CPD points are available for those who go through autism training.

It is a huge step for us to partner with an organisation with the stature of The Els For Autism Foundation” said The Golf Trust co-founder, Cae Menai-Davis.

Their work is recognised around the world, and we are delighted to have been chosen to run their first #GameON Autism Golf programme outside the USA.

She went on to say… “Autism is more common than you think. Around 700,000 individuals in the UK are affected by autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. It touches the lives of almost 3 million people every day, if you include family members and carers.”

“Over the coming years, the #GameON programmes which Golf Trust golf coaches will run will help hundreds of individuals on the autistic spectrum to progress their journey both as people, and in golf.”

“Bringing the Els for Autism Foundation’s deep knowledge of the condition to our coaches will further strengthen the bonds we develop with community groups and schools everywhere, as our own outreach programmes expand.”

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Golf Trust to bring golf to people with autism of all levels of ability in the UK using evidence-based teaching strategies”, says Dr. Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs and Operations for the Els for Autism Foundation USA.

“Golf brings the structure, repetition, and individualised goals that foster success in people with autism. Using the game as a tool to teach life skills is the added benefit of our program.

“All activity is intended to both raise the national awareness of what golf can offer to people on the autistic spectrum, and of course also to benefit the people who personally participate in the programmes.”

With a maximum size of just eight people, over the 12-session programme the #GameON coaches and their pupils form a very close and rewarding personal bond which is tremendously beneficial both to player and coachsaid Menai-Davis.

“With encouraging early results coming in from the first pilot programme, The Golf Trust is planning a rapid expansion of the Els for Autism #GameON Autism Golf programme across the UK.”

With almost 200 The Golf Trust coaches across the UK still to receive their #GameON training, we have plenty of work to do before we can claim that the benefits of golf for autistic people are being properly explained and coached across the country” he said.

So in 2017 we will train more coaches and parents, forge links with more schools and communities, run more programmes and bring the benefits of #GameON to hundreds more individuals with autism across the UK. This will be an exceptionally rewarding part of our own progression as a new charity, as we approach our five-year anniversary.”


For more information on The Els for Autism Foundation – Click Here

Winter Rates at The Shire….

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

the-shire-golf-clubThe Shire, the only course in the UK designed by Seve Ballesteros is rated London’s #1 overall golf experience by online golfers, has announced its latest Legends Winter Golf prices for the off-season in 2016…

The Shire – Winter Rates…

From November 1st 2016 it’s just £37.50 per golfer for the Legends Winter Four-ball at The Shire London, with pre-golf coffee and bacon rolls, a round on the Ballesteros Masters Course, and post-golf hot soup all included.

Your four-ball must tee off before 10am, and the offer is valid from Monday to Thursday until March 31st 2017.

The deal is also available on Fridays for just £40 per golfer.

During the same period, the Legends Winter Society Golf deal offers superb value for twelve golfers or more at just £40 per golfer from Monday to Wednesday, with the society organiser playing for free.

The price rises slightly to £45 per golfer on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Society deal includes pre-golf coffee and bacon rolls, a round on the Ballesteros Masters Course, and a one-course Golfer’s Meal post-round.

Your society will also enjoy a private dining area and a dedicated Starter, with Long Drive and Nearest The Pin competitions and prizes also included in the price.

The Shire – The Club…

The Shire Londothe-shire-winter green feesn is a 27-hole facility near Barnet, north London, featuring the only Severiano Ballesteros-designed golf course in the UK.

Its 18-hole Ballesteros Masters Course measures 7,028 yards, with six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s.

Its 9-hole Ballesteros Challenge Course features a mix of par 3s and 4s, and is the ideal introduction to golf for all ages and abilities.

The Shire Academy is one of the leading teaching centres in the south of England, and with the tranquil setting of the golf course, first class conference rooms and a top-rated restaurant.

The Shire London is also a well-equipped and popular venue for golf societies, corporate golf days, conferencing and banqueting.

It is situated two minutes from the M25/A1(M) South Mimms junction, with easy access to the motorway network.

Sister facility the West London Golf Centre is a high-quality golf facility located near Northolt in West London, open to the public.

One of London’s best-equipped golf centres, WLGC features a 9-hole, 3,037 Yard Par 36 golf course; a floodlit 26-bay range; a Dinosaur Adventure Golf attraction; a Putting & Short Game Zone; a 4,500sq ft American golf superstore offering custom-fitting.

There is also a Scott Cranfield golf school; and the fully-licensed Coffee House bar and restaurant.

Another 18 holes will soon be available on the adjacent West London Links, a brand-new championship-length golf course.

The Shire London, West London Golf Centre and West London Links are created, owned and operated by The Bridgedown Group.

The Group has also announced plans to create The Dye London club near Edgware in north London, bringing world-famous golf architects Dye Designs to the UK for the first time.

The Bridgedown Group is a family-run business involving Tony and Anne Menai-Davis and their sons Ceri and Cae.

The Shire – What they said…

We are incredibly flattered to be have been rated London’s #1 right through 2016, and I invite all UK golfers to come and see how much we care about remaining in the top spot.

“At our heart we have the tremendously enjoyable Ballesteros Masters Course, which is Seve’s unique and lasting legacy to golf in the UK. Around that, we have tried to create an equally enjoyable experience for all visitors, whether they are members, guests, golf day or green fee customers, or indeed non-golfers who just come here to enjoy the atmosphere.” Said Club Director Ceri Menai-Davis.

The Shire – Booking a Tee Time…

See www.theshirelondon.com for full details or call 0208 441 7649 to make a booking.

You can also email mailto:golf@theshirelondon.com to enquire about a tee time, and bookings can also be made via the website.


By Andy Hiseman

Sharing a Golf Buggy – Confessions of a Golf Addict Pt 3

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Sharing a Golf Buggy

Let me introduce myself, my name is Paul and I’m a golf addict!

Playing golf socially with friends can be a pleasing experience, add a bit of competition and it makes the experience even more enthralling. Sharing a Golf Buggy with unknown opposition is an entirely different matter!

Sharing a Golf Buggy– It all started with such good intentions…

I’ve now been playing golf for a couple of years just monthly, in the society about ten times a year.

My handicap has stuck at the agreed 32 mark; I’m not really competing at events but still thoroughly enjoying my new past time. The golf shop in Chelmsford market (sadly no longer there) is a source for new or second-hand equipment.

I’ve now secured a set of graphite Mizuno TZoid clubs, a mix and match group of woods and rescues, with a broom handle putter.

John the proprietor of the golf shop spots my enthusiasm and tries to assist in me acquiring all the right gear.  The putter is his idea, he also states that Henry Cotton had all his clubs the same length something I should consider?

This we did, I traded in the Mizuno’s (after a few rounds) for a set of Callaway Hawk Eyes which he fitted to all the same length other than the sand and gap wedge. So it was me who inspired Bryson Dechambeau!

Anyhow now clad in my new golfing attire and with the newly fitted clubs I arrived at Burnham Golf Club fit for purpose or so I think.

I’m drawn in a group of golfers who were playing off circa 15, so quite handy players.

On chatting to one of the players, we discuss why I should have taken an iron on the tee at a par three instead of the rescue, which I have hit too long.

It becomes apparent very quickly that I have no idea how far I hit the ball with each club; in fact I am focusing so much on hitting the damn ball, that direction is irrelevant.

The respect I have been offered by the society for playing on one leg has waned; quite rightly they think I should be improving from the handicap they gave me.

A bit disenchanted I finish the round in a lowly 14th, 3rd from last.

One of the group approaches me in the car park, his father is disabled and plays golf regularly.

He says “Paul my old Dad has his own golf buggy and plays regularly“… “I’m sure you would improve if you had a buggy and contemplated joining a club?”

I thought carefully at what has been said…do I take the plunge and join a club, how much would all this cost?

Firstly I would need to purchase a buggy and perhaps take a few lessons?

I have never had any natural ability at sport, I’ve always had to work hard to achieve anything involving games.

I’ve played chess for Essex a game my father taught me at an early age, I studied openings out of chess books, played both Nigel Short and Murray Warren both chess grand masters, but my claim to fame was beating Terry Marsh the fighting fireman.

Terry retired as unbeaten Welterweight world champion and was also a very good chess player.

As usual, I digress, nevertheless the pep talk from these society members kick-started me into action, I know now that I  want to be as good a golfer as I can!

Sharing a Golf BuggySharing a Golf Buggy – Who are you…

So a quick trip onto ebay reveals a single seat golf buggy for sale in Kent, with a few days I am its new owner.

Golf buggies for older or disabled players are as important as the clubs in your bag.  In fact, a lot of us cannot play the game without the blasted things.

Sharing a double buggy can be an interesting experience, and one I do regularly… my reasoning for getting my own single seat machine follows…

The Pro’s:  It allows two of you the bliss of being together for 4 or more hours. (Great if you both get on) even better if you hit the ball in the same direction. It can keep the rain off, save you energy; keep you cool and can make for quick golf.  They also allow you to carry loads of refreshments, and stacks of golf balls.

The Cons: They can be expensive to hire and you may be forced to sit next to somebody you don’t like for four or more hours also the driver maybe so bad that you cannot concentrate on your golf for fear of drowning in the lake the driver did not know existed until you careered towards it, or fear being crushed as you assume the wall of death position, while circumnavigating the side of a bunker while your buggy partner attempts to re-enact the Indianapolis 500.

On many occasions, I have considered leaping out away from the runaway death trap while the driver (talking on his mobile phone) hairs toward certain doom, utterly oblivious of the 200-foot drop he is driving towards!

Attracting the attention of a golf buggy driver is not an easy affair.

I was introduced to ‘Steve’ at the club house, he seemed a decent enough chap and was to be my buggy companion for the day, although I did notice he was chain smoking.  Anyhow we were out in the fresh air.

Steve apologised just before we set off, that he was a cricket nut and would need to listen to the test match (through headphones) on his Walkman.

Sharing a Golf BuggySharing a Golf Buggy – Check their credentials…

What he also failed to tell me was he did not have a driving licence!

Off we set with clouds of smoking billowing from the exhaust of the machine and from my playing partner Rothmans Super King size cigarette as we back-fired our way down the first fairway. (From the air we must have looked like a damaged Battleship in the attack on Pearl harbour).

Conversation was impossible amongst the smoke and noise from the engine, which was as fine-tuned as a dumper truck.

That we found our balls was a miracle, the suspension on this bone cruncher, had nigh shattered my eye sockets, my vision was so blurred by the smoke and the lurching ride made me feel dizzy it was like getting off a fairground ride.

I went to select my club, bang went the exhaust Steve was off in clouds of smoke like a dragster as Santa Pod, Steve!!

The two walking players in this four ball looked over in disgust at the commotion we were making.

Steve had played his shot, while being unplugged I managed to attract his attention by wildly waving my arms like a demented Morris dancer.

Steve realising that I was stranded clubless, fired up the ‘Mad Max’ sound alike buggy and proceeded to deafen this part of Essex.

Through smoke, petrol fumes and the smell of nicotine, I tried to play a good round, it was like playing golf during the Battle of Waterloo.

Steve was so engrossed in his cricket, he was not conscious of the commotion we were causing.  “100 for two he barked, Cooke’s got a half century”.

I just managed to pull my head in a Steve drove us through a Hawthorn bush, it spines tearing at the fragile fibreglass structure.

Out came the sandwiches followed by a flask,…”Tea?” bellowed Steve, who was all of a foot away.

Is this what sharing a golf buggy is about?

He proceeded to continue driving the bone shaking brute sloshing tea from a thermos cup, clutching an egg sandwich in the other hand; his mouth was still puffing on the near dog-ended grout!

FFS Steve!” I screamed you’re going to kill us, he had the look of ‘possessed demon’ in his eyes.

We had arrived at the next hole. “Cooke’s got 75 now” he muttered as he left the buggy parked half way up an elevated tee on a 1 in 2 camber.  I scaled out of the cabin more like a mountaineer than a golfer!

My nerves shattered from this eventful game I succumbed to just getting around the course intact without the need of medical attention.

All thoughts of a good golf score were long gone.  Just as I started to relax as we puffed along yet another fairway … I felt a stinging sensation on my chest!

Looking down I thought I was going to see the tell-tale sign of a black and yellow insect, but to my horror I saw smoke coming from my shirt I was on fire!!

Stop the kart!” I hollered while trying to put out the flame that was now coming from my shirt, Steve looked across and grinned removing the now dead fag from his teeth, “Cooke’s got his hundred”.

“I’m on fire you fecking idiot!” I tore his ear-piece from his right ear… pouring water over the coin size hole in my shirt, the smell of singed chest hair hit my nostrils.

It was hot ember from Steve’s now dogend fag that had been the culprit.  I leapt from the buggy as soon as we came to a standstill rolling on the ground like an agitated puppy.

After the carnage had be dealt with, and tempers had subsided (Steve apologised and promised to buy me a new shirt) he went to get back in the cart and replace his ear plugs; I put my arm across his chest …. “Steve, I’m driving!”

Sharing a Golf Buggy – The next step…

Next month, I finally join a golf club and am confronted with rules and golf etiquette!

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Paul Houghton is a member at Riverhall Hall Golf Centre where he plays off 17. He’s also a member of the Disabled Golf Association andEuropean Disabled Golf Association; he has represented England nine times in tournaments.

Golf Ball Dimples – Why do golf balls have them?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Ever wondered how or why the golf ball dimples came about?

We did. So we did some research into both the history and science behind the reasons…

Wooden golf balls dimples not in sight

Wooden golf balls dimples not in sight

Golf Ball Dimples – The history…

The reason why golf balls have dimples is based on both science and evolution.

Originally, all golf balls were completely smooth.

However, once the ball had been used a few times and they were peppered with cuts and nicks.

Then Golfers started to notice these ‘damaged balls’ travelled further than new ones.

Those little bumps and cuts while not looking good ‘on the eye’, meant there was an advantage to be had….

Golfers naturally gravitate toward anything that gives them the edge on the golf course, so old golf balls became the norm.

However, Golf Ball dimples really started to take off after English engineer and manufacturer William Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor-Hobson company, registered a patent for a dimple design in 1905.

Golf Ball Dimples

Image courtesy of www.aerospaceweb.org

Golf Ball Dimples – The science…

With all things aerodynamic, it takes a little knowledge to understand the core principles.

When a golf ball is hit, the impact, which lasts less than a millisecond, determines the ball’s velocity, launch angle and spin rate.

In turn, this influences its trajectory (and its behaviour when it hits the ground).

Essentially, the nick and cuts in the ball make the balls ‘oscillate‘ in flight.

This allows the smoothly flowing air to follow the ball’s surface a little farther around the back side of the ball.

As such, a layer of air acts as a ‘turbulator’, otherwise known as the “boundary layer”.

The benefit is that a turbulent boundary layer reduces drag.

And naturally, the less drag, the quicker the ball travels and the closer you are to the hole after your shot!

Golf Ball Dimples – The design…

Most golf balls on sale today have about 250–450 dimples though there have been balls with more than 1000 dimples.

The record holder was a ball with 1,070 dimples—414 larger ones (in four different sizes) and 656 pinhead-sized ones

The two balls shown on the right are disclosed in U.S. Patent 4,560,168. They are both easily made with a two-piece mould.

Golf Ball Dimples - designs

Golf Ball Dimples – designs

Officially sanctioned balls are designed to be as symmetrical as possible.

This symmetry is the result of a dispute that stemmed from the Polara Golf Ball

This ball sold in the late 1970s that had six rows of normal dimples on its equator but very shallow dimples elsewhere.

This asymmetrical design helped the ball self-adjust its spin axis during the flight.

The USGA refused to sanction it for tournament play and, in 1981, changed the rules to ban aerodynamic asymmetrical balls.

Golf Ball Dimples – The Movie

Anyway, enough of our ramblings, there are plenty of great videos to watch on the subject, here’s one we found earlier….Golf Ball Dimples Video

So now you know!

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By Ian Mullins

 

Lake Balls – How are they retrieved?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

For a guy who doesn’t play golf (or even one who does), the retrieval of ‘Lake Balls’ is somewhat of a mystery!

So in order to find out, The Social Golfer asked leading Lake Balls provider Scott Phillips of Premier Lake Balls, how it’s done…

Lake Balls – The Collection

Premier Lake Balls DiverFirstly, let’s start with the basics – this should never be undertaken without professional supervision.

Water on the golf course isn’t just a hazard to those playing, it can be laced with chemicals, laden with bacteria that can cause lockjaw and a plethora of other infections.

And of course, in some countries, they are home to snapping turtles, poisonous snakes and alligators.

So think again before diving in head first to retrieval your ball, following a wayward shot.

Whilst many may assume there is some wizard tech machine used to collect the Lake Balls, it’s much more lightly that it will be a ‘frogman‘ or in today’s parlance ‘A certified Scuba Diver‘.

In some quarters, and especially those working in the industry, these Lake Balls are often referred to as  ‘white gold’.

Although we wouldn’t use a sieve to find them… it’s basically a simple process of diving to the depths.

And given the hazards stated above, it no surprise that we lose between 3-5 divers a year (on average), paying with their life!

Lake Balls – The Numbers

As with many things in life, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and there are many divers livelihoods that hinge on the misfortunes of the golfer.

Of the estimated 100 million missing golf balls recovered each year, in various countries, roughly three times as many never get found.

However, around 2.5 million make their way into Premier Lake Balls warehouse.

As they arrive in their pallets, awaiting their next chance to play, these Lake Balls are processed in massive ball washers, that are able to accommodate 20,000 balls a time.

Lake Balls – The Cleaning/Grading

Processing at this point is pretty quick. Once washed and dried, the grading starts.

This is the labour intensive part, as ensuring we grade the Lake Balls to the highest standard ready for resale on the website is paramount.

With this done, we can then start pricing and tagging by size, brand, and/or range.

And with new ball prices having continued to climb in recent years, more and more golfers now prefer to purchase 2nd hand Lake Balls.

Which is not only good for your pocket but also on the environment.

Often many of our balls look like new, once cleaned” Said Scott.

Premier Lake Balls

Lake Balls – The Cost

Given the labour cost in this retrieval process, there very small margins to be made but each ball represents a small profit to both the retriever and the supplier.

However, there is a profit to be made in ‘quantity’ and with the lake balls retrieval market continuing to grow, there is a happy future ahead for the industry.

Ask any traditional golf ball retailer about Lake Balls and they’ll  tell you that any ball pulled from a pond is an inferior product.

Sorry, but that is a thing of past with the introduction of surlyn covers (replacing balata balls) as this do not deteriorate in water and they perform exactly the same as a newly boxed ball, that is three times the price.

In short, buying used Lake Balls via a respected retailer such as Premier Lake Balls, will not only save you money at a time of economic uncertainty but it could also save the planet.

Thanks Scott, who knew!

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By Ian Mullins

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London Golf Show 2015…

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
London Golf Show 2015

London Golf Show 2015

Oh yes! The London Golf Show 2015 is back from the 13th-15th November at Glow, Bluewater (Jct 2 on the M25), and we’ll be there look for the latest gadgets and coaching tips to share with you in the TSG November Newsletter.

London Golf Show 2015 – What’s On?

The London Golf Show is designed to provide a truly interactive experience for golfers of all ages, with informed technical advice.

Plus, PGA tuition and education, guest interviews, a huge indoor driving range, custom fitting, club testing, golf simulators and the latest golf gadgets.

Golfing entertainment is set, as once again World Trick Shot Champion, Geoff Swain and partner Kevin Carpenter as The Golf Trick Shot Boys.

And the Dean Davis Trick Shot Show, will wow the crowds with an amazing array of feats, skills and will be showcasing his latest tricks.

Gary Smith England Golf Coach for the last fourteen years will be one of a number of Top 25 Golf Coaches imparting their wisdom to visitors to the show from their dedicated coaching areas and on the stage.

Gary will be joined by European Tour accredited putting coach Andy Gorman whose specialist input has helped Charley Hull reach the top of the European rankings.

The London Golf Show will bring together the leading golf brands, think Titleist, Ping, Cobra, Cleveland, Wilson etc, to create one of the largest indoor demo days ever seen.

London Golf Show 2015 – The Offers

There will be plenty of prizes to be won on the some of the interactive show’s favourite features, such as the Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin and Long Putt.

Every ticket comes with FIVE FREE rounds of golf courtesy of the Pentland golf Group when visitors register at the show. Parking is also FREE and under 16’s go FREE with a paying adult!

Advance tickets £10 + WOMEN & KIDS GO FREE!*

*Book your ticket before 31st Oct 2015.

Visit: londongolfshow.com

Golf participation is down…is golf expensive, elitist or just behind the times?

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Golf Participation

Golf Participation is down, why?

Golf is a sport that has long remained the same…. however with a recent golf survey showing that golf participation is down, we ask the question, is golf expensive and an elitist sport?

We know golf is a game, that appears from the outside, to be very difficult to understand, yet, those who are in the seemingly so-called ‘elitist golfing circle’, simply can’t understand why this is the case.

Whilst it feels that other sports have progressed and moved with the times, golf has got somewhat stuck in its ways.

The bad news is whatever the case, numbers of golfers are declining. A study that was carried out in 2012 on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations showed that the growth had stagnated, with an equal number of people entering and leaving the game. Fast-forward to 2015 and that has continued….

They released a report last year (2014) that should the number of rounds played had gone from 28,700 in 2008, to 26,100 in 2013. This is a considerable decline, but determining why this is might be harder than it seems.

Why is golf participation down?

A lot of the problems that golf faces is that it is struggling to attract younger players. Where football and for example rugby, is offered in schools from an early age, and is much publicised on television; golf isn’t.

Not only this, but research carried out at the University of South Australia uncovered that children across the world are less aerobically fit than they were thirty years ago. This could be down to the fact that computer games have replaced outdoor games, which has also drastically affected this generation’s attention span.

Golf is a sport that requires a lot of work, and the above reports would suggest that the younger generation just does not have the patience for the game.

It doesn’t help that many of the world’s top players are out of reach to the average golfer, whereas it’s no problem visiting a football club to watch the Rooneys and Ronaldos of this world play.

It could be that golf participation is  down as golf fans are limited to possibly only one or two tournaments a year to watch their favourites play, therefore reducing those players exposure to the next generation.

Is golf too expensive?

Golf IS considered an expensive sport to play….

When you include the cost of a membership at a club plus all of the equipment,  it can be completely overwhelming for an amateur, and the cost of it all can be off-putting for someone who just wanted to make a hobby from the sport.

A survey carried out in 2009 by American Golfer suggested that the average golfer will spend around $2, 776 per year, which is just under two thousand pounds. An open forum suggested nearly double that amount.

That is a lot of money that many people will not be able to justify spending; however the majority of this is spent on equipment, which would suggest that this amount could decline annually.

Many online retailers have started offering great deals on golf equipment, and discounted items, to help those with a smaller budget. There are also public courses that anyone can play on that does not require the cost of a membership.

However, the fact that it costs a lot more than other sports to take up initially, essentially immediately cuts out a large chunk of the population, making it appear elitist.

Golf Participation

Encouraging the next generation…

Is golf behind the times?

It is perhaps unfair to suggest that golf is behind with the times and that we must just accept that the younger generation is essentially getting lazier and unfit, when, it might be more effective to encourage the younger generation to take up a sport, and put down their video game controllers.

Although golf may, from an outsider’s viewpoint appear to be elitist, and to a certain extent you could argue it is, it is argued that it’s merely traditional, and there are ways for everyone to enjoy the sport that do not mean having to spend a fortune.

All sports require a ‘set-up fee’ with regards to clothing and equipment, but to suggest that golf discriminates others because of this is unjust.These days it’s easy to enjoy the sport at the local range and plenty of clubs have opened their doors to ‘Pay and Play’ golfers.

However, reducing the decline in golf participation is ultimately is the job of the governing bodies and the clubs to break with the traditions and relax some of the outdated rules.

Once this is achieved, we believe golf will once again be a sport in the ascendancy!