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African Handicaps

A businessman was attending a conference in Africa. He had a free day and wanted to play a round of golf and was directed to a golf course in the nearby jungle. After a short journey, he arrived at the course and asked the pro if he could get on. “Sure,” said the pro, “What’s […]

Upper Deck Announces PGA TOUR-Licensed Trading Cards

Upper Deck, the premier sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today an upcoming addition to the company’s ever-growing golf portfolio. Artifacts Golf, a premium trading card product that will offer collectors a wide array of autograph and memorabilia cards from the game’s most beloved icons and rising stars, is set to hit store shelves in […]

Olympic Golf Events we’d REALLY love to see

Now, I love the game of golf. Really love it. And I was THRILLED that golf was recently re-introduced to the Olympics. But I mean, c’mon, how is Olympic golf any different than, say, any one of the other hundred tournaments held every year?  60 players, 72-holes, stroke play, blah blah blah. The International Olympic […]

Peeling away the (Golf Ball) layers

Dear FORE! I just heard a rumour about a new golf ball that has FIVE layers. Can that be right? As an “Old School” player (I still have some old Titleists in my bag with rubber bands and liquid cores) I’m struggling to see why I need all those layers. Sincerely“Balata Boy” from Ballina Dear […]

Popular Golf Side Bets and Games

Wagering on the golf course is as old as the game itself, and while there’s no definitive history of when the first golfer asked his partner “So, MacDougal…you wanna make this a wee bit more…interesting?”,  stories abound of the first golfers competing for animal pelts, “skins” or whatever they could afford to wager. So we […]

Cornholing, Chess Boxing and Lightsaber…ing?

For years, debate has raged whether activities like golf, bowling, horseracing and others are technically “sports”. Over the last few months, a variety of questionable “sporting” broadcasts have graced our Foxtel/Kayo screens. Are these “sports”? I’ll let you be the judge.

The red tees

A man was addressing the ball when an announcement came over the loudspeaker: “Will the gentleman on hole number one please not hit from the Ladies’ tee box.” The man backs away, a little distracted, then approaches his ball again. As he does, the same announcement comes over the loud-speaker: “Will the gentleman on hole […]

A hit with the wife

James and his friend Tom were playing a round of golf with their wives early on a Sunday. It was a four ball, better ball format with a little bit of cash on the line. James stood on the 10th tee having hooked his previous three tee shots, and to no one’s surprise he hooked his drive again. When he […]

The funeral

Two golfers are ready to play on the 11th tee as a funeral cortege passes by. The first player stops, doffs his cap, and bows his head as the cortege passes. “That was a really nice thing to do,” the second golfer says. “It’s good to see there is still some respect in the world.” “Well, […]

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Opinions on the state of the game

Gender Neutrality (Finally) on the rise

Last month, golfers across the country witnessed an interesting online “battle” of sorts, as Maleny Golf Club announced they were adopting gender-neutral tee blocks to help promote gender equality (see Club News, page 8). Essentially, Maleny are eliminating the “Red, White and Blue” mentality, and instead opting for descriptive “names” for the various blocks. The […]

All in the family

Does golf do enough to retain young, time-poor parents as club members? The answer, unfortunately, is a resounding “no!” This question was put forth in a great article by Martin Blake on the Golf Australia website: http://www.golf.org.au/new-parents;-does-golf-do-enough. The article explores how golf is letting itself down by not doing enough to retain (or attract) the […]

The Long and Short of technology

Advancements in technology have proven to be both a boon and burden in golf (and life). For every shiny, new gadget that aims to improve our lives, there is often a lurking obstacle or glitch hidden within. This has become no more apparent than via some recent news pieces (which you would have likely missed […]

Upsetting the apple (golf) cart

Nearly ten years ago, a topic/discussion began popping up in my inbox: the practice of golf clubs either banning the use of personal golf cars/carts, or charging golfers to use their own carts on the course. You may recall these discussions in both this column and the Letters pages. You may also remember the irony […]

It’s time for data-driven decisions in golf

It’s time to push forward with an idea that I originally suggested nearly five years ago, yet has not been addressed by the powers-that-be at Golf Australia: Virtual Indexing and Slope Ratings. 

When opportunity knocks

While COVID-19 has brought a lot of pain, suffering, chaos and confusion to the world, it has also (believe it or not) brought a potential shining light to the golf industry. There is a massive…and I mean MASSIVE…opportunity in golf at the moment. One of those “once in a hundred years” type of situations. Unfortunately, […]

A Matter of Perspective

SKY-High banana-slices out of bounds…fat/chunked chip shots…fried-egg bunker lies…tee shots landing in fairway divots…slow play…lip-outs…water balls…three-putts… …I enthusiastically cherished every single one of them last month. Following three months of government-imposed “prison time” here in Victoria, I was chomping at the bit to be able to (FINALLY) tee it up again on the golf course. […]

It’s OK to admit you’re not OK

This is extremely difficult to say. In fact, it’s all but overwhelming, and one of the hardest admissions I’ve ever made. But it needs to be said. Over the last few months, I’ve not been “OK”. Not at all. COVID-19 has taken its toll. From the daily ritual of nervously flicking on the TV to […]

Finding the light amidst the clouds

It’s safe to say that 2020 is proving to be one of the most difficult years in living memory. As I write this (in mid-March), Covid-19 / Coronavirus is running rampant across the planet, with people either locked-down, quarantined or brawling in the aisles for bathroom tissue. This all followed the rampant bushfires and floods […]

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Reviews of golf gear and more

Callaway Gear Part 2: An Epic set of clubs

Opening up a brand-new set of golf clubs always feels a bit like Christmas day…ripping open the box, carefully removing the individually-wrapped irons and woods from their protective plastic sleeves, and then, with unbridled excitement and a bit of school-age-style giddiness, gripping them and taking a bit of a half-practice-swing on the living room rug. […]

Test Drive: New Callaway Apex/Epic clubs and Clubfitting Studio

For over a decade, I’ve been espousing the benefits of getting properly fitted for a set of clubs. Buying a stock-standard set of clubs “off the rack” is like buying a random pair of size-9 shoes for a size-10 foot – you’ll be lucky if they fit, and even more lucky if they are actually […]

Test Drive: PowaKaddy CT6

Walking the golf course is one of the true joys of the game. Sure, a golf cart/car can add some convenience, but when you come right down to it, there are (in my mind, anyway) far fewer things better than experiencing a golf course on foot. And it can be even more enjoyable with a […]

Test-drive: Cobra T-Rail Hybrid-irons

When I first took up the game of golf (I was about four years-old) my father gave me a simple piece of advice which has stuck with me (on and off) throughout the years: “Let the club do the work,” he said. In practice, letting the club do the work is sometimes far easier said […]

Test-Drives: Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.4

Footwear on the golf course has come a long way over the years. When I took up the game nearly 50 years ago, golf shoes were essentially big, bulky, heavy monsters that (similar to my snow ski boots of that era) were so uncomfortable that I often couldn’t wait to get back into the locker […]

Odyssey Stroke Lab putters

Last month, I tested the latest “magic wands” from my favourite putter company, Odyssey. In the bag for my testing pleasure were the newly-released Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Ten and Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Bird of Prey. As I’ve said before, I’m quite smitten with Odyssey gear (my trusty O-Works Red two-ball putter has pride of place in […]

Test-drives – MIZUNO MP-20 IRONS

Mizuno irons have long been revered for their pure-feeling, high-performing qualities. Considered by many to be among the best irons in the industry, Mizuno clubs are finding their way into the hands of more Tour pros and amateurs alike these days. And for good reason…they help golfers get the job done. Just ask Brooks Koepka, […]

Test-drives: Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedges

Last month, I hit the course with the new Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedges.  Regular readers will know that Callaway Mack Daddy (MD) wedges are already my favourite wedges on the market, with two of them already holding pride of place in my bag as “gamers”. So I was extremely excited to test the latest models […]

Test-drives: MIZUNO RB TOUR AND RB TOUR X Ball

Last month, we tested the latest tour-calibre, four-piece golf balls from Mizuno, the RB TOUR and RB TOUR X, touted for their optimum greenside feel and excellent performance in the wind. 12 years in the making, the new ball is the result of rigorous wind tunnel testing at Mizuno’s test facility in Japan. Inside Golf […]

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Everything else in world golf

How SHANX is changing the game

When you hear the the term “Mini Golf”, you’ll doubtless conjure images of windmills, dinosaurs, brightly-coloured balls and amusement-park-themed structures. Over the years, the game—also commonly referred to as putt-putt—has become synonymous with kids’ parties, cheeky first dates or even the occasional Bucks’ night frivolity…with any truly “serious” golfer generally choosing to give these facilities […]

Study: Golfers have a unique personality profile

A current study by UK-based Sport Psychology Ltd (SPL) sheds an interesting light on the classic personality typology in golfers and the way it impacts their choice of equipment brand. The study is still collecting data, but SPL has released an early set of findings, which seems to indicate that golfers, as a group, make […]

Fore/Inside Golf Editor wins AGMA Award

The Australian Golf Media Association (AGMA) last night announced the winners of the 2019-2020 Australian Golf Media Awards, an annual event honouring excellence in golf media. Inside Golf editor Richard Fellner was awarded the highly-esteemed Best Photographic/Illustration Presentation award for his photograph of a burnt teemarker at Buchan Valley GC in East Gippsland, Victoria, following the state’s ravaging bushfires […]

Sports Happiness Index: Which Fans Are The Happiest? (Hint: it’s Golf!)

After CNBC reported that sports fans have higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of loneliness and tend to be more satisfied with their life compared to those who aren’t interested in sports, analysts at Golfsupport were keen to uncover once and for all which fans are the happiest. Golfsupport surveyed 6,530 sports fans worldwide to […]

International #ThankASuper Day

As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing requirements, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 September 2020, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) in conjunction with other global superintendent and turf management organisations, is recognising those who help keep the game going […]

How far do you walk when playing 18 holes of golf?

It’s a question I’ve been pondering for years: how far does a golfer walk during a standard round of 18 holes? Sure, you could simply take the yardage on the scorecard, and then add “a little extra”, but when you think about it, there is much, much more walking done by the average golfer. Prior […]

Social golfers scramble as RACV shuts down Golf Membership program

Members of the RACV Golf Club membership program were left scrambling this week, following notification that the RACV is shutting down the program. The club, which began operating in 2011—offering official Golf Australia handicaps, golf events and discounted golf rates at RACV golf courses—announced the August 24 discontinuation of the program via an email to […]

Report: Golf membership rises for first time in 21 years

For the first time in 21 years, Australian golf club membership has risen in the past year. The 2019 Golf Australia Participation Report has revealed a 0.05 per cent increase, the first of its kind since 1998. Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold acknowledged the “fantastic result”, just one of several promising numbers in the report, […]

Report: How golf benefits the evironment

Australian golfers have always known the courses they play on offer more than just a round of golf. They know that playing the game can not only benefit the wellbeing and social connectivity of its participants, but also the significant role that Australian golf courses play in the protection of our environment. Golf: Benefits to […]

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Henny Youngman

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