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Golf monthly is by far the most popular UK golf publication and not without good reason. Their instructional features are first class and really go into detail on how to execute particular shots.
GM's regular writers include 2010 US Open champ Graeme McDowell and former Ryder Cup star, David Howell, who always have something insightful to say for amateur golfers such as myself to learn from.
At the same time, as one previous reviewer observed, their post-major reviews are often lacking in detail and it seems ridiculous reading about the Open Championship in the October issue. This happens because they bring each month's issue out abut 6 weeks before the start of that month, so articles always seem to comment on events that took places ages ago!
One other irritant for me is Bill Elliot's column. The guy has forgotten more than I know about golf and is obviously a highly regarded golf journalist but his GM column is obsessed with Tiger Woods and taking every opportunity to bad mouth him. Rarely a month goes by when he doesn't make some barbed comment or other in Tiger's direction. For those GM fans to whom this hasn't occurred, please take a look through your backcopies which, like me, I'm sure you all keep hold of.
Apart from these minor issues GM is an excellent magazine for any UK golf fanatic.
Thanks for reading.
Let me start by explaining that I love golf! I play whenever possible and consider myself to be a keen amateur who is always looking to learn and improve. It is on that basis that I buy Golf Monthly, which I find is crammed full of tips, advice, information and reviews.
I initially began getting this magazine when a kind family member bought me an annual subscription as a Christmas gift. Sadly, that ran out earlier in the year (though Christmas is coming so you never know, hint hint!) so I now have to buy this myself when it comes out each month.
Some people (my other half for example!) do feel that at £4 a go, it is a little expensive, but it is a high quality magazine and after reading, I pass it to a friend so feel that I get my moneys worth from it. The reviews of courses and equipment are invaluable and my only criticism would be that there are a lot of adverts. This is space that could be filled with more golf information!
I have bought other golf magazines but this is a favorite for me and I feel it is definitely worth the money. I have just looked at the website too and there is a discount offered on annual subscriptions as Christmas presents - so if you are reading this my lovely other half, you know what you can get me!!
I am a regular amatuer golfer who plays off a handicap of 18 and I find this magazine one of the best golf magazines on the shelves at the moment. The magazine costs £4, which is a little on the high side and it does contain a few too many full page advertisements. However, the quality of the articles and the different levels of instruction found inside is excellent. I dont buy the magazine every month, however, every time I do I always find something that I can use to improve my game. Another valuable feature is the review of products, this is in good detail and doesn't overwhelm you with too much technobabble. This section in particular proved very useful, while looking to upgrade my clubs I was looking at some expensives brands, however, after reading this magazine it encouraged me to look at a less well known brand which proved better for my game and for my wallet. If you are looking for a regular subscription there is normal a decent offer at a reduced rate including a free golf gift, normally a set of balls. Overall, this is the first Golf magazine I look for.
I have now sadly stopped my subscription from this magazine, as I often find myself only having time to flick through it, so I have now decided to simply buy it when I chose, and usually try and give it a look when I take the train, plane etc. But despite my obvious lack of commitment to the magazine, I am here to sing its praises. Now if you are reading this, you will have probably seen a few golfing magazines in the past, the big three including this are Today's Golfer and Golf World, the later of which I can usually find when at school as they have a subscription. I have dabbled in them all and so I feel well placed to offer a comparison.
Firstly I would like to say that whichever you buy, the sections will be the same, with news, instruction, interviews, course guides and new gear all present in the issues, but the presentation of each does differ dramatically. Today's Golfer is aimed at a younger audience, although in that case it should be for me, but by the by, the main issues tend to be style and power related. The interviews are done with play for a tenner and usually include moderately large stars, but the team itself never appear to be the handiest of golfers. Thus I have also viewed Today's Golfer as the more casual player's magazine, as it does seem to head that way. In a complete change of face to this come Golf Monthly and Golf World, which in truth are similar in style and are aimed at the serious golfer with a passion for the game. The main difference for me is in the writing, as Golf World employs golfing stars to write columns as well as commentators, whereas Golf Monthly has more of a community feel and everyone chips in and as such makes a nicer read.
That is probably the best comparison I can make, so I will now look at what Golf Monthly offers in the magazine itself. The main parts of the magazine, which usually offer one of the best reads are the news sections, which look at this month in golf, whether that be at club level or upcoming competitions. This offers a few insights that you may not get from simply reading the sports pages and checking a couple of internet sites. After this usually comes a short instruction section, where a coach will offer a nugget of advice for us lowly amateurs. Then we have the column sections, where the writers pitch in with some often comic and usually interesting insights into their take on the golf world, saying things that are often said in the club house, but putting them in an often more professional light. Then comes the bulk of the instruction, which as with most magazines includes some from a couple of pros. This is always useful and enables me to improve my game without paying for lessons as often as perhaps I should. Then comes the equipment section, which usually offers a couple of good insights into new clubs and clothing, as well as gadgets, but if you are looking to buy a new driver or similar, then check a variety of sources to gain a wider opinion, as it is a big purchase and any help you can get is always good. Then we end with a very expansive look at various courses both in the UK and abroad, affording us a glimpse of some of the great courses we could play, and perhaps giving us a reason to play them.
Overall a great read that I have always liked over some of the other magazines purely for the way it reads, focusing on the golf and not often with the gimmicks as Today's Golfer does. Ultimately though, if you like golf then you will probably find something of interest in any golfing magazine, but if you do see this on the shelf, then give it a read, I would hope that you won't be disappointed.
Golf Monthly has been through a number of makeovers, but, after all, it is about 75 years old. I have subscribed for a number of years, and keep all of the back copies. It contains an excellent mixture of:-
Course reviews, with prices, both from the United Kingdom and from all over the world
Interviews with top players
Features and previews of big tournaments
Extra free goodies, such as book extracts, golf balls or extra instruction
Good advertisements for everything and anything to do with golf
Letters from readers
Tournament reviews and scores
Equipment testing is done in detail by a cross-section of players of varying abilities, who rate the clubs and also give revealing comments. There is often news of brand new kit.
I always enjoy the magazine, and think it is the best of the bunch. However, I do have some suggestions for improvement.
One annoying thing is that the magazine for any month is published about four weeks in advance. OK, it's a marketing ploy, but it starts to look silly if you keep your Golf Monthlies, as, for example, the Masters, which is played in the first full week of April, is previewed in the April edition (which comes out on about the 1st of March) but not reviewed until The JUNE magazine, which comes out in very early May. The previews of major championships are excellent, but the reviews are rather thin. This is a pity, as Golf Monthly ought to consider its responsibility as an archive source.
One thing that used to be really good, but hasn't featured for some time, was a single or double page feature on what these days is termed a "signature hole" of a certain golf club. I hope GM will bring that one back.
All in all, though, this is a very good golf magazine. Cover price is currently £3.60, but subscriptions can cut about a third off this.
I love my golf. In fact, I'm an incurable addict who *NEVER* wants to be cured.
Because I'm such an addict, when I'm not actually playing the sport there's nothing I enjoy more than reading about it.
Golf Monthly is a magazine that I often buy as it is jam packed full with useful information for a golfer, including reviews and prices of new equipment, interviews with the top players, reviews of famous (and not so famous) golf courses, and loads and loads of instructive articles on how to improve your game.
The layout is bright and cheerful, with plenty of good photographs and illustrations to brighten things up.
I've been reading Golf Monthly since I used to nick it from the local clubhouse when nobody was looking when I was nothing but a nipper. So make that for quite a few years, if not *QUITE* back as far as Queen Victoria's reign!
You can buy it at your local newagent/garage etc for a cover price of £3.70, or you can take out a yearly, two yearly or six monthly subscription that will save you a few bob. Simply "Google" Golf Monthly and you'll get a plethora of offers!
© KenJ December 2007