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The Slam: Breaking down one of the most bizarre Rules of Golf incidents we’ve seen in a long time + Piano man Sam Harrop on his rise to Twitter stardom

The Slam: Breaking down one of the most bizarre Rules of Golf incidents we’ve seen in a long time + Piano man Sam Harrop on his rise to Twitter stardom

September 26, 2022

On this week's episode of The Slam, a National Club Golfer podcast, Alex Perry and George Cooper are joined by Rules of Golf expert Steve Carroll to get his verdict on the remarkable events at the Open de France that saw Thomas Pieters allowed to retake a putt.

Golf Twitter sensation Sam Harrop also dials in to discuss his rise to social media stardom thanks to his hilarious parody songs, and how it led to him ending up at the Presidents Cup asking the players to sing for him.

Enjoy! 

The Slam: Predicting Europe’s Ryder Cup squad + Squabbling about LIV Golf

The Slam: Predicting Europe’s Ryder Cup squad + Squabbling about LIV Golf

September 20, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Tom Irwin, George Cooper and Hannah Holden reflect on another bonkers weekend of LIV Golf action before discussing who could make Luke Donald's Ryder Cup squad following a gripping Italian Open.

Elsewhere, the team compare their celebrity golf encounters while Hannah has a marvellous idea on how to save the Presidents Cup.

From the Clubhouse: Do visitors get a raw deal at golf clubs?

From the Clubhouse: Do visitors get a raw deal at golf clubs?

September 15, 2022

What’s the visitor experience like when you go to another club? Are the members welcoming, do the staff go out of their way to help, or do you get the distinct sense some would rather you weren’t there?

We were drawn to an archive letter in The Times, dating back a century, which chastised seaside clubs for the reception visitors were accorded and it got us thinking, how does that experience compare with now?

In this week’s From the Clubhouse, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Steve Carroll is joined by Hannah Holden and Tom Irwin to look back at how things were for this particular golfer and discuss whether or not visitors are still getting such treatment when they go to play an unfamiliar course.

The team also dive into the whole array of membership options, including points and flexible golf membership categories.

 

The Slam: Recapping an extraordinary BMW PGA Championship + All the LIV Golf beef

The Slam: Recapping an extraordinary BMW PGA Championship + All the LIV Golf beef

September 12, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Tom Irwin, Hannah Holden and George Cooper recap a remarkable BMW PGA Championship where Shane Lowry claimed victory on an emotional weekend for all.

George then dives into the LIV Golf beef at Wentworth, sharing his experience from the tournament while revealing what happened during THAT Ian Poulter vs Billy Horschel video...

Elsewhere, the trio look ahead to the rest of the golfing year and discuss the evolution of Sergio Garcia!

The Slam: Pure chaos! (Whisper it, but is it OK to like LIV Golf now?)

The Slam: Pure chaos! (Whisper it, but is it OK to like LIV Golf now?)

September 5, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a National Club Golfer podcast, Alex Perry, George Cooper and Hannah Holden are discussing – you guessed it! – the LIV Golf event in Boston. 

The trio look at the tournament from a purely entertainment perspective. What are LIV getting right? What are LIV getting wrong? What's next?

They also discuss the possibility of a women's LIV Golf League, and how that might affect the LPGA Tour, the Great Shorts Debate, and much, much more...

The Slam: Who is winning the PGA Tour vs LIV Golf war?

The Slam: Who is winning the PGA Tour vs LIV Golf war?

August 30, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Tom Irwin is joined by George Cooper and Hannah Holden to recap a tumultuous 2022 PGA Tour Season, discuss Rory's role as golf's leading man, and rank all of LIV's new acquisitions after its latest bombshell.

Elsewhere, the team debate whether clubs should use ability tees for competitions, while Tom opens up about his loss of sleep no thanks to Cameron Smith.

The Slam: What went down at Tiger’s meeting? + Is the FedEx Cup meaningless?

The Slam: What went down at Tiger’s meeting? + Is the FedEx Cup meaningless?

August 22, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a podcast from National Club Golfer, Tom Irwin is joined by George Cooper and Hannah Holden to discuss what went down at Tiger Woods's PGA Tour meeting, whether we think the FedEx Cup is meaningless, and the possibility of LIV Golf launching a women's league!

Things then get divisive as we debate the 'strange' science behind leaving the flagstick in, while Ian Poulter enters the NCG firing line after some questionable social media posts.

From the Clubhouse: We ask England Golf if the sport is heading for a cost-of-living crisis + WHS is finally going global!

From the Clubhouse: We ask England Golf if the sport is heading for a cost-of-living crisis + WHS is finally going global!

August 18, 2022

Tee sheets are still busy, membership remains buoyant and, as the success of England Golf’s independent golfer scheme shows, new players continue to be attracted to our wonderful game.

While the number of rounds played may not be hitting the heights of 2020 and 2021, they remain way above pre-Covid levels – and there has been no sign in this year’s club renewals of a halt in the sport’s popularity.

And yet there are gathering clouds on the horizon. The cost-of-living crisis, spearheaded by huge energy bills that seem certain to come our way later this year, represent a big threat to our disposable incomes and could dramatically change our leisure habits.

So how can golf prepare for this and how can the authorities help? And what about other issues around growing participation for women and girls, sustainability, and the World Handicap System?

To talk about the success of iGolf, and how England Golf are meeting the challenge in some of these areas, our guest on the From the Clubhouse podcast is the governing body’s chief operating officer Richard Flint…

 

The Slam: Falling out about Cam Smith’s controversial rules incident, saving women’s golf, and reigniting the Great Shorts Debate

The Slam: Falling out about Cam Smith’s controversial rules incident, saving women’s golf, and reigniting the Great Shorts Debate

August 15, 2022

In this week's episode of The Slam, a National Club Golfer podcast, Alex Perry, George Cooper, Hannah Holden and Tom Irwin discuss Will Zalatoris finally getting over the line on the PGA Tour (despite his "dodgy" putting), Cameron Smith's controversial two-shot penalty (and why it isn't a level playing field, the wonderful ISPS Handa World Invitational (and our plans to get more people watching women's golf), and the Great Shorts Debate (with a completely unnecessary analogy).

There's plenty to go at here, so let's get stuck in.

Enjoy.

The Slam: What we can learn from the Women’s Open champion overcoming her mental demons - with sports psychologist Duncan McCarthy

The Slam: What we can learn from the Women’s Open champion overcoming her mental demons - with sports psychologist Duncan McCarthy

August 8, 2022

In this episode of The Slam, a National Club Golfer podcast, Alex Perry, Hannah Holden and George Cooper debrief a wonderful AIG Women's Open, including the much talked about playoff format and late finish at Muirfield, before champion Ashleigh Buhai's mental coach Duncan McCarthy joins for a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to golf and psychology.

Elsewhere, Hannah explains why the increased prize funds we've seen in the women's game this year - particularly at the majors - is not just about paying the LPGA stars what they're worth, but the trickle-down effect it will have on generations to come at grassroots level.

Enjoy. 

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