The biennial Golf Monthly Rules of Golf photoshoot

We go behind the scenes on the biennial GM Rules of Golf photoshoot...

Attempting an unwise recovery from the water
(Image credit: Kenny Smith)

A little look behind the scenes on the biennial Golf Monthly Rules of Golf photoshoot, this year at the wonderful Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire

On Monday April 20th, photographer Kenny Smith, R&A Rules of Golf assistant director, Kevin Barker and GM’s Fergus Bisset and Jeremy Ellwood converged on the PGA Centenary Ryder Cup course at the fabulous Gleneagles Resort for our latest Rules of Golf photoshoot.

First stop, one of the bunkers by the 2nd green

First stop, one of the bunkers by the 2nd green

We started out in a bunker by the 2nd green acting out a number of bunker-related Rules scenarios, among them this ‘falling as you make your way into the bunker’ shot, acted out superbly by Fergus.

Fergus Bisset's dramatic bunker entry

Fergus Bisset's dramatic bunker entry

We then took advantage of the gorse and many trees on the estate to work through a series of scenarios, some involving wanton rule-breaking on the part of the ‘models’ including this dodgy branch-bending effort from Fergus.

Fergus employs a dodgy branch-bending stance

Fergus employs a dodgy branch-bending stance

Kenny went beyond the call of duty, backing himself selflessly further and further into a gorse bush for one particular shot, while I suffered the indignity of my ball getting stuck in a pine tree 5ft up in the air in another unfortunate ‘out on the course’ incident.

Photographer Kenny Smith goes beyond the call of duty in the gorse

Photographer Kenny Smith goes beyond the call of duty in the gorse

My ball miraculously stays put in a pine tree

My ball miraculously stays put in a pine tree

Later in the day we moved to the 16th hole where so much drama was played out in the Ryder Cup, including Martin Kaymer’s chip-in, which sparked a rare display of out-and-out emotion from the German.

Here we re-enacted Craig Stadler’s famous kneeling on a towel Rules breach before heading on up closer to the green where both water and out of bounds lie in wait.

Use of a towel in such a scenario is not permitted, as Craig Stadler discovered many years ago

Use of a towel in such a scenario is not permitted, as Craig Stadler discovered many years ago

Fergus grappled manfully with an out of bounds post which stood about 18ins tall on the course, but was actually about four and half feet long when we removed it (against the Rules, of course!)

Fergus discovers this OOB post is a tad longer than expected

Fergus discovers this OOB post is a tad longer than expected

Meanwhile, I removed all shades of light or pastel clothing to attempt a possibly unwise recovery from the pond. Inevitably, there were calls for a second take on this shot with a request to generate more of a splash if possible.

The obligatory second take generated much more of a splash

The obligatory second take generated much more of a splash

Look out for these shots and more in the magazine over the course of the next couple of years!

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response