Your Ryder Cup questions answered

Neil answers a few of the questions posted on the GM Forum

We’ve had a few more Ryder Cup related questions posted on the Golf Monthly forum. Here are some answers:

Basher: What has been the mood in the European camp after the first day? Is their still an upbeat feel of confidence, or heads starting to drop? Secondly, if you did see him before his first round, how was Oliver Wilson looking? Absolutely terrified or cool, calm and collected?

Fergus and I sat in on a press conference with Nick Faldo last night and he was obviously disappointed. As for the other players, I don’t know but the fact that Westwood and Garcia didn’t play this morning suggests that everything may not have been well. We saw Oliver Wilson this morning and he looked in control. I think he has a tendency to get slower and slower when the pressure mounts and to be honest we certainly wasn’t quick. Fergus has just written an excellent blog about Oliver Wilson…

Viscount 17: Just how short is that 'rough'? on some of the tv shots it looks no more than an inch.

The rough is nothing in comparison to what you usually see at the Masters and I expect the US Open and PGA. There are very few terrible places to be on this course so you can hit the ball almost anywhere and get away with it. The consensus in the media centre is that this favours the longer, wilder Americans. What it certainly dos do is add to the general level of excitement.

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Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X