What Is ‘Moving Day’ During A Golf Tournament?

What does this phrase mean?

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It is a phrase you will often hear in commentary but what is ‘moving day’ during a golf tournament?

What Is ‘Moving Day' During A Golf Tournament?

Most modern-day professional tournaments take place over four days and 72 holes. Moving day refers to round three, when those on the fringes of contention bid to cement a place among the leaders while other, more likely contenders, fall away.

At most golf tournaments, around 10 shots separate the leader from those who make the cut on the mark. This means that any player shooting a low third round can move into serious contention. With the leaders often in ‘consolidation’ mode, a sprint from the pack is always likely.

For those who enjoy betting on golf, this means there is usually value to be had if you can spot the most likely member of the pack to contend. At the Open Championship this means identifying those players who were on the wrong side of the draw for the first two days.

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At links golf courses, the afternoon conditions often vary from the morning and can often favour half the field in rounds one and two. Selecting a player who fought through to make the cut from the wrong side of the draw is a good way to identify those who might do well on moving day.

It is also worth checking the weather forecast (opens in new tab) for the Saturday as well. If you are about to back an outsider, do not do so without checking to see if a change in the weather during the day is likely to handicap them.

Round three often provides some of the most exciting golf of the week. With the pressure off the chasing pack, they have a license to free-wheel their way into contention. Playing aggressively will cost some and benefit others.

Ultimately, this is a day of jockeying for position. By the end of play, contenders will want to be within striking distance of the lead (probably no more than a handful of shots back). Playing aggressively while also avoiding a big number is a must!

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Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

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