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With the live broadcast rights now firmly with Sky Sports, we ask who is the best Sky golf commentator?
In 2016 there was a seismic shift in the way the British public will consume the Open Championship. No longer were the musings of Peter Alliss on the airwaves as the Open slowly gathers pace towards its crescendo on late Sunday afternoon.
Instead, it is now Sky’s team of commentators providing their perspectives and adding colour to the greatest golfing event on the planet. So who is the best Sky golf commentator?
David Livingstone will anchor the coverage while Ewen Murray and Bruce Chritchley will provide the familiar soundtrack during the live coverage. But Sky will also have expert opinion from the likes of Paul McGinley, Butch Harmon and Rich Beem.
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With Wayne Riley on the course and Tim Barter at the Sky Cart, there will be a fresh face to this year’s Open for all those who want to immerse themselves in the live coverage.
But who is the best Sky commentator? Add your voice to our poll and find out who comes out on top…
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
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