First look at Hoylake 2014

Golf Monthly are up in Hoylake for the 2014 Open Championship, take a look at some of the pictures taken by Kevin Murray of the first practice day

Hoylake 18th hole
(Image credit: Kevin Murray)

Golf Monthly are up in Hoylake for the 2014 Open Championship, take a look at some of the pictures taken by Kevin Murray of the first practice day

18th green at Hoylake Open

The 18th green with Claret Jug emblazon on the stands

Phil Mickelson


Open 2013 Champions Phil Mickelson was in action

Bubba Watson at The Open

Bubba Watson was spotted having an early look at the Royal Liverpool course

Hoylake programme seller

A programme seller cheerily shows off her stock

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One of England's big hopes Luke Donald teed it up

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A stunning view of the 18th hole at Hoylake



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There is plenty to do at the course besides watch the golf

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Mickelson seemed to enjoy his first look at the course this year.




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Can Ian Poulter break his Major duck in 2014?

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 TSR2 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