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Author: Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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MacGregor Principal 7 Inch Stand Bag Review

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The 2024 open championship

The Open

The Open: Everything you need to know about the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon

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Women in Golf Awards find new home at Foxhills

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Rules of Golf

I had a brain freeze! But did it ruin someone’s Open chances?

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Club

Want high standards on your golf course? Pay for them!

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Turnberry

Courses and Travel

Could new changes to Turnberry get it back on The Open rota?

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World Handicap System

Should clubs get the chance to think again about 95 per cent?

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golf balls collide

Our two putts have collided on the green – what do we do now?

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Martin Slumbers

Martin Slumbers to step down as R&A chief executive

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Just how bad was the rain battering our golf courses?

Features

Just how bad was the rain battering our golf courses?

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visitor golf green fees

Club

How much did your club pull in from visitor green fees?

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Rules of Golf

How many of these Rules of Golf changes do you still use in your game?

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News

How much? Nearly half of golfers say they’re paying more than £1,000 for club membership

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winter tee mat

Do I HAVE to play from the winter tee mat?

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world handicap system

Do these stats show golfers are starting to embrace the World Handicap System?

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Ping ChipR

Features

This might be the best club ever made for average golfers

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Stars rejecting new PGA Tour initiative is a huge blow to fans

World Rankings body announces system shake-up

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Rules of Golf

Groovy! You can still use your old clubs in competitions

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Rules of Golf

Help! I put my scores in the wrong box – is there a penalty?

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Ladies European Tour Q-School

LET

Who made the grade at Ladies European Tour Q-School?

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LIV Golf

‘I will never try to chase money’: Ludvig Aberg says he turned down LIV Golf

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World Handicap System

I put in every card for handicap for six months – what did I learn?

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PGA Tour Q-School

News

Here are the five new faces you’ll see on the PGA Tour next year

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Rules of Golf

My ball hit a marker on the green and went in – does it count?

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Club

Are tractor ruts considered ground under repair?

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Preferred lies

Club

Can I switch my ball when taking preferred lies relief?

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Rules of Golf

Do I have to take a drop out of ground under repair?

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Club

Help! I’ve run out of balls – what now?

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Amen Corner

Courses and Travel

‘I don’t really care what Augusta does’: Do classic courses need protecting from big hitters?

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Is golf really broken?

Is golf really broken?

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golf ball roll back

Which balls will be legal when roll back arrives?

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World Handicap System

Ignore the critics – there is plenty to like about the WHS changes

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Rules of Golf

I found my ball but lost it again – what happens now?

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Rules of Golf

Can I rotate my ball on the green without marking it?

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Club

Universal golf ball roll back will reduce distance for everyone

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hole in one

Rules of Golf

I ‘lost’ my ball but found it in the hole – is it a hole in one?

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golf ball roll back

Will my golf ball travel as far? Here’s what roll back means to you

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Club

A shorter golf ball? It’s clubs who will need to make it work

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golf ball roll back

Could the golf ball be rolled back for everyone?

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Rules of Golf

Does an air shot count as a stroke?

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golf injuries

Rules of Golf

Ouch! I’ve been hit by a golf ball – why have the Rules put me on the clock?

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David Scott to become PGA captain in 2025

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Rules of Golf

My ball’s buried in a pile of leaves – what happens now?

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Club

Here are five (really) easy ways to speed up your weekend game

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England Golf director resigns after “Hitler” row

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Nine in a row! Matt Wallace ties world record in epic birdie spree

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Rules of Golf

Can I stop my opponent looking for my ball?

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Club

This 93-year-old must have set a club golf record!

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NCG Top 100s

World Handicap System

What are the hardest golf courses in England?

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World Handicap System

So what do we REALLY think about the World Handicap System changes?

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World Handicap System

Here’s a (very) quick way to work out your World Handicap System index

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“Inappropriate”: Planning chiefs recommend throwing out Wimbledon Park plans

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Asian Tour admits "infractions" following chaotic rules incident

Rules of Golf

Asian Tour admits “infractions” following chaotic rules incident

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GUR Rules of Golf

Rules of Golf

Where do I drop if a bunker is ground under repair?

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Here's why your club may need a new handicap board when WHS changes

World Handicap System

Here’s why your club may need a new handicap board when WHS changes

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World Handicap System

Golf isn’t just 18 holes and 6,000 yards!: Course architects back big WHS changes

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Club

A sport for the retired? New research shows golfers aren’t as old as you might think

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World Handicap System Golfer marking scorecard

The NCG Podcast

From the Clubhouse: We explain the big World Handicap System changes!

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World Handicap System

How many PCC adjustments have there been in England? The answer may surprise you

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world handicap system

World Handicap System

There are big changes coming to the World Handicap System

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World Handicap System

What is Course Rating minus Par?

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World Handicap System

Fourball bandits beware! Your scores can count for handicap

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World Handicap System

Play on a Par 3 golf course? You can put in a score for handicap

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whs changes 2024

World Handicap System

A 14-hole competition? Your club can make it count for handicap

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expected score

World Handicap System

There is a new way of sorting out when you’ve not played a hole: Explaining ‘Expected Score’

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WHS 2024 changes World Handicap System

World Handicap System

What’s happening to my Course Handicap?

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World Handicap System

‘It’s good governance’: Why The R&A carried out a huge WHS review

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Do I need to actually mark out my relief area?

Rules of Golf

Do I need to actually mark out my relief area?

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split golf balls

My ball EXPLODED after a shot – what do the Rules say?

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golf ball roll back announcement

Rules of Golf

Our balls have landed side by side – what do we do?

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News

Paul McGinley believes a Portmarnock Open could be on the cards

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LIV Golf Open

LIV Golf

“Completely off the mark”: R&A chief dismisses reports over LIV Golf Open talks

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Rules of Golf

Rules of Golf

I accidentally kicked my ball on the green – is it a penalty?

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Royal Birkdale golf course review

Courses and Travel

Should our classic courses ever be put under the knife?

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News

‘It’s a disaster for the DP World Tour’: Eddie Pepperell slams PGA Tour ’10 Cards’ initiative

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The most remarkable round ever played? This golfer shot 73 at Burnham & Berrow – with a putter!

Club

The most remarkable round ever played? This golfer shot 73 at Burnham & Berrow – with a putter!

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Rules of Golf

You’ve got one job – just check the scorecard!

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DP World Tour

The NCG Podcast

From the Clubhouse: Is the DP World Tour now the ‘Championship’ of golf?

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News

Have the DP World Tour handed struggling PGA Tour players a lifeline?

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Hair today, gone tomorrow! Is there anything Bryson DeChambeau won’t try to get ahead?

LIV Golf

Hair today, gone tomorrow! Is there anything Bryson DeChambeau won’t try to get ahead?

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LIV Golf

Reports: LIV Golf ‘in talks’ about Open spots

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hole in one

Rules of Golf

Is this a hole-in-one?

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Ultimate Open Championship layout

Courses and Travel

What’s the most you have ever paid for a round of golf?

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2023 Rules of Golf changes replacing golf ball on spot

Rules of Golf

I’ve replaced my ball when I should have dropped – what’s the penalty?

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hit ball on practice swing

Rules of Golf

I’ve hit the ball with a practice swing – does it count?

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