Is it Stableford or Medal all the way? Do you get wound up when your club try and mix things up? The From the Clubhouse team discuss golf formats

Medal, Stableford, fourball. It’s a holy trinity for golfers and makes up the vast majority of what we play at our clubs.

But Tom Irwin and Steve Carroll like to spread their wings a bit wider and, in this episode of the From the Clubhouse podcast, in association with TaylorMade Golf, they get stuck into their favourite golf formats.

Tom expounds on his love of foursomes and his days playing at Sunningdale, while Steve asks if some golfers are too inflexible about the formats they’ll play on a weekend.

He also tries to bamboozle Tom once again with a Rules of Golf question, while the two ponder whether the huge structural changes happening on the PGA Tour has any impact on what we think at grassroots level.

Go grab a cup of tea, something stronger, or settle in behind that wheel and prepare to be entertained…

Listen to our views on foursomes, fourballs, and everything in between on the From the Clubhouse podcast, in association with TaylorMade Golf

What’s your favourite format? Is medal, Stableford, or fourball the be all and end all, or do you enjoy mixing it up on a weekend? Let us know with a tweet.

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap.

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Tom Irwin

Tom is a lifetime golfer, now over 30 years playing the game. 2023 marks 10 years in golf publishing and he is still holding down a + handicap at Alwoodley in Leeds. He has played over 600 golf courses, and has been a member of at least four including his first love Louth, in Lincolnshire. Tom likes unbranded clothing, natural fibres, and pencil bags. Seacroft in Lincolnshire is where it starts and ends.

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