Having seen a significant upturn in their popularity over the last few weeks, we have decided to increase the frequency of our online polls. From now on there will be a new one for you to take part in every fortnight.

We have asked you for your views on a number of subjects over the past few months, and a summary of the last few polls is presented below. Some of the results are quite thought-provoking. If you want to discuss them with other golf fans and share your opinions, then register and log on to the ‘Golf Forum’ section of our website and join some lively debate.

In the meantime enjoy our round up and, while you’re reading it, try casting your vote in our latest poll about handicaps. The voting box is closer than you might think…just scroll down a bit and look to the left of the screen – it’s right there, so go on…

GM ONLINE POLL RESULTS: AUG-DEC 2006

August 2006

“Who will end Europe’s Major drought?”

Sergio Garcia 32%

Luke Donald 25%

David Howell 13%

Padraig Harrington 7%

Colin Montgomerie 7%

Henrik Stenson 6%

Jose Maria Olazabal 3%

Other 7%

EDITOR’S NOTE: Harrington only 7%? Stenson only 6%? Where is Casey? The poll was conducted before the Ryder Cup, the HSBC World Matchplay and the Order of Merit finale, so these results may well be different if we asked the same question now.

September 2006

“Who is Europe’s best ever Ryder Cup player?”

Colin Montgomerie 33%

Nick Faldo 32%

Seve Ballesteros 20%

Sergio Garcia 8%

Jose Maria Olazabal 3%

Lee Westwood 3%

Bernhard Langer 1%

October 2006

“How much would you be prepared to pay for a new driver?”

Under £100 19%

£100-£200 43%

£200-£250 20%

£250-£300 12%

£300 or more 6%

November 2006

“How often do you visit the driving range or practice ground?”

Twice a week 33%

Once a week 23%

Once a fortnight 14%

Once a month 15%

Hardly ever 15%

EDITOR’S NOTE: Almost half of you go twice a month or less – it’s a new year now, so why not promise yourselves to spend a bit more time on your game?

November 2006

“How much would you be prepared to pay to play on a ‘world-class’ course?”

Under £60 22%

£60-£100 40%

£100-£150 27%

£150-£200 5%

£200 or more 6%

December 2006

“What’s the most important club in your bag?”

Putter – 61%

Driver – 18%

Wedge – 12%

Utility – 7%

Other – 2%

EDITOR’S NOTE: Drive for show, putt for dough – it still rings true.