Month: December 2017

Following tour de force performances at East Lake and Hazeltine National in 2016, many projected 2017 to be the “Year of Rory.” In that same breath, some wondered if Jordan Spieth’s 2015 was a flash in the pan, that he didn’t belong in the same ranks as McIlroy, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Both were
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Playing in the mountains is a special experience. Besides the aesthetic pleasure of seeing for miles in many directions, it’s thrilling how the ball cuts through the thin air and flies farther than you’re accustomed. But if you don’t know how to account for this newfound power, you’re going to struggle with club selection. My
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The biggest mistake golfers make from the fairway is not taking enough club. Whether it’s an ego thing or not knowing their distances, so many golfers are doomed to miss greens before they step up to the ball. How do you know if you’re guilty of this? The simple answer is, you’re hitting the ball
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It was an outstanding year in golf in 2017, filled with memorable victories, controversies and some really great play. But let us not forget those we lost in 2017. Many of the following names may not be immediately familiar to casual golf fans, but their contributions to the sport have changed the game for the
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Forget new clubs under the tree or a sleeve of balls in a stocking. The best Christmas present in golf came to the mailbox of Ernie Els. On Christmas Eve, the Big Easy tweeted that he had received a special gift courtesy of Augusta National: an exemption into the 2018 Masters: https://twitter.com/TheBig_Easy/status/945015949962465280 Last year’s tournament,
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Plenty of thought goes into the words you read each month in Golf Digest (and online each day at GolfDigest.com). But the same can be said for the photos that accompany each story. A diligent group of photo editors spend countless hours planning photo shoots with our various subject to try and bring their personalities
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Every golfer wants a tip for adding distance and power, and just about every golfer is willing to give one, too. That endless back-and-forth creates a lot of clutter—and confusion—in the world of swing instruction. And if we’re being honest here, most golfers don’t know what’s a good tip for them, so they’ll try anything.
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When Golf World transitioned in March from a weekly digital magazine to 24/7 news website, we committed to retaining the rich heritage of in-depth reporting, detailed analysis and impactful writing that had come to be the trademark of the brand in its print magazine glory. We like to think we’ve been faithful to that promise,
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One of the most striking differences between tour players and everyday golfers is how much distance they get for the amount of effort they put into the swing. Tour players look smooth and relaxed, and they hit the ball miles. Average players are going at full tilt, and they hit it half as far. What’s
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The podcast, you may have heard, is an emerging art form, a hybrid of old-school radio and new-school on-demand streaming favored by all those cord-cutting millennials. But you don’t need to tell us. The Golf Digest Podcast now boasts a library 117 episodes deep, and we’re excited by a selection of in-depth features we’ll be
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History teaches that in golf, the classic athletic ideals of “higher, faster, stronger” tend to lose to the wily triumvirate of experience, poise and precision. Conventional wisdom says that touring pros reach their playing primes in their early to mid-30s, later than their cohorts from other sports. Down the stretch of a major, the smart call
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Following Puerto Rico’s brutal devastation from Hurricane Maria, many around golf expected PGA Tour officials to cancel this season’s Puerto Rico Open. However, in a statement on Thursday, the tour announced that, while the tournament will not own official status in 2018, the event will still be conducted as a special charity endeavor featuring players,
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In the span of eight months in 2017, Lexi Thompson suffered two potentially career-altering losses, first when she incurred a four-stroke penalty at the ANA Championship and went on to lose in a playoff; then when she missed a two-foot putt in November that cost her the LPGA’s season finale and the tour’s Player of
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The score you add up at the end of a round often seems pretty random. You might hit the ball great all day, and score just OK. Or you might go low when all you feel like you did was make a few putts. The truth is, scoring isn’t mysterious. A handful of critical skills—a
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