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In a lot of ways, golf has changed since my grandfather, Claude Harmon, was giving lessons in the 1960s and ’70s. Equipment is massively different, and athletes playing on the PGA Tour barely resemble the crowd Jack and Arnie were dominating during the Lyndon Johnson administration. But the lessons he shared in magazines such as
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ABOUT Trouble down the right side is a game-changer for many golfers. They see the trees, the water, the sand—whatever—and they consciously or subconsciously do all they can to keep from going right. But the things they do rarely prevent a slice, and sometimes even make it worse. In these five videos, Golf Digest Best
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ABOUT The job of a PGA Tour caddie is part advisor, part strategist, part psychologist, sometimes even part swing coach. As competition on tour has gotten tougher and the purses bigger, the caddie’s responsibilities have multiplied and become more visible. Here you’ll hear what happens between players and caddies when the game is on. In
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Webb Simpson led wire-to-wire during a dominant four-shot victory at the 2018 Players and Paul Tesori had the best seat at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course. Of course, there’s not a lot of sitting involved when you’re helping a tour pro navigate one of the most treacherous tracks in golf. Introducing Golf Digest All Access, a
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You’re looking over a long, breaking putt, and in your mind you start drawing a picture of the ball snaking its way to the hole. What’s wrong with that image? Nothing, as long as you don’t forget about speed. Speed is the biggest factor in putting. Good speed with a bad line almost always puts
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ABOUT Spanish tour pro Belen Mozo, who joined the LPGA in 2011, has always combined physical fitness with golf technique to raise her game. As a top-level player and fitness enthusiast, Mozo understands both sides and strives to balance them. She constantly refines her workouts to target the muscles that are most important in the
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I keep my technique around the greens as simple as possible. Maybe that’s why I finished second on the PGA Tour in 2018 in scrambling from the rough—though I’m not so sure being in greenside rough more than 100 times last year was a good thing. Still, it’s nice to know that missing a green
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Long greenside bunker shots, more than 20 yards, can prove troublesome if you try to play them similar to a shorter bunker shot. Simply taking your regular sand club—a 60- or 56-degree wedge—and making a harder swing is not the way to go. The extra effort often leads to the club digging deeper into the
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In most parts of the United States, if you don’t put your clubs away in the winter, you have to make some adjustments to how you play the game. One acclimation is coping with slower, bumpier greens. First thing you should do to adjust? Smile. You’re playing golf in February, and your superintendent doesn’t have
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For a lot of golfers, I know when I say don’t swing all-out with the driver, it’s a lost cause. They want to bust that thing as far down the fairway as they can. But with irons, there’s no excuse for swinging out of control, because you almost always can use a longer club. If
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There are few things more gratifying in golf than the feeling of striking the ball in the center of the clubface. For a lot of golfers it happens so infrequently, they get this feeling of surprised excitement when they pure one. Others do it so often, they seem puzzled when they miss. The former group
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My philosophy on the tee box is probably different than yours. I’m guessing you’re looking to get the ball out there as far as you can. I get it—it’s fun to rip driver. But over the past few seasons on the PGA Tour, I’ve moved on from that mentality and believe it’s better to find
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ABOUT Week after week on the PGA Tour, players are out there bombing drives 320 yards, knocking down flagsticks and making dozens of birdies on their way to cashing in millions. Those players are the best in the world for a reason. Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Mark Blackburn has spent 15 years teaching on
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When we discuss getting better at golf, our minds usually race to the big stuff—joining a club, working more with a pro, switching out your irons and woods with clubs that match your specs. Of course, all of these can be factors in shaving strokes off your score (and while we’re at it, so will
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A six-footer is by no means a gimme, but it’s still short enough that it stings when it doesn’t go in. To make more of these, start by locking in your speed. It’s the most important part of every putt. And when you assess speed, don’t just factor how fast the ball needs to roll
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