Golf Magazine

Golf Magazine

November/December 2020

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

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1 min.
rise & shine

GOLF’S TOP 100 COURSES IN THE U.S. ranking hits the pages of this magazine for the 19th time, with a record 17 new courses now elevated to the peak of design excellence. A common thread among the newbies: expert renovations of age-old classics by the best designers of the modern era. Look no further than Mountain Ridge (No. 90) in West Caldwell, N.J., for an example. The Donald Ross gem from 1929 recently got the Ron Prichard treatment. Now, it’s absolute money. As GOLF’s Architecture Editor Ran Morrissett explains, “If you’re not moving forward, you’re getting passed.” (p. 100) 61 The number of magnolia trees lining Magnolia Lane. Welcome to the 2020 Masters. p. 66 “What you want to strive for in your bar setup is informal sophistication. Offer up new twists…

5 min.
cart blanche

WHEN I HAD HAIR and could still soar with the eagles in the morning after hooting with the owls at night, I spent no little idyllic time reading Henry Longhurst’s prose, lingering an extra moment on his descriptions of halcyon days playing golf for the University of Cambridge. My own salad days weren’t as picturesque, but had we been contemporaries, I think Longhurst (the man who once wrote that while in prep school he would sneak glances out the window toward Royal Eastbourne, “gazing at them—the caddies, not the golfers—with deepest envy as I peered surreptitiously up from the Greek unseen”) would have felt at home playing in the Cornball Open, a sort of Idiots’ Masters that was golf at its most egalitarian. One year it was announced the winner…

3 min.
haotong li

IN 2018, HAOTONG LI CARDED A FINAL ROUND 63 at Royal Birkdale to claim solo third at the Open Championship, the highest finish in a men’s major by a Chinese player. The 25-year-old from Hunan went to bed on Friday night of the 2020 PGA with a two-shot cushion at the top spot. While he has yet to bag that first big win—or any win on U.S. soil—there’s no doubt that Li is one to watch. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Haotong off and on over the years—the man works hard, is dedicated and committed to win. What’s dangerous is how he’s paired these traits with Western coaching practices and technology—he’s come leaps and bounds in just the past few seasons. Haotong is a pure athlete, with very little body fat—all…

5 min.
amen corners

THE REVEREND DOCTOR JOE BOWDEN hasn’t missed a week at the Masters in 56 years, from practice rounds on Monday to the trophy presentation on Sunday. And “Doc”—as the unofficial physician to the Masters staff and the starter for the “appreciation day” tournament that closes Augusta National in May is known—had no plans to miss number 57. But this year, because of the coronavirus, he and his son Tripp, a one-time caddie at Augusta National who often accompanies him, and tens of thousands of other patrons will have to forgo the annual tradition of golf, pimento-cheese sandwiches and sublimely lubricated nights. What’s arguably more devastating is the financial setback the city of Augusta will experience. “It’s hard to find an individual, group or business [in this town] that’s not impacted by the…

1 min.
high-tech titleists

WITH A $500-PER-HEAD PRICE TAG, Titleist’s new, ultra-modern CNCPT CP-03 (bottom) and CP-04 irons aren’t for everybody. “It’s part of the panache,” says Josh Talge, Titleist’s VP of marketing. “If you truly want the best performance, it’s here.” The CNCPT is essentially a concept car, showcasing the best styling and technology Titleist has to offer. The hollow-bodied clubs (the CP-03 offers a slightly more compact profile and less offset) are designed around a high-tech insert made from a super metal that’s so precious Titleist won’t reveal the name. The material is roughly six times stronger than carbon steel, allowing designers to bump up the ball speed and go thinner without losing durability. Massive slugs of tungsten (over 100g on average) can also be found inside each head, driving the center…

7 min.
the bomb squad

To stay in the hunt at Augusta National Golf Club, you want to get to “the spots.” Right of the bunker on hole No. 5. Into the speed slot on 10. Beyond the fairway bunkers on 18. These are scoring zones, and everyone knows them. But just a handful of players in Masters history know the other spots—the areas on the course that only the game’s longest hitters have reached. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods know them and rode them to a combined 11 green jackets. Bubba Watson, too, who powered his way to wins in 2012 and 2014. This year’s biggest bomber—the hulk who dismantled Winged Foot in September—is keen to follow suit. “When you look at Tiger in 1997,” says newly minted U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau, “he could…