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Golf Digest

November 2019

Golf Digest empowers the modern golfer, delivering monthly content on how, what and where to play. Golf Digest provides "how-to" articles by an unparalleled team of the game's top professionals, the most in-depth equipment rankings, the Hot List and is the No. 1 authority for golf course rankings.

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Conde Nast US
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golf digest

GOLF DIGEST EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jerry Tarde GENERAL MANAGER Chris Reynolds CREATIVE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Max Adler EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, DIGITAL Sam Weinman EXECUTIVE EDITORS Peter Morrice, Michael O’Malley DESIGN DIRECTOR Ken DeLago EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Christian Iooss MANAGING EDITORS Alan P. Pittman, Ryan Herrington (News) SENIOR EDITORS Ron Kaspriske (Instruction), Mike Stachura (Equipment), Ron Whitten (Architecture) EQUIPMENT EDITOR E. Michael Johnson SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER Dom Furore SENIOR WRITERS Alex Myers, Matthew Rudy, Guy Yocom STAFF WRITER Joel Beall ART DIRECTOR Chloe Galkin VISUALS EDITOR Ben Walton SUPERVISING PRODUCER Michael Sneeden PRODUCERS Gregory Gottfried (Web), Mason Leverington, Greg Snedeker ASSOCIATE EDITORS Stephen Hennessey, Keely Levins, Coleman Bentley (The Loop) ASSOCIATE BRAND EDITOR Hally Leadbetter ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Will Fullerton ASSISTANT EDITORS Christopher Powers, Brittany Romano SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Claire Rogers CONTRIBUTORS EDITOR-AT-LARGE Nick Seitz PHOTOGRAPHER-AT-LARGE Walter Iooss Jr. COLUMNIST Jim Nantz CHIEF DIGITAL INSTRUCTOR Michael Breed CONTRIBUTING EDITORS John Barton, Tom Callahan, Bob Carney, David Fay, Peter Finch, John Feinstein, Marty Hackel, John Huggan, Dean Knuth,…

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the improbable mr. crosby

“You‘re talking to somebody who just broke a 40-year slump.” EARLIER this year, I was paired in a four-ball with Nathaniel Crosby, the U.S. Walker Cup captain. I hadn’t met Nathaniel before. Immediately I could see he’s a good storyteller, but he was talking about something I had no interest in, like the American team uniforms. Walking down the fourth fairway, he realized I was beside him, and he turned to me and said, “This is off the record.” “Nathaniel,” I said, “in over 40 years at Golf Digest, I’ve never written a word about the Walker Cup uniforms. Either I’m saving it all up for one big exposé, or I don’t really care. I’ll let you decide.” We laughed and had a very enjoyable round. A couple of weeks later, I got…

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feel the blur

“It’s always exciting being around a young athlete who’s just starting to taste success.” I CAN’T REALLY explain how our cover image of Matthew Wolff this month came about. But I was there. “Stroboscopic” photography has a highly technical language all its own, but anyone can appreciate it. Photographer Adam Levey, based in Portland, Ore., and his assistants began hauling gear into a large ballroom at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at 6 a.m. to be ready when Wolff arrived at 11. Watching this crew erect, test and fine-tune its veritable orchestra pit of reflectors, batteries, timers and more reconfirmed my decision to follow a career of simpler tools. All I had to remember for the day was my notebook, pen and backup pen. Photographers agree Howard…

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a plan for the sand

When you hit into a greenside bunker, is your brain flooded with swing thoughts that make the next shot seem complicated, like you’re running through a long checklist just to get the ball out? Instead, clear your mind—if you can—and try my simpler approach: No matter the lie, no matter the yardage, play the ball roughly in the middle of your stance and swing so your club hits the sand about an inch or two behind the ball. But when I say hit the sand, I’m being literal. Accelerate the club down and under the ball, and keep it moving. Do that, and you’ll splash the sand toward the hole and execute a quality bunker shot just like we do on the LPGA Tour. That’s my first lesson to better bunker…

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chip with touch

“Visualize the clubface sliding under the ball.” YOUR BALL rolls through the green, just far enough so you really can’t putt it. You need a little drop shot that lands softly and creeps to the hole. Nervous? Don’t be. With the right setup and a couple swing keys, you’ve got this shot. Use your most lofted wedge and open the clubface before you take your grip. Gripping first and then turning the face open won’t add loft, because your hands will tend to rotate back to their starting position. Next, play the ball forward and set more weight on your front foot. Now you’re in position to make a downward strike and slide the face under the ball. Swing back a little steeper with some wrist hinge and start the downswing by gently…

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stay connected

YOU MIGHT have heard of the swing flaw known as the chicken wing. It refers to the bend in the lead arm (left for right-handers) as the club moves through the hitting zone. This bend causes the elbow to jut, giving the arm the look of a bar-food staple. Unfortunately, it often leads to fat or thin shots, especially when the ball is on the turf. It also results in a loss of power and makes it hard to square the face at impact. To correct this, think of your lead arm being attached to your chest as you swing down. Keep it in close until just past impact (left). Then you can let the arm separate from the body. A good visual is throwing a Frisbee. The throwing arm stays…

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