Golf Digest July 2020

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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in this issue

6 min
breaking 70

OTHER ENTITIES might not make so much noise about this anniversary, but in golf there’s no number more important. It’s the defining line. Doesn’t matter where or against whom you’re playing—there’s no faking it if you’re breaking 70. In this case, we’re going the other direction, but I say it’s all the same. I know a guy who has had a heckuva career breaking 70 in the world of high finance, but he has never done it on the golf course. Every time we greet, he wrinkles his nose and says, “Max, have you written any good articles about how to get out of a bunker lately?” His intent is to belittle, but I never give back more than a smile. On a range of consequence from selling balloons to curing…

5 min
photographing tiger

IN 1985, I was just out of college and took an entry-level photography job at Golf Digest in Trumbull, Conn., owned then by The New York Times Company’s Sports & Leisure magazine division. To be honest, I was less interested in golf than I was in the number of consumer and trade publications the company owned. I didn’t plan to stay more than a year or two, just long enough to add published tear sheets to my portfolio to help launch my career. Well, I’m still here, and a big reason is because of one assignment that set the trajectory for my career—one that has included millions of frames and miles traveled to photograph golf courses, tournaments, instruction and, of course, golf legends. In 1992, Golf Digest Design Director Nick Didio asked…

7 min
brain boggling

IF YOU’RE ON “Jeopardy!” remember: “Who is Herbert Warren Wind?” is the answer to “The greatest golf writer of all time.” Among countless feats, he coined the phrase “Amen Corner,” co-authored Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, wrote The Story of American Golf, and recycled his knowledge in an annual “Golf Quiz” for Golf Digest. You can’t simply Google the answer to his questions. It’s almost as if he presaged the Internet’s effect on trivia when he stopped producing the quiz in 1980. In the spirit of Wind’s style, we imagined what he might ask about the modern game. The accompanying 10 questions are a mix of actual Wind bogglers and ones we made up. 1 Tommy Armour was one of golf’s greatest teachers—and one of the greatest characters as well. For many…

11 min
game changers

Collectively, these golf courses have contributed to the development of every facet of the game. WE’VE ADMIRED American golf courses for their breathtaking beauty, cunning strategy and dramatic challenge. We’ve celebrated courses as the toughest and the greatest and even some as the best bargains. ▸ But for years, Golf Digest had never given much thought to golf courses as agents of change. Clearly, the evolution of golf in America has been influenced by its playing fields. The popularity of Van Cortlandt Park, America’s first muny, led to the invention of tee times. Oakmont’s greens led to the creation of the Stimpmeter. Desert Inn in Las Vegas proved you could fool Mother Nature in a desert, and two generations later, Shadow Creek in the same town proved you could fool her…

3 min
the art of the joke

LONG BEFORE comic-book heroes made their way into blockbuster movie theaters, newspapers were built on the foundations of syndicated cartoons. Generations of Americans grew up reading the “Sunday funnies,” and every sports page had its champions depicted in cartoon strips. As late as the 1970s, when I joined Golf Digest, about 80 percent of the magazine was printed in black and white, so line art and cartoons were used to illustrate articles, including golf instruction. The editors embraced cartoons partly because their creators were local to the magazine’s offices in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. King Features was the big syndication service (still is), and every Monday a gaggle of cartoonists gathered at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Westport to deliver their week’s worth of cartoon boards to a courier who would walk across…

25 min
lots of laughs

FUNNY STORIES. They’re as much a part of golf as birdies and bogeys. Through the years, Golf Digest has been lucky enough to share time with some of the legendary storytellers and characters in the game. Senior Writer Guy Yocom deserves special recognition for his My Shot series of interviews, prominent here with excerpts from other amazing features and columns through the decades. Something you’ll notice: One of the most appealing qualities of good jokesters is the ability to laugh at themselves as well as with others. And the best part? Our team of writers and photographers keep adding to the comedic moments, month by month. AWKWARD, EMBARRASSING MOMENTS Billy Harmon DEALING WITH DAD AUGUST 1997 Dad [1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon] had a way of making you put your foot in your mouth…