Golf Digest August 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

4 min
the story behind old shane lowry

“I would’ve preferred to be the Open champion for two years in a row the right way.” HEAR A MAN WITH A MOTHERLAND BROGUE SAY, “Yer bum’s oot the windae,” and you’d be correct to picture a pair of pale and possibly hairy hind cheeks, propped on a windowsill, senselessly exposed to greet the elements. “Your bum’s out the window” means you’re being foolish—a halfwit, a dunce, a plonker. Perhaps your initial reaction to our cover this month is that the editors of Golf Digest have their bums out a window. Why have they dressed Shane Lowry like Old Tom Morris, the original St. Andrews greenkeeper? Shane’s an Irishman, and Old Tom was a Scot, for cryin’ out loud. Their names are on the same trophy, but one beat 155 global professional…

2 min
our pledge during troubled times

Golf is still on this journey in 2020, from exclusion to inclusion. IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES OF PROTEST against racism and injustice, too many golfers look the other way. That’s the illusion of golf at the top: Country clubs and pro tours create an artificial world where the grass is always green and the lunch buffet is free of charge. Even the highways that lead to these courses run out of sight from poverty. Golfers go from home to club with nothing in between. It’s hard to see the real world from the players-only dining room. That’s why tragedies like these emerge from nowhere when we should have seen them coming. One golfing president’s brother, Bobby Kennedy, said it best on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed: “The vast majority…

1 min
here’s our pledge

• WE at Golf Digest will commit to making the images and subjects of our golf content as well as our staff better reflect the diversity of the world around us. Both the game’s population and our own record here have been inadequate. • WE will continue to advocate for more access and affordability. • WE will increase our coverage of municipal golf—the lifeblood for attracting minority participation. • WE will support the golf industry’s collective efforts through The First Tee, in which 48 percent of participants represent minorities. • WE will promote sustainability in all its forms, because we know the ravages of climate change hit the poor and minorities the hardest. • WE golfers promise to use our voice and influence to make gentle the life of this world. TARDE@GOLFDIGEST.COM…

1 min

GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS Athletic Golf ▶ Use skills from other sports to improve your game with Golf Digest’s 50 Best Golf-Fitness Trainer Milo F. Bryant. His four-part video series is a great way to change up your regular golf workout. COURSE DESIGN Test Your Knowledge ▶ How well do you really know the most famous tracks in golf? Take our 18-hole quiz to find out how many classic courses you can identify from Google Earth’s satellite images. GD70 The Best of Golf Digest ▶ To celebrate 70 years of Golf Digest, we’re revisiting the very best literature and journalism we’ve ever published. Pictured here: “The Golfer Who Killed Osama bin Laden,” from February 2015. GOLFDIGEST.COM…

3 min
power to the people

Golfers everywhere can see courses and landscapes that they couldn’t years before. THE EARLIEST LINKS COURSES evolved naturally from the land and were played mostly by locals. In the following decades, new tools and technologies allowed designers to build vastly different types of courses in almost any setting, bringing the game to millions. Technology continues to influence design, but in the digital age, the effects are felt primarily in the way we understand and communicate ideas about golf courses, rather than in how they are built. Not long ago, the backstories of most old golf clubs were largely the domain of the clubs, predicated on the tenuous preservation of original archival documents. If gaps in the factual timeline existed—and they usually did—romanticized events often filled in. For the past 20-plus years, however,…

5 min
love in motion

It’s a chance to appreciate anew the game on foot. GOLF’S RETURN to walking, at least in the motorized cart-centric U.S. market, might be an isolated moment dictated by the necessity of the times. But it’s also a chance to appreciate anew the game on foot and maybe embrace walking as an aspect at least as central to the golf experience as, well, what carts were just six months ago. Quaint, perhaps. Retro cool, in a way. To some, maybe an inconvenience. Nevertheless, walking brought golf back quicker than any other previously “normal” activity. Whether it was in the chilly Midwest or sunny Texas and Florida, walkers were everywhere, many likely rediscovering the way they first came to the game. Walking golf made social distancing natural, not something to be mandated. In…