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Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado

September/October 2020

Cigar Aficionado is a magazine for the man who enjoys life’s great pleasures: fine dining and entertaining, the finest wines and spirits, world travel and the arts. At the heart of every issue is the cigar: what to smoke, where to smoke, and how to enjoy a great smoke.

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4 min.
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, I am a new reader of your publication. It is a pleasant surprise to find such a fine magazine these days. Your articles, writing and graphic style compete with some of the best in their heyday: Playboy, GQ, Esquire and the many fine writers of Vanity Fair. Alas, all gone, or no longer recognizable. So thank you for creating this publication. You must have struck a chord because I have never written to a magazine before. I wanted to also thank your contributing writer Marshall Fine for his excellent “License to Thrill” article [July/August 2020]. It reads like a fine essay. I doubt that the 007 phenomenon has ever been explored in a more entertaining way. I agree that by chance it was Sean Connery who defined the role. And,…

2 min.
hickory golf

Golf’s long history bespeaks a reverence for tradition … until you consider equipment. The first duffers played with curved sticks and spherical balls made of wood. Then, in the last century, they advanced through steel shafts to club heads made from high-tech alloys and graphite shafts that hammer multilayer balls hundreds of yards with ease. Still, a burgeoning coterie of golfers is shunning today’s aerodynamic drivers and fairway hybrids for a glimpse of the game’s golden era by shooting with hickory-shaft clubs dating from before 1935. “There is a terrific amount of pleasure in hitting a shot off the middle, because hickory clubs are very unforgiving,” explains David Kirkwood, the former European Captain of the Hickory Grail (the biannual hickory equivalent of the Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States). The…

15 min.
harbour lights up

GROOMING: NICOLE BLAIS Photographed at WS New York in Hudson Yards, Manhattan THERE WERE plenty who doubted that David Harbour had the makings of a leading man—himself included. “Being a movie star was almost too big of a dream,” he says, remembering how he looked up at the big screen as a child watching larger-than-life stars take him to different worlds. “Those people all seemed so good looking, I just felt it was an impossible realm. I sort of viewed them with this glow like they were otherworldly. I felt there would never be a place for me in that. I had a lot of self-hatred about the way I looked.” He’s 45, and while he’s been acting professionally for more than 20 years (starting with plays) it took a long time for him…

11 min.
golf’s distance dilemma

During the first round of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August, Bryson DeChambeau launched what for him was a pedestrian 296-yard drive on the 7th hole, then leaned on his battle weapon as he reached down to pick up his tee. The weary implement, having spent half a season blasting drives in excess of 330 yards, snapped at the neck, leaving him with the shaft in one hand and the head in the other. “That was weird,” he said with a grin walking off the tee. “Swinging too hard.” You think? In this strangest of PGA Tour seasons, altered and distorted by the Covid-19 pandemic, DeChambeau gave the golf world something else to talk about, and debate, when he showed up at the start of the year looking like a linebacker…

2 min.
faldo: bring the skill back

Nick Faldo wants it to be more skillful to drive a golf ball 350 yards, and he’s got an idea of how to do it: Limit the height of the tees to less than an inch. That way, he says, players would have to come into the ball at a shallower, more precise angle instead of getting to swing on an upward plane with a ball teed up 3 inches off the deck. “If the tee pegs were limited to seveneighths of an inch, that would change things,” says Faldo. “That would change the driver design completely, because it wouldn’t have a deep face and it would change the MOI (moment of inertia). I don’t care if a guy hits it 350, but we made it more skillful to hit it…

14 min.
being terry bradshaw

As August rolled around, the sports world was in disarray. Baseball’s tardy schedule was going off in fits and starts. Basketball and hockey playoffs were being contested completely out of season. The fate of 2020 football was anyone’s guess. But one thing was certain. Terry Bradshaw, winning quarterback of four Super Bowls, linchpin of the game’s most popular pregame show, entertainer in movies and on record, plugger of many products, would be with us in some shape or form. Come September, whether or not the pandemic would make a 27th season of “Fox NFL Sunday” superfluous, fans would be able to get their dose of Bradshaw. The affable commentator with the aw-shucks manner has been busy filming a reality show set around his Oklahoma home life. “The Bradshaw Bunch” is a…