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Golf Magazine May 2019

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.

United States
EB Golf Media
8 Issues

in this issue

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The Long and Winding Road What an amazing story by Alan Shipnuck on Mexican golfer José de Jesús Rodríguez (“The Astonishing Journey of El Camarón,” March). To say that he’s taken the path less traveled (especially when compared to his U.S. and European brethren) on his way to a career in professional golf would be an understatement. Crossing rivers, dodging violent cartels, wandering through a foreign country with no money—Rodriguez should be a shining example (to people on both sides of the border) of what a tough, determined individual can do when he or she puts their mind to it. Good luck to El Camarón—I hope to see him playing full-time with the big boys on the PGA Tour. —Jack Young, via e-mail Turning the Page As a woman reader of GOLF I found…

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“tell me what other sport inspires you to dress up?”

WELCOME TO THE GOLF STYLE ISSUE, our mahvelous dahling guide to not only playing well, but looking your best while doing it. It could be that your style game is already up to snuff (if you can hang with this month’s Man on the Green, p. 48, you’re golden). Even so, experienced fops, too, are sure to find something new and wear-worthy among the nearly 100 trendy items we’ve stuffed into these pages, from high-profile watches (p. 51) to a tradition-busting (yet tradition-respecting) blue blazer (p. 82) to—I kid you not—an all-weather pullover engineered specifically for both righties and lefties (p. 62). This is our second big-time delve into the style space, the last being February 2018. For any subscriber from that era, you know that this magazine has changed a…

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“bobby jones had bigger plans all along—and more integrity than we can imagine.”

FIFTY-FOUR SPRINGS AGO, at the 1965 Masters, 25-year-old Jack Nicklaus ran away from the field, including Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, on his way to a nine-stroke victory and a then-Masters scoring record of 271. So dominant was Nicklaus’s performance in his second of six Masters wins that Bobby Jones, Augusta National GC co-designer and Masters Tournament co-founder, quipped, “He plays a game with which I am not familiar.” Great line. It’s even better when you consider the source. As you hold this issue in your hands, the 2019 Masters will just have been completed or is nearing its conclusion. Writing this letter nearly a month in advance, I cannot predict a record-setting rout like Jack’s in ’65, or Tiger’s in 1997. What I’m sure of is that this year’s Masters will…

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“the star can make or break you, and michelle wie absolutely made it for us.”

PHOTO SHOOTS, LIKE GOLF swings, have a lot of moving parts. The challenge lies in trying to keep them all in sync. GOLF’s recent day with Michelle Wie in San Francisco was a dawn-to-dusk exercise in coordination—the crews and the equipment, the sets, the locations—complicated by Mother Nature’s failure to cooperate. Rain, fog, icy winds and only intermittent sun made a mess of well-laid plans, prompting a slew of on-the-fly adjustments. “There was always going to be a certain amount of challenge given all the setups we had to capture,” says the shoot’s producer, Jason Stafford of Shoot It Productions. “But when the weather hit, it definitely threw a wrench into our plans.” Still, photography and video crews, like Tour pros, are trained to adapt. New locations were arranged. Makeup artists and stylists…

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shag bag

WHERE WE’RE PLAYING For the first time in ages, I revisited the muni I grew up playing: Salinas [Calif.] Fairways. It still holds up! Lots of fun, no-frills golf. And it does feel good that the holes that used to seem impossibly long and tough to me are now quite manageable. —Alan Shipnuck WHAT WE’RE USING I’m not a swing-aid guy. In my mind, the vast majority of them are gimmicks, fit for landfill. But at the recommendation of a really good instructor named Matt Kilgariff, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, I started practicing with the Tour Striker Smart Ball — basically, a little inflatable ball and strap that you dangle around your head, allowing you to hold the ball between your forearms as you swing. It really goes a long…

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course mismanagement

HUFFING UP TO THE FIRST TEE AT PEBBLE BEACH Golf Links, 20 minutes late, my first official act as a ShotLink volunteer was to get fired. “If you were a regular volunteer,” said my chaperone, Douglas Elsesser, “you would have already been replaced.” Properly chastised, I was then handed the keys to the kingdom: an earpiece that allowed me to communicate with the command truck and a small tablet into which I would input data. This was the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and I was assigned to follow the group that included Jerry Kelly and Ho Sung Choi. Normal ShotLink volunteers must complete a one-hour online training course, then receive two more hours of tutorials at the tournament site. Poor Elsesser had to give me my…