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Golf Magazine August 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

2 min
“they came back year after year. so did i. it was fun.”

IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, you’ll be reading this issue sometime in mid-July or early August, a period commonly and unlovingly known as the “Dog Days.” For years (forever, truth be told, until just a few minutes before I began typing this sentence) I assumed, like most, that the term reflected the fact that weather linked to this overlapping page in the calendar wasn’t fit for a dog—too harsh, too cruel even for an animal that often craves nothing more than attention and a few well-meaning strokes. It actually refers to the period when our Sun occupies the same region as Sirius, the brightest star in the sky at this time. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major, aka the “Greater Dog.” By association, Sirius is called the Dog…

2 min
au revoir, looper

I love the tradition of the inspirational caddie (e.g., Bagger Vance), but in this day and age of rangefinders, etc., I think caddies should be eliminated from the pro tours. All the hype, psychology, yardages, etc., are simply an excuse for the pros not to carry their own bags. Golf is supposed to be an individual game, with no outside help allowed. To speed up the process, eliminate caddies, use a time clock, give the pros the latest rangefinder technology and just let them fend for themselves. Maybe allow carts to carry their bags, but in my opinion, if they can’t carry their own bag (barring medical limitations), they shouldn’t be playing. A four-hour round should be mandatory and enforced—they will learn! Make the pros play the game as it…

6 min
elusive, eternal eighteen

WHEN TIGER WOODS was growing up in Cypress, Calif., the last thing he saw before falling into dreams and the first thing he glimpsed starting each new day was a timeline of Jack Nicklaus’s unparalleled golfing accomplishments. Woods’s destiny was taped to the wall above his bed. Year by year, he followed and then surpassed the blueprint, winning more U.S. Amateurs than Big Jack (three to two), taking his first major championship at a younger age, and inexorably marching toward one of the grandest numbers in sport: 18 major championship victories. This is the monument Nicklaus built to himself. That one number was more persuasive than any superlative, more thorough than any biography. Baked into 18 is a lifetime of want and will. It encapsulates defining triumphs and wrenching near-misses.…

2 min
make your game shine—by throwing your partner under the bus

Any golf event in which you’re partnered with someone can be a welcome relief from the grind and solitude of individual medal play. Whether it’s a member-guest tournament or a fourball match at the Ryder Cup, pairing up is a breath of fresh air. You’re a team. A brotherhood. Comrades in arms. You’re “pards,” picking up each other’s poor play as you ham-and-egg it around the course. Your risky decision to wear matching outfits? It never looked so good! Until it didn’t. Oh, how quickly it can turn. High fives and chest bumps turn to eye rolls when the chips start chunking and the putts stop dropping. Your partner’s third tee ball out of bounds in the last four holes forces you to put on a body-language display that screams, “Why…

2 min
hole cutter

IN ITS SIMPLEST FORM, golf can be reduced to two elements: a ball and a hole. The former is purchased. The latter, it turns out, requires hours of tedium each day. A finely tuned art form executed at dawn. Steve Rabideau and his team at Winged Foot GC in Mamaroneck, N.Y. spend roughly 10 minutes per green perfecting this changeover. So the next time you’re perturbed about the hole location, or feel like griping about the lack of green to work with or the woebegone putt that skirts the edge, please recall the loving care that went into that 4.25-inch target. And maybe keep your head still next time.…

1 min
don’t try to kill it

LIFTING YOUR ARMS may help you hit the occasional bomb, but you’ll hit everything else into the weeds. Reel in a wild windup by 1) turning your upper body until your left shoulder swings under your chin, 2) letting your elbows turn with your torso, and 3) getting your hands as far away from your right ear as possible (no left-arm collapse). Combined, these moves give your backswing structure, so you’ll end up looking like the inset photo (far right), with your elbows close to level. Better yet, your shots won’t miss.…