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Golf Magazine December/January 2019-20

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.

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1 min.
digital contents

GOLF.COM DECEMBER 2019-JANUARY 2020/VOLUME 61, ISSUE 12 A List We Love We’re so excited about our latest Top 100 Courses in the World ranking that we could have dedicated an entire issue to it. We managed to limit our excitement to 51 pages, but we do have tons more coverage on GOLF.com, including stunning photography of all 100 courses and a unique, animated look at why Pine Valley is our perennial No. 1. Visit the game’s best website for: Our staff’s personal Top 10 course rankings Why Augusta National dropped five (!) spots Course Rater Confidential Top 100 Courses in … 100 seconds Tips on how to finagle “tough” tee times Much, much more! Best of …Everything! Well, not quite everything. But awfully close. To better serve your gift-buying needs, our golf-mad experts have researched and rated dozens of golf accessory,…

2 min.
design intelligence

WELCOME TO GOLF’S TOP 100 COURSES IN THE WORLD issue, our biennial celebration of all that’s great in course design, thought and architecture. It’s our 19th ranking of Top 100 courses, an endeavor that dates back to 1983. And though a lot of the names remain the same (Pine Valley, Shinnecock, Winged Foot), this one feels the freshest, with 12 new entrants and 18 total courses built in this century. I hand much of the credit to the newest addition to GOLF’s masthead, Architecture Editor Ran Morrissett. GOLF spent the better part of a year revamping its pool of eligible voters—it’s now the most knowledgeable ranking group in brand history. But is was Morrissett, a rater and design student of 30-plus years, who really ran with the rank, advocating for GOLF’s…

1 min.
tell me something good

BAG BOY CHILLER HYBRID With a 14-way top and eight pockets, the only number you need to remember is four. That’s how many beers you can keep frosty in the removable cooler. $200 JONES UTILITY TROUPER Clocking in at a feathery five pounds, this unit packs in a ton of forward-thinking functionality, including a mesh pocket specifically for your Bluetooth speaker. $240 OGIO SHADOW FUSE 304 Ogio wants you to take a walk, preferably with their ergonomically optimized Shadow Fuse. From strap to stand, everything on it motivates you to get in motion. $200…

2 min.
a matter of punctuation

The real genius in the September issue featuring Bryson DeChambeau on the cover was the editor who placed the question mark on the main blurb (“Genius? Bryson”), because that makes it a question. And the answer is no. If Bryson was a real genius, he’d be able to execute his mad-scientist approach to the game during practice sessions and his off-course time, not after he “walks faster than everyone else in between shots” to then begin his analysis of the current Coriolis effect, bird-migration patterns (hey, a big flock of Canada geese create a ton of vortices!) and the probability of seismic activity on hole No. 5. Bryson, it’s cool that you’re trying everything to hack this great game, but we don’t really want to watch you do it. P.S. The…

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No less than 30 courses on our new Top 100 in the World list are classic links, where rain and wind are par for the course. Pack this suit—or pay the price. Always be prepared. Golf is a game subject to the vagaries of weather. If you’re prepared for it, no problem. If you’re not, good luck. Almost a third of our list of Top 100 Courses in the World (pg. 56) are links-style masterpieces that openly welcome, at times, wind and rain as part of the experience. Not to worry. Kjus, a unique clothing brand known famously for its weatherproof skiwear, has you, ahem, covered. Kjus researchers analyzed actual swing biomechanics to create a breathable, stylish rain jacket that stretches in all the right places—specifically, the shoulder points, shoulder blades and…

7 min.
the wizard of nods

WHAT A YEAR it was for golf, from the sublime to the ridiculous. In fact, 2019 was so memorable it deserves its own set of awards, so we’ve created the annual Shippys. And the game will never be the same. Content Creator of the Year Matt Kuchar. The formerly bland veteran was a headline writer’s dream in 2019, and only nominally because Kuch had a career year between the ropes. The controversies were vast and varied, most memorably his stiffing of the caddie El Tucan (you can’t make this stuff up) after their victory together in Mexico. Throw in a couple of rules kerfuffles and a delicious non-gimme at the expense of Sergio Garcia at the Match Play and Kuchar was at the center of many of the year’s juiciest stories. Honorable…