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Golf Magazine November/December 2020

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
pick your pleasure

THERE ARE MANY WAYS to enjoy this game, to immerse yourself in its thrills and challenges. For starters, you can play better. I’ve teed it up against some seriously talented golfers in my day and noticed that when a player addresses the ball already blessed with command of where he or she wants to hit it (and I’m not saying I’m one of them), it opens up a world of possibilities. A draw to a tucked flag. A flighted wedge that carries a front pin and spins back. A chunk-and-run from the sand that dribbles to six inches. That kind of nuance—compared to simply hoping to hit a fairway or avoid embarrassment—is a completely different universe. Another idea for tapping into the game’s joys: Shelve subtlety and score and, instead, bask…

3 min

Home of the Brave I am an 81-year-old veteran of the United States Navy. I’ve always been fascinated by the annals of World War II. When I read Alan Shipnuck’s article “The Great Escape” (July-August), it confirmed one of the reasons I joined the armed forces. Every man and woman who served this great nation by fighting in World War II is a hero to me. I served with a purpose to defend our country and to honor those who gave their lives to make it great. Kudos to those golf legends who also sacrificed their careers and possibly their lives to defend the United States. “The Great Escape” will always be on my mind, and those fine individuals who gave their lives will always be in my heart. What a terrific,…

1 min
golf x asher

Asher Golf jumped into the glove business in ’09 with a specific goal to bring some swagger into the arena. Tall order, you say? Maybe. But with social-savvy marketing, high style and the quality craftsmanship to back them up, Asher has made a splash with their impressive glove game. Now they’ve taken it to another level by partnering with GOLF. The exclusive GOLF x Asher collection ($75; golf.com/asher) features three gloves, each with a distinctive tab design: the GOLF logo, the indelible Golden Bear putt-drop pose from the ’86 Masters and a ’Merica-inspired map. The price of admission includes a year’s sub to GOLF, so now you’ll be able to show your swagger on course and off. All-star styling at your fingertips: golf.com/asher…

1 min
rise & shine

GOLF’S TOP 100 COURSES IN THE U.S. ranking hits the pages of this magazine for the 19th time, with a record 17 new courses now elevated to the peak of design excellence. A common thread among the newbies: expert renovations of age-old classics by the best designers of the modern era. Look no further than Mountain Ridge (No. 90) in West Caldwell, N.J., for an example. The Donald Ross gem from 1929 recently got the Ron Prichard treatment. Now, it’s absolute money. As GOLF’s Architecture Editor Ran Morrissett explains, “If you’re not moving forward, you’re getting passed.” (p. 100) 61 The number of magnolia trees lining Magnolia Lane. Welcome to the 2020 Masters. p. 66 “What you want to strive for in your bar setup is informal sophistication. Offer up new twists…

5 min
hustle and flow

COLLIN MORIKAWA arrived on the PGA Tour fully formed, or so it seemed. How does a player so young (23!) exude such self-possession? Plenty of credit goes to his parents, Blaine and Debbie, as well as his coaches, teammates and professors at Cal Berkeley. But the biggest influence in Morikawa’s maturation into a precocious major champion is his lifelong mentor Rick Sessinghaus, whose mind-body teachings transcend the usual driving-range talk, which can be as shallow as a 1-iron’s divot. Sessinghaus, 49, has a master’s and a doctorate in applied sports psychology and has long believed that to excel at the highest level the mental game is at least as important as the golf swing, even one as perfect as Morikawa’s. In this regard, young Collin has been both the pupil…

1 min
on the number

50 Total number of events scheduled for the 2020–21 season, the most since 1975. 6 Number of major championships contested in that “super season” span (September ’20 to September ’21): two U.S. Opens, two Masters, one Open Championship and one PGA Championship. 12 Length, in inches, of one blade of grass taken from the rough at toothy Winged Foot GC during U.S. Open week. (SOURCE: NBC) 23.6% The probability of an average Tour pro landing three consecutive wedge shots within 20 feet of the pin if he were hitting from 100 yards out. (SOURCE: DECADE GOLF) 2.6% The probability of an average Tour pro landing three consecutive wedge shots within 10 feet of the pin if he were hitting from 100 yards out. (SOURCE: DECADE GOLF) 304 Sophia Popov’s world golf ranking prior to winning the 2020 Women’s Open Championship. Popov joins Ben Curtis…