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Golf Magazine March 2021

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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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
hungry like the wolff

I must admit, your cover feature on Matthew Wolff (“The Kid’s Alright,” January-February) made me feel old. I realized that I’ve been a subscriber to your magazine longer (25 years) than the young man has been alive (21)! That said, I’m ever amazed at the poise and talent these young guys have brought to the Tour in recent years. I’m not sure if it’s advances in teaching or better equipment or what, but today’s young players just seem to be better prepared for success right out of the gate. Wolff epitomizes the confidence, tenacity and dedication it takes to excel at the highest level and it’s fun to watch. —Russell Flannery, Chicago, Ill. Fore Country There are so many in golf doing good things for other people. Alan Shipnuck’s column on Leigh and…

2 min
this is a test

THE WAY MAGAZINE PRODUCTION goes, any issue you hold in your hands prints roughly four weeks before you receive it. In the four weeks leading up to that date, editors, writers and designers are busy putting together the pages that comprise each edition. In the case of GOLF’s March issue, traditionally earmarked to cover the new season’s gear offerings, that means staff and our 40-golfer-strong cadre of club raters are busy swinging, investigating, researching—you name it—over such noteworthy dates as Thanksgiving, the December holidays and New Year’s. And it’s been that way at GOLF going back 30 calendar years, when the title first introduced its ClubTest franchise in the March 1992 issue. So allow me to heap B-52–sized praise on equipment editors Jonathan Wall and Andrew Tursky for managing the process…

1 min
footjoy 2021

“When I grow up, I want a bed made of these shoes!”Rafa Cabrera-Bello When you’ve dominated golf footwear for the better part of a century, there’s a lot to live up to. Not necessarily to the industry or to the fans—you’re already proven there. But when you’re the icon—the G.O.A.T.—the challenge is to live up to your own expectations. Just like any athlete at the top of their game, FootJoy has to outthink, outhustle and outwork its competition in order to stay on top. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that FJ has done just that with not one but two new shoes in ’21. Developed with input from pros like Adam Scott, the Premiere Series ($220; left) is a modern classic with too much style and craftsmanship to describe here. The…

1 min

Real Steel IT WAS CLUB HEAVEN ON EARTH for three sunny days in the Arizona desert this past December, when 40 lucky golfers had the pick of the new iron litter (and drivers, hybrids, putters…) to assess and rate as part of GOLF’s 30th annual ClubTest. Imagine asking for any clubhead imaginable, having a True Spec Golf fitter snap on a shaft to your exact specs and swing until the sun went down. Fun stuff. Oh, they did work too. Catch the results of our testers’ efforts beginning on p. 51. 43.5 The average length, in inches, of the shafts played by Jack Nicklaus in his—true!—almost precisely 43.5-year professional career. p. 32 “First off in the morning? Perfect. Last one out at dusk? Even better. Alone is the best way to play the game…

5 min
the knockdown with alan shipnuck

You Had Me at “Hello” UNLESS YOU WERE AN obsessive golf fan, the arrival of Brian and Kimberly Gay onto the PGA Tour at the turn of the century was easy to miss. Yes, he’d been everybody’s All-American at Florida and she was, to borrow Brian’s favorite phrase, “a tornado with lipstick.” But for most of the 2000s, Brian struggled to find his place on Tour, just barely getting by with a magical short game. He was one of the anonymous journeymen that the camera rarely finds. Meanwhile, Kimberly threw herself into raising two daughters and, at times, a Tour pro. “Brian is a very quiet, laid-back, introverted guy who’s happy to be on the couch watching football,” says Gay’s longtime swing coach, Joe Mayo. “Kimberly has a take-charge kind of attitude…

1 min
on the number

59 The score recorded by World No. 2 Jon Rahm in his first practice round with his new Callaway club setup. 500,000 The projected jump in total junior golfers in 2020, a coronavirus-driven bump of nearly 20 percent over 2019. (SOURCE: NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION) 1.04 The drop in strokes gained of Tiger Woods’ final-round playing partners from their career Sunday averages (2004–2020). In other words, the Tiger Effect costs his nervous opponents more than one stroke per round. (SOURCE: LOU STAGNER) 40 Consecutive years Honda has been the title sponsor of Palm Beach County’s Honda Classic, the longest-running event partnership on Tour. 7 Driving distance yards, on average, needed for Bryson DeChambeau to reach 330 yards per drive, which would make him the first golfer ever to cross that plateau. 67.8 Rory Mcllroy’s scoring average on courses shorter than 7,100 yards,…