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Golf Magazine December 2017

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

1 min
let's do shots!

HENRIK STENSON EXCLUSIVE! Go behind the scenes of our interview with Henrik Stenson, who describes his friendship with Phil Mickelson and confirms that he never tired of looking at the Claret Jug. NEW GEAR TRUE COLORS The matte-finished Wilson Staff DUO Soft Optix balls have hit the market. These vibrant orbs offer cutting-edge technology, but it’s their eye-catching exteriors that steal the show. We challenge you to lose one in the rough! More on Golf.com.…

3 min
not my best

WE TRIED TO MAKE this month’s cover story (“The Best Shotsof2017,”p.52)asdemocraticas possible—every staff member at GOLF was invited to cast a vote (and, in most cases, votes). The first iteration of the list came in 50 shots strong, with multiple repeats (I’m sure you can probably guess what those were). As we whittled down the list to the 10 finalists, I privately created my own ranking: a recap of personal highlights from the past 12 months. Rest assured, I didn’t get to 50. In fact, I struggled to think of five—it was simply that kind of year. At the top of my list was piping a drive to within sand wedge range on the first at PebbleBeach inSeptember. I know, a solid tee shot—big deal. But in my previous two rounds…

2 min
now on the tee: your raves, rants and reactions

WHICH OCTOBER STORIES AND COLUMNS DREW THE MOST LETTERS? EASY KID STUFF Thank you Martin Chuck and GOLF for the extremely simple but helpful explanation of how the left and right arms move in the golf swing (“Hit Like a Kid,” October 2017, right). This immediately made sense to me and helped explain the inconsistencies in my game. I play on a nine-hole executive course, and the day after reading this, I finished one-under for nine holes, four strokes better than my all-time best. DAN PERSOFF,LOS ANGELES THE IMPORTANC OF BEINGERNIE Such a wonderful article on Ernie Els and his daughter (“The Education of Samantha Els,” October 2017). It didn’t really surprise me at all: Our son, Thomas, a collegiate golfer at the University of Virginia, went through the junior golf circuit for years, and…

1 min
snake smitten

Tom Weiskopf once said, “I had enough controversy as a player; I don’t need that as an architect.” Based on his spectacular 2006 design of Snake River Sporting Club—one of the winners of our annual TJ Awards (see p. 32)—Weiskopf needn’t worry. His inspired lay-of-theland creation is the centerpiece of a private residential community in Jackson, Wyo., that represents one of golf’s great comebacks. Rendered fallow by the ’09 real estate collapse, Snake River reemerged in 2014 and thrives today. The course’s 6,000-foot elevation yields towering drives, and the wilderness environment includes granite mountains, gorgeous ponds and bugling elk in autumn. Add a human element to that animal magnetism and you’ve got one sweet mountain retreat. Snake River, No. 12 TORCHED! With Lady Liberty towering over the proceedings, the U.S. team lit up…

5 min
still grinding

You went from nearly losing your card this season to finishing 52nd in the FedEx Cup standings. What have the last few months been like for you? It’s been the most intense roller-coaster ride I’ve ever been on in 19 years as a pro. It’s been emotional, it’s been stressful, it’s had its ups and downs. And since I started the year thinking that I had only ten events to make enough money to maintain my PGA Tour status (see below), getting down to those final couple of events was becoming hard work. And adding to the drama— a calculation error! [In April, Brian Gay and Poulter thought they had fallen short in their bids to retain their PGA Tour cards after playing on majormedical extensions, but Gay’s wife discovered that…

4 min
midnight in paris

THE RYDER CUP is dead—you just don’t know it yet. One of the greatest events in sport is on theverge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefiting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll tovictory in2018 inParis. This will be the first American win on European soil in a quarter century and, coming on the heels of an overpowering U.S. win in ’16, will set the stage for a decade-plus of blowouts, sapping the intrigue out of the Ryder Cup. It’s going to get so lopsided that you can expect future Ryder Cups to have all the dramatic tension of...gasp!...the Presidents Cup. Some American fans will no doubt revel in the domination, but this won’t be good for the Ryder Cup.…