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Golf Magazine December 2018

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
how to use the scan-it/see-it digital feature in this issue

HOW IT WORKS Invisible watermarks on select photos act as gateways to bonus videos. With the Digimarc app, your smartphone or tablet recognizes the watermarks and automatically delivers the content to your device. 1 Download and open the Digimarc Discover app on your smartphone or camera-capable tablet. The app is free and is available at the iTunes store for Apple devices and at the Google Play market for Android devices. 2 Position the phone four to seven inches above any photo bearing the yellow SCAN THIS PHOTO label (example, right), as if you were taking a picture (flash optional). If you have access to a Wi-Fi connection, downloads will be faster. 3 Hold the camera steady. The app will click and buzz when it recognizes the image and then begin downloading the described content…

4 min
great expectations

WITH THE CLOSING of this December issue, it’s natural to think ahead to next season. I’m going to play more, that’s for sure—rounds, sadly, came at a premium for me in 2018. That’s got to change. And my boys, 7 and 10, are at their introduction-to-the-game prime. I will not mess that up. I’m going to tune-in more, too. I’m talking serious TV time. I can’t think of any Tour season I’ve been more anxious to watch unfold than the one looming post New Year’s. (I know 10 events will already be in the books by the time we flip the calendar, but like many of you, I still equate the onset of Tour play with the two-week swing through Hawaii in the first half of January.) Much of my anticipation…

1 min

Your statement in the October issue that Brooks Koepka became just the fifth golfer to win three majors before turning 30, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, is both incorrect and misleading. Young Tom Morris, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, and Rory McIlroy have also accomplished this feat. Perhaps you meant to say fifth American golfer? BARRY JIROUSEK, VIA E-MAIL We wish we could say that we meant the fifth American golfer, Barry, but Koepka is actually the tenth Yank to pull it off. In fact, a grand total of 18 golfers have now won three majors before the age of 30. Our apologies—needless to say, a tough day at the office!…

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

ROUGH RYDER As I read Josh Sens’s article about Mark Broadie (“The Man With Two Brains,” October), I couldn’t help but wonder whether Dr. Broadie’s analytics would have predicted the massacre that was the 2018 Ryder Cup matches. Maybe Dr. Broadie—not the team captain—should select the USA’s final four team members next time. KEN CAMPBELL, LODI, CA LIF. The USA loss [in the 2018 Ryder Cup] was a total vindication of Tom Watson. This proves that pods and player involvement cannot make up for poor play. Worse loss than 2014. It also proves that selecting captain picks based on emotions (i.e., Phil and Tiger) rather than quality of play in past Ryder Cups (i.e., Poulter and Stenson), is not the way to win. [Kevin] Kisner sat at home while Tiger was 0-4 and Phil…

1 min
teeing off

ENTER SANDMAN Planting your peg on the first tee of a great new course is like waking up on Christmas morning. You may have some idea about the gifts that await, but the surprise is half the fun. As each hole unfolds, it’s akin to unwrapping one present at a time. And while each is different, our Best New Course winners in recent years share a common bond: They’re draped over sandy soil, just like earth’s original links courses. This provides bouncy thrills on firm, fast, rippled fairways—and unpredictable spills on cunningly contoured greens framed with sometimes helpful, sometimes hurtful kickslopes. Our Best New Course of 2018, Wisconsin’s Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley Resort, matches that description precisely and spectacularly. For a look at all of our Best New winners, flip…

5 min
no pat answers

In 2018, your first full season on Tour, you had seven top 10s and a win at the Shriners. Can you pinpoint why you experienced such solid success? Part of it is that it doesn’t feel like my first full season. I’d played a lot of the golf courses already, and I felt ready to play great golf. You ranked pretty high in several strokes gained categories. What’s the one area of your game you most need to improve? You can always improve in all areas of the game. I didn’t have a great year putting, but it doesn’t feel that off, so keeping a good mindset and expecting putts to fall is important. Most of the year, it felt like most of my game was on, but I don’t think I had…