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Golf Magazine February 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…

2 min
golf digital

Jason Day’s basket ball inspired footwear at the British Open: the best or worst shoes to debut this year? “Those are hideous.” —Ricky, “Perhaps it looks good in person? If it’s comfortable for him, then who cares.” —Arthur, “Don’t hate them, but I’m a millennial so what do I know?” —Nick, Shorts made their major debut in August at the PGA Championship. Some fans cheered, but not everyone was on board. “Shorts all the time! No television viewer cares. I surely don’t play in long pants. Get with the times! At least they don’t have to wear suits anymore.” —Bill, “Ok in practice, but not in tourney. Hogan, Snead and Arnie would turn over in their graves. For the millions they make, the pros can look professional.” —Jim, “Why not shorts? All but two percent of the…

2 min
an open and clothes case

YES, WE TOOK a Bubba-sized swing in this issue. At the center of it all is a 47-page celebration of style, fashion, accessories and grooming (p. 37). Our inaugural Style Issue is a bona fide, bone white (a hot color for belts and shoes, we’ve learned) departure from our norm. You won’t find swing tips from your favorite PGA and LPGA Tour players, as we normally publish. Instead, we’ll lend you their takes on how to smashingly match solids with patterns (among other runway-ready lessons) and why choosing the right tinted sunglass lens is almost as rewarding as shooting a five-under back-nine at a major. I can’t wait for the letters to roll in. My guess? Many of you will think we’re off our rockers (rockers with 1,000-thread-count supima cotton…

2 min
you’re up!

WHICH DECEMBER STORIES AND COLUMNS DREW THE MOST LETTERS? Best Shots of 2017 37% Alan Shipnuck 26% Henrik Stenson 19% Other 18% CORRECTION: In the January issue, we mistakenly reported that Justin Thomas’s grandfather, Paul, had passed. In fact, he’s alive and doing well. We apologize for the error. POULTS PERFECT I loved Ryan Asselta’s article on Ian Poulter (“Still Grinding,” December 2017) especially the picture on page 24 (right). The positions of his left-hand and the club are exactly what every golfer strives for on every shot. I practice this every time I go to the range by hitting little wedge shots. It feels so good when you can duplicate it on the course! BOB KNORR, THE VILLAGES, FLA. DREAM TEAMS As I read Alan Shipnuck’s article about the demise of the Ryder Cup (“Midnight in Paris,” December…

5 min
burns notice

You’re the reigning NCAA player of the year, but you decided to leave LSU after only two years to go pro. Was there a particular moment when you thought playing professionally was a feasible future? For me, it was about consistency over time. I felt if I could play consistently good golf, that would be good enough to allow me to play as a professional. Over the last year or year and a half, I think I’ve played consistently pretty well, for the most part. So I felt like that gave me some confidence going forward. You played last summer’s Barbasol Championship and ended up tying for sixth. But there was one problem: You retained your amateur status, so you had to forgo a check for more than $113,000. That must have…

4 min
the mayo clinic

For much more from Alan, go to GOLF.com/shipnuck YOU CAN DEBATE which swing coach has the best ideas, but there is no question who has the cleverest Twitter handle: that honor belongs to Joe Mayo, who opines, scolds and cajoles under the moniker @TrackmanMaestro. “I thought, What’s the douchiest name I can come up with?” Mayo says. “I figured I’d have 26 followers and no one would notice. Now I’ve got almost 25,000. But it was meant to be a gag. Who calls themselves a maestro?” In fact, Mayo has helped reinvent modern golf swing theory with his mastery of TrackMan data. He serves as the director of instruction at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas and has helped numerous Tour pros, but Mayo’s influence has spread exponentially thanks to the Internet. He has…