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Golf Magazine June 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.

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EB Golf Media
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
you're up!

THIS ROCKY'S A CONTENDER I ENJOYED the "National Treasures" article in the April 2017 issue. The four courses featured are deserving of special recognition, and there are a number of other courses in the immediate Augusta area that visitors might try. However, there is one course 30 miles north of Augusta that is truly unique. Rocky Branch Golf Course is a 6,500-yard, 18-hole layout spread over gently rolling terrain, featuring several ponds and bisected by Rocky Branch Creek. No azaleas, but pine and flowering pear trees, and several holes with distinctive rock outcroppings (such as no. 3, where large boulders in the middle of the fairway present a challenge). The three-person grounds crew does an outstanding job of keeping the course in very acceptable condition; the greens are quite good and…

2 min.
masterful sergio

"THE MASTERS doesn't really begin until the back nine on Sunday." That old saw felt very true this year. Just when it looked like Sergio Garcia would (again!) come up short in a major, he played sparkling golf Sunday afternoon at Augusta to claim the green jacket. I've been lucky enough to attend more than 20 Masters, and that was among the most exciting Sundays that I've ever witnessed. We're thrilled to have the new Masters champ on our cover. As he displayed in his sudden-death playoff win over Justin Rose—lacing a low power-fade off the tee, then a towering approach iron to the 18th green—Sergio is a true shotmaker. You can be one, too. On p. 75, he shows you how to hit four go-to shots, all of which came…

4 min.
public defender

You went to Augusta as World No. 1, having won three straight Tour starts. But after slipping on stairs during tournament week, you had to withdraw. How's your back? It's still a little bit bruised. But today I hit balls, and everything was pretty good. It's a little tight, but I can swing just fine. I would say it's about 90 percent [as of mid-April]. I hit balls all the way through driver and I was fine, so that was reassuring. Was it difficult watching the Masters when you were the big favorite to win? That must have been painful. Well, I was lying on the couch or in bed, so I really couldn't do anything else. I watched, but I didn't like watching. That's one thing I don't want to do anymore. You'll…

4 min.
a ghost of a chance

PHIL MICKELSON'S drive on the 72nd hole of the 2006 U.S. Open went right over my head, clanging off a hospitality tent and expiring in Winged Foot's tangled rough about 50 feet from where I was standing. What I remember about Phil's arrival on the scene, along with his caddie Jim (Bones) Mackay, was how fast both were moving. Too fast. I had been interviewing Rick Smith, Phil's then-swing coach, and we stood to the side of all the commotion as his protégé—needing a par to win or a bogey to force a playoff—tried to carve a 3-iron around a tree toward the green. Phil pushed it, and the ball hit squarely on the trunk. The report was as loud as gunfire. Smith went ashen and could form no more words.…

1 min.
brendan steele

DRIVER 1) TaylorMade M2 (2017), 9.5°, Aldila Rogue Black 70 shaft, TX-flex, 301 yards; $400 FAIRWAY WOOD 2) TaylorMade M2 (2016), 15°, Aldila NV 2KXV Green 85TX shaft, 275 yards; $200 UTILITY IRONS 3) Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 Utility, 3 (21°), 245 yards; 4 (24°), 230 yards. Both with Aerotech SteelFiber i110 graphite shafts, X-flex; $180 IRONS 4) Wilson Staff FG Tour 100, 5-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 steel shafts; $1,000 for set of eight 5-iron: 210 yards 6-iron: 200 yards 7-iron: 187 yards 8-iron: 172 yards 9-iron: 158 yards PW: 145 yards WEDGES 5) Wilson Staff FG Tour TC*, 50° bent to 52°, 128 yards; price n/a 6) Titleist Vokey SM5, 58°, 110 yards, 60° bent to 62°, 90 yards; $110. All with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 steel shafts PUTTER 7) Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype; price n/a BALL Titleist Pro…

3 min.
ask the rules guy

Hey, Rules Guy: After I took a practice swing during a recent round, my divot landed on top of my ball. My playing partners said I couldn't remove the hunk of sod, so I didn't, but was that the correct call? I thought I could remove it, since it was a loose impediment, as long as I was careful not to move the ball and incur a penalty. — MIKE MCEVOY, VIA E-MAIL Whether it's on your head or on your ball, a toupée rarely looks good. (See: William Shatner.) Here, the potential problem goes beyond appearances. Per Decision 23/13, the displaced divot is indeed a loose impediment. And as you correctly guessed, you're allowed to remove it, but if you move the ball in the process, you're on the hook for a…