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Golf Magazine June 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 cameracapable 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…

1 min
golf digital

Shinnecock Hills is the only club to host the U.S. Open in three different centuries. What’s your favorite U.S. Open venue? Oakmont is an exceptional U.S. Open venue, with its mix of long and short par 4s. It doesn’t need to be “tricked up” to protect par. @marlboro_man9 To me, any time the venue is truly open, meaning almost anyone could show up there and play, it’s the best U.S. Open venue. Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines South, Pinehurst No. 2 and even the Links at Pebble Beach match this description. @ohmss28 Erin Hills due to the open-air feel, wind with long fairways and undulating terrain. @guacbuster77 I’m excited for 2022 and the Country Club at Brookline, where Ouimet won as an amateur. I love the old courses. @jclevenstine Merion. It proved that a course didn’t need to be 8,000…

2 min
physical education

»I’VE INTERVIEWED Dustin Johnson several times for this publication (the June 2010 issue was the first magazine to feature DJ on its cover) and spent several hours with Brooks Koepka for a cover feature following his first win on Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015. These are not regular human beings. Dustin—soft spoken and polite—simply looms over you. I’m 6’2”, and I’ve never felt smaller than in my conversations with him. When I met Brooks, his handshake was so firm that an unidentified tendon in my elbow went “pop.” Some guys choose to grip hard to make clear they’re the Alpha. Brooks was simply extending a friendly hand. Point is, our two cover subjects—the back-to-back defenders of our national championship—are freaks. They’re athletic and physical phenoms who have…

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

A PREVIEW LIKE NO OTHER I just finished reading the April 2018 Masters Preview from cover to cover. Receiving GOLF at this time of year gives me the same feeling I used to get as a child when the Sears Christmas catalog finally arrived—for me, the second nine on Sunday just can’t get here fast enough. And speaking of speed, Alan Shipnuck’s question to Kevin Na regarding Kevin’s reputation as a slow player (“Halfway Home,” April 2018) reminded me of a statement a golf partner of mine uttered in disgust while we waited five minutes between shots. “Some fast golfers may think they play slow, but no slow golfers think they play slow.” Amen to that! Great job by Mr. Shipnuck, shining a little light on one of golf’s touchiest issues. MIKE…

1 min
open house

» Well, not quite open. The sign in front of the historic clubhouse at Shinnecock Hills—host, this month, of the 118th U.S. Open—reads PRIVATE, and few revered sanctuaries in golf are as exclusive and secretive. The truth is, if you could penetrate the interior of this tony, shingled fortress at the far end of Long Island, you’d find the space remarkably low-key and airy, with spectacular views of the sweeping, William Flynn–designed course that flows from it in every direction. By the time architect Stanford White finished work on the clubhouse in the late 19th century, he had created the template for a century of golf clubhouses to come. Read much more about one-of-akind Shinnecock and this year’s national championship starting on page 49.…

5 min
tommy knocking

The Most Important Things in Golf This Month » You have four career wins on the European Tour and now, at age 27, you’ve made the transition to the PGA Tour. What’s it been like for you, getting to know new golf courses, new tournaments? Very enjoyable, actually. It’s a slightly different style of golf. The greens tend to be a bit firmer and a little bit quicker, with more slope. And a lot of new faces, though they’re not really new. I’ve played in good groups, with some great guys. It’s a friendly tour. And it’s been nice to play some pretty good golf as well. A year and a half ago you were ranked 188th in the world. Here we are, spring of 2018, and you’re now ranked 12th. How tough…