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Golf Magazine March 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.

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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…

2 min.
clubtest 2018

What’s the best club you’ve ever owned? Cobra Fly-Z+ driver. I’ve had it in the bag since 2015— every club has been replaced since, but not this one. I’ve been telling myself for a year now that I’m going to get fitted for an upgrade, but it’s staying in until the wheels fall off. GreenWaveGolfer TaylorMade 5-wood, circa 2001. I could make it go both ways with a range of about 50 yards, 185-235. Can’t play anymore, but that stick felt like cheating at times. @Teeboneshuffle My Ping Anser 2 putter. It was a hand-me-down from my grandfather. It’s the only club that’s remained in my bag since I started playing, and the only putter I’ve ever used on the course. The consistency and sentimental value of this club can’t be replaced. @Predator6 Titleist 905 F2 18° 5-wood. If…

2 min.
ravers 1, ranters 0

THE CLUBS YOU BOUGHT LAST YEAR ARE FINE. THIS YEAR’S ARE EVEN BETTER. FOR PURE RESEARCH (or is it out of sheer boredom?), I often check the comments section of equipment-related websites and the posts from the more outspoken gearheads in the Twitterverse, more so when the majors begin unveiling new product (as they are at the time of this writing; you can check out the results of our 27th annual ClubTest starting on page 50). There’s a pattern to this digital soapboxing, and it’s mostly negative. From what I can gather, the prevailing sentiment—at least among those who spend time posting about it—is that the equipment industry is off its sole rails, disposed to ripping off golfers with useless tech that looks good to the eye but does nothing for…

2 min.
you’re up!

HAT TRICK You’ve started the year off with at least three outstanding pieces of sports journalism.“ Super Dog,” “Troubled Off the Tee,” and “Player of the Year: Justin Thomas” (all January 2018) showed us the incredible highs and sad lows of the game of golf. The stories behind the players keep me riveted to my TV every weekend, and your writers have set the bar high for this year. Thank you. —MARILYN JESS, SHAFTSBURY, VT. REMEMBERING WAYNE As a volunteer facilitator and advocate for Tough Enough to Talk About It, a suicide prevention program here in Canada, I just want to thank you for Alan Shipnuck’s story about Wayne Westner. It’s both fascinating and tragic that a seemingly innocuous slip on a golf course doing something he loved and at which he was so…

1 min.
jurassic golf

After more than 50 years in the business, and with more than 225 designs or redesigns worldwide to his credit, architect Rees Jones thought he’d seen it all. But Danzante Bay, his first original design in Mexico, shattered that notion. Located in Loreto, on the coast of Baja California Sur, the course is carved into canyons and cloaked by mountain ridges, “as if you’re in Colorado,” says Jones. Variety and playability go hand-in-glove with the stunning aesthetics, yet one hole alone makes the journey worth it. Sitting 250 feet above the Sea of Cortez, the par-3 17th is, Jones says, “the most spectacular natural hole I’ve ever designed.” Flip to p. 35 for more Danzante dazzle. Danzante Bay No. 17 Though the hole may be easy on the eyes, rocky ruin, sandy disaster…

5 min.
new beginnings

You had quite a year in 2017: a green jacket and a wedding. So far, what’s been the best thing about being married? Getting to spend pretty much every day of my life with [my wife, Angela]. She’s a great woman. Obviously, she loves me very much, and I love her very much, too. But more than anything, she’s just very smart and driven— and very good-looking— which makes me try a little bit harder as well. You two are expecting your first child very soon. What has the anticipation been like? Baby girl Garcia is coming in March, so it’s a very exciting time for us— we’re really looking forward to being parents. It’s something we’ve both wanted for a long time, and now it’s suddenly right around the corner. I’m sure…