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Golf Magazine May 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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United States
EB Golf Media
8 Issues

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1 min.

Our new video series, GOLF Today, has the game covered, only on GOLF.com! Head to GOLF.com to watch our video series, created in collaboration with the United States Golf Association. In each episode of GOLF Today, viewers will find exclusive coverage of all facets of the game from its leading voices. Highlights from our latest episode, which can be found at GOLF.com/Today: • Antiques Roadshow meets the ancient game as we explore the quirky world of buying and selling golf memorabilia. GOLF contributing writer Josh Sens visits a high-end auction house in New Jersey and a leading collector in Manhattan—and learns that mashies can mean big-time money. • Thomas Pagel, the USGA's senior director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, explains how rules changes are made. Plus: SI's Michael Bamberger and GOLF.com's Marika Washchyshyn…

2 min.
picture perfect

IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, the thoughts that fill your mind at address represent a rogues' gallery of potential mistakes: whipping the club inside, cutting across the ball, hitting it fat. So this month, we're going to look at the many benefits of picturing perfect moves, rather than imperfect ones. Golfers are uniquely affected by visuals, negative or positive. The game's slow pace leaves time for insidious thoughts to creep in, which can sap your confidence and hurt your swing. Everyone from Hogan to Nicklaus to Spieth has praised the swing benefits of creating a clear image of the desired shot. But what specific pictures lead to good shots and lower scores? Cue: Kevin Chappell. The rising PGA Tour star banked more than $4.5 million in 2016. How? In part by relying on…

2 min.
you're up!

LADIES WHO LAUNCH I read with interest the driver ClubTest in the March issue. After reading each review, I looked to see who the 40 testers were. What a disappointment—what I found was 40 men! If we want to "grow the game," shouldn't we have the testers be more representative of the overall population, or at least the golfing population? I'm looking forward to the edition where you use women to test clubs. Where do I sign up? —ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE, VIA E-MAIL YOU DON'T KNOW JACK If he happens to be reading this, I thought Jack Nicklaus—and your readers—would like to know what Jack's father said just before the young Bear won the 1959 Amateur at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo., in 1959 and went to the Broadmoor…

2 min.
teeing off

ONE: IT'S NO LONGER THE LONELIEST NUMBER DJ, Jason, Jordan…There's so much talent atop the rankings that securing the title of World No. 1 is harder than ever to swing. Earth Movers DJ's third-place finish at Pebble Beach in early February (above) ate away at Day's No. 1 ranking, which he'd held for almost a year. If you happened to find yourself in Los Angeles in late February for the final round of the Genesis Open, you might have felt the ground shift beneath your feet. It wasn't a typical California earthquake, however. It was golf's volatile metrics in motion yet again. By the time he climbed the slope behind the 18th green at Riviera Country Club to collect his $1.26 million first-place paycheck, Dustin Johnson had clambered to the summit of the Official World Golf…

5 min.
hats off to ollie

You had a celebrated career before you turned pro. You were the No. 1-ranked amateur as well as a three-time All-American at Georgia Tech. Now that you're a PGA Tour rookie, what has surprised you most about the bigs? I was able to play a good amount of PGA Tour events right after I graduated and before I turned pro, so I more or less knew what I was getting into. But the biggest surprise was the difficulty of the travel. In college, I was playing 54-hole events maybe 11 times a year. Now I'm playing 72-hole events and traveling week to week. It's pretty taxing, even for us young guys. Is the Tour more taxing physically or mentally— or is it about the same? I would say both but more so mentally.…

4 min.
game of thrones

DUSTIN JOHNSON'S ascension to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in February means that 20 men have now reached that lofty perch since the list was birthed in 1986. It's too early to say what kind of reign DJ will enjoy (although his win at the WGC-Mexico City in his first start as No. 1 portends nicely). But here's my highly subjective countdown of the game's other 19 top dogs. 19. TOM LEHMAN TOTAL WEEKS AT NO. 1: 1 Is it better to have reached the summit for one brief moment or to have never peaked at all? That's for philosophers, not sportswriters, to decide. Lehman's 1997 cameo is a metaphor for the parity of the post-Faldo, pre-Tiger years. 18. BERNHARD LANGER TOTAL WEEKS AT NO. 1: 3 Langer enjoys the distinction of being…