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Golf Magazine October 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

in this issue

1 min.
golf digital

October 2017 Volume 59, Issue 10 WISH YOU WERE HERE! Get up close and personal with the greatest courses and holes in a weeklong celebration of GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and World on GOLF.com. View Top 100 buddy trips, in-depth galleries featuring both lists, and rankings editor Joe Passov’s inside scoop on the 10 holes you need to play before you hang up your spikes. JON RAHM EXCLUSIVE! Go behind the scenes at our recent photo shoot with the Spanish phenom to learn new moves to energize your driver swing, how to properly dribble a football (the round kind), and how to pull off some extracool post-round looks with your favorite pair of jeans. Only on GOLF.com. NEW GEAR Sneak Peek! TaylorMadeTakes the Forged Road Equipment Editor Michael Chwasky looks behind the curtain at TaylorMade’s…

2 min.
ode to joe

JOE HAD ASNOBFREE REVERENCE FOR THE GAME THAT FLOORED YOU. NOTHING’S CHANGED. I FIRST MET Joe Passov, our Travel and Course Rankings czar, in 1995, at the then-busy offices of the nowdefunct monthly Petersen’s Golfing. I was new to the golf-writing biz, Joe already a household name among design geeks. In his sunlit SoCal office a few floors above Wilshire Boulevard, it was easy to glean that Joe was no ordinary scribe, capable of riffing on the merits of Cape holes and Tifdwarf. (I knew plenty of people who could do that.) Joe had an aura, a snob-free reverence for the game that both floored and lifted you. Nothing’s changed. The story goes that shortly after finishing law school at the University of Nebraska, Joe chose to trade in his suit for…

1 min.
how we rank them

Our rankings are determined by a 100-member-strong international panel whose members represent 18 countries. Voters include major championship winners, Ryder Cup players, architects, leading amateurs, administrators, journalists, photographers, and more than a dozen connoisseurs who’ve managed to play all of the world’s Top 100 courses. Although there are no set-in-stone criteria they must follow, GOLF lends confidence in the panel’s sense of what constitutes “greatness” in a course. Each panelist evaluates a ballot of 522 courses, and point values are accrued based on how they rank them. (For example, every course in a panelist’s top three earns 100 points.) Any course that receives a “remove from ballot” vote has 10 points deducted. Architects cannot vote for their original designs, and course owners cannot vote for their properties. See who made the…

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

Ernie Els 21% Michael Bamberger 11% MajorlessPlayers 7% Other 61% ERNIE ELS I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the article on Ernie Els—the piece was very well done. I was fortunate to have witnessed on TV the duel between Ernie and Tiger at the 2003 Presidents Cup, and it was magical. Thanks for the entertaining article. TOM ORMESHER,WATERLOO, ILL. THE COVER photo showing Ernie Els smiling with his canine pal so aptly conveys Ernie’s true character! Excellent work! BOB RIEMER,AMENIA, N.Y. THANKS, ROB! AS ONE OF GOLF’s volunteer equipment ClubTesters for more than a decade, I had a chance to workwith former equipment editor Rob Sauerhaft on many a ClubTest. Rob consistently put his heart and soul into bringing the magazine’s readers the most current, accurate, and insightful equipment information possible. Over more than 25 years of developing and annually running ClubTest, Rob…

1 min.
teeing off

THE MAIN COURSE When we compile our biennial list of the Top 100 Courses in the World (see pg. 66), we’re always ready for surprises. But this? A real shocker. Tara Iti, architect Tom Doak’s newest Southern Hemisphere masterpiece, enters this edition of the Top 100 at No. 29— and it deserves every bit of praise for its astonishing debut performance. Already drawing comparisons to Royal Dornoch and Cypress Point, the course is crafted atop a vast sand deposit that overlooks New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. Seaside breezes, swift-running fairways and multiple options around the greens lend the track an honest Scottish feel, all within 50 miles of Auckland. Tara Iti just opened in October 2015, but already it feels timeless. Just like the game itself. Tara Iti, Hole 15 When it entered the…

4 min.
the new queen bee

The Most Important Things in Golf You won the ANA Inspiration, your first win in three years, and soon after you ascended to No. 1 in the world. How did you achieve such a breakthrough in your game? Before I won the ANA Inspiration, I wasn’t sure about myself. Was I strong enough to handle tournament pressure? But the ANA was one of the toughest situations that I had to deal with, and I got through. That gave me a lot of confidence about my golf and my mental game. That must have been an emotional Sunday. Lexi Thompson had a comfortable lead before taking a fourshot penalty for improperly moving her mark during the previous day’s round. What was going through your mind that afternoon? I was really struggling for the…