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There’s a stat on the PGA Tour—strokes gained/off the tee—that indicates how much of an advantage a golfer gets from driving when compared to other golfers. If you look at the names at the top of the strokes-gained list — Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy—you start to realize how valuable
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We know, we know. You don’t even want to talk about the shanks for fear bringing the subject up will cause you to catch them. But like it or not, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re going to want to know a solution. Though awful, the plague of the shanks is curable.
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It’s not uncommon for golfers of all abilities to have a hole or holes that they routinely play poorly. And they aren’t just adding bogeys to the scorecard. It’s often a catastrophic meltdown, hitting drives way off course, skulling chips, leaving balls in the bunker and finishing things off with a putting exhibition that looks
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When I won the Fort Worth Invitational earlier this year, I had two key up-and-downs on the back nine on Sunday. I hit it in greenside bunkers on the 14th and 16th holes—no one knows how difficult that shot on 16 was—but I was able to save par on both to hold off Brooks Koepka.
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Modern launch monitors have taught us exactly what makes the ball go where it goes, but most golfers would be smart not to get too caught up in technicalities. Decades ago, Jack Nicklaus described a simple way to shape shots, and it’s every bit as valid today. Jack said to hit a fade—his preferred shot—aim
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You might not believe it now, but there will come a point when you think getting out of greenside bunkers is easy. When that day arrives, turn your attention to improving your control of the ball once it lands on the putting surface—especially on short sand shots. When you need to stop the ball quickly
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As a captain of two Ryder Cup teams and a player on six others, I’ve learned from hard and happy experience some of the finer points of match-play strategy. Team play is fascinating on two distinct levels. The captain is charged with formulating two-man teams in the foursomes (alternate-shot) and four-balls (best-ball) competitions, and sending
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It’s fairly common for golfers to limit their use of fairway woods to second shots on par 5s and tee shots on long par 3s. They might use them only a few times a round. That’s a shame, because fairway woods are useful in many situations. They’re designed to be forgiving on mis-hits; they make
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ABOUT Just six tournaments into his first full season on the PGA Tour in 2017, then-22-year-old Jon Rahm introduced himself as one of the game’s elite players by winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And he did it in dramatic fashion. Rahm slaughtered his tee shot on the par-5 18th hole on Sunday—a
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ABOUT The golf world is filled with tips and practice drills designed to help players improve their games. But if you don’t know what advice to focus on—and don’t have a plan for putting the new information into action—you’ll continue to struggle. In this video program, Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Brian Manzella solves both
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We might never see another rookie season like the one Nancy Lopez had in 1978. Then 22, she won five LPGA Tour events in a row and four more before season’s end, including the LPGA Championship. To put it in perspective, the second-best rookie season in LPGA history came from Se Ri Pak in 1998,
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ABOUT The game of golf is built on benchmarks—breaking 100, shooting in the 80s, getting close to par—and the ultimate achievement for amateur golfers is to play to a scratch handicap. Some players do it by overpowering courses; some are impeccable ball-strikers; some are virtuosos around the greens. But all scratch golfers share some basic
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There’s a part of the game that you might not give much thought to, but if you did, I really believe you’d start shooting lower scores. Best thing, you won’t have to wait years or months to see improvement. Any idea what I’m hinting at? Did the headline give it away? Yup, I’m talking about
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