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Every bad result in golf can be traced back to a root cause. If you’re struggling to hit accurate drives, the issue is a lack of clubface control. Many amateurs start their backswings by whipping the driver way inside the target line and opening the face. From there, they re-route the club on a looping
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ABOUT What does one of the tour’s bombers do on the range—driver after driver into the stratosphere? Hardly. Justin Thomas reveals that he spends up to 80 percent of his warm-up time hitting 8-iron or less. Like all long hitters, he knows his explosive natural power will get him closer to the green than most
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ABOUT A goal without a plan is nothing but a wish. You want your scores to come down, but to do it, you need a plan. Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Hank Haney has been helping tour pros and average golfers get better for more than 30 years, and in this five-video series, he offers
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Birdies are available in large batches at Bellerive, and Gary Woodland has taken full advantage—thanks to some subtle coaching advice from putting guru Phil Kenyon and a minor equipment tweak. With Kenyon’s help, Woodland simplified his approach dramatically, which helped him reduce anxiety and tension in his pre-putt routine. Coupled with a larger grip installed
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The PGA Championship is unique in that it awards a handful of spots in the field to accomplished club professionals—teachers who thrive in regional and national competitions. In years past, prominent club pros like Claude Harmon (Butch’s father) were consistently competitive, but in recent years, tour players have dominated the leader boards. But for a
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After one of the most successful seasons in Symetra Tour history, with three victories and 12 top 10s in just 15 tournaments in 2016, Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden joined the LPGA Tour and had four top 10s in her rookie campaign. Known to be a good driver and solid putter, Sagstrom, 25, might be at
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When golf instructor Trillium Rose was asked to take a look at Troy Mullins’ driver swing for an analysis, her reaction was “she has the torque of a teenage boy.” That’s not something every woman would probably want to hear, but if you’re a long-drive champion like Mullins, you take that as a compliment. With
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Bubba Watson lets both feet shift toward the target as he smashes the ball, and Jim Furyk loops his club from a nearly upright orientation at the top of the swing to one of the best impact positions in golf. Jordan Spieth’s left elbow juts toward the target through impact, and Dustin Johnson bows his
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If you asked a lot of golfers how to teach the putting stroke, they might say that when holding the club, the arms and shoulders create a triangle shape that points down at the ball. The goal is keeping that triangle shape intact during the stroke. I get the visual, but I think it’s upside
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You say you can drive it 300 yards, but the last time you did it the hole was downhill, downwind and the ball caromed off the cartpath. You say you shoot in the low 80s, but you haven’t carded an 85 or better without two mulligans and a few generous gimme putts in about four
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When you’re done cycling through the typical phases of a golfer’s mental state after hitting one in deeper rough—from disappointment to anger to anguish to finally, resignation—give yourself a healthy slap in the face (glove hand, preferred) and cue the internal “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme song. You’ve got this. Not only are you
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ABOUT It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and golf courses are lush and green. What a perfect time for juniors to learn the game—and have fun doing it! For the first time ever, Golf Digest is offering an instructional video series tailored specifically to junior golfers. Join Travis Fulton, a Golf Digest Best
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