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ABOUT Iconic Pebble Beach. The magnificent coastline holes, the do-or-die shots, the adrenaline, the weather. Perhaps no golf experience in America trumps playing Pebble Beach. It takes strategy and nerve, and in the end, tests your skills as much as it stirs your senses. In this four-video series, Pebble Beach teaching professional Laird Small takes
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If you’re tossing out stereotypes about U.S. Open conditions, narrow fairways and thick rough probably come to mind first. But increasingly slick and challenging greens throughout the weekend are another constant—especially given the USGA’s recent issues with keeping courses under control. Given the weekend forecast—clear and cool—and the moisture-removing SubAir systems Pebble Beach has under
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If U.S. Open rough wasn’t intimidating enough, Pebble Beach features some of the smallest greens in regular major championship rotation. Smaller greens obviously make for smaller targets, but the practical and psychological effects go beyond shrinking players’ margin for aiming error. “Even if you’re in control of your direction, the greens at Pebble Beach are
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ABOUT Ever wonder what tour players and their teachers are talking about on the range? In the next episode of Golf Digest’s Undercover Lessons series, you’ll get that up-close experience with three-time tour winner Pat Perez and his instructor, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Drew Steckel. It’s as close as you can get to the
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ABOUT With all the talk these days about driving distance, a better short game is still the fastest way to improve your scores. Why? Well, a couple reasons. First, you hit a lot more shots inside 50 yards than you do tee shots. Second, it’s easier to tweak the small swings than the big ones.
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People say the golf swing is all about impact. But it’s what you do before impact that determines if the strike will be any good. Getting into a solid position at the top lets you swing freely on the way down. You don’t have to fight your way back into position. Let’s look at three
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ABOUT The old saying goes, “You don’t play golf swing, you play golf.” It’s an important reminder that knowing how to hit all the shots is only half the equation for being a good golfer. The other half is understanding how to navigate the course to shoot lower scores. In this video series, Golf Digest
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Everyone needs a tee shot they can rely on. It’s not necessarily the longest drive, it’s the one you’re sure you can put in the fairway when you can’t afford to be in the rough. I had one of those situations last year on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Minjee Lee at
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ABOUT If you think of the golf swing in broad terms, as one continuous movement, Jim McLean says you’re making it too hard. McLean, a top-five instructor on Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America, believes that breaking the swing into key positions is the best way to start improving your technique and playing better
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All too often amateurs have one basic chipping stroke, and they use it no matter the lie. I’m all for keeping it simple on standard chips, but you have to adapt to different lies. When you try to force a technique, you get in trouble. Let’s look at two common chipping scenarios: the perched lie
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The thing about hitting fairway woods off the turf is, most golfers feel like they have to help them into the air. They look down and don’t see much loft on the clubface, and they know they want to launch the ball high, so what do they do? The classic mistakes are playing the ball
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ABOUT Whether it’s a 100-mile-per-hour fastball, a slap shot from the blue line or a knockout punch, the most explosive moves in sports come after there is a buildup of energy. That’s certainly true in golf, where a big, fully wound backswing results in a faster, better synchronized through-swing. That’s the jumping-off point for this
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