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Many times your standard chip shot just won’t do, like when you need a higher shot for a close pin or a lower shot to get to the other side of the green. To adjust trajectory, most golfers play the ball farther forward or back in their stance. But changing the ball’s position can throw
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Golf Digest’s Ask Golf Digest column covers some of golfers’ most burning questions each month in the magazine. This month’s column tackles how to handle a slow player in your group, among other items. Q: How do you tell good friends they’re taking way too much time? They’re fabulous people, but it’s becoming very difficult
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If there’s one stat I’m really proud of, it’s my greens in regulation. I’m hitting three out of every four greens, and that means I have a lot of looks at birdie. Even better, having that many opportunities takes a lot of pressure off my putter because I know that if I two-putt for par,
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ABOUT Even the best instructor in the game needs a second pair of eyes now and then. Join Butch Harmon for his 25-minute range session with George Gankas, coach to tour star Matthew Wolff and ranked 11th on Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America. Known for his non-traditional teaching methods, Gankas helps Harmon with
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What does a great golf instructor look like? It has never been harder to fit one into some kind of standard teacher template. The members of Golf Digest’s newest 50 Best Teachers list can certainly be found in the traditional places and playing their traditional roles—working with the greatest players in the world on PGA
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The teachers highlighted in BOLD are on the list of America’s 50 Best Teachers. ALABAMA 1.) Mark Blackburn (17), Blackburn Golf Academy at Greystone G. & C.C., Birmingham 2.) Tony Ruggiero (43), C.C. of Mobile 3.) Wayne Flint, Highland Park G. Cse., Birmingham 4.) Eric Eshleman, C.C. of Birmingham 5.) Jackson Koert, Lakewood G.C., Point Clear 6.)
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Whether it’s a 50-footer across the green or six feet to shoot a new personal best, imagine feeling comfortable and confident over every putt. Now, anyone can become a better putter with a new, simple approach from David Leadbetter. The key? Putting with your core. To understand what putting with your core means, try this
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Golf Digest: You’ve credited Phil Ritson with getting you started as a teacher. Best advice he gave you? He once said, “If you can’t help someone, don’t f— them up.” That’s good advice for any teacher. GD: What’s your primary goal when giving a lesson? If you had a lesson with me right now, the
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When you hit into a greenside bunker, is your brain flooded with swing thoughts that make the next shot seem complicated, like you’re running through a long checklist just to get the ball out? Instead, clear your mind—if you can—and try my simpler approach: No matter the lie, no matter the yardage, play the ball
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We’ve all been there—standing over a four-footer really matters. Could be for that a birdie. Could be to win a weekend match. Could even be to keep your team from going backward in a scramble. No matter the scenario, there are only two outcomes. Why do some golfers always seem to make these while others
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As the days get shorter and your course becomes less playable, turn your attention to working on your game for next year—especially getting longer off the tee, says golf-fitness trainer Kaitlyn Pimentel. She particularly likes the two exercises on this page because of the way they complement each other. “With only these two exercises, you
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