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When you’re hitting your irons great—and getting them closer to the hole—the game sure seems easy. You’re not putting pressure on your short game and adding the stress of constantly grinding for pars and bogeys. You can be freer off the tee with your driver, too, because you’re excited to handle the shot that comes
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With the possible exception of California’s Monterey Peninsula, home to Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Spyglass and others, there isn’t a denser concentration of great golf in the world than on the eastern end of New York’s Long Island. Shinnecock Hills, host of this summer’s U.S. Open, is fourth on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100
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When you win consecutive U.S. Opens, you won’t hear many people say you don’t have complete control of your ball. Brooks Koepka proved once again his game is more than just mashing tee shots by putting on an iron-striking clinic at Shinnecock Hills on his way to victory. Koepka married a 318-yard driving distance average—second
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LAUNCH IT HIGHERMost amateurs hit the ball with a downward strike too low on the face, creating high spin and low launch—the worst combination for distance. You’ll immediately get longer if you hit it in the sweet spot, which is a little above the center of the face. To do that, focus on how your
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From high-tech adjustable drivers to portable shot-tracking software, golf is a game steeped in technology—and in the last decade, the cell phone has become an integral part of most golfers’ gear. Loaded with apps that can help improve your game and speed up pace of play, track your progress and give you exact yardages for
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When you’re hitting an approach shot, the yardage to the green immediately points you to a particular club. From 150 yards, you might think, That’s my 6-iron. From 180, Gimme the 5-wood. You base those selections on the thousands of shots you’ve hit with those clubs. Better yet, think in terms of averages. Maybe you’ve
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The nine utility irons shown here should come with a warning, amusement-park style: “You must be this good to play these clubs.” Elite players increasingly are dumping their hybrids in favor of utility irons. The reason is that they can flight shots lower and more accurately, especially in windy conditions, and their faces now flex
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Renowned PGA instructor Cameron McCormick is taping upcoming lesson segments for Golf Channel at the brand-new Lucy Davies Golf Academy near Los Angeles. It’s not just the TV exposure that’s wowing the man better known as Jordan Spieth’s personal coach this recent weekday morning, but rather the technology he’s using. The Academy has just installed
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Mickey DeMorat encapsulates golf’s fine line between the haves and have nots. The difference in play between the sport’s upper echelon and those laboring in the minor leagues is minuscule, yet the gulf in lifestyle and bank accounts is infinite. Opportunities to infiltrate the game’s top level don’t come around that often, and if
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Austin Johnson has seen his brother Dustin subdue a golf course with his raw-boned power more than a few times in their six years together, including two years ago at fearsome Oakmont Country Club when Dustin captured the U.S. Open with pugilistic antipathy. On Thursday at Shinnecock Hills, he saw something different,
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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Chalk it up to the crowds congregating around Tiger Woods, who was stumbling his way around the back. Or because the group was traversing the part of the Shinnecock Hills property furthest from the clubhouse. That it was early evening didn’t help. Whatever the reason, perhaps all three, the trio of Xander Schauffele, Keegan
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