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ABOUT Week after week on the PGA Tour, players are out there bombing drives 320 yards, knocking down flagsticks and making dozens of birdies on their way to cashing in millions. Those players are the best in the world for a reason. Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Mark Blackburn has spent 15 years teaching on
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When we discuss getting better at golf, our minds usually race to the big stuff—joining a club, working more with a pro, switching out your irons and woods with clubs that match your specs. Of course, all of these can be factors in shaving strokes off your score (and while we’re at it, so will
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A six-footer is by no means a gimme, but it’s still short enough that it stings when it doesn’t go in. To make more of these, start by locking in your speed. It’s the most important part of every putt. And when you assess speed, don’t just factor how fast the ball needs to roll
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ABOUT Imagine if you could get a few more good looks at birdie every round. Maybe the key for you is driving the ball in play, or adding 20 yards off the tee. Or making crisper contact with your irons and eliminating bad misses on approach shots. Most likely, you need improvement in all of
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If you’re No. 1 in greens in regulation on the LPGA Tour like Jin Young Ko was in 2018, you might not need to spend a lot of time chipping. Unfortunately, most amateurs hit fewer than six greens in regulation each round, so having better short-game skills should be a focal point of practice, says
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There are times when we all make this game too complicated. That’s why I started this article with a simple thought: Send it, then hole it. I’m not saying golf is easy, but I find that if you simplify your keys to executing all the main shots, you’ll stop playing golf swing and start playing
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For the past six months, I’ve covered a dozen competitive events in my home state of Connecticut, photographing competition and writing about it for the Connecticut State Golf Association. It’s the first time that I’ve spent that much time watching really good players, mostly amateurs, up close. Lessons learned: 1. Play the 4,000-Hole Round. These
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ABOUT Despite how much you’d like to drive the ball 30 yards farther or hit flop shots like Phil Mickelson, you know what you really want is lower scores. And there’s a much easier way to get them: Play smarter and reduce unforced errors. Strategy beats swing changes every time. In this video series, top
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Gary Player has won 167 professional tournaments in 15 countries, including nine major championships on the regular tour and six on the Champions tour. He’s one of five players to capture the career Grand Slam. He has designed 400 courses worldwide. Through the Player Foundation, he has raised more than $50 million for charity. One
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ABOUT Imagine a player who hits bullets off the tee that fly more than 300 yards but only get 30 or 40 feet in the air (so they roll another 40). Yes, such a player exists. His name is Cameron Champ, a California native, now 23, who is starting his rookie season on the PGA
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Sean Foley remembers the first time he saw Cameron Champ swing a club. It was at Foley’s academy in Orlando, and Cameron was about 14. Foley was working with many tour pros at that time, including Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, but what he saw that day prompted him to call his wife, Kate, and
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ABOUT Whether you’re playing tennis, basketball, soccer or any other physically taxing sport, your cardiovascular conditioning improves as you play. Golf doesn’t really offer that benefit. That’s why we need to get our heart rates up doing something other than swinging a club. But instead of (yawn) jogging on a treadmill or letting your butt
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Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the game’s best players. They’re all physically gifted, so it’s often something else—a mental or emotional strength—that sets them apart. Here are a few of those qualities. 1.) A SHORT MEMORYGreat golfers are like great defensive backs in football: When they get burned, they’re
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My caddie on the LPGA Tour calls me the “Bunker Queen,” so I guess you came to the right place for some tips to get out of the sand. One of my favorite drills teaches you how to use wrist action to produce good bunker shots. I’ll explain that below. Another starts by drawing a
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I’ve had a successful PGA Tour career, including a pair of wins, by keeping things as simple as possible. Yet, in the numerous pro-ams I play, I notice everyday golfers tend to make things more complicated than they need to be, and their games suffer. One area to simplify is off the tee. For amateurs,
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ABOUT Imagine if an NFL team spent entire practices running one play over and over again and then went out expecting to win. That’s what a lot of amateur golfers do: They practice hitting their favorite club or two on the range, get in some kind of groove, then head out to play. When things
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Twenty majors if you count his two U.S. Amateurs, in stone the winner for all time. Champions great and small have sought his counsel in clubhouses and terraces across the world. Nicklaus started writing for Golf Digest in the early 1970s. What follows are some of his most enduring words that have appeared in our
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