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ABOUT Just six tournaments into his first full season on the PGA Tour in 2017, then-22-year-old Jon Rahm introduced himself as one of the game’s elite players by winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. And he did it in dramatic fashion. Rahm slaughtered his tee shot on the par-5 18th hole on Sunday—a
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ABOUT The golf world is filled with tips and practice drills designed to help players improve their games. But if you don’t know what advice to focus on—and don’t have a plan for putting the new information into action—you’ll continue to struggle. In this video program, Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Brian Manzella solves both
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We might never see another rookie season like the one Nancy Lopez had in 1978. Then 22, she won five LPGA Tour events in a row and four more before season’s end, including the LPGA Championship. To put it in perspective, the second-best rookie season in LPGA history came from Se Ri Pak in 1998,
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ABOUT The game of golf is built on benchmarks—breaking 100, shooting in the 80s, getting close to par—and the ultimate achievement for amateur golfers is to play to a scratch handicap. Some players do it by overpowering courses; some are impeccable ball-strikers; some are virtuosos around the greens. But all scratch golfers share some basic
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There’s a part of the game that you might not give much thought to, but if you did, I really believe you’d start shooting lower scores. Best thing, you won’t have to wait years or months to see improvement. Any idea what I’m hinting at? Did the headline give it away? Yup, I’m talking about
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Check out my downswing here. I call this the delivery position. The closer you get to impact, the less you can do—or undo—before you hit the ball. You’re basically on cruise control. That said, you can monitor this position when you practice. Swing down, stop here, and check three things. 1.) WEIGHT TO FRONT FOOTYou
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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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