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When golf instructor Trillium Rose was asked to take a look at Troy Mullins’ driver swing for an analysis, her reaction was “she has the torque of a teenage boy.” That’s not something every woman would probably want to hear, but if you’re a long-drive champion like Mullins, you take that as a compliment. With
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Bubba Watson lets both feet shift toward the target as he smashes the ball, and Jim Furyk loops his club from a nearly upright orientation at the top of the swing to one of the best impact positions in golf. Jordan Spieth’s left elbow juts toward the target through impact, and Dustin Johnson bows his
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If you asked a lot of golfers how to teach the putting stroke, they might say that when holding the club, the arms and shoulders create a triangle shape that points down at the ball. The goal is keeping that triangle shape intact during the stroke. I get the visual, but I think it’s upside
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You say you can drive it 300 yards, but the last time you did it the hole was downhill, downwind and the ball caromed off the cartpath. You say you shoot in the low 80s, but you haven’t carded an 85 or better without two mulligans and a few generous gimme putts in about four
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When you’re done cycling through the typical phases of a golfer’s mental state after hitting one in deeper rough—from disappointment to anger to anguish to finally, resignation—give yourself a healthy slap in the face (glove hand, preferred) and cue the internal “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme song. You’ve got this. Not only are you
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ABOUT It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and golf courses are lush and green. What a perfect time for juniors to learn the game—and have fun doing it! For the first time ever, Golf Digest is offering an instructional video series tailored specifically to junior golfers. Join Travis Fulton, a Golf Digest Best
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Links golf is an unusual experience for all of the land-locked golfers out there. The rolling, seaside courses are first striking in how visually different they are, but it doesn’t take long to realize that’s not all; links golf is a different game. If you feel lost on links courses, you probably are unaware of
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At the conclusion of this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, having competed in seven PGA Tour events, Tiger Woods ranked 206th on tour in fairway accuracy (51 percent). Early-season performances like at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he hit only 17 fairways in four rounds, contributed a lot to his ranking and aren’t indicative of what
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ABOUT If you’ve ever had the chance to watch tour pros on the practice tee, you know how fascinating it can be. The routines, the different ball flights, the sound of impact—most golf fans could camp out for hours. No two players follow the same script, but you can learn a lot from any of
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ABOUT Every golfer routinely walks off the 18th green asking the “What if” questions: What if I could’ve hit every tee shot like the one on the fifth hole? What if I hadn’t three-putted three times on the back nine? What if I could hit all my iron shots like I did on the practice
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ABOUT Are you tired of playing the same old partners match or individual bet every time you tee it up? We asked golf strategy expert Will Robins to share his most compelling on-course challenge games. The result is a feast for golfers looking to sharpen their competitive skills. Whether you want to get a little
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Last month in my cover story, I talked about developing flight-to-roll ratios around the greens. For your chipping clubs, you need to know how much of the shot is in the air and how much is on the ground. Then you can pick the right club for any situation. “HIT A FEW CHIPS BEFORE YOU
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The so-called “distance explosion” that has the USGA in a tizzy? Yeah, that might be happening on tour, but it ain’t happening to you. New data on average golfers, including more than 10 million drives gathered by Arccos, the GPS-based stat-tracking app, paints a slightly stagnant picture about driving distance for the paying public. Even
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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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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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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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