A host of teachers with sparkling credentials can (and, in a minute, will) wax poetic about the quality of the late, great Mickey Wright’s swing. For Jim McLean, the fact that the assessment came from even higher authorities was all he needed to hear right from the start. “Whenever I talked to the great players
In celebration of Golf Digest’s 70th anniversary, we went back through our archives to find a collection of interesting—and sometimes controversial—instruction images and asked today’s top teachers to give their contemporary interpretation of the advice from decades past. In this story from June 1953, soon-to-be 1953 PGA champion Johnny Revolta displayed his leg action to
Tiger Woods’ short game is perhaps the greatest of all time—his ability to turn a tough greenside shot into an unforgettable moment is unmatched. Fortunately he has shared some of his best secrets with Golf Digest through the years. Though it might take some practice before your short game reaches elite status, Tiger’s tips will
The secret to great wedge play is being able to produce any distance on command and that comes from knowing how to control speed at impact. There are two leading methods: Vary the length of the backswing and accelerate through, or make whatever backswing you want and just feel out the right speed at impact.
In celebration of Golf Digest’s 70th anniversary, we went back through our archives to find a collection of interesting—and sometimes controversial—instruction images and asked today’s top teachers to evaluate whether the advice presented in them still holds up for the modern player. In this article from June 1952, Dave Bauer analyzes the swings of his
Golfers are commonly told to lock everything down and just rock their shoulders when they putt. The problem with that little gem of advice is, freezing any part of the body causes tension, which destroys feel. RELATED: Hot List Mallet Putters Let’s focus on the head. When you try to keep it still, you create
What if you could putt with a mallet that behaves like a blade? Enter toe-hang mallet putters. If you’re not familiar with toe hang, put the shaft of a putter in the palm of your hand with the face turned skyward. If the toe of the head drops down, that’s toe hang. RELATED: Hot List:
If your breaking putts tend to miss on the low side, I’d bet your problem is how you look at the putt from over the ball. Most golfers spend too much time staring at the hole, and then putt toward it—after all, that’s where you want to end up. But you have to discipline yourself
Back in my 20s, and even well into my 30s, I was one of the longest players on the PGA Tour. That’s no longer the case—I’ve had four back surgeries, and I’m only six years away from being eligible for the senior tour—so it’s more important than ever for me to put my drives in
Of all the tough lies you can get in a greenside bunker, perhaps the worst is when your ball comes to rest so close to the edge, you can’t stand with both feet in the sand. It’s a tough shot, but not impossible. First, take a deep breath. I want you stand over the ball
In pro-ams, my partners often ask what they can do to I improve. My stock answer: Take advantage of your good drives. The funny thing is, I wasn’t doing a good job of listening to my own advice. Despite good results with my irons in 2018, ranking fifth on the PGA Tour in greens-in-regulation percentage
An “aha” moment is a beautiful thing. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been working on your game, few things feel better than when the stars align and everything clicks. In collecting some feedback around the start of the new year, we were overwhelmed by the successes shared with us by golfers on social media.
Look at old videos of the best swings of yesteryear, and you’ll likely see the golfer’s lead knee move toward the ball during the backswing. At the same time, the lead leg’s foot would roll inward and the heel would come off the ground. For the most part, it’s become a thing of the past.
Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden had her biggest breakthrough in her first LPGA Tour event of 2020, winning the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Sagstrom joined the LPGA Tour in 2017 after one of the most successful seasons on Symetra Tour history, with three victories and four top 10s in her rookie campaign. Known to be
ORLANDO — Though golf has a tendency to move slower than most industries, the technology innovations we’ve seen this week beg to differ. Artificial intelligence and robotics have been terms perhaps thrown around in the past, implemented by only the biggest companies, but now we’re actually seeing the results of intense research and development. And
Great iron players talk about compression—the feeling of hitting the ball with a downward strike. To create that dynamic on your iron shots, focus on the start of the downswing. RELATED: Game-Improvement Irons Nathaniel Welch Feel like you’re moving your left shoulder (for righties) down and toward the target as the first move from the
It’s true that hybrids are great out of the rough. The wide sole can handle the heavy grass without getting stuck. But understand that you need to make a steeper swing. Just like with fairway woods, a descending strike is the way to go. A few adjustments at address will set up the impact you
I know the long shaft and lack of loft on a 3-wood can freak you out. The typical issues are hitting the ground before the ball or catching it thin. But sometimes you need the horsepower of that club. To hit it solid, just tweak how you swing. The swing’s low point should come after