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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 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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