EDITOR'S NOTE: The happy golfer is the one who's getting better. Fortunately, there are many ways to boost your game, from practicing harder to making a swing change to finding the one tip that makes everything click. On the following pages -- our annual Make Me Better package -- we'll give you plenty to get happy about.
Leading the charge this year is Phil Mickelson. Phil has been a Golf Digest playing editor for more than 15 years, so he knows a thing or two about how we try to help golfers like you.
He's also pretty keen around the greens, so we asked him to reveal the short-game secrets that have made him a guy the other pros watch. Phil's coach, Golf Digest Teaching Professional Butch Harmon, adds his favorite full-swing tips.
Then we turn to stats whiz Peter Sanders, who calculates based on skill level how many greens you should hit and putts you should make from various distances. Golf Digest Teaching Professional Dean Reinmuth gives advice on both.
Finally, we asked PGA Tour players to tell us how they improved in areas the stats said were holding them back. (Track your own stats at golfdigest.com/go/makemebetter) What worked for them might be just what you need. Remember you have to find the best route for you to improve your game. And be happy.
TIP+VIDEO: Phil's Putting Routine