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My Five: The Best At Getting Better

Golf Digest Senior Writer Jaime Diaz ranks golf's top improvers

December 22, 2010
The off-season is finally here, time for touring pros to take a brief rest and figure out how to keep getting better. It's the skill most vital to staying near the top of the game and having a long career, though it's not a given even among great players. Here are the five best.
Tom Kite

1. Tom Kite

Behind early growing up in Austin and during their early days as pros, Kite played the tortoise to Ben Crenshaw's hare. Though he didn't win a tournament on the tour until his fourth season in 1976, the physically unimposing Kite studied his weaknesses and worked relentlessly to correct them. He made his swing more powerful and efficient, was one of the first players use a sports psychologist, transformed his body through fitness regimen, and made a huge contribution to the modern game by pioneering the use of the 60-degree wedge. After failing in the late stages of several majors, he learned from his mistakes and played an airtight final round to win the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Kite was playing the best golf of his life in 1993 when a back injury at age 43 helped stop his PGA Tour winning total at 19.
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