The heart of Golf Digest, when all is said and done, is instruction. You come to us to improve your games, score lower and one hopes enjoy the game more. It's fun to hear your comments on how we're doing in that department.
As always, your instructional articles were great. Here's my problem: Now that I can HIT IT GREAT ALL THE TIME!...and can DRIVE THE BALL 15 YARDS FURTHER!...and I NEVER MISS A FIVE-FOOTER!...golf has gotten, well, boring. Can I suggest a theme for your next issue?
"DRIVE EVERY GREEN (AND THEN MAKE THE PUTT)! Are you tired of scoring in the low-60's? Our instructors show you how to break 55 consistently...using only three clubs!"
Just kidding. :) Keep up the good work.
Steve Vidmar, Albuquerque, NM
I hope they like those jokes on the moon, Steve, because that's where you'll need, "HOW TO HIT IT IN REALLY THIN AIR" AND "SPIN IT OUT OF SUPER DUSTY LIES!"
by Butch Harmon with Neil Armstrong. Now get back to work on your game.
I am an avid golfer and I really love Golf Digest. I look forward every month to reading the swing tips from the teaching professionals. I just completed reading the "Hit it great all the time" by David Leadbetter. One issue is all the swing tips in this article and all other articles for that matter are for right handers. It's not difficult to convert a tip to the opposite side for my left handed swing, it's just annoying. Could you include a conversion section within the article for us left-handed players?
Lon, we do from time to time (and have done periodically for the two decades I've been here) switch to neutral instructions, substituting "forward" foot for "left" foot, and so on, and it never quite sticks. Most of the instructors are right-handed and they naturally describe positions and movements from that point of view. Are we too lazy to translate that into "neutral" language? No, it's just that when we make those changes we end up forcing all of our readers, right- or left-handed, to convert the words into what's natural for them, which isn't much of a solution. So we have chosen to make it easily understandable for the majority. We apologize, though, and can appreciate your annoyance. In the meantime, the best conversion I can offer is, change every "left" to "right" and every "right" to "left". Just kidding. Thanks for your letter and for reading--and converting--our tips.