January 2012

Golf Digest January 2012 Table of Contents
Photo by Walter Iooss Jr.

Cover Story:
6 Keys To Solid Strikes

All the basics for great iron play, from setup to finish.

Golf's Global Profile

How young stars outside the U.S. are changing the face of the game.

America's 75 Toughest Golf Courses

We've identified the most diabolical venues in the U.S.

Playing On Cloud 9

What the world's best think (but you don't) before the round begins.

Book excerpt

No One Tells Tiger What To Do

One thing I learned from a four-hour conversation: Tiger makes almost all his own calls—for good and bad.

How to

My Checklist: Trevor Immelman

Blasting out of the sand

Swing Sequence: K.J. Choi

There's a reason the 2011 Players champion is known as the Tank among his peers.

Sean Foley

Make flush contact on every shot with this useful image

Butch Harmon

My best tip for keeping your swing under control

Hank Haney

Don't get mad: Watch your putts as they pass the hole

Tom Watson

Go with less loft when chipping from an upslope

David Leadbetter

Why better balance at setup leads to a better swing

Flick & Nicklaus

Our keys to staying active and playing great as you age

Bunkers Made Easy

Open the face, your stance—and swing across the ball

Get Back To The Ball

Let your arms pull your body from the top

Breaking 100/90/80

Tips and drills for getting better when the weather keeps you indoors.

Good Advice Gone Bad

Overdo these common tips, and you'll only get worse.

Golf Equipment

New Looks: Speed secrets

Finding more distance with technology.

Hot List: Rainsuits

We found 15 gold and silver medalists to keep you dry—without restricting your swing.

What's In My Bag

Spencer Levin

Golf Travel

Away Game

Hard to say which is better—Bermuda's golf or its views.


The joy of buddies trips.


Jerry Tarde
Our New Mantra: Think Young, Play Hard

The Year In Golf
Our annual quiz will yield a few laughs at 2011's gaffes.

The latest rules revisions, which go into effect in 2012

Making the rounds
How Butch lost 36 pounds but gained driving distance.

Summing up a memorable year for fashion statements

Ice or heat—which should you use when you're injured?

Money clip
Bad weather can be costly for golf-course owners.

A Q&A with one of golf's hottest rookies, Ryann O'Toole; a secret weapon that works, plus wisdom from Judy Rankin.

Hungover Caddie
Don't be a bunker dunce

My Tech
Smartphone GPS apps make navigation idiot-proof.
By David Owen

Stamp Of Approval
As the U.S. Postal Service looks for new figures to honor, we believe Arnold Palmer's the man for the job
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