April 2012

Golf Digest April 2012 Table of Contents

Cover Story: Book Excerpt

The Big Miss

Did a fascination with military training jeopardize Tiger Woods' left knee and his attempt at breaking Jack Nicklaus' record?
Masters Preview

Augusta National Portfolio

We asked one of the most renowned illustrators to capture scenes from his first visit to Augusta National last year.

Swirling Down The Drain

Augusta's 12th hole sits at the bottom of a natural sink. Winds and the whirlpool effect make it the scariest 155 yards in golf.

Boys To Men

The Crow's Nest, Bobby Jones' attic in the Augusta National clubhouse, has been home to generations of Masters amateurs.

Big Memories. Little Memories. Best Memories

It turns out that what happens at Augusta leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime.

The Nicklaus Influence

McIlroy and Schwartzel are the latest to learn: When you need advice at Augusta, ask Jack.

The Flight From Hell

It's the final round of the Masters, Tiger's charging. Does the plane really have to leave now?

Augusta was No. 1 in a poll of tour pros

How To

My Checklist

When to hit a sweeping draw

8 Tips To Play Your A-Game

Find out if you are a practicer or a player, and try my alternative techniques to improve your game.

Own Every Par 3

The best tour player on par 3s reveals his secret.

Sean Foley

An easy move to correct an across-the-line swing

Flick & Nicklaus

Why Jack hovers the club

Breaking 100/90/80

How to control your shots.

Swing Sequence: Aaron Baddeley

Retooling his stacked swing.

Best Young Teachers

Your forearms are key in ball-striking and putting.

Unclutter Your Swing

Learn how your joints move to get more consistent and stay injury-free.

Chipping: Always Hit Down

It's the simplest way to make crisp contact.

David Leadbetter

Spin out with your lower body to generate power

Butch Harmon

Escape the sand in one try

Tom Watson

A quick drill for solid pitches

Hank Haney

My simple grip change will fix your hook


Away Game

No use crying about the oversupply of golf in Atlanta. It's a great problem for us.


Tale of the tape: 10 rounds in 10 days in Myrtle Beach.
Golf Equipment

New Looks

Sole science: Our detailed guide to golf footwear highlights several shoes that could change how you play.

What's In My Bag

Scotland's Martin Laird


Jerry Tarde:
Jaime Diaz: The Closer

Golf Saved My Life:
My wife and I found comfort on the course after the death of our son.
Think Young, Play Hard:
From the tee box to the zipline, 28-year-old Brendan Steele loves the outdoors.
Jaime Diaz:
Forget last year's 80. Rory McIlroy is my Masters pick

Book reviews:
Some golf-related reading suggestions to help you prepare for another season.

Strong shoulder blades are pivotal to swinging correctly

Did you improve your lie?

Mr. Style:
Seven watches that can withstand your swing

Ask Stina:
Breaking up with your pro

Hungover Caddie:
Six tips for playing well when it's wet

Close Out:
One editor's solution to better golf: Ignore the ball.

David Owen: My Tech:
Gear you didn't know you needed: My week at golf's annual trade show.
Peter Finch: Money Clip
Inside the fast-changing world of gambling on golf.

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