December 2012

Golf Digest December 2012 Table of Contents
Photos by Walter Iooss Jr.

Cover Story: Game Changers: Players Who Give Back

What do a world of avid golfers have in common? A passion for the game, and a desire to help those who can benefit from its allure.

Michael Phelps

"I was just a kid with a dream. . . . I want kids to know dreams can come true."

Michael J. Fox

"Now I feel like I belong to something. I'm not alone."

Morgan Freeman

"If life's been good to you, you should be good to life."

Bill Clinton

"Just when you get ready to give up, something amazing happens."


A Speech Fit For A King

Arnold Palmer receives the Congressional Gold Medal, and Jack Nicklaus shares memories of a man he'll never forget.


At Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter's Lake Nona home, there are world-class Ferraris for the family.

Tears Of A Clown

Christina Kim, long one of the LPGA Tour's most effervescent personalities, opens up about her battle with depression.

Swing Sequence: Tiger vs. Rory

Who swings it better?


My Checklist

Don't mess up downhill lies.

Nick's Tricks

Get up and down from anywhere.

Law Of The Draw

New research: Open the face to hit a draw.

Easy Outs

How to escape tough lies in greenside bunkers.

4 Faults Fixed

Smooth tempo, wider turn, better contact, more power.

No More X's

All of the basics for getting out of trouble.
Golf Instruction

Golf Digest Live

How to flush your irons.

Tom Watson

You need to fire your right side to be a good ball-striker.

Steal My Feel

My drill to help you one-putt.

Butch Harmon

Fix your biggest power leak.

David Leadbetter

Curing a case of "the rights."

Hank Haney

Avoid this common mistake for more distance off the tee.

Best Young Teachers

Keys to hit closer pitch shots.

Golf Equipment

New Looks

The fastest irons ever.

What's In My Bag

Five-time PGA Tour winner Carl Pettersson.


Away Game: Los Cabos, Mexico

Debunking the high-risk reputation of one of Mexico's best golf spots.

Long Drives

It is possible to go green and burn rubber in a 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid.

Alternate Shot

Brackenridge Park is an affordable muny with rich history in San Antonio.


Jerry Tarde: Editor's Letter
Waiting for miracles.

A place to test your knowledge of the rules.

Golf Saved My Life:
There's no more pretending I am a success now.
Hungover Caddie:
Handling beginners.

Think Young, Play Hard:
Two victories in his first two professional starts? Ben Kohles, 22, makes it look easy.
Making The Rounds:
Bill Haas and Webb Simpson got Chris Paul started.

When, how, and why you can substitute a ball.

Why golf is good for your feet; beware of sports drinks.

Mr. Style:
Ten gifts for the golfers on your holiday list.

Local Knowledge: Ask Stina
Male vs. female matches, plus winterizing your game.
My Tech:
Enjoyment after hours: Night golf is pure fun.
Money Clip:
The most effective ways to travel with clubs.
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