January 31, 2009

Golf Digest February 2009

Table of Contents

Cover Photo By Jim Herity

Cover Photo By Jim Herity

HOT LIST 2009

ANNUAL EQUIPMENT RANKING

We select 116 gold and silver medalists, plus tips on how to play them

DRIVERS

Drivers over $350

Drivers under $350

FAIRWAY WOODS

HYBRIDS

IRONS

Game-improvement

Super game-improvement

Player's

WOMEN'S CLUBS

Your game is worth an upgrade

WEDGES

PUTTERS

Blades over $200

[Blades under $200

](/equipment/ratings/putters/2009/02/hotlistputtersbladeunder)[Mid-mallets

](/equipment/ratings/putters/2009/02/hotlistputtersmidmallet)Mallets

BEST VALUES

How about a full set for less than $1,000?

LESSON TEE

SWING SEQUENCE: STEWART CINK

Analysis by Butch Harmon

TIGER WOODS

How to hit your irons longer

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

My three keys for pitching uphill

DAVID LEADBETTER

Control your distance on wedge shots

TOM WATSON

How to prepare for an important shot

JIM MCLEAN

U.S. Open shots you can play

HOW TO

FEATURED TIP: JIM FLICK

Add rhythm to your putting stroke

10 RULES: DRIVING

Longer and straighter

By Nick Price

WINTER FITNESS

16 exercises to power up your swing

By Mark Verstegen with Ron Kaspriske

PUTTING MYTHS

How to groove a reliable stroke

By Pat O'Brien

BREAKING 100-90-80

Get ready for spring

By Steve Brady

COLUMNISTS

JERRY TARDE: Editor's letter

DAVID OWEN: Electoral golf

STINA STERNBERG: Handshake or kiss?

DAN JENKINS: Time for a pop quiz

JAIME DIAZ: Learning to be tough

FEATURES

THE NEW FIRST GOLFER

Playing golf was not Barack Obama's idea, but it has become one of his true loves

By Don Van Natta Jr.

Q&A: TOMMY ARMOUR III

The grandson of the Silver Scot takes us on a vicarious trip through his worl

By Rich Lerner

U.S. OPEN CHALLENGE

There's still time to impress the judges for a chance to play Bethpage Black with Michael Jordan and two other celebs in the second Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge

THE GOLF DIGEST 50

Golf's top-50 earners stay ahead of the game

By Ron Sirak

PASSINGS OF 2008

Remembering Tempestuous Tommy, the Real McKay, Ol' Sarge and more

by Cliff Schrock

THE DIGEST

GOLF DIGEST AWARDS 2008: We honor the best in the game

RULES: Your point of view could cost you

RANKING: The Top Golfing Presidents

TRAVEL DIGEST

MYRTLE, FROM STEM TO STERN

The Grand Strand

By Matt Ginella

THE FRUGAL GOLFER

Online price choppers

Q&A: TOM DOAK

In this Web-extra interview Tom Doak talks about being a caddie at St. Andrews, his favorite golf courses and shares his best travel advice.