March 31, 2009

Golf Digest April 2009

Table of Contents

Cover Photo by Dom Furore, Illustration by Mark Ulrisksen

Cover Photo by Dom Furore, Illustration by Mark Ulrisksen

FEATURES

TIGER'S RETURN

10 reasons to celebrate

By Steve Rushin

JOHN UPDIKE, GOLFER

Goodbye to our friend, with excerpts from his essays in Golf Digest

By David Owen

U.S. OPEN CHALLENGE

Didn't win our contest to play Bethpage? How to qualify for the real deal

By Max Adler

CAPTAIN AMERICA

How Paul Azinger survived cancer and the loss of his friend, Payne Stewart

By Jimmy Roberts

HOW TO

FEATURED TIP: JIM MCLEAN

Learn to spin a wedge

PHIL MICKELSON'S SHORT-GAME CLINIC

Improve this year with our Make Me Better challenge, plus Butch's full-swing tips

HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

New research: Match your expectations to our stats

By Peter Sanders

TIPS FROM THE TOUR

7 pros tell how they turned their games around

LEE TREVINO

My 10 rules on shotmaking

Interviewed by Guy Yocom

PICK YOUR DOWNSWING

There are two basic ways to start your transition. Which is best for you?

By Jim Flick

BREAKING 100-90-80

Power tips for spring

By Debbie Doniger

EQUIPMENT

LATEST GEAR: Which hybrid are you?

NEW LOOKS: Drivers: At What Cost?

WHAT'S IN MY BAG? Geoff Ogilvy

COLUMNS

JERRY TARDE: Editor's letter

TIM ROSAFORTE: Tiger takes a dip

DAVID OWEN: Are golfers carbon copies?

THE DIGEST

ON THE TEE: Golf+Spring

RULES: Equipment quiz

GURU: Who breaks 100?

FITNESS: Camilo's workout secret

ENVIRONMENT: Our Leaders in Golf Awards

LESSON TEE

SWING SEQUENCE: BUBBA WATSON

Power moves from the tour's longest hitter

Analysis by Rick Smith

TIGER WOODS

Fix your swing faults from the finish back

BUTCH HARMON

Better chips and pitches

DAVID LEADBETTER

Drill: Steady your stroke

TOM WATSON

How I won my first Masters

TRAVEL

AWAY GAME: Birmingham, Ala.

19TH HOLE: Oak Room, Sea Island, Ga.

AMBUSH: The wolf pack

FRUGAL GOLFER: Pre-owned balls

Q&A: With Jack Nicklaus

MASTERS PREVIEW

TOM BROKAW: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Our guest does Augusta and offers some thoughts for chairman Billy Payne

Illustrations by Mark Ulriksen

ADJUSTING THE VOLUME

Fretting that the Masters has traded roars for bores? A few tweaks (and good weather) might be all it needs

By Jaime Diaz

RATING THE MAJORS

The editors of Golf Digest and Golf World examined each major since 1985 and picked the best event each year

MY SHOT: LOU HOLTZ

After missing out as cover boy to Jack Nicklaus, the coach (and Augusta National member) has his say

Interviewed by Guy Yocom

MASTERS NOTEBOOK

SEVE IN '77: Can this teenager win the Masters?

ONLINE SURVEY: How much pimento cheese can you eat?

VIEWER'S GUIDE: The course from the air; the players; TV Schedule

SCALPING THE SCALPERS

COLUMNS

DAN JENKINS: You must remember this

RICH LERNER: Eleven Qs with Fuzzy Zoeller