December 31, 2009

Golf Digest January 2010

Table of Contents

Cover illustration By Michael Elins

Cover illustration By Michael Elins

FEATURES

GOLF DIGEST U.S. OPEN CHALLENGE

Do you want to be tortured? Then enter the Challenge

By Dan Jenkins

TIGER AND OBAMA

Writers and players share what they think the president can learn from the world's best golfer -- and vice versa

NICKLAUS TURNS 70

Golf is a game of a lifetime -- the poor shots still sting, and the good ones bring on a smile and a wink

By Jack Nicklaus with Guy Yocom

AMERICA'S BEST NEW COURSES

Something old school, something new top our latest list

By Ron Whitten

HOW TO

COVER STORY: POWER -- LOAD IT AND LET IT GO

Sync your arms and body for more yards

By Todd Anderson

'JUST GIMME ONE THING'

Quick tips from the PGA Tour

By J.B. Holmes, Sean O' Hair, Zach Johnson and Ryuji Imada

RICKY BARNES PROJECT

These simple fixes will work for you, too

By Dean Reinmuth

HOW TO CHEAT YOUR AGE

6 secrets to get the most out of your game

By Chuck Cook

10 RULES: HALE IRWIN

How to outsmart your buddies

BREAKING 100/90/80

Stuck indoors? Tips to check your swing in a mirror

By Kevin Smeltz

NO-FLIP PITCH

Return the Loft on Pitch Shots

By Butch Harmon

LESSON TEE

SWING SEQUENCE: TIM CLARK

Analysis by Manny Zerman

TIGER WOODS

How to hit a draw; the long explosion shot

HANK HANEY

Vary your finish to control your irons

DAVID LEADBETTER

My best tip for making short putts

RICK SMITH

Two pitches: the spinner and the floater

JIM FLICK

Keep your left wrist consistent

TOM WATSON

How to shake off bad shots

EQUIPMENT

NEW LOOKS

What kind of putter works best?

By Max Adler

BOMB & GOUGE

The blurring of iron types, a multipurpose chipper and oversize putter grips

WHAT'S IN MY BAG

PGA champion Y.E. Yang

TRAVEL DIGEST

AWAY GAME

In Santa Barbara, the golf is almost as good as the wine

By Matt Ginella

LONG DRIVES

From Denver to Santa Fe in a Camaro SS By Matthew Rudy

FRUGAL GOLFER

"Punched" greens could mean discounted fees

AMBUSH

The Kosberg Open in Austin

WEB-EXTRA Q&A

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young

COLUMNS

JERRY TARDE:Obama, the First Golfer

DAVID OWEN: A stimulus package for golf

DAN JENKINS:The Night of the Living Dead golf quiz

JAIME DIAZ: What's driving Anthony Kim? Does he have the passion to be great?

GAME ON: Find PGA champion Y.E. Yang's other claim to fame in our puzzle

THE DIGEST

CLASS OF '09: Best & Worst of 2009

RULES: Are you a mudder?

CLOSEOUT: What golf weighs

FITNESS: When you gotta play hurt

TECH:Hone your swing in a flash

WOMAN: Michelle Wie Q&A