May 31, 2009

Golf Digest June 2009

Table of Contents

Artist Robert Grossman's sculpture of the Bethpage logo, The Caddie Boy, was built with clay. The Caddie Boy image adorned the shutters of the Bethpage clubhouse when it was dedicated in August 1935. Villegas Photo by Dan Winters

Artist Robert Grossman's sculpture of the Bethpage logo, The Caddie Boy, was built with clay. The Caddie Boy image adorned the shutters of the Bethpage clubhouse when it was dedicated in August 1935.

Villegas Photo by Dan Winters

FEATURES

3 DADS, 3 STORIES

Father's Day tribute: excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul

MY SUMMER VACATION

Six writers on their favorite golf getaways

__[20 PLACES EVERY GOLFER

MUST GO

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The game's best off-course attractions

Q&A: PHIL MICKELSON

The man with three majors, a dinosaur head and a 300-pound meteorite is no dodo

Interviewed by Bob Verdi

LESSON TEE

SWING SEQUENCE: ZACH JOHNSON

He's not long, but here's what makes him so quick

Analysis by Mike Bender

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

My 3 keys when between clubs

PHIL MICKELSON

Focus on your swing path to hit the high floater

TIGER WOODS

My healthy knee has changed how I drive into the ball

DAVID LEADBETTER

Fix your slice before it starts

TOM WATSON

Par depends on the weather, as Byron Nelson told me

JIM FLICK

Picture Fred Couples' swing to fix an over-the-top move

HOW TO

FEATURED TIP: BUTCH HARMON

Groove a good weight shift

COVER STORY: MAKE MORE BIRDIES

The fine art of scoring: beating fear, tension and not yourself

By Camilo Villegas

CAN YOU FEEL IT

How to find your touch on three short-game shots

By Stan Utley

DR. BOB ROTELLA

My 10 rules on mental fitness

With Alan P. Pittman

STEEP VS. SHALLOW

To hit stronger, straighter shots, swing the other way

By Josh Zander

BREAKING 100-90-80

Tips and drills on iron play

By Darrell Kestner

U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

A FLAT FINISH

For all of Bethpage Black's strengths, its final hole isn't one of them. So the USGA considered using the Red's for a finish

By Ron Whitten, photographs by Stephen Szurlej

VIEWER'S GUIDE

TV times, hole diagrams, the playing field, the Virtual Open contest, websites and more

R-O-C-C-O!

A year later, Mediate reflects on his near miss against Tiger: "People act as if I won."

By John Feinstein

THE GOLF DIGEST U.S. OPEN CHALLENGE

How hard will the Black play for our three celebrities and contest winner? The USGA says there's no need to fear

By Craig Bestrom

BETHPAGE BASICS

How the pros will work the driver -- and you can, too

By Jim McLean

NEXT STOP: 200 MAJORS

Dan Jenkins looks back at covering 60 years of classics

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

Ben Hogan survived a crash to make history, but it robbed him of glory

By Jaime Diaz

EQUIPMENT

LATEST GEAR: Mallet putters

NEW LOOKS: Lightweight shoes

BOMB & GOUGE: Driver aerodynamics

WHAT'S IN MY BAG? Ernie Els

COLUMNS

JERRY TARDE: 18 questions for David Fay

TIM ROSAFORTE: Retief Goosen's putting fix

DAVID OWEN: Food for thought

DAN JENKINS: Report from the Masters

THE DIGEST

ON THE TEE: Nick Watney

GURU: Playing with family

FITNESS: Lightning myths

RULES: Stroke savers

BOOKS: 14 to check out

STYLE: Watches as investments

TRAVEL DIGEST

LONG DRIVES: Memphis to Little Rock

AMBUSH: Bratton brotherhood

__Q&A With John Smoltz: __The Boston Red Sox reliever talks about his aspirations of making it on tour and the golf course in his backyard

Web extra» Video tour of John Smoltz's back yard C.C.