Learning to Play by Writing About It

Learning to Play by Writing About It

Golf Digest is a well-respected golf magazine printed by Discovery, Inc. It’s a generalist sports magazine covering both men’s and woman’s competitive golf, and recreational golf. It’s one of the best magazines available on the market for learning golf basics, identifying potential swing mistakes, and developing a good game. It’s a great resource for golfers of all skill levels.


Here’s what Golf Digest has to offer golfers of all abilities: current news, insider reports, advanced golf tips, and a great section devoted to golf courses, including a gallery of pictures from recent golf courses visits. It’s the ultimate source for up-to-date news on what’s going on in the world of golf, and the golf courses themselves. For example, here’s what happened just the other day at one of America’s premier golf courses, the Royal Oak Resort in Augusta, Georgia: The USGA has indefinitely suspended its women’s qualifying tournament due to safety concerns involving the second tee area. (The tournament will resume next year, when the conditions have improved.) Golf Digest’s Sarah Thomas found out, “All 15 players in the Women’s Elite Eight were injured during the accident,” and, “Juries believed to be minor.”


Golf Digest’s signature feature is its “Cystic Golf” column, which runs each month. (The name refers to the golf course’s layout, which features overhanging undulating greens with numerous water hazards.) The premise of the “Cystic Golf” piece is that the best golf courses are not necessarily the ones with the most scenic landscapes, because “some golf courses are just too much work.” In this vein, Sarah relates the story of a player she helped to recruit to her own golf academy who was playing at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas, but was forced to leave after only two months, owing to the difficulty of the course and the noise level that proved to be too noisy for his temperament.


A month later he moved to another golf club, this time in San Diego, California, at which point Golf Digest explained that he had moved on because “the golf courses there were too hard.” This was a very reasonable explanation, given that golf courses are rated on a standard scale known as the “grades of difficulty.” If a golfer is particularly adept at certain types of golf, he is more likely to want to stay at a golf club where he feels at ease, even if that means that he has to pay slightly higher fees.


But the thing that makes a new player stand out from the crowd, in addition to being extremely adept at the game he is playing, is dedication to continual improvement. That is why so many of the top players in the world continue to play through injuries, including Andy Murray, whose shattered ankle was diagnosed as a sprain. He had to relearn how to walk after breaking his leg in the mid-1990s and has been working on the swing in the mirror ever since. Other than having a painful sprain, it is difficult to think of another sport that requires the commitment of a professional golf player to continual training.


What makes golf Digest so helpful to so many amateurs is its consistent reminders of how important it is to play well, even if it means spending a lot of time in the garage or in the back of the truck. Whether it’s breaking one’s ankle or getting hit with a golf ball that goes sailing into a water hazard, it’s important to learn how to improve your game quickly and efficiently. The lessons in the newest issue of Golf Digest may be helpful for newcomers, but they will also serve as an enticement to keep returning for more helpful hints. In addition, if you have a friend who wants to get better, the two of you can share tips from the article on a driving range, putting green or even a sand trap.