18 must-read GOLF features you might have missed in 2021

End 2021 by revisiting some of these feature stories.

Who really has time to read everything that’s on the internet these days? That’s right, basically no one. So that’s why we decided to unearth some of our favorite feature stories of the year and put them in one handy place for your viewing pleasure. Read one, check out two or devour them all. You can’t go wrong.

‘I’m going to fight’: This pro’s days are numbered but his golfing spirit endures

Brian Morris, who played a PGA Tour event this year, has inoperable cancer — but also a lifetime in the game for which he’s deeply grateful. — Michael Bamberger / READ HERE

Up close, Augusta National’s driving range reveals more than you’d think

You never know exactly what you might see on the driving range at Augusta National — but you’re sure to learn something while you’re there. — Dylan Dethier / READ HERE

‘He’s been so much happier’: How Bryson DeChambeau found joy, acceptance in long drive

The Bryson Effect was everywhere at the World Long Drive Championships, including, it turns out, from Bryson himself. — James Colgan / READ HERE

Xander Schauffele’s father Stefan is every bit as fun as he looks

When inclement weather emptied Amen Corner on Masters Saturday, Xander Schauffele’s father Stefan was reluctant to leave. He was having too good a time. — Sean Zak / READ HERE

Why Brandel Chamblee has plans for a women’s-first tournament course

Chamblee and design partner Agustín Pizá are planning a facility that would be to the LPGA Tour what TPC Sawgrass is to the PGA Tour. — Josh Sens / READ HERE

‘It was ridiculous how bad we were’: 10 years later, the Golf Boys revisit the video that rocked the golf world

All these years later, the Golf Boys stunning debut video is still a lot to digest, mostly for the players’ vulnerability. How did it happen? — Alan Bastable / READ HERE

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Why the Sharpie color on your ball can save you strokes, according to experts

Color triggers emotion, meaning the color of the mark on your ball could impact how you think and perform on the golf course. We investigate. — Josh Berhow / READ HERE

Tour pros are obsessed with an old-school idea. Could it lead to better golf?

Have you heard about the concept of reacting? Here’s why pros are so obsessed with it, and how it can help you. — Luke Kerr-Dineen / READ HERE

Viktor Hovland is poised to take the golf world by storm, and he’s doing it from… Oklahoma?

Hovland stepped out on the world golf stage while living near his beloved Oklahoma State. Campus life and the Cowboy way still suits him. — Josh Sens / READ HERE

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The PGA Tour’s two Twitter kings: Max Homa and … Jim Herman?

Homa is a quirky, California kid. Herman is a 40-something midwest father of two. Together they’re the PGA Tour’s Twitter kings…Wait, what? — James Colgan / READ HERE

Inside the world’s first Beatles-themed golf course (complete with a yellow submarine)

Greg McKush bought Montgomery National and wanted to do things his way. That’s why the lifelong Beatles fan created a music-themed course. — Josh Berhow / READ HERE

Why Lee Elder’s last two Masters appearances were so meaningful

The ultimate gift of Elder’s role in the last two Masters: it allowed millions to get acquainted or reacquainted with his remarkable life. — Michael Bamberger / READ HERE

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‘It’s like Narnia’: Inside a Bryson DeChambeau speed-training session

Bryson DeChambeau is on a quest for more speed. Always more speed. To do it, he speed trains with his coach Chris Como. It’s intense as golf gets. — Sean Zak / READ HERE

A rise in club demand is forcing Ping executives to work on production lines

Following the launch of its G425 products for 2021, Ping saw a steep increase in demand and called on its executives for help. — Andrew Tursky / READ HERE

‘It wasn’t glamorous’: Inside Dustin Johnson’s quest to fix his wedge game

Dustin Johnson has always been a great golfer. He just wasn’t “legendary.” At least not yet. Then, he fixed his wedge game. — Luke Kerr-Dineen / READ HERE

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How much has distance increased in 40 years? I hit drivers from different eras to find out

Ever wonder how much farther new drivers go than old ones? We tested drivers from 5 different years to find out. — Andrew Tursky / READ HERE

I drove a van to the U.S. Open — and found something special along the way

The U.S. Open is a celebration of summertime; it’s a barbecue, a road trip and a golf outing all at once. Why not cover it from a van? — Dylan Dethier / READ HERE

Why practicing without a golf ball can seriously help your game

We take a deep dive into the idea of practicing without a golf ball — and why it can help your game. — Luke Kerr-Dineen / READ HERE

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