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Fitness Friday: 42 ways to get fit

Being "fit" can mean a lot of things, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@ben_shear), who trains many of the game's top players, including Luke Donald, Russell Henley and Webb Simpson. It can be anything from having your best blood-pressure reading in a decade to being able to slip into a …

Interview: Noah Emmerich on The Americans Season 2

<i>Paul Risker chats with Noah Emmerich about The Americans Season 2…</i><p>Ten years after graduating from Yale University, New Yorker Noah Emmerich began …

Mickelson vs. Mickelson: Competitive much?

Phil Mickelson recently shot 62 at the Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe near his home to break the course record of 63 held jointly by brother Tim Mickelson and Anthony Paolucci.<p>Was Tim playing with Phil that day? "No, I wasn't," he said, "but if he had been I'd have gotten into his head and he wouldn't …

Manna for fans: the history of the hidden track in music

1. 1969: hidden tracks are invented, by accident, at Abbey Road<p>A tired teenager is to thank for the first ever secret track on an album. Now a Grammy award-winning movie soundtrack engineer, John Kurlander became a tape assistant at Abbey Road studios just after his O-levels: “I’d visited on a …

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Margaret Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: Your new go-to birthday cake, bake sale cake, dinner party cake, late night snack cake -- for when the fridge is at its barest and you need chocolate cake now.</i> …

Morgan Freeman's Mississippi

Clarksdale in Mississippi is the home of the blues, and now to Morgan Freeman. He tells us why music-loving tourists should follow his lead and head South<p>Mississippi’s most famous resident, Morgan Freeman, was standing under a mossy oak tree at the height of a Southern afternoon. It was 92F (33C) …

Up Close With Butch

It takes only one lesson to see Butch Harmon's genius.<p>What's it like to take a lesson from Butch Harmon, golf's No. 1 teacher (<i>see our new ranking of America's 50 Best Teachers</i><p>)? Earlier this year, I was struggling with my game and about to embarrass myself in a tournament, so I called Butch and …

Patton Oswalt: The ESQ&A

The actor/comic talks about epic TV, The Return of the Jedi, the blessings of early failure, and a dirty animal joke<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><i>Breakfast, Olives restaurant at the W Hotel, downtown New York City.</i><p><b>PATTON OSWALT</b> [<i>To waiter</i>]: I'll get a black tea. Thank you.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Relax. Take …

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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

As the Hajj begins, the destruction of Mecca's heritage continues

Pilgrims follow in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad, but there is little of his legacy left in Islam's holiest city<p>Two million Muslims have flooded into Saudi Arabia's Mina Valley from Mecca for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage this week. Dressed in simple white garments and freed from their …

Northern Lights: a how-to guide

There are few phenomena that capture the imagination like the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights appear only at high latitudes on dark nights from September to March, and lucky star-gazers can witness anything from an ethereal green glow on the horizon to pulsating scarlet streaks across the sky. …

Northern Lights

Staying Power: Kuchar & G-Mac's contracts

<b>By E. Michael Johnson</b><p>This is the time of year when people start speculating about which players with expiring contracts will be moving on to new equipment companies. Recently, two of the more attractive potential "free agents" -- Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell -- re-upped with their current …

Hot Shots: Tracking golf ball sales

<b>By Mike Stachura</b><p>The average selling price for a dozen balls was 3 percent higher than last August. Metalwoods sales were up 6 percent in units over last August, but the average selling price was 5 percent lower. It probably helps that buyers can easily understand the performance difference between …

Leave it to Phil Mickelson to bring an equipment story to the Presidents Cup

<b>By E. Michael Johnson</b><p>No, it wasn't the ball he and playing partner Keegan Bradley used, or the Ping Eye2 wedge he had in the bag (unlike a few years ago, this one had conforming grooves). It wasn't even a Phrankenwood. Instead it was Lefty -- maybe the most vocal player when it comes to supporting …

What a golf company's IPO says about the state of the golf industry

<b>By Brendan Mohler</b><p>ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private golf clubs in the United States, has gone public. Owned by KSL Capital Partners, LLC since 2006, the Dallas-based company filed for an Initial Public Offering in July of this year, hoping to raise over $300 million in order to …

Perfect Release: A swing in sync

<b>By Brendan Mohler</b><p><i>Band aid: The Perfect Release trainer setup (above) and in action (below).</i><p>It looks like it might be some kind of torture device, but the Perfect Release ($57) is a training aid, and it doesn't hurt a bit. Its ultimate goal: synchronizing body and arm movement while promoting …

Perfect Pitch: It begins with the proper setup

<b>By John Strege</b><p>Trouble with your chipping and pitching? See your PGA professional, as they say. But those not inclined to do so, consider this: A good short game starts with the proper setup.<p>This was the motivation behind a new product, the Perfect Pitch Golf Mat, designed by a PGA of America …

What Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Will Look Like in 2026

The <i>Sagrada Famlia</i>, a world-famous Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the late renowned architect Antoni Gaud, is set to finally complete construction in the year 2026 after over a century of work. Having first embarked on the ambitious architectural project in 1882, Gaud took his time …

Another Way to Measure Apple’s Influence: The Backlash

It’s official: Apple and Google are now the world’s “best” brands, according to an influential annual ranking released Monday by the brand-consulting firm Interbrand. “Every so often, a company changes our lives—not just with its products, but with its ethos,” Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s Global …

David Moyes is on a hiding to nothing as Manchester United manager

The task of managing England is supposed to be football's impossible job, but it turns out that succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson to take charge of Manchester United runs it pretty close.<p>The basic deal is the same in both positions. You are not allowed to be bad, and most of the time you can never be …

12-minute Total-body Workout

You’ve got legitimate excuses for not working out: You can’t afford a gym membership and you don’t have any equipment at home. We asked Joe …

5 Reasons Your Workouts Aren't Working

In the pursuit of a ripped six-pack and bulging biceps, more might not always mean better. In fact, working harder in the gym may set you farther …

Five years later: Madness of EliteXC’s final show

One of the more bizarre moments in MMA’s young history occurred five years ago, on Oct. 4, 2008, when EliteXC visited Sunrise, Fla. At the time, CBS …

Whip It Good: Training a better swing

<b>By Brendan Mohler</b><p><i>Combo plate: Two Orange devices for tempo, balance.</i><p>It helps to be strong, but strength means little if your swing lacks rhythm and flexibility. That's where the Orange Whip Trainer comes in. To remain balanced while swinging its flexible shaft and heavy head, you need to make a …