Golf Digest is pretty genius. They figured out a formula that should have been obvious to all of us—if you let Arnold Palmer talk about golf while Kate Upton demonstrates his lessons, pretty much every man in America will suddenly want to learn more about the sport, too.
And buy your magazine, at that.
Golf Digest's cover story in its upcoming issue is Palmer offering Upton golf lessons, as he writes about the tips and tricks he offers to new players or those he instructs when he trains players. Here's the two of them appearing on the cover together, via Upton's Twitter account:
She also tweeted this picture of the pair posing for the cameras:
Chad Coleman of Callaway Golf tweeted this picture of Palmer helping Upton get lined up for a putt:
And here's a behind-the-scenes look, courtesy of GolfChannel.com, at some of the images included with the article, Upton and Palmer out on the links and more information from Golf Digest's fashion director, Marty Hackel:
Here's another behind-the-scenes look from Golf Digest, via the Los Angeles Times:
One of the interesting aspects of the article was reading Palmer's assessment of Upton as an athlete and analyzing her potential as a golfer. Per the Golf Digest link above, he wrote:
When we got together recently at my other home club, Latrobe Country Club, I could tell right away that she's going to be a nice player. It was the way she took her grip: a firm hold but not with a lot of tension in her arms. The way she waggled the club was very easy and natural. And her first practice swings were aggressive, like she wanted to hit something. I think that's important. Kate's eyes are another thing that gave away her potential: They're so sharp and alert. I've never met a really good player who didn't have eagle eyes. They notice everything around them.
As Palmer notes, Upton "won five national equestrian championships" before she became a model and "has all the strength, balance and flexibility that a beginning golfer could ask for."
In other words, she's not just a pretty face, boys—girl's got some game, too.
The article truly is a fascinating read, as Palmer gets into the finer details of technique and training less experienced golfers in the sport. From which club to start teaching on to subtle aspects of a swing that the untrained eye would miss, Palmer is a treasure chest of golfing information.
Put it all together, and Palmer and Upton are pretty much an unbeatable duo.