Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Baby’s First Golf Grip

Walker Matthew Hilton, it appears, was literally born to be a golfer.

At 3 months old and proudly sporting his Pinehurst onesie, Walker got a quick golf lesson recently from his grandfather, Jeff Tipton. Knowing that a good grip is the foundation to every good golf swing, Jeff tried demonstrating for his grandson the proper form – and it was a moment captured beautifully on video.

Walker is the son of Matt and Tiffany Hilton of Fort Worth, Texas. While the video cuts off rather quickly, a reliable source reports to us that Tiffany was in a rush to hug her boy, leading to the abrupt end of the clip. We at Pinehurst champion this kind of response to such a perfect golf moment. Clearly, the slow motion replay reveals a rather accomplished student.

And it’s a good thing. More lessons, it seems, are coming.

“While he is a proponent of the baseball grip at the present,” writes Jeff Tipton, “his maternal grandfather is trying to guide him toward the Vardon grip in coming weeks.”

Keep the camera ready.

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A Terrible Golf Shot

Last week, we Googled “Stupid Golf Video,” and it worked.

This week, we tried “Terrible Golf Shot.”

Clearly, that worked, too.

It worked twice, actually:

Feel better about your game, yet?

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Playing Pinehurst at 95

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Jacob “Daddy” Logan, 95, recently checked PInehurst off his bucket list. Logan started playing golf 22 years ago at the age of 73.

Jacob “Daddy” Logan took up a new hobby at age 73 – golf.

“I knew I couldn’t sit down and do nothing,” he said. “I said ‘I’ve got to get on the move.’”

That was 22 years ago and Logan has rarely missed a day on the golf course since.

A young Tiger Woods inspired the Baltimore resident to pick up the game during an interview with Oprah Winfrey back in 1993.

“He said you don’t have to go to school to be good golf player,” Logan said.

With those words in mind, Logan set off to teach himself the game.

“You go play one day, you go play another day, you just keep playing,” he said. “Golf ain’t no easy game. You never really learn.”

During a recent trip to North Carolina, the 95-year-old got the chance to check Pinehurst off his bucket list by playing Nos. 1 and 4.

He had fun on both courses, but said No. 1 was his favorite.

“There were all those sand traps on No. 4,” he said. “I haven’t ever seen so many sand traps in my life.”

Golf helps Logan stay active while keeping his mind sharp. He said he gets a “nice little feeling” when he’s out on the course.

“Golf is in a class all to itself,” he said. “It’s not like baseball, basketball or football where players throw the ball from one person to another. In golf, ain’t no one there to help you but yourself.”

Logan doesn’t mind playing alone, but he’s always happy to have a partner. If you ever find yourself in Baltimore, look him up. You can contact him through his website. After talking to him, we promise it will be worth your time. He’s quite a guy.

 

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Why barefoot? John Daly explains

If there’s been one question we’ve been asked more than any other since we posted our interview with John Daly, it’s been this:

Why is he playing Pinehurst No. 4 barefoot?

Turns out Long John has an explanation for that.

 

 

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Is this Mickelson’s year to win the U.S. Open?

After six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, some may be wondering if Phil Mickelson is still a contender.

Don’t write Lefty off just yet.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner predicts Mickelson will land in the top three alongside Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. But Lavner goes a step further to say Mickelson could take the win thanks to his mental prowess. Check out his entire analysis in the video above. 

Of course, we’re fans of Mickelson. The duel between he and the late Payne Stewart during the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open is one of the most memorable moments in Pinehurst history.

Mickelson had hoped to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Open when it returned to Pinehurst No. 2 last year, but victor Martin Kaymer was untouchable. As his quest continues, the world keeps watching.

In a recent Golf World article, writer Jaime Diaz pointed out “Mickelson is more than just a sentimental favorite.”

“There won’t be any question about Mickelson’s motivation at Chambers Bay, where he will turn 45 just before the first round,” Diaz writes. “If it’s right, he’ll produce another sudden spike that might be enough.”

Read his story to see why he thinks Mickelson still has a chance to secure a U.S. Open win.

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