Pinehurst Golf News Archive

The best trick shot you’ve never seen before

When we stumbled upon this trick shot video 14 pages into a Google search – hey, what can we say, we loooooooooove golf at Pinehurst – we couldn’t believe it had just 8 total views.

There’s just so much here. The sneaky athleticism, the perfect bat flip, the sweet, sweet baseball swing. And then the kid’s comment at the end.

What’s not to like? This is genius.

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We fact-checked John Daly’s barefoot golf claim

When we had our chance to interview John Daly at Pinehurst recently, we got a lot of questions from our audience.

Perhaps the most common, though, was with regard to Daly’s playing Pinehurst No. 4 in bare feet.

Naturally, we had the same question, so when we had a few minutes with him, we asked him about it:

Daly’s answer seems to make sense, but, you know, it’s John Daly. Was he blowing smoke?

So we asked PGA Master Professional and Director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy Eric Alpenfels about it. Here is Eric’s response:

In my case, I have had students hit shots with their shoes off to create better footwork (not coming up on their toes) through impact. Overall, I would agree with Daly in the thought that it helps keep his balance as well.  

As a sidebar, I would be a little concerned about doing that on courses that are in the process of fertilizing. No need to end up with an extra toe. 

For more Pinehurst Golf Academy Tips, go here.

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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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Walker and “Pappy” Jeff Tipton

 

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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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