Pinehurst Golf Tips Archive

Phil Mickelson’s pre-shot checklist that’s maybe a golf tip

There’s a good chance none of us will ever practice golf the way Phil Mickelson practices. Seems simple, right? He’s Phil Mickelson, after all.

But in the latest clip from Lefty’s appearance on The Golf Channel’s Feherty, Mickelson goes into tremendous detail on the way he practices and thusly, what that means for his tournament pre-shot routine and his ultimate decision on how to play the next shot.

These guys play a different game, but some of it might actually make sense for the weekend golfer. Check it out.

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Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels named one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America

Eric Alpenfels

GOLF Magazine has released its biennial list of America’s Top 100 Teachers in America for 2017-2018, and to no surprise, the Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels is on it.

The Director of the acclaimed Pinehurst Golf Academy and a Master Golf Professional, Alpenfels has consistently been named among the game’s best instructors throughout his career in teaching and in research. He has been a Top 100 teacher since 2001.

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“It’s an honor and humbling to be included on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 list,” Alpenfels said. “These are some of the finest and most respected instructors in the game today, and I’m proud to be associated with them.”

Since its inception in 1991, GOLF Magazine’s Top Teachers in America ranking has become the industry standard for teaching excellence due to the diligent selection process that GOLF Magazine employs to assemble the list. Joining Alpenfels on the list are many of golf’s best-known coaches and instructors, including Hank Haney (who taught at Pinehurst), Dave Pelz, Rick Smith, Cameron McCormick, Todd Anderson, Michael Breed, Chris Como, Sean Foley and Claude Harmon III.

“Every two years the Credential and Selection committees dedicate a lot of time and research to recognize the golf industry’s best teachers by naming them to our Top 100 list,” said David DeNunzio, Managing Editor for Instruction for GOLF Magazine. “These individuals have been selected because of their commitment to broaden the appeal of golf by helping their students understand and enjoy the game.”

“It’s an honor and humbling to be included on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 list. These are some of the finest and most respected instructors in the game today, and I’m proud to be associated with them.” -Eric Alpenfels, Director of Pinehurst Golf Academy

Alpenfels is devoted to continuing education in golf, and in partnership with Dr. Bob Christina, the Pinehurst Golf Academy continues to conduct research to pioneer the development of new practice techniques and innovative drills. Alpenfels has been a regular presenter at the World Scientific Congress of Golf at St. Andrews, and in addition to teaching at Pinehurst, he has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the PGA of America Education Department.  In 2013, Alpenfels attained Master Professional status in Teaching and Coaching, becoming one of the first two graduates of the program.

Alpenfels’ additional awards include the 2008 GOLF Magazine’sInnovators of the Year” and the 2008 “Outstanding Research Award” (shared with Dr. Christina) from the World Scientific Congress of Golf.  In 2006, GOLF Magazine was awarded the “National Magazine Award” presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors based on Alpenfels’ research with Dr. Christina.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy offers a unique blend of situational practice and on-course instruction. Students enjoy a round of golf each day, so after working on skills on the practice range, players have the opportunity to transfer what they’ve learned to the golf course – with an instructor.

Candidates for GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America list are selected from nominees submitted by the PGA, LPGA, United States Golf Teachers Federation, top industry executives and GOLF Magazine readers. More than 250 nominations on average are accepted from the country’s 25,000 instruction professionals.

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The applications are screened against 15 baseline criteria recommended by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee and are then examined and ranked by a group comprised of 15 active and former Top 100 Teachers. Final recommendations are then made by a separate Selection Committee, comprised of GOLF Magazine’s instruction editors, established Top 100 Teachers and alumni, and invited World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame members. The recommendations of the Selection Committee are submitted to GOLF Magazine for the final decision.

The Top 100 list is the only national golf instructor roster that combines outside academic and PGA Professional peer review. In addition, candidates are judged on their willingness to give back to the game and to the PGA and LPGA through one of the following: apprentice education, member continued education, research or lesson programs.

New members and the complete list will appear in the March 2017 print issue, and online at Golf.com.

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The Perfect NFL Quarterback Golf Swing

While Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan are stars on the gridiron – and the final quarterbacks still standing in the playoffs – they are also all active golfers. But what do we think about their golf swings?

Eric Alpenfels, the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, takes a detailed look at those swings and after viewing the video above, the amateur golfer can come to a quick conclusion:

Take one thing from each QB, and you may not only have the perfect NFL quarterback, you’ll also have a great golf swing.

  • Matt Ryan’s setup and arm extension at the top of the backswing
  • Tom Brady’s immaculate footwork at impact
  • Aaron Rodgers’ ability to maximize clubhead speed
  • Ben Roethlisber’s arm extension on the followthrough

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Should you putt sidesaddle? Maybe, if you pass this test

Bryson DeChambeau isn’t the first to try sidesaddle putting, but he did put it in play last week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. It worked pretty well for DeChambeau, and it certainly worked late in Sam Snead’s career.

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But could it work for you? The Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels takes a look and gives you one test that could determine if sidesaddle is the way to go for you.

Who knows, maybe we’ll need to come up with a new logo…

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5-year-old Tommy Morrissey shows how to swing like Jordan, Rory, Bubba, Lefty…and one you just HAVE to see

Chances are you’ve already seen the amazing golf swing of Tommy Morrissey. The 5-year-old has wowed audiences all over the world, has appeared on The Golf Channel and the Ellen DeGeneres Show and given clinics with an anti-bullying message through golf.

As you can see, Tommy is without much of his right arm, but that hasn’t slowed him…AT ALL. He’s impressed golfers of all ages, including meeting and playing with many of the game’s greats, from Tiger Woods to Arnold Palmer, from Phil Mickelson to Gary Player, to Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.

With the help of his parents, including his father and coach Joe, Tommy has qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in Pinehurst this year, and this week we brought him down to the Pinehurst Golf Academy to get a closer look at that wonderful golf swing.

And Tommy did not disappoint. One of the fun things he and his father like to do is to mimic great players’ golf swings. In the video above, you’ll see Tommy’s takes on the swings of Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Fowler, and yes, even Mickelson’s. You don’t want to miss this, and you especially don’t want to miss his last impersonation.

In between those mighty cuts, you’ll see what golf truly is for Tommy and his dad – pure fun. And that’s the best golf tip of all.

Play well, Tommy. We’ll get you on No. 2 soon…

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