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Pinehurst, a champion in…whiffle ball?

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Walter Hagen. Sam Snead. Ben Hogan. Payne Stewart.

And now, in their rightful place among those giants of Pinehurst champions, the Putterboy Pistols.

Despite their inability to recognize the proper spelling of their employer’s iconic logo – Putter Boy is two words, both capitalized, lads – the Putterboy Pistols, a team of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club golf professionals, were crowned as the Village of Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department’s Adult Whiffleball Champions for the Winter season.

Clearly, the golf swing translates to Ruthian whiffle ball prowess. Who knew?

Pictured above (l-r), Ben Bridgers, Matt Barksdale, Brian Fahey, Paul Rezuke, Jeff Wojtusik, Adam Baj and Matt Lunden triumphed over such teams as The Village Idiots, Sand Baggers and Those Guys, among others.

Befitting their personalities, sense of fashion and academic acumen, the Pistols (Annie Oakley would be so proud) played their games at Pinehurst Elementary School and decided which team would be home or visitor by vigorous battles of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”*

(*This is all true. Well, except the part about their personalities, fashion sense and intelligence. We’re having some fun writing this one…)

Join us in congratulating the Putterboy Pistols, first for finding a unique way of team-building and promoting department camaraderie, and secondly for proudly representing Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in our community. Honestly, this sounds like it was a blast.

The trophy, if there is one, will look so good in the History Hall next to the U.S. Open one.*

(*Also not true…)

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Trick shot, yes. Tend the flag, too? No way

Need a good trick shot today?

OK, here you go:

H/T to GeoffShackelford.

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The Pinehurst No. 2 Restoration – The Before and After Flyovers

On March 4, 2011, Pinehurst No. 2 reopened following the year-long restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary this week, we’re taking a look back on some of the iconic moments of the project, like behind-the-scenes photos from the first day of the restoration work.

Today, take a look at the first two flyovers done to compare the before and after views of the restoration. These videos are narrated by Coore and Crenshaw and were unveiled on Jan. 11, 2011.

The first is of the 13th hole, narrated by Coore:

The second is of the 12th hole, narrated by Crenshaw:

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Get More Distance

Every golfer – from those on the PGA Tour to you watching this right now – always aspires for at least one thing – more distance.

Here’s one drill we teach at the Pinehurst Golf Academy that’s proven to help you get more carry on the ball. It’s the Tee Drill. Do this, and you won’t even have to hit the weight room.

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THE DRILL: Place a tee on the target line six inches in front of the ball. What you’ll be trying to do is to clip the tee after hitting the ball.

HOW IT WORKS: The only way to hit the forward tee is to extend your arms and swing along the target line through impact. The drill corrects two major flaws in most golfers’ swings: incomplete extension and crooked swing path. The result is a big increase in clubhead speed – but here’s the thing: The added speed comes from a better swing path, not more muscle.

THE RESULT: The Pinehurst Golf Academy study revealed a 13-yard average increase in carry distance.

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The Pinehurst No. 2 Restoration – The First Cut

On March 4, 2011, Pinehurst No. 2 reopened following the year-long restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary this week, we’ll take a look back on some of the iconic moments of the project. Today, we’ll give you a glimpse of the very first photos taken on the day No. 2’s manicured rough was removed in 2010, beginning the project.

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