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6 simple steps to improve your golf grip in seconds

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Photo by Shecter Lee

Eric Alpenfels knows golf.

As the Director of Golf Instruction here at Pinehurst, he shares his knowledge with golfers of all skill levels looking to improve their game.

Alpenfels, who has been recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America,” recently shared with the publication his advice about how to improve golf grip.


Alpenfels writes: “In a recent poll of Top 100 Teachers, 81 percent acknowledged that the grip is one of the first things they work on with new students. I’m not suprised. Most golfers see the grip as simple — grab the handle and squeeze. But there’s a lot more to it, and making even the slightest error can have serious ramifications in your swing. (By the way, the 19 percent who said their students’ grips don’t need work admitted to coaching only pro players. See a pattern?)

“If you’re concerned about your grip, then follow these simple steps. This is the method we teach at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, and it’s sequenced to set your hands in the correct positions and avoid the most common grip errors. It’s a 5-second procedure that will give you the power and control you’ve been missing.”

Here’s a look at the piece titled “New Way to Take Your Golf Grip.”

Give it a try.

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The perfect Christmas gift awaits at Pinehurst

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By Lee Pace

As Christmas approaches with each niblick stroke and foozled chip shot, unique gifts ideas for the golfer who has everything may be scarce. No worries, we have a few suggestions.

For the foodie: Dinner at The 1895 Grille


This intimate Four-Star enclave in The Holly Inn offers an experience in taste, atmosphere and service that’s unrivaled.

Try the filet of beef, rubbed with sea salt and truffle oil. It’s nestled alongside a ramekin of macaroni, fontina cheese and morsels of lobster.

Top off the evening by marveling as the wait staff pours molten white Godiva chocolate liqueur from a gooseneck sauceboat into a pillow of chocolate soufflé.

“Savor the moment,” says Thierry Debailleul, the executive chef at Pinehurst. “Dinner at the 1895 will take a little longer. Every morsel is an experience. There is always something happening on your plate.”

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Lee the latest Women’s North & South Amateur champion to join LPGA

Ready for the next chapter in my life

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Alison Lee joined an elite group of golfers when she won the 112th Women’s North & South Amateur earlier this year.
The tournament, which has been held in Pinehurst since its inception, has seen nine of the past 12 champions go on to join the LPGA tour.
Lee became the 10th Sunday, handily earning her spot on the 2015 Tour during the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. She posted five consecutive rounds of even-par or better (71-70-67-70-72) during the event held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Alison Lee poses with her trophy following the Women’s North & South Amateur earlier this year.

The reigning Pac-12 Conference Champion will leave UCLA to turn pro. During her time with the Bruins, Lee set a single season scoring record of 71 and became the first player in school history to win the GolfStat Cup, collegiate golf’s scoring title.
Lee has played in three U.S. Women’s Opens, making the cut for the first time at the age of 14. She made the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last year.
Earlier this year, Lee won the inaugural Annika Award, which is given to the top women’s college golfer in the country.
Here’s a look at some of the recent Women’s North and South Amateur winners who later joined the LPGA tour:

2003 — Brittany Lang

2004 — Morgan Pressel

Pressel has raised more than $3.4 million for breast cancer research through her annual Morgan Pressel and Friends Pro-Am Golf Tournament. She lost her mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, to the disease in 2003.

2005 — Yani Tseng

Five major championships, and 15 LPGA Tour wins. Not bad…

2006 — Jenny Suh

2007 — Alison Walshe

2009 — Amelia Lewis

2010 — Cydney Clanton

Clanton had the best finish of her pro career in September, tying for seventh place at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

2011 — Danielle Kang

In October, Kang made her second hole-in-one in eight days. The aces came with two shiny new cars, an Audi A6 T2.0 and a Buick Lacrosse.

2012 — Austin Ernst

Ernst won her first LPGA title in September, capturing the Portland Classic in sudden death over I.K. Kim.

2014 — Alison Lee

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Video: Keep trying kid, we promise it gets better

We’ve all felt this way at some point playing this game, right?

And if you haven’t, well, just give it time.

Keep trying, kid. We promise it gets better.*


(Nice find, Morning Drive.)


*No matter how the kid’s golf game goes from here, he already owns John McEnroe in post-putt meltdowns. And that’s saying something. Here, judge for yourself.

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Carolina Hotel shines bright for Christmas

Those who have seen the Carolina Hotel decked out for Christmas know it’s a truly magical experience.

If you can’t make it down to the Sandhills this holiday season, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our timelapse of the hotel as it transitions from dusk to dark. As the sun goes down, the lights at the Carolina shine bright.

Find out who makes the Carolina look so picture perfect for the holiday season here. 

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