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The ‘Cirque du Soleil’ lunge – and how the Pinehurst Golf Academy fixed it

Kris Wilson came to Pinehurst looking for help. His impassioned plea came in a simple e-mail:

You will never meet anyone who needs a weekend golf school as much as I do. If it were anywhere else other than Pinehurst, I wouldn’t waste my time writing, for surely a lesser school would need me for 3 months (not 3 days).

My fate is bad, and my future is dim! Not only do I lunge at the ball, but captured by camera, I look like a contortionist. I have never been under a 10 handicap, but am about 14 now, and that won’t last without an intervention.

Yes, I can hit the fairway, and yes I can launch the ball, but a recent picture taken by a friend (he hasn’t posted it publicly, and he works for me, so we’re still friends) would amaze you. I would bet that only one out of 10,000 PGA Professionals would guess I could “repeat” the contortions ever again.

The fix should be easy; I started dropping my shoulder and it has migrated towards a “cirque du soleil” lunge at the ball. I have very good eye hand coordination, which allows me to manage actually getting the ball off, but I am way of balance, on my toes, and my head is level with my waist. I look like a bull fighter, narrowly missing the bull, legs extended, and standing on tip toes. Too bad there is no bull!

I could send a picture, but you wouldn’t believe it, you would really need to see it for yourself.

Kris came to the Pinehurst Golf Academy, and he let us film his progress.

Think the Pinehurst Golf Academy can work for you?

It’s still working for Kris, who sent us this e-mail on Tuesday:

I may have had a long way to go, but I believe of (those at the school), I probably improved the most; certainly got the most out of it! I truly enjoyed every aspect.

The program is fantastic – Eric and his staff are incredible! The instruction and drills are phenomenal. I use one of the putting drills every time I am on the practice green.

I have tried my best, and with some success I believe, to suggest the Academy to anyone visiting Pinehurst. You may run into my wife and I this spring!

So, How is the Lunge? I played a week ago with our graphic artist, and he reports 2 lunges, both off the tee with driver! He also reports 2 mini lunges when I was trying to get more distance than I am capable, 1 with a 3 wood, one with a 22-degree hybrid.

Since Pinehurst, and since my Titleist irons that I ordered at the Academy arrived, my “comfort” and “confidence” has increased tremendously! That is a real gift, to stand over the ball and think “just like the last one” instead of “oh damn…just don’t hit another one like the last one.” Trust me, it makes the game much easier to love! All in all, I am a huge fan of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, and not only did I kick the lunge back down the road, but I am renewed, refreshed, and honestly ready for more! Out with the lunge, in with comfort and confidence!

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The Blue Skies of Pinehurst

18th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2

18th Hole, Pinehurst No. 2

Even if you shoot pictures just as a hobby, you know the phrase, “good light.”

Monday morning, the third in a stretch of spring-like days in Pinehurst, had good light.

Great light, actually.

As golfers began to descend on the Resort Club for another day bathed in 70-degree temperatures, the sun, clouds and Carolina blue skies mixed together to form a tapestry as brilliant as the grounds Donald Ross created for the grand game.

It was good light for a great game.

Join us in Pinehurst to experience days like these. To be able to enjoy Pinehurst’s perfection with the best rates of the season is a unique opportunity. But even if you need a few weeks to plan, Pinehurst has options for you as well.

Come to Pinehurst. Just remember to pack a camera.

A sampling of just another Monday in Pinehurst:

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PHOTOS: Springtime in January at Pinehurst

Pinehurst No. 4, 18th Hole

Pinehurst No. 4, 18th Hole

 

When James Walker Tufts originally came to this area in the late 1800s, he was struck by the temperate climate, especially in the winter months. Envisioning a retreat capable of healing the mind, body and soul, he began to build what we now know as Pinehurst today.

And during weeks like these in mid-January, it is easy to see, feel and experience exactly what Tufts had in mind. Temperatures will soar into the 70s by this weekend, but the deep Carolina blue skies are already here. A morning walk around Pinehurst on Jan. 9, 2013, provided us with these images.

Come and join us at Pinehurst, and experience not only the Cradle of American Golf, but the healing of your mind, your body and your soul.

 

Resort Club at Pinehurst

Resort Club at Pinehurst

 

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Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles returns to PGA Tour

Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles holds his 2013 PGA Tour card.

Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles holds his 2013 PGA Tour card.

WAIALAE, Hawaii – The all-time leading money-winner in Web.com Tour history, Pinehurst Country Club member Darron Stiles is no stranger to the PGA Tour.

A professional touring pro for 17 years, Stiles, 39, has earned more than $1.8 million on golf’s most elite satellite tour and has won six times, including once in 2012. Over the course of his career he has spent five seasons on the PGA Tour, which is where he will return once again when he tees it up Thursday to play the first round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. (Follow Live Scoring here.)

With earnings in excess of $200,000 in 2012, Stiles finished 17th on the Web.com Tour money list, punching his ticket back to golf’s biggest stage. Now, he would like to stay there.

And he believes he’s found the winning formula to do it.

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Where to Stay – The Holly Inn at Pinehurst Resort [Video]

At The Holly Inn, every detail has been attended to, both inside and on the spacious grounds at this North Carolina hotel. Decorating the walls and floors are a series of natural botanical prints and images, reminiscent of times gone by. You’ll see the fine touches in every nook, from the jewel-toned Tiffany lamps, to the reading selection in the library, and to the comfort of a rocking chair in your guest room.

What are your favorite memories of The Holly Inn?

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