Pinehurst Golf Tips Archive

This golf swing might break the Pinehurst Golf Academy

If somehow you haven’t yet seen the viral golf swing pro Steve Wheatcroft tweeted from his pro-am round this week, then take a moment and admire.

We’ll admit, we’re a bit worried about what this might do once the Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels and his team get a look at it because truly, it may blow their minds. (Then again, one of them has been known to do this AND this, so maybe not.)


Anyway, once we hear from them, we’ll let you know if they survived with their expertise intact.

After all, the result is really good.

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Pinehurst Golf Academy: Recover from a bad shot like Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth’s recovery mid-round to win The Open Championship will no doubt soon become the stuff of legend. As we have seen in the past – particularly with Retief Goosen and Jason Gore in the final pairing of the 2005 U.S. Open, and actually, from Spieth himself – when things start to go bad on the golf course, sometimes they snowball into disaster.

Spieth, though, found a way to completely turn everything around on Sunday, and he won his 3rd major championship in doing so.

But what about you? In your weekend game, if you find yourself in trouble, what’s the best way to quickly rectify the situation? Eric Alpenfels, the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, has a three-step process that will get you back on track – just like Jordan Spieth, and maybe, just maybe, like Kenny Perry in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Pinehurst’s Eric Alpenfels Appears on The Golf Channel

In case you missed it last week, the Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels appeared through the “car wash” at The Golf Channel last week. Alpenfels shared tips and instruction advice on several Golf Channel programs, including Michael Breed’s The Golf Fix. If you missed it before – or if you need to figure out how to cure your slice – you can watch Eric’s first segment with Michael above.

And if you’d like to buy the cards Eric gives Michael at the end of the video, please go here.

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Dustin Johnson has a pine straw tip for you

At Pinehurst, you may often find yourself with a lie on pine straw. In this classic video from a young Dustin Johnson posted six years ago, the now World No. 1 explains how he hits a cut off the pine straw.

Not sure it will help you this weekend on any of the Pinehurst courses, but if you’re able to follow his most important insight at the end of the video, you were probably already better than a lot of us.

Happy Friday, everyone. Play well this weekend.

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Afraid you will choke? Use Payne’s plan to come through in the clutch

Know who didn’t choke under pressure?

Payne Stewart in 1999.

Payne was ready for the big moment, and that had a lot to do with his making the 15-foot putt to win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

The Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels recalls how Payne Stewart’s coach helped Payne prepare for the magical moment at Pinehurst in 1999. Why did Payne make the putt? Because he had a gameplan all along.

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