Pinehurst Golf Tips Archive

How can you hit more fairways with more power? It has to do with your aim


Eric Alpenfels, director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, has a way to help you hit your driver with more accuracy AND more power.

It has to do with your aim – and perhaps a little with your head.

Alpenfels, in his most recent study with Dr. Bob Christina, took on the “Aim Small, Miss Small” philosophy. The idea being that if you aim at a precise target, you’ll be more accurate. It seems to work in sports like archery, so why not golf?

But that’s not at all what Alpenfels found. You can read about the driver part of the study above (click the photo to enlarge it), which was published in the October issue of Golf Magazine. But the gist is this:

When aimed at a wide target – the entire width of the fairway – players found the fairway far more often – 60 percent of the time – AND carried the ball longer for an average distance gain of more than 6 yards. But when aiming at a small target, the players only hit the fairway 50 percent of the time without the distance gain.

So, instead of aiming small in the hopes to miss small, aim big to hit big – and hit paydirt more often.

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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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