Pinehurst Golf Tips Archive

Fix your slice…Inside?

Even if you’re stuck inside for the winter, you can still work on your golf game

THINK THAT SLICE OF YOURS is just in hibernation for the winter, only to make its unseemly return in the spring when you return to the golf course?

Well, maybe not. Maybe you can begin to cure that slice this winter. All you need is a club and… a wall.

In the above video, the Pinehurst Golf Academy’s Eric Alpenfels explains.

Maybe you can begin to cure that slice this winter. All you need is a club and… a wall.

THE PROBLEM: A common problem for slicers is pulling the club too far inside on the takeaway. But even if you’re stuck inside for the winter, you can still work on your golf game.

THE DRILL: The Wall Drill provides something other anti-slice drills don’t: immediate and effective feedback. Bumping the wall lets the golfer know right away that his club is too far inside. It’s a single objective – don’t hit the wall. After doing it a while, it’s easy to recall a mental picture of the wall, which helps correct the shape of the backswing. It’s a simple, memorable and effective image.

THE RESULTS: This should reduce the inside path angle of backswing significantly. It also may help with distance. The Pinehurst Golf Academy’s original study found that test subjects even added an average of 13.72 yards of carry with a 6-iron.

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Pinehurst team shares their golf resolutions for 2016

It’s resolution time again. Instead of dreaming up resolutions that will make you want to pull your hair out, we thought a golf resolutions would be more fun.

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We asked our team to share theirs with you for inspiration. To the right, you’ll see Rob Pilewski, Pinehurst Country Club’s Head Golf Professional, has a number of goals for 2016. Let us know your golf resolutions in the comment section below!

Add 10 to 15 yards on my drive.
Kelly Mitchum
Lead Instructor, Pinehurst Golf Academy

Master my unconventional golf swing. I step into it like a baseball slugger, reroute the swing three times throughout. There are many different ways to get the job done. I wouldn’t teach it this way, but I can master my own.
Jeffrey Wojtusik
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst Nos. 1-8

As my children (ages 3 and 7) continue to enjoy the game and ask to go to the golf course, my hope is to take them as much as possible. In turn, I hope their excitement for the game inspires me to get better and to compete at a higher level in tournaments.
Cole Stiles
Pro Manager, Pinehurst No. 8

Play more golf. It makes no difference the number of holes I get to play at one time, I just want to get out and play. While trying to balance family and working at a golf course, it is easy for me to forget how much I enjoy playing and one of the primary reasons I wanted to become a golf professional. Instead of going 1-2 weeks without playing, it would be great to get out and play 1-2 times a week.
Adam Osterbur, PGA
Head Golf Professional/Manager, Pinehurst No. 6

Finally beat Mrs. Havercamp….
Adam Baj
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst Nos. 1-5

Practice better course management and forget about the little mistakes that happen on the golf course. I will do this by focusing on one shot and one hole at a time.
Paul Rezuke
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 6

Work harder on my putting and short game. I also plan to play in more tournaments in 2016.
Anthony J. Cordes
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

My resolution is to not only get better as a player but as an instructor as well. I hope to play and practice more to help myself get better, and to teach more often so that I can improve my coaching skills.
Matt Lunden
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 7

Walk and carry more rounds in 2016. I also resolve to hit short game shots from difficult lies closer to hole more often in 2016.
Ryan Duckworth
Assistant Golf Professional, Pinehurst No. 7

Improve the driving range experience for our members and guests, so they remember Maniac Hill as a world class practice facility. It is the original after all.
Scott Moody
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

Practice like you play, making it a point to go through my pre-shot routine on each shot while practicing, and to finish all of Kelly Mitchum’s short game cards.
Robert Hoadley
Assistant Golf Professional, Don Padgett Learning Center

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Top 10 Tips for Planning a Golf Buddy Trip

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF TIPS FOR THE BEST GOLF BUDDY TRIP all over the web. We’ve combed them all so you don’t have to.

Here are the 10 best tips to ensure you get the most out of your next buddy trip, with a little something extra off the tee for some.

10. R&D makes for the best R&R It’s not how long you to plan, it’s how well you plan. If your dates are flexible, ask about specials. Many golf resorts have “shoulder seasons” such as March or November when the weather might still be great but high season rates haven’t yet kicked in. And sure, you might need an extra layer, but that extra layer might mean an extra day – and an extra 18 or 36 – as well.

Extra Club: Ask about shuttle service to and from the airport. Why drive if you don’t have to? Often airport shuttle rates are discounted depending on the number in your group. And some resorts like Pinehurst offer free shuttle service around the resort during your stay. Leave the keys – and the road rage – at home.

To plan your Pinehurst Buddy Trip, call (855) 441-2213 or begin with an email.

9. Let it Grow You don’t have to be too ambitious too fast. Our friend Matt Adams has a simple suggestion for the birth of your first buddy trip: Keep it small to start, then let it grow. It’s just like anything else: the more you do something, the better you will get at it. The planning, the itinerary, costs, dinners, games – everything.


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8. Play for Something…Different Yes, it could be a trophy. But make sure it’s interesting. Michael Jordan always had an answer when someone asked how much they’d play for: “Whatever makes you nervous.” We’d paraphrase that to be, “Whatever makes you putt the 3-footer.”

Extra Club: It doesn’t have to be for cash. How about this? Loser babysits the kids so the victor can take his wife out for dinner when they get home. Ready to concede that 3-footer now? Didn’t think so. … Continue Reading

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The Story Behind Kelly Mitchum’s Amazing 3-Putt

By Lee Pace

Enter the phrase “Kelly Mitchum Pinehurst 3 putt” in a Google search box and in 0.93 seconds you’ll get 3,140 results. anointed Mitchum a “magician.” He’s been fêted on and on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program and given a cyber pat-on-the-back by noted golf blogger Geoff Shackelford.

“It’s been pretty amazing,” says Mitchum, a longtime instructor in the Pinehurst Golf Academy.

They say everyone has his 15 minutes of fame. Mitchum’s had a dose of golf fame in qualifying four times for the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four “majors,” while holding down a full-time job at Pinehurst.

Now his fame is taking a wholly different presence with a 20-second, self-produced video posted July 10 on that shows Mitchum executing a “trick shot” on a practice putting green — three putts struck within one second of each other, traveling on different paths and reaching the bottom of the same hole in rapid-fire succession.

What makes the feat so awe-inspiring is that the third putt hits the hole first, followed by the second, followed by the first.

“A lot of conversations are getting started these days, ‘Hey, I saw your three-putt,’” says Mitchum. “It’s been interesting. I got an email from a guy in India who’d been to our golf school a while back and had seen it. It’s pretty amazing.”

The Numbers

It’s the product of some imagination and skill on the part of Mitchum, 44, a former N.C. State golfer and winner of the 1993 North and South Amateur. And it’s a product as well of today’s social-media conscious world that gobbles up short and sweet bits of content like M&Ms.

By December, the Mitchum clip on YouTube had nearly 700,000 views. A Vine posting had registered more than 1.2 million “loops,” as they’re known on the site comprised of 6-second video clips. The “news” page of the Pinehurst website where the Mitchum video is housed has generated some 800,000 views. … Continue Reading

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Don’t you wish we could all 3-putt like this?

OF COURSE, Kelly Mitchum would 3-putt like this. After all, he’s pretty good. (Make sure to note the order the balls drop into the cup.)

Mitchum, who performed this trick shot at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, has played in four PGA Championships, was a U.S. Amateur semifinalist, played on the U.S. Walker Cup team, won the North & South Amateur, the ACC Championship and was a four-time All-American. He’s also been the Carolinas Golf Association Player of the Year 767 times (number is approximate).


Mitchum is one of Pinehurst’s lead instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy. He’s also finding ways to make practice fun at

Imagine what he could teach you.

*UPDATE – Kelly Mitchum has an EVEN BETTER 3-putt. Read about it here now.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To see a Vine of the original trick shot and to read about the story behind it, go here.

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