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That golf swing. That amazing golf swing.

The Champions Tour just posted a really good Q&A with Paul Goydos, who has a terrific story about Payne Stewart:

Q. What do you remember most about playing your first PGA TOUR event?

Paul Goydos: I remember getting to the range on whatever day it was, Monday or something, and I’m hitting balls and there’s this guy next to me, real thin blonde guy next to me hitting balls, just swinging it unbelievable and hitting these rockets. I kind of looked at him. I don’t even know who this guy is. I haven’t seen this guy before, 6-foot-2, thin blonde guy and he’s hitting balls. He’s got a little bag over here. I’m going, “Holy cow, this guy’s some kind of Open qualifier.” This guy’s hitting it great. Turns out he didn’t have his knickers on and it was Payne Stewart. When I found out it was Payne Stewart, I’m like all right, I’m all right with him hitting the ball a lot better than me.

That’s why we posted the video above of Payne’s iconic swing on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open. What a swing.

And one more thing – watch that video with the sound ON. Listen to the flush at impact.


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5 ways the Carolina Panthers can help your golf game

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For those of us in the Carolinas, it’s been a wonderful NFL season to follow. We’re excited about the Carolina Panthers as they prepare to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

When you take a deeper look at the Panthers, though, it’s interesting to see how reflecting on the Panthers’ evolution into a Super Bowl-caliber team and organization might impact your golf game.

Whether the Panthers win or lose to the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s clear to us that you can take a few fundamentals from the Panthers’ players and coaching staff and apply them in a way that could make you a better golfer.

Here’s how:

1. Play to Your Strengths When the Panthers drafted safety/linebacker hybrid Shaq Thompson a year ago, many experts questioned the pick because the Panthers were in such good shape at linebacker already, especially with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. But the Panthers had hit on something, and it seems to have been something they found back when they drafted Kuechly. He was the best player left on the board at the ninth pick in 2012, and though the Panthers appeared set at linebacker even then, Kuechly was too good to pass up. Four years later, it’s clear that rangy linebackers who can drop into coverage are becoming more important again. And the Panthers now have a unique stable of them.

Why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there.

From Gridiron to Links: What’s your best club for approach shots? Is it your wedge? Maybe you’re more comfortable with your 7 iron than your 8 iron for some reason. You know what shots you are best at, so try to play more of those in your round. If you’re best from 100 yards out, but shudder at those in-between pitches from 60 yards, why are you trying to bomb your 5 wood on your second shot of a par 5? Take your 5 iron, play to your best spot and play from there. Same goes off the tee. Play to your strengths. … Continue Reading

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Pinehurst to host 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Regional

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To get to Augusta National, you may have to go through Pinehurst.

That will, at least, be the case for several participants in the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which announced recently Pinehurst will serve as one of 10 regional sites in September.

“A hallmark of Pinehurst’s history has been its affection for the amateur golfer, and in many cases, the young amateur player,” said Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers. “We are honored to participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. We believe it adds to Pinehurst’s legacy as a home for amateur golf, a legacy that includes the century-old North & South Amateurs, past U.S. Men’s and Women’s Amateurs as well as the U.S. Kids Golf World championship events. We look forward to welcoming these tremendously talented young players to Pinehurst.”

The regional, which is the third and final stage in qualifying for the championship, will crown a winner from each age and gender category. Those winners will then advance to the Championship Final, which is played at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, 2017, the eve of the 2017 Masters.

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Is this now the best 3-putt ever?

MORE THAN 730,000 VIEWS on YouTube. More than 1.2 million loops on Vine. One million visits to the original post on


There’s a good chance you’ve seen Kelly Mitchum’s trick shot video of what was then considered the best 3-putt in the history of golf.

Now though, Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy and an accomplished professional golfer, has outdone himself.

Just when you thought there was no such thing as a good 3-putt, Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum has proven otherwise.


Go ahead, compare the two and see which you like better: … Continue Reading

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Golfer takes Happy Gilmore swing…on ice

Hat tip to GolfNewsNet with this find. Check out Panthers’ fan Andrew Kiger as he goes full Happy Gilmore on ice skates.

That’s how you make the best of an ice storm. Keep pounding, Andrew.

Note: If you can’t view the video from Andrew’s Tweet, perhaps this one will work for you: … Continue Reading

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