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.

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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!