JAMES DALZELL AND MICHAEL MITNICK
may be the only golfers who appreciate a
good snowstorm. Wintry weather sprouted a
hobby that turned the Galloway National Golf
Club and Linwood Country Club members into
A Jan. 4 blizzard, dubbed a “bomb cyclone
storm” by meteorologists, dumped more than
a foot of snow on the Jersey Shore. Bored indoors and seeking sport stimulus, Dalzell and
Mitnick turned their attention to trick shots.
“We couldn’t play golf outside, so I was like,
‘Hey James, why don’t you come over to my
house and we try some trick shots?’” Mitnick,
16, a rising junior at Mainland Regional High
School said. “So we tried some trick shots,
filmed them and started an Instagram account.
Dalzell and Mitnick created @ThatGolfGrind
on Instagram and started posting trick shot
videos, one of which intrigued ESPN’s social
media team. On Feb. 8, “SportsCenter” shared a
clip that featured Mitnick teetering on a balance
board, addressing a levitating ping pong ball and
chipping it into a plastic cup in his basement.
The video garnered more than 1.7 million views.
Comments ranged from “this is actually crazy” to
“that was magnificent. NEED to try that.”
“I was in my basement studying for mid-
terms. I got a text from my sister, and then
I looked at our Instagram account. It said,
‘SportsCenter’ mentioned you in a comment,”
Dalzell, 15, an incoming sophomore at Holy
Spirit High School, said. “I opened it up and
couldn’t believe I saw one of our videos on
As a result of that “SportsCenter” appear-
ance, the video then caught the attention
of “Steve” producers, who contacted Dalzell
and Mitnick. The Linwood, N.J. residents then
participated in a Face Time interview and
demonstrated a trick shot live during the call.
Dalzell and Mitnick flew to Los Angeles, Calif.
April 4 to film a segment with Harvey, which
aired April 6. They spoke with the host and
performed the Jenga trick shot – removing
Jenga blocks with wedge shots. Harvey even
took a couple swipes.
“[Being on the show] was kind of crazy. I
didn’t believe it was real until I was actually on
the plane going to Los Angeles,” Mitnick said.
“It was kind of surreal. Now even teachers and
adults are coming up to us and telling us it’s
“It was really exciting, just an unbelievable
experience. I didn’t think it was possible,”
From boards (basketball and skate) to
tables (ping pong and pool), Dalzell and
Mitnick use a number of props to create
captivating trick shots. Schedules permitting,
they will continue to expand their increasingly
popular Instagram library.
Watch out, Bryan Bros. @ThatGolfGrind
“You’ve got to put in the work. You’ve got to
put in the practice,” Mitnick said. m
golf trick shots on
Steve Harvey’s show
Dalzell (l) and Mitnick chat
with host Steve Harvey.
BY TONY REGINA