25ft putt for my first eagle yesterday!!!!!!!
My bad shot turned best shot was about 10 years ago in a high school tournament on a 194 yd par 3 I pulled up and thinned a 6 iron that hooked into the green and I thought had went into a greenside bunker. We get up there and look for 5 minutes and cannot find this ball. Well a guy on the other team happens to walk by the hole and sees my scuffed up top flight xl3000 super straight sitting in there. 1st and only hole in one and I didnt even get to see it and it happened off of a poorly executed shot. I still have a plaque the school gave me with all the details and the actually ball hanging in my apartment.
I was playing 9 holes a few months ago with my 9 year old. He's been going with me to courses since he was 4, riding in the cart and putting a little. He's been playing regular rounds for the last two years, from the 200, 150 and 100/75/50 yard markers for 9 holes. He's fairly steady in the high 50s.
I played him from inside the 150 on the 7th hole, which is a slightly downhill right to left par 4. 390 or so for me, 125 for him. I hit a solid tee ball that left me about 125 in, but the pin was all the way in the front, so I only had sand wedge in. He busted a drive that hit the front edge of the green then rolled right past the pin and to the right edge of the green about 15 feet from the pin.
We had been practicing chipping and pitching the day before, and we got down to the green and before I can even sit my bag down and give him a little advice, he has his sand wedge out and chips it dead stiff, just a couple of inches. He taps it in with the wedge after pulling the flag out. I asked him what he made, and he thought about it for a minute, then went crazy when he realized it was his first birdie.
Now, we're out there pretty much by ourselves late on a Sunday afternoon. We're running around the green and high fiveing, having a big time, then he reminds me that I still have to put. I recalled a friend telling me that he and his son first made birdies on the same hole when his son was 12 or 13, and I thought, holy cow, this is one of those moments where you've got a chance to make a great memory. I really wanted to make that putt. It was slightly uphill, about 8 feet with about a foot of right to left break...a fairly easy/makeable roll all things considered, except for the circumstances. I made it, but I'm still not sure how. It was more nerve-wracking than any of the USGA qualifiers that I've played in (because I haven't come close to ever qualifying for anything). It was worse than teeing off in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred onlookers at a US Open Qualifying practice round. We let it all hang out when it went in.
Up until then, my drive on the second 18 of a 36 hole day at Tobacco Road, over the trees on 13 that set up my second eagle on the hole that day, was the best.
...We let it all hang out when it went in.
Hi all. New to the forum so i thought that this is a good a place as any to say hello. I've been playing the game for around 25 years now off and on. Got down to a 3 handicap and went through the professional programme when i was younger but decided it wasn't for me and left golf alone for quite a few years. I've only recently come back to the game in the last year and i'm really enjoying it again. I'm still using my irons from 15 years ago! (new set to come this winter).
So, here are a couple of crackers that stick in the memory from this year;
1. Hole 6, Hindhead Golf Club, Surrey.
Par 3, 139 yards off the yellow tees. Perfect golf weather – not a breath of wind and the sun shining. The hole plays massively downhill so it’s always a lot less club than you think. Decided to control a 3/4 9 iron with a gentle fade. Struck it beautifully. The ball made a gentle fade toward the pin, pitched about 10 ft behind the hole and rolled back off of the slope to within 3 feet.
2. Hole 7, Chigwell Golf Club, Essex (my home course).
Par 4, 363 from the back tees. Blocked my tee shot out right into the trees which left me with somewhat of a tricky 130yd shot to a green protected by a large tree to the left. Because I was in the trees I had an overhanging tree directly in front of me to deal with, plus a restricted swing. Very bare lie, so I choked down on a 4 iron, opening the face playing the ball off of my back foot keeping my hands forward and cutting across the ball. I was trying to hit a low punch with a fade. I did. Perfectly to about 3 feet from the flag. I love shot making.
Nice shot, jhscott1. I've been in those trees to the right at Glen Eagle a bunch and can appreciate the difficultly of that shot. Good thing that pin was back and right that day. Hard to get that green to hold a shot that will stay under the trees and still hold the green.