In the week when the Masters saw three golfers make a hole-in-one at the 16th hole, we asked golf journalist Matt Cooper to give his tips on how to shoot one yourself.
My first two aces were both superb shots. But more than that I did everything top golfers (and mind coaches) say you should: I had a strong mental vision of the shot I wanted to hit. In the case of the first I was playing a hole I must have played at least 100 times and yet the pin position was one I had never seen before. Instead of hitting my shot by rote, something we’re all guilty of, that change forced me to think about the shape and trajectory I needed to hit.
Many world class tour professionals have never made a hole in one. While I’ve made four, I know these pros hit more tee shots on par-threes than I have hit in my lifetime and 90% of those professional shots (minimum) would land closer the hole. So even if you hit a quality effort you need plenty of good fortune for the ball to drop.
My most recent hole in one was absurd. I spooned the tee shot in the air, it hit a manhole cover, rocketed forward, did a wall of death round a greenside bunker, at which point I turned away in disgust, only to hear my playing partner say “It’s going in”. I turned round in time to see the ball hit the flag, pop in the air, and drop. Like I said, pure fluke.
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