What’s the most difficult shot in Golf? The debate has been around for quite some time but I think I can shed some light on the subject. Our golfing group is a bit like a Gang in that to be a true Shark Attack Golfer, you have to be inducted into it. The induction process is typically by way of a heroic shot executed either on the course or in a Long Drive event. We spend lots of time issuing challenges to golfers and watching for rare shots to occur which allows us to witness some great ones. The holy grail is almost always considered to be a hole in one and I can personally speak to how rare they can be. I had one on a par 3 course when I was younger and it was largely dismissed by some because it didn’t occur on a “real” golf course. I finally got another on a full size golf track and erased the haters complaints. There’s another rare occurrence that happens that is often overlooked and that’s the shot that hits another person. I had the hard luck of hitting a burning pull hook shot that caught my bosses wife in the temple as she peeked out from a tree near the ladies tee. Needless to say, it was a scary and unnerving situation as she went down like I’d dealt a sniper shot from a rooftop. Thankfully, after some stitches, she made a full recovery and somehow I kept my job. I also witnessed a Long Driver who hit a big booming slice off the end of the driving range that found the top of an imported tennis players head as he was in full motion. You almost have to consider it harder to hit a moving target more than 300 yards away than to find a hole located 130 yards away in a single stroke. It might also be said that driving a par 4 green is a rare feat for the average golfer although it’s just part of an average day for the big hitters. Making a 2 on a par 5 is also a rarely seen event unless you’re Bob Gilder or Louis Oosthuizen. Some people struggle with shots over water, others struggle with a tree lined fairway, a long iron shot or a tiny feel shot over a bunker. Some of the greatest shots that we’ve witnessed have been accidental ones. A skulled mid iron into a par 3 that travels around 3 feet off the ground, skims the creek, hits the bank and jumps onto the green almost going in the hole and ending up 4 feet from the hole which also wins the closest to the pin prize is one that I will never forget. In fishing it’s always about the one that got away that nobody saw but in golf, it’s all about that one shot per round or per event that gives you a glimmer of hope and keeps us coming back to this sadistic and tremendous game. The most difficult shot is different for each of us but it might well be the one that follows a poor one because a poorly executed golf shot can make a person question everything. Keep swinging and keep a mental notebook of the rare shots that you are privileged to see.
MobyMatt – Shark Attack Golf