If you had one shot...

If you had one shot to impress a friend, golf buddy, colleague, better half or a gallery of patrons...What would it be?


A full 8 iron from 150 yards at a pin tucked behind a bunker?
A tough 20 foot down hill slider?
A bombed drive down a narrow tree lined hole that resembles a tunnel?
A sweeping low hook shot out of trouble and onto the green?
etc.


If you had one shot to 'impress'...what would it be?

For me - particularly given my lack of prowess from bunkers (I seldom need more than two strokes to get out) I would choose the following...

Buried in a green side bunker on the 18th hole and short sided with no way to stop it short. Hit the shot out of the bunker past the flag onto a back stop and have the ball roll back towards me and drop into the hole for a great birdie.

One can dream can't he ?

Darius

Playing "the" knock down shot when the elements call for it, ie., wind at your back and you have to go over a bunker with a pin tucked a few feet from its edge and land it one, two stick or spin, depending how I'm feeling I may knock down the same shot with a little draw around the trap to a one, two stick.  Love that shot, never fails to impress and rely on it from 170 yards and in toward under 100 yards when conditions warrant it or if and when we're in a scramble and you're playing buddy's shot out of the woods, lol!

I remember goofing around on the range one day when I was a young early twenty something (about 35 years ago) and took a 4 iron out and placed the ball off my back foot which made my hands (way) forward along with a bit of an open stance to restrict the back swing's length... then take a half to three quarter back swing with the weight still forward in my posture and just coming down as hard as I could with a full follow through... the ball was came off like a rope and went 170 yards with a 10' draw and landed one, two stop by the hole.  That impressed me so much that I continued until I made it my own and continued to practice it so as to "dig it out of the dirt", so to speak.  Later during these range sessions, I progressed to the lower irons and found that I had no trouble doing the same thing with these, I thought of my irons as arrows now and I didn't have 14 clubs in the bag, I had 64 arrows in my quiver.  Think about it!  Now when I call on this shot, it's automatic because I've done it on the range thousands of times, I trust it and know it and also know that I can control the elements with this shot.  Generally in this set up, the 5 iron will go 160 yards, the 6 iron will go 140 yards and the 7 iron 130 yards, the 8 iron 120 yards, 9 iron will go 110 yards, SW about 90 and LW will do 80 yards, into the wind or even with the wind at the back, there is more 'control', distance control, elemental control, nerves control, partner control and always has the Wow Factor.  I've had to call on this shot on several occasions while playing in social events and the response from others is always a "You're kidding me" or "What a shot" and on.  I never call this shot in advance or let someone know that skill level, but I do do that in my mind and remain 'cocky' in there as well. 

"Never tell someone how good you are, let them tell you". 

I think it would be a five iron from 210 yards to 10 feet.

I like your dream Darius!. 

For me it is feeding a half 9-iron through a narrow hole in the tree branches onto the green, close enough to have a birdie try.

Second shot on a par 5 18th on a course I had never played before, which was the 78th shot of the round.  Had ~230y uphill to the green into a slight breeze.  Hit a 3W to within 8 feet, and drained the eagle for a 79. 

I don't care what my playing partners thought, I impressed myself

--
Kevin

Michael M

I like your dream Darius!. 

For me it is feeding a half 9-iron through a narrow hole in the tree branches onto the green, close enough to have a birdie try.

Yeah - Too bad it is just a dream :)

Who knows - I plan n practicing the bunker shots and chipping this year so maybe dreams will come true ?

Darius

Second shot on a par 5 to within 10 feet!

Downhill putt 25 feet with a left-to-right break.  The putt needs to be made to win a match.  The putt feeds into the hole dead centre for the W!

Lots of interesting shots! For me it would be a 230 yard 3 iron second shot on a 530 yard par 5 hit to 2 ft. for a tap in eagle. 

From far left rough, 185 yds with trees in the way of seeing hole and only a 45 deg out to the right.

I would hit a 30 yard , hook 5 iron around the tree, over the bunker  and release running right up throught the gut up to the pin.

For me that would be hitting a great wedge shot over a bunker and sticking it within 2' of the pin.

If I had one shot to impress a friend, golf buddy, colleague, better half or a gallery of patrons...What would it be?

It would definitely be a shot (or two) of a 15-20 year old single malt  Scottish whiskey!

Ah Steve - One can only hope that you would be willing to share :)

Darius

Spinning a wedge back 10 ft. to a tucked in pin!