What's the best shot you've ever hit?

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Peter H


I was just curious, but what is the best golf shot you have ever hit?

Keith M


Mine is a bit of a funny story, because it's also one of the worst shots I ever hit.  I was 21, playing one of the courses at Ft. Benning.  (My brother-in-law was stationed there.)

After hitting my second shot into nasty rough, next to a tree, I had about 120 yards, between two trees and had about a 8 foot square landing area on the fringe at the front of the green.  Going short or long on the shot were both dead.  I struck the shot perfectly with a PW, it was high and coming down exactly where I wanted to, thinking I had a good shot still at salvaging par. 

What I didn't know was in my landing area was the steel plate that covered the sprinkler heads.  Next thing I know, I hear a loud "ding!" when it hit the plate, bounced about 50 feet in the air and straight into the woods on the other side of the green, never to be found again.  My dad laughed for about 10 minutes. 

Don O


278 yard par 4.  Pulled a stinger drive, (over the hills and) through the woods (and past Grandma's house...) to cut the dog leg right (LH golfer) and end up on the green.  I average 200-215 on the fairway, so this was a monster for me.

Par 3's under 5 feet won't count until one drops for the ace.

Rick B


Par 5 in UK mid winter into the wind & rain

2 iron out of low hanging tress through a one foot wide gap, big cut to 2 feet from the hole, best eagle ever!!!

Tom B


Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...qualifying for the State Am 20 years ago. I had shot a lousy 41 the front so any chance of qualifying was looking pretty bleak, unless I really poured it on. Came back with an even par 35 on the back to get into a 12 way playoff for 2 spots. 1st playoff hole par 3 180, had hit a 6 iron to 20 feet in the round, but all jacked now, got a 7 iron to the same 20 feet, 2 putt par and moving on. They started to drop off with bogy plus for 3 holes and on hole 4, a short 90 degree dogleg par 4, I hit 1 iron off the tee (yes those existed back then), right down the middle, BUT into a divot about and inch deep. Those that were left all took and look and I could hear the comments, "well he's out of it", but one of my previous competitors who was now caddying for me (said he was going to help me out as I represented the old guys against the kids....didn't have the heart to tell him I was only 34, even with all that gray hair), said just stay down on it and hit through and you've got this shot. Advice taken, hitting a wedge up to the elevated green to 10 feet, putt it in and I was done as the 1st qualifier and off to the State Am.

Curtis M


Maybe not the greatest shot, but definitely most memorable.   470 or so yard drive.....   Thank you down hill cart paths with curb on one side and hill on the other so the ball stayed on it.   The worst part is I didn't walk away with an eagle..

Mike C


I think my best shot every was one that was almost a hole in one... but not quite there.  It was on the short 337 yard par 4 second hole on the Dye course at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney, Texas.  To give you an idea of the layout, it is a short, downhill dogleg left to a green that is bunkered behind and protected by grass mounds all around in front.  It was a pretty windy afternoon and the wind was from behind to the left with the flag on the front third of the green

Having played this hole before and knowing that nothing good can happen if you go long (or left where it drops off into the trees, or right where it is o.b.), I opted to go with an 18 degree hybrid to make sure I kept the ball on the narrow path towards the green.  I hit what I thought was a good shot, high and with a draw, picked up my tee and figured I would be in the middle of the fairway with a chance to use my trusty Vokey 60 degree wedge to get it close.

Once I got closer to the green I could not find my ball anywhere.  I knew it was a good shot and should have been right there in front of the green.  looked in the rough to the right and to the left with no avail.  Finally, I looked at the green and noticed a ball sitting on the edge of the cup.  I must have gotten a good bounce on the hard Texas ground and rolled up to the hole. When I got to the hole I could not believe how close it was.  The ball was actually overhanging the lip of the hole with a hybrid on a par four.  Talk about luck!  It was such an unbelievable shot I had to take a picture of the result so I could remember it!

Dadschilz


Back a couple years ago, playing out in Silverthorne Colorado at the Raven Course at Three Peaks, truly a great mountain course. It was a beautiful afternoon and I was having a great time enjoying the fabulous views. The Ninth hole is a 500 yard Par 4 all down hill with at least 100 foot of elevation drop from tee to green. I hit a great tee shot, got in the cart and actually was following the flight of the shot down hill the whole way. The ball just hung up there in the mountain air and it was one of the coolest shots I have ever experienced. It hung up and I made it at least 300 yards down the hill, which is not bad for a senior with a bad back. I did knock the next one up near the putting surface and got up and down for a four which made it a very memorable par. Unfortunately my daughter and son in law have since moved back east, so I may never get a chance to follow that shot again.

Joel L


Drove the green on a par 4 with a 3 wood, 350 yards with no wind. It was a scramble and my dad sank the 15 foot putt for Eagle. We placed 4th at 17 under behind 19, 18 and another 17 under. Tough crowd!

Justinu3


I've had several chip in's for par or birdie.  I've had some great approach shots.

But the one that stands out was a 30-40 footer downhill at TPC Deere Run during the Cameron Collector event last fall.  It was to save bogey unfortunately but talk about an unreal feeling!  Getting high fives after sinking a breaking downhill putt with your Cameron is just a sweet memory.

Tyson M


215 yard cut 4 iron in the hole for an eagle

Ron M.


153 yd  9-iron for eagle 2.....I also had a 100ft putt that had 5 breaks in it for a 50/50 pot. I was the last person to try it and drained it...Won $265. 

nucjg695


18th hole - need bogey or better to break 80 for the first time.  Hit a nice 3 wood down the left side of the fairway on a par 4.  On my second shot, nerves got the best of me and I chunked it and left myself about 20 yards short of a very elevated green - and the pin is in front.  I pulled my 60 degree and hit a high lob to 5 feet.  Two putts later (I told you I was nervous) I card a +7.  Under the (self-induced) pressure no doubt that wedge was my best shot ever.

Kenneth Sky


Fun question. I have come up within inches of holing out for a hole in one several times and have also almost holed out a few times on my second shot into par 4's. There's a lot of good shots I guess. But one that comes to my mind that's kind of funny was when I was playing in a tournament and I hit my 2nd shot way left, going for it in two, on a par 5 into a wedding. It was a national level big event that was run very well and there was a tournament rules official that took my situation very seriously and told the people currently in the wedding that they would have to move and move their chairs as well because we have a player that needs to finish his hole. He told them that my shot did not go out of bounds so I would have to play through. I felt kind of bad, but I was in a tournament so I knew I could laugh later about this hole situation. I was nervous, the whole wedding service was waiting for me to hit including spectators and whoever else was there. I had a 40 yard pitch from there, my hands were shaking, but somehow made solid contact and it hit short on the fringe and rolled up to about 3 feet, tap in eagle. So yeah, cool eagle. I made an eagle playing through a wedding. Haha. 

Mike D., Team Titleist Manager


Great question... There are two shots that definitely stand out for me but the one that edges out the other has to be a bunker shot I hit way back in high school. 

It was the final match of the season for us and I was playing the final hole of the day. I didn't know it at the time but we were all square with the other team and I needed to win the hole and my match for us to take the team win.

Well, I hit a good tee shot but put my approach in a greenside bunker. I still had no idea where the overall match stood but I knew I had some work to do. So I went through my routine... I surveyed the green, looked at my lie in the bunker, visualized the shot and stepped in.

I blasted out of the bunker and I immediately knew I hit a good shot. I didn't leave myself a tap in and the putt was definitely a knee-knocker, but I executed the bunker shot as I pictured and gave myself a shot to win. I sank the putt, our team won the match and we ended up taking home a share of the conference title.

The best part, my dad was there to see me make the shot.

Tyler H


My best shots both happened last year.

The first was when I made my first hole-in-one during our Club Championship.

The second was when I calmly rolled in a 8 footer for par to clinch the celebrated "3 point" match at the Team Titleist event at Wolf Dancer. I know that my partner T. Tiger was counting on me and I delivered. More than making the putt, the day was special and it was great spending it with likes of T. Tiger, memphisunited and Mike D. from Titleist.

This was definitely a day to remember.

Chris S


Hopefully I haven't hit it yet!

 Chris S

pulplvr


I've had a couple of eagles on par 4's with excellent fairway shots and two holes in one, but the shot that sticks in my mind was a 4 hybrid second on a par 5 to approximately one inch, just short of the albatross.  My drive had been relatively good and I had about 180 to the pin.  The shot never left the flag the whole way, took a couple of bounces, and rolled up just short of the hole.  I've been on that green in two a few times (and had my share of double bogies and worse on it, as well), but that's the closest I've ever come to an albatross.

Edward K


That's awesome!!..That's why we play, for those moments!!

Rob C


Myself and three friends played for our second time this spring at New England Country Club a few days ago. Fast forward, on the 9th t(only played 9) were all tied up at 2-over  going into the last hole. Par 5 slight dogleg left uphill with a tight driver landing area, about 15 yards wide. My First friend blocks his right OB so he's out of the hole. Im in the left side of the fairway and my other friend is in the right rough. Both chose to hit three woods from 260 and if we caught them solidly with a little draw we could get them there. Anyway, he hooks his into the trees on the left, and then i do the same thing after him. His ball hits  tree and  bounces back  90 yards away with a branch his only obstacle to get around, not a hard shot. Mine was 20 yards into the trees, 60 yards from the hole. I had an opening to the left side of the green and  if i hit a low punch with an eight iron i could get on the left side of the green with a 30 foot putt left.  My friend misses his wedge shot just right of the green in the rough. I hit a low 8 iron punch perfectly, caught a good bounce to the right rolling right past the pin with  7 feet left. He got up and down for par and i sunk the birdie put to deiced who would pay for the all import post round french fires. Great match so early in the season. 

Hal B


I was 5 strokes down going into hole 15. I laid up to the water off the tee and had 185 yards to the pin. I took my Titleist 4 hybrid and knocked in the hole for an eagle, after that shot on hole 15 I was only down 2.  At the end of 18 I had a 1 stroke win.  That shot was more awarding then the 6 hole in one's that I have had.

Rafael J


Second shot, 6 iron 185 on a par 5 went in after a bounce for an albatross. Ranger close by remarked that it was a lucky shot  i told him that after about 25 years of playing it was about time one of the went in. I put the ball out of play and it is a remainder that good things happens eventually. I hope I do not have to wait another 25. 

Mark B


A 67 foot putt on the 18th for a birdie to close out a disaster of a tournament! The birdie saved me from finishing in last place!

Scott B


There were eagles, 300 yard drives for great prizes, hole outs etc....but the best shot was... A few years ago, playing in my golf league, we were on the 3rd hole. A short par 3. Now, we play match play, I won the 1st with a bogey, won the 2nd with a par, and my opponent says to me on the tee of the 3rd, that I would need a birdie to win this hole. I was playing 1st and proceeded to get a hole in one! Perfect wedge to behind the hole and drew it back in! The best part was seeing the life drain from his face, the worse part was knowing that a steep bar tab was coming! I beat him 5 and 4.

Lanneau S


Long ago, I had been playing for a few years but never real good.  Maybe in the mid to high 80s.  We went to a 9 hole course we did not play very often and they had one very unusual hole.  A 522 yard par 5 that was approximately 280 yards down hill to a flat area that was maybe 20 yards and then straight back up hill severely.  Not a wide fairway but I hit probably the best drive I had ever hit and it not only got to the flat bottom but rolled to within a foot or so of starting back up the hill.  It was so close that I decided to hit my most lofted wood, a 4 wood and was shocked at how well I hit it and it was going straight at the pin and I told my playing partner, that may be near the green.  Well, it had ended up about 4 to 5 feet short of the pin.  I had never had an eagle and probably not very many birdies so I nervously hit the putt well enough to go in the hole.  I have played probably 40 years since then, had 5 hole in ones, a few eagles on par 4s but don't ever remember hitting a better shot than that 4 wood!

Timothy E


600 yard Par 5 at Fairlawn CC in Akron, Ohio. Hit a 252 yd. 3-wood into the hole from the right first cut for a double eagle. Shot was made during a club tournament at FCC. Tim Edwards AKRON. ohio

David B


Well I've been very lucky.  I have two hole-in-one shots and they came within 6 months of each other but that was nearly 30 years ago.  But the best shot, actually two shots, are the two double eagles (Albatross) I have had on my home course.  One was on the par 5, 520 yd. 9th hole when my 5-wood second shot went in the hole from 220 yds, and the other was on the shorter 500 yd., par 5, 4th hole when I holed a 21* hybrid from about 210 yds.    Now that I think of it, perhaps the best shot I have ever hit was a par putt last month to shoot 65 on my home course, par 71, and beat my age by 3 shots.  Not bad for an old guy.

Henry R


The best shot I have ever hit came at bay hill on # 16. I played the week after the tournament so the grandstands were still up. I hit my drive right and it bounced off the grand stands and I was in the right trees about 200 yds out. I had to hit a slice through about a ten foot gap to get anywhere near the green. I hit the shot flush and ended up in the right green side bunker where I got up and down for birdie. Unfortunately Arnie didn't see this shot but he did watch me play 18. 

Russ L


Hole 7 Pebble Beach. My drive went out toward the aiming rock, uphill, in the fairway, and made a direct right hand turn toward the cliff. As I walked off to find my ball, everybody in my foursome kept walking toward their balls, thinking I was dead. I found my ball with a good lie, 1 foot from the cliff's edge and Pacific Ocean. I took out my 3 wood and caught it flush. 230 yards, downhill, over two separate gorges, a sand trap, ten feet right of the cup. I missed the putt and tapped in for par. Because of where I was (my first and only time at Pebble), I will always remember it. I carry an aerial view of the hole on my iPhone, just in case I have to tell my story to someone somewhere!! 

Bryan F


Last Thursday. 168 yard par 3. Water from tee to green. Wind right to left across about 15 mph. 6 iron slight cut held into wind landed 6 inches left of hole and rolled 5 inches right. When I got to green 1/4 of ball was over hole. Titleist AP1 6I and NXT Tour S.

Have had more difficult shots but this one just looked perfect from address to tap in.

Gary N


The best shots I've ever hit were on the 220 yd. 7th hole at NAS Jacksonville, Fl course. For 7 days in a row from that distance, with my Dad with me, I hit the flag stick or went in the hole and came out, with no longer than a 2 inch putt.

Lanneau S


Absolutely great!  It reminds me when I had my first hole in one, I came home elated as you 
can imagine and naturally I went into my wife and excitedly told her and could not wait for her
response of how GREAT I was!  Her response was "That's nice!"  I said, I had a hole in one
and your response is that's nice??  She said, well you have been playing for years and you
play a lot and you are aiming at the hole, you would think it would happen more often!  All of
a sudden, I wasn't so proud!


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Danny A


Playing in a practice round at Karnes County Country Club in South Texas, my partner and I  were playing a 500 yard par 5. I pushed my drive just right off the fairway. When I find my ball its laying under a big mesquite tree with a lot of overhanging limbs. I'm about 225 out. I take my 4 iron and knowing I just have to hit a hard low punch. I take my swing and hit a low screamer that carries about 170 and runs all the way to the back of the green where we see the ball just disappear. I'm assuming it's over the green. My partner walks by the hole and what do you know, its in the hole! A Double Eagle 2!!! I've yet to card a Hole in One but I can say I have a 2 on a par five!!!

Jack


Coronado Golf Club, No.16

I was playing my best round ever at the time, and wanted to break 80. The 16th is a great looking golf hole, with  Glorietta Bay all along the right. 

I blocked my tee shot dead right into the ocean. 

After dropping, I smoked my 503.H 19* to 115 yards. 

I pulled 7-iron. 

Hit the most flush shot of the day, and 2 hops later , the ball fell in the hole. 

A nice way to save par. 

Went on to shoot 78. 

Best shot I have ever hit.

Tom P


Dogleg left par 5.  Hooked drive left deep into the trees.  Thought about taking a mulligan, but put the ball back in my pocket.  My ball was in a grassy area, but there were a dozen or so tree trunks to navigate over a 60 yard distance to escape.  I hit a hard 3 iron punch shot to the fairway and ended up just inside the 150 marker, slight downhill to the hole.  Now, here it comes.  I hit a nine iron that landed 1 foot beyond the whole and spun back in for an eagle.  Glad I didn't take that mulligan!

Eric F


Albatross, just this past Saturday April 5th with a Pro V1. I was 221 yards out second shot into a par 5, it was awesome.

Lou G


135 yard approach shot after hitting a bit of a moon ball drive on a 310 yard par 4 this Friday.   Stuck my 34H 1 foot from the pin.

Same golf course  - #9 about a couple months ago.   48-06 on a 105 yard par 3 1 foot from the pin.

Ultimate sneaky birdie - about 2011 at #8 on Riverwalk Friars.   403 yard par 4.  20 yard shot over the bunker with a 60-07 that I sunk for a birdie.  I didn't have the world's greatest drive but a nice 7 wood in that just was barely out of my range.  The bunker is HUGE and it is one of the two "Bunkers From Hell" in SD (the other is #8 at Miramar).

Best drive I ever had was in high school.   I hit a laminated 3 wood 325 yards with a slight tail wind and my 2nd shot was 40 yards to the pin. Short game wasn't that great back then so I settled for a par.

I think my ultimate par save and disaster recovery was 2009.  #17 at Miramar.  3 really horrible shots and then saved par by sinking a 35 yard pitch shot with a SW that hit the left side of the green and rolled straight sideways in the hole.  I still squeezed an 88 with that game for 18 (the fairways were so tight I was using a 5 hybrid) desipite not the world's greatest driving.

 

Lanneau S


Just curious Russ L!  When did you play as I played Pebble back in the late 70s or early 80s and I actually birdied #7 but I hit

a sand wedge to within 2 inches as it was playing around 100 yards downhill.  Maybe you are talking about #8 which has a

sheer cliff about 250 yards out and then a Long way to the green.  I always thought #8, 9 and 10 were 3 of the toughest holes 

on the golf course but also some of the most beautiful!  I also have to agree with you, if I had a putt for birdie on that hole, that would certainly have been considered one of the best shots I had ever made!

Good story!

Mark S


     I've had two holes-in-one and normally one might count those as their best shots, but they were just routine short or mid-irons that got lucky.  However, I think my best shot ever was on a par 5. I was in a fairway bunker about 220 yards from the green. I had a good lie, so I selected my 2-iron and hit it really pure. The shot ended up about 12 inches from the cup for a tap in eagle.

Nick P


I didn't read through all of these, but I bet there weren't many 9 irons mentioned.  I was in the left rough, left of a row of 100 year old cotton woods.  I had 135 center, pin middle-back. But I had a perfect lie so I decided "why not?!".  I absolutely flushed it as it started left of the first tree, then faded about 20 yards over the next cotton wood. I didn't see it down, but what was waiting for me was a ball between the hole and back of the green (5 feet either side), dead center of the green.  Made the putt and walked off knowing I earned that birdie!

Jim A


I have two and thy were both last year. 1) I holed out on a par 5 the third shot from 129 yards with a 9 iron during league play and a win for the team. 2) My first hole in one in my 23 years of golf. Par 3, 128 yards 8 iron into the wind. Love this game!!

Russ L


You are absolutely correct. I was talking about hole 8, not 7, at Pebble Beach. I birdied 7 the same way you did minutes before my greatest shot. We had no wind that August day in 2006, and I was light headed as I played that series of holes by the water. It really is a beautiful place which I intend to play again some time in my life. My three buddies and I were on a golf trip of all golf trips that summer. Starting at Pumpkin Ridge (Oregon), Bandon Dunes, Harding Park, (couldn't get on Olympic), Spyglass, Pasatiempo, Pebble, Spanish Bay. Thanks for the correction- hit em' long and straight! Russ

Josh G


It was my last round as a Colorado resident at The Raven in Silverthorne CO.  I had 3 wood from 250+ (downhill) in the first cut.  The group in front of us was walking off when I hit.  I would have been thrilled just to get it near the green, but I struck it pure and watched hopefully as it took a big bounce toward the green.  I lost the ball after the hop, and the group ahead started yelling and waving.  I figured I hit near them.  

I felt really bad about it.  As I approached their whole 4 some smiled like high school girls in the cafeteria.  I tipped my cap and being looking for my ball.  One of the guys yelled "check the cup" as they lined up on the next tee box.  I smiled and waved.  Thinking he was being a jerk, I kept looking.  After they hit another guy said "no seriously, check the cup".  There it was, Titleist starring up at me.  I was lucky enough to sink an albatross.  Best shot of my life.

T.Tiger


So many to choose from for this scenario.  

But I will choose my only Hole in One as the top choice.

My ace was made during the inaugural  FootJoy Ambassadors Invitational held at Medinah CC in Chicago.  We were able to play course #3 (the tour course).  We had a great match going back and forth when we got to the 8th hole.  Playing at 180 yards into a slight breeze, I struck a crisp 6 iron just left of the hole. The ball released over a ridge towards the hole and we headed to the green.  Chris Garrett with FootJoy had actually hit a shot that was more on line with the hole and we had assumed that his ball would be closer.  At the green there was only one ball to be seen so many assumptions were made.  The fore caddie went to the hole and turned to alert me that I was buying the drinks.  Our group yelled and jumped around like kids as well as the group on the tee in front of us.  Many beverages were shared to finish that round and we split the team points.  A celebration ensued with the group for the remainder of the evening.  The first person I called was my father back home who was under care for Cancer.  We spoke about the shot among other things and the excitement in his voice was as much as mine.

The FJA group at that outing still remain close to this day with regular regional outings and visits. 

The Acushnet companies and their employees at Footjoy and Titleist for should be applauded for the opportunities they have afforded their loyal followers.  Truly proves that they make the best products and have the best employees.

TT

Dennis W


Last year - Par 3, 135 yds., Hit it directly into the cup. It made one heck of a racket.

Josh G


T.Tiger

So many to choose from for this scenario.  

But I will choose my only Hole in One as the top choice.

My ace was made during the inaugural  FootJoy Ambassadors Invitational held at Medinah CC in Chicago.  We were able to play course #3 (the tour course).  We had a great match going back and forth when we got to the 8th hole.  Playing at 180 yards into a slight breeze, I struck a crisp 6 iron just left of the hole. The ball released over a ridge towards the hole and we headed to the green.  Chris Garrett with FootJoy had actually hit a shot that was more on line with the hole and we had assumed that his ball would be closer.  At the green there was only one ball to be seen so many assumptions were made.  The fore caddie went to the hole and turned to alert me that I was buying the drinks.  Our group yelled and jumped around like kids as well as the group on the tee in front of us.  Many beverages were shared to finish that round and we split the team points.  A celebration ensued with the group for the remainder of the evening.  The first person I called was my father back home who was under care for Cancer.  We spoke about the shot among other things and the excitement in his voice was as much as mine.

The FJA group at that outing still remain close to this day with regular regional outings and visits. 

The Acushnet companies and their employees at Footjoy and Titleist for should be applauded for the opportunities they have afforded their loyal followers.  Truly proves that they make the best products and have the best employees.

TT

best Ace ever!

Tim Johnson


My best shot was on a 500 yard Par 5 hole, second shot from 179 yards with my Titleist 690MB 6 iron that went in the hole for a Double eagle....second best shot was on a 217 yard par 3, I hit my hybrid with too much fade and it went into the lateral water hazard to the right of the green. I decided to re-hit from the tee and landed on the green, took a couple hops and we watched it disappear into the hole for a "Hole in Three". FUN STUFF.

Marc S


One of my most recent favorite shots came on a hole during last years City Championships. Our flight played at a course I do not normally play. On the previous hole I had made a long putt for par. Full of adrenaline I hurried to the next tee box. Having the honor on the short par 4, I tee-off with an iron and hit it in the middle of the fairway. Shortly after I hit, one of my playing partner says "brother, you hit from the wrong tee box". After my playing partners hit, I then threw a small tantrum after realizing I then had to take a stroke and distance penalty. Hitting from the proper tee box I hit it in the fairway and put my wedge shot up on the fringe. Fuming the entire way up to the green, I knew I was looking double bogey right in the face. Taking very little time, I looked over the putt and hit it. 

As a lefty, the putt broke from left to right and was at least 40 feet long. I stroked the putt and tracked it the entire way until it disappeared in the bottom of the hole for a bogey. Needless to say I was in shock and laid on the ground in shear disbelief. Somehow the golf gods gave me one back and some redemtion for my indescretion on the tee box. Kind of funny that people talk about eagles and birdies on this thread, but for me that bogey putt was the best shot I took last year.