Golf tournament hole ideas

You don’t need us to tell you that your odds of getting a hole in one in golf are, in a word, terrible. Golf Digest recently reported that the odds of a hole in one for an amateur golfer were 12,500 to one. Making an ace is less likely to happen than an asteroid colliding with earth (5,000 to one), than marrying a millionaire (215 to one), or being born with 11 toes or fingers (500 to one).

In all likelihood, what you’re probably thinking right now is, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?”

Yes, we are. As small as it may be, there’s still a shot that you can defy the odds and come out on top in a hole in one contest. Though you’ll definitely need luck to do it, there are also a few things you can do to improve your odds.

Square Up.

One of the most important things you can do when you’re in a hole in one contest is to square up to the target. Unlike in other golf tournament contests, you can’t play the shot to the left or the right — you need to attack the hole. Make your left shoulder face the hole with your left foot in line, underneath your left shoulder.

Go Long.

You can’t leave your shot short in a hole in one contest. If the terrain is favorably hard, the ball will sometimes bounce its way up to the green, but there’s no way it’s going in in one shot. What you want to do when competing in a hole in one contest is to hit high and hit straight on. If anything, hit it too far. The backspin could potentially bring the ball back for an ace.

Swing Away.

You’re squared; you’re aimed; you’re read to swing and win the hole in one contest. Take a full swing. Bring the club back to shoulder height and follow through with intensity. Snap your right hand through and when you finish, finish high. You’re not pushing the ball to the green — you’re smacking it there. Be aggressive.

It’s also important to note that you need to get into the right mindset. You can’t walk into a hole in one contest wondering and hoping you’ll win — you need to believe that you will. Get rid of any self doubt and just do it.

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