Anytime you have a couple of cold ones at the local “Watering Hole” and get to talking golf, inevitably the conversation will get around to who has, or had the sweetest swing in golf. For years, the most copied swing was the one belonging to Bobby Jones. You almost have to credit the films he released in the 1930′s showing movie stars of the day, on how to swing a golf club, and play the game.
When I began playing golf back in the mid seventies, the holy grail of the golf swing was Ben Hogan’s Five Easy Lessons. There was a story that made it around the publications of the day was that Jack Nicklaus spent hours watching Hogan, his swing that would repeat under pressure, and provide the subtle fade that would drive Jack to 18 major championships.
Some of the top writers at Golf.com decided to weigh-in on today’s players, and speculated who might have the smoothest, prettiest swing around golf today. The two candidates that have come to the top of the list are Louis Oosthuizen, and Adam Scott. If Adam Scott could just putt…….
After the 2011 Masters champion’s drive on the par-4 16th hole went way right, it landed on what appeared to be a driveway through the course. Schwartzel was then left with approximately 150 yards to a hole he couldn’t see. Rather than play a safe shot, Schwartzel hit a draw off the pavement, over the trees, and to within a few feet of the hole.
If you didn’t get a chance to see this shot at the Volvo Golf Champions, it’s must see TV.
When someone makes a hole-in-one on the professional tours they stand a chance of winning a new car if it’s on the right hole, but there is no special prize for an albatross. A two on a par five is the rarest score in golf, and is much rarer than an Ace. Just to prove the point, in 2013, there was one albatross on the European Tour, and two on the PGA Tour.
Joost Luiten made an albatross on the par-5 10th hole at Durban Country Club when he holed out with a 7-iron from 248 yards in the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa. Later in the day, and halfway around the world, James Hahn holed out from 191 yards with a 6-iron on the par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
It sure doesn’t happen a lot in professional golf, but occasionally a pro will miss-hit a golf shot and get a really great break. We’ve seen guys like Tiger Woods hit perfect golf shots like he did at the Masters a year ago only to have it slam into the flagstick and end up ruining his chances at a win, but sometimes the hole gets in the way and that’s always a nice bonus.
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