Hitting the pin in golf is a fantastic feeling! It is a rush to see that we actually hit what we were aiming at; unfortunately, the elation of hitting the pin can also cause an immediate feeling of dread. As I watch the WGC-Mexico Championship, I cannot believe the number of pins that were hit and the balls holed out from off the green. Simply amazing!
The two-edged sword of hitting the pin can make or break your round. I have experienced this highs and lows of seeing my strike the stick many times. And believe it not, I would prefer if my ball never hit the pin, but landed beside it. Before you start calling me crazy, hear me out.
I have hit the pin and stuck close to the hole. During one round, I was in the sand trap and sculled my shot. Like a rocket my ball hit the pin and rolled up into the flag. What seemed like an eternity, the ball fell out of the flag and came to rest 2 inches from the hole. And if you are counting, I did make the putt. This particular shot is rare because most of the time, my ball ends up farther from the hole then if I missed the pin.
During another round, which is an example of my most common results, I was on the 14th hole of Osprey Links Golf Course. I was 145 yards out and was hitting a high 8-iron. I struck the ball perfectly and it sailed to the moon and back. As it descended towards the hole, I knew it was going to be close so I started saying “be there”! Well, I got my wish.
Watching my ball with excitement, I heard a clang as my ball struck the pin. My elation turned to dread as I watched my ball ricochet straight back stopping 65 feet from the pin. After a smooth 3 putt, I walked away with a bogey and, at least in my mind, a two-stroke swing on my score card.
Other than the excitement factor, hitting the pin is not good for my golf score. The results indicate that my ball will come to rest farther away from the pin than if I missed it with the same shot.
I will always aim for the pin when possible, but moving forward I hope I never hit it. If you are wondering why, you only need to look at the video below:
Have you ever hit the pin? What were your results – better or worse than if you missed?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!