I was watching Chella Choi hit a hole in one on the 12th hole at US Women’s Open during the third round. It was a shot over water and she was using an orange ball that tracked into the hole after landing at the front of the green. It was a great shot and the third of the tournament. The question I have is what club did Choi use?
Here is the shot in question:
The par 3, 12th hole, is rated at 207 yards. This distance is equivalent to the 11th hole (from the tips) at my home course of Osprey Links where I shot a hole in one back in 2012. Here is what my shot looked like:
Both shots had something similar, we both used hybrids. From the looks of the video, I originally thought that Choi likely used a 5 wood. The head was bigger than a hybrid, but I cannot imagine her hitting a 3 wood or driver. The announcers did not mention the club or exact distance and I think that was a huge oversight on their part. However, I made my analysis before I read that the USGA described this great shot as follows:
Using a hybrid, Chella Choi, of the Republic of Korea, aced the 180-yard, par-3 12th hole at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, during Round 3 of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open.https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2020/u-s–women-s-open.html#!latest
From 180 yards, the white tees at Osprey links, I would use a 5 iron on most days. If the wind was blowing in our face, I would drop down to a choked down 4 hybrid. I would fly the ball to the green and let it roll to the pin.
For my hole in one shot, the distance was 208 yards and I used a 3 hybrid. The details are in a previous article found here. I do remember landing just on and my ball rolling towards the pin. I never saw my ball drop, but I have witnesses that it happened.
Interestingly, I still use the same club from that distance. The only minor change would be if the ground was dry and hard. Then I could club down to a 4 hybrid because the ball’s reaction to landing on the ground would be more pronounced.
How would you play both shots? What club would you use?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!