Have you ever been in the situation where skipping your ball across a water hazard was the wisest courses of action? I can honestly say that over all my years of playing, I have never needed this shot. I have skipped my ball across a hazard accidently the odd time, but to intentionally to attempt this shot would be considered pure folly. This would be poor course management to even try. I mean, why would we need this shot in our bag?
Just in case you need this shot, here is Butch Harmon and Rickie Fowler to describe how to execute this hail mary:
After some deep thought, I actually came up with a situation where skipping the ball would be valuable. After I receive my invite to the 2021 Masters, I can join the big boys as they attempt this shot on the 16th hole:
Of course the most famous skip shot was by Vijay Singh in 2009 which resulted in a hole in one!
Skipping your golf ball across the water for fun is about the only time I can envision attempting this shot. The risk reward is too high. However, having said this, I will try it next year on the 17th hole at Osprey Links and see if I can duplicate Vijay Singh’s success. I will make sure I have some water balls on hand or maybe I will just go into Rick or Blair’s golf bag and use theirs. 😉
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!