Have you ever played yourself into a situation where a unique golf shot was required. You have made this shot before, but for some reason your cannot recall how. This season I came across a couple of instances where I had to rethink my shot because I could not remember how to make the shot I want. I realize that this seems a bit on the crazy side, but my trouble shot was a rare one, but it was a shot I made in the past.
My shot was very similar to one I made about 10 years ago. But for the life of me I could not remember if I bounced my shot off the top of the mound or just sailed over the top. Here is what my shot looked like (the picture on the right was my results last time):
The challenge of this shot was the pin was only 8 paces past the top of the hill. As you can see, the branches prevented a high lob which would have been my preferred shot. I tried and tried to recall what I did, but alas nothing came to mind.
Without being able to rely on past experienced, I approached this shot as if it was brand new. After thinking about my options, I decided to fly the ball just over the crest of the hill and let my ball roll out past the pin. I decided on my pitching wedge because it had enough loft and enough distance to make my intended shot.
Fortunately, I miss hit my ball and skimmed the crest of the hill, which slowed my ball down enough to just land on the green and roll up to three feet from the pin. It was an amazing, unintentional shot! By fluke I was able to better my previous shots final position by three feet.
Because I forgot how to play this shot from years past, I actually selected the wrong approach to this shot. Not because ended up well, but my mishap demonstrated that I would never be able to stop the ball within a reasonable distance if I completely cleared the crest of the hill. So, I hope in the future I remember that bouncing the ball off the top of the mound is my best option and use my experience to my advantage.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!