Playing golf offers a roller coaster ride that many players ride with anticipation. Golfers are the eternal optimists who live in anticipation for 0.5 seconds at a time. From the point of contact until we actually see our ball flight, we ride the high of hope that of hitting that one uplifting golf shot that quenches our desires for excellence. Our intent is to always hit shots like these, but unfortunately there are very few instances where the thrill of hope lasts until our ball lands.
With all the shots I have hit over the years, I can say that at 10% or more held my attention until the ball came to a stop. I am not talking about watching a ball so I can find it, but focused on the results because I hit an amazing approach shot, a longer than normal shot, or one I hoping would not find danger. The perfect hole for hitting an uplifting shot is the sixth hole at Osprey Links.
The image above is of the sixth hole at Osprey Links from the white tee box. The telephone down the center of the image is the center of the fairway. I hit a 3 wood at that target (which is my normal shot), I wall be approximately 110 to 100 yards from the center of the green. A very safe and respectable location. The second telephone pole on the right is in direct line to the green. It is about 260 yard carry to get over the pond if I took that line, so not at all a possibility for my game. I play the safe shot 85% of the time when I play this hole.
If I am feeling aggressive, I will hit my 3 wood just left of the bench, which is about 5 yards left of the pond in the distance. This line rolls out to about 40 yards from the green and it sets up an easy flip shot to the middle of the green. The challenge with this line is that even if the ball lands on the line I chose, the ball could easily bounce into the pond. The risk is much higher on this line, but if the results turn out the way I plan, this shot is very uplifting to my game. For some reason my confidence builds as I watch my ball fly on the line and roll out to where I want it to.
For those asking, a driver is far too much club and I have rolled out in more trouble than not, so it stays in the bag. I have tried to cut a ball around the corner and I am uplift until my ball either lands in the pond or it rolls out into the rough or worse. Driver is the not really and option on this hole unless we are playing in a scramble.
Watching my ball flight on the sixth hole for the first 0.5 seconds after contact is a great example of how uplifting a golf shot can be. If successful, then good things will happen for the rest of round. If not, well I have 12 more holes to make up for my mistake. Regardless, it is a fun tee shot and sometimes we just have to go for the gold…..right?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!