The most obvious tell of a great golf shot is the results. It is a tangle but metric that every golfer can identify. I would challenge aspiring golfers to open their focus, remove the blinders, and be open to other methods of what constitutes a great golf shot. It might will challenge some paradigms, yet it is worth exploring if we want to gain a deeper appreciation of our golf game. The challenge for many is the ‘how’ of noticing a great golf shot when the end results does not scream in our ears.
Arnold Palmer provides a wonderful example of what constitutes a great golf shot for his game. Watching the perfect flight of any ball can be nirvana. I would contest that hitting the fairway is a boon and coming to rest in the first cut or rough does not take away the greatness of the golf shot.
The next would be the perfect sound of the club striking the ball. It is hard to describe, but you will know it when you hear it. In the video below, pay attention to the swooshing sound and then contact with the ball. As you can see, not all shots resulted in a great position, but the sound was there and worth emulating.
Lastly, making a great recovery shot does not always mean we finished in the perfect position. What it does suggest is that we gave ourselves an opportunity to make a much easier next shot. Much of success of these shots comes from making great contact with the ball. The following compilation of Tiger Woods shots shows that not all (although most did because it is Tiger) shots result in a perfect position.
Making a great golf shot is not rooted in just the results. Ball flight, sound and contact are major contributors to a great golf shot. Over the years, I have hit many great shots that did not have the greatest result. It did however set me up for success on my next shot.
I want to wish all my American friends a fantastic Independence Day. I hope your celebration is fun and full of laughter. Have an awesome day and remember to be grateful.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!