Have you ever taken the time to ponder about your golf season. As mine has ended, I like to take the time to think of the high points of my season and one great shot (actually several happened, but I had to choose) sticks in my mind. Many people will think of their longest drive or craziest putt as their best shot. Or they think about their luckiest shot as their best, however none of those qualify for my best shot of the year. Mine is rooted in intent and results that impacted on my score.
I shot par a few times this year, but never made it to the promise land of under par. I was playing the back nine at the Mattawa golf course and was sitting one over on the 16th hole. The tee shot is the most difficult of the round on this short par 4 because I have to draw the around a tree with my 3 hybrid. I have hit this shot before and usually end up 110 yards from the green. Being on the left side of the fairway is the best position for the approach shot, but that darn tree prohibits this more often than not.
You can see the 150 yard marker which is 160 yards off the tee. That is always a safe play, but leaves a longer than necessary approach shot. If I hit over the 150 yard marker, I will have a shorter approach shot, but the trees on the left side block half the green. The trick is to draw the ball around the first tree to the red marker. You can see it at the base of the tree. If you want to make a better shot, draw the ball even farther around the tree to the left side of the fairway.
As per normal, I chose my 3 hybrid because I had a great round going and a safe shot was the smart play. I made the best contact of the day and my ball flew 2 yards right of the tree. I was trying to play a small draw because I wanted to be, as a minimum, at the 100 yard marker. As I watched my ball turn a bit more that normal, I was pleased to see it come to rest in line with the second lone tree. I was 75 yards from the green on the left side with a perfect angle for my sand wedge approach shot.
To play this hole out, I hit my sand wedge to 5 feet and one putted for birdie. I was not even par heading to the par 5 17th hole.
I consider my 3 hybrid shot as the best of the year. It flew as expected, rolled a little farther than expected and was in the perfect position for an approach shot. I was impressed with my intended shot and was the closest to the green all year. More importantly, it set up a birdie and I finished with two pars for an even par 74. It as a marvelous shot and I feel it was my best of the year.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!