Friday, October 30

Halloween Edition: Golf’s Spookiest Shots

TOMORROW IS HALLOWEEN. But if you’re a golfer—especially a tour pro who plays the game for a living—it’s Halloween every day you tee it up. Because ghosts, goblins, haunted houses and Freddy Krueger are kid stuff compared to golf. Golf is sheer terror, a gruesome monster that will eat you alive.

Following are some of golf’s spookiest shots. (Note: The spookiness factor is on a scale of 1 to 10.)

The opening tee shot
Butterflies are common on the first tee, even for tour pros. That’s why you see hooks, blocks and all manner of tee shots until the jitters wear off. (If they do.)
Spookiness factor: 7
(9 if it’s the Ryder Cup)

OB right
Right-handed golfers who play a natural draw can somehow hit a push-fade when there are OB stakes down the right-hand side of the fairway. (Thanks to Shane Bacon for this one.)
Spookiness factor: 7

Any shot over water
This one always amazes me. I think, “They’re pros. No problem.” Then splash. This year I saw a journeyman dump a wedge shot in the drink while leading the Memorial. And it happens every year at the Masters. Someone hits it in the water when you least expect it.
Spookiness factor: 7
(10 if you’re leading in the final round of the Masters)

The three-footer

I have a theory: The more you hate three-footers, the more three-footers you’ll have. Actually, it’s probably a law. Careers are made or destroyed by the short putt. Sam Snead. Doug Sanders. Scott Hoch.
Spookiness factor: 8
(10 if it’s to win your first major)

The shank
“I think he shanked it.” You don’t want Johnny Miller saying that on TV after you hit a 4-iron from a perfect lie in the middle of the fairway. Once it happens, it’s in the back of your mind on every shot the rest of the way. Even on putts.
Spookiness factor: 10


Is there anything scarier than playing for your golf life?
Spookiness factor: 10

−The Armchair Golfer

(Image: jontimarsh/Flickr)


The Simple Swing said...

Great post - here is another spooky shot: greenside bunker shot on a downslope with high lip and a green that slopes away from you - not to mention the pin is only 5 paces from the bunker.

Anonymous said...

HA ! Great stuff.

The OB Right spookiness factor goes way up if you happen to be playing a Top Flite.

Lancer said...

Super might add "any and/or every shot, especially when there's more than 3 people watching."

Anonymous said...

@The Simple Swing: ask Paddy about that one... :-)

GolfinLove said...

Ha! Love this post. Buddy of mine shanked SIX IN A ROW yesterday, I asked him if he considered my fav trick...bunting with a three wood!


4moles said...

HA HA!!!!!!

I like "The opening tee shot" Normally, teeing the ball is allowed only on the first shot of a hole, called the tee shot.

Nice Great Stuff