How to Get a Hole in One

Nothing matches the anticipation of watching your ball soar right at the pin, land softly and then disappear. While making a hole in one is the second-hardest golf feat of all, you may be able get one by watching these videos.

They happen all the time (not to me), but you never tire of seeing them, even if they’re on TV or video and even if you’re a seasoned pro who’s hit and witnessed his share of holes in one. In this video, check out the reaction of Fred Couples last week when he nearly got one and Lee Westwood when he did.

Even though you know that amateur Mike Colb was going to go bonkers when he accomplished the second-hardest golf feat on the 137-yard par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass last week, listen to what Jim Furyk, who saw the shot, said afterward.

So, how can you join the two-under-par-on-a-par-3 party? Maybe a little science will serve you well. A lot of the answer is location, location, location. At The Masters Par-3 Contest, 21 aces have been recorded on the 9th hole. Why so many on that hole compared with the other par-3 holes?

One factor is the grass. The greens on the 8th and 9th holes are bentgrass, which can be cut lower than the Bermuda grass that’s used on the rest of the holes. This lower cut allows the ball to roll truer and faster. This video explains that another factor is pin placement.

Now you know. You are armed to get your ace. All you need to hit a hole in one is to get invited to play at the Masters Par 3 Contest — the hardest golf feat of all.


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Even though you know that amateur Mike Colb was going to go bonkers when he accomplished the second-hardest golf feat on the 137-yard par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass last week, listen to what Jim Furyk, who saw the shot, said afterward.

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So, how can you join the two-under-par-on-a-par-3 party? Maybe a little science will serve you well. A lot of the answer is location, location, location. At The Masters Par-3 Contest, 21 aces have been recorded on the 9th hole. Why so many on that hole compared with the other par-3 holes?

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One factor is the grass. The greens on the 8th and 9th holes are bentgrass, which can be cut lower than the Bermuda grass that’s used on the rest of the holes. This lower cut allows the ball to roll truer and faster. This video explains that another factor is pin placement.

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Now you know. You are armed to get your ace. All you need to hit a hole in one is to get invited to play at the Masters Par 3 Contest — the hardest golf feat of all.

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How many aces have you hit?

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They happen all the time (not to me), but you never tire of seeing them, even if they’re on TV or video and even if you’re a seasoned pro who’s hit and witnessed his share of holes in one. In this video, check out the reaction of Fred Couples last week when he nearly got one and Lee Westwood when he did.

Even though you know that amateur Mike Colb was going to go bonkers when he accomplished the second-hardest golf feat on the 137-yard par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass last week, listen to what Jim Furyk, who saw the shot, said afterward.

So, how can you join the two-under-par-on-a-par-3 party? Maybe a little science will serve you well. A lot of the answer is location, location, location. At The Masters Par-3 Contest, 21 aces have been recorded on the 9th hole. Why so many on that hole compared with the other par-3 holes?

One factor is the grass. The greens on the 8th and 9th holes are bentgrass, which can be cut lower than the Bermuda grass that’s used on the rest of the holes. This lower cut allows the ball to roll truer and faster. This video explains that another factor is pin placement.

Now you know. You are armed to get your ace. All you need to hit a hole in one is to get invited to play at the Masters Par 3 Contest — the hardest golf feat of all.

How many aces have you hit?

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