At first glance, this amazing golf shot is almost too good to be true. Though it may look like some kind of editing trick, it actually happened in a practice round at the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament. This isn’t your conventional hole in one, and we probably won’t witness the likes of it again for some time. I mean, how many times have you seen someone hit a ball in the water and actually have the shot turn out well?
This Amazing Golf Shot Has a Backstory
Interestingly, skipping the ball off the water is a tradition at The Masters. Every year during the practice rounds of the tournament, players tee off at the 16th hole and try to skip the ball off the water directly in front of them. Skipping the ball off the water is optional, but the golfers who don’t do it are often booed. Most people believe this unique tradition started in the 1980s and that the legendary Lee Trevino was the one who started it all.
How the Golfer Gets it Done
You may have tried to skip a golf ball off the water, but it’s more likely that you did it inadvertently. Most often when this happens, you will get a skip or two out of it before the ball sinks into the watery abyss. It is possible to get several skips off of the water though, and there’s definitely a technique to doing it. According to an About sports article, the key is to hit the ball off the back foot, close the club face, and put a hook spin on the ball. The article also points out that the golfers will move up to the slope at the front of the tee box so they can hit the ball downward into the water.
When done right, it’s possible to get the ball to skip all the way across the water and come out on the other side and, ideally, wind up on the green. Whether the golfer is successful with the shot or not though, they are applauded and cheered for by the crowd for the attempt.
Do You Recognize This Professional Golfer?
The man who pulled off this amazing shot is none other than Vijah Singh. Born in Fiji, Singh became a professional golfer in 1982 and won his first professional tournament in 1984. Since then, he has racked up an impressive list of accolades:
- Was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1993
- Won the PGA Championship in 1998
- Won The Masters in 2000
- Won another PGA Championship again in 2002
- Was the top money winner on the PGA tour in 2003
- Was the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2004
- Has the most wins on the tour after age 40
Singh’s last win came in 2008, when he was 45 years old, but most golfers see a decline in their game earlier than that–usually in their late 30s. And though there wasn’t any money that went along with that shot, this shot was probably as memorable as any he’s had in the tournaments he’s won.
Other Amazing Golfing Trick Shots
Skipping a ball off the water to the other side is one of the best trick shots, but there are other fun trick shots that you might be interested in. You could try these on for size if you get bored with playing a regular game of golf.
- Toss a ball up in the air and hit it with your club on the way down
- Hit the ball from your knees
- Hit the ball up and down with your club head a few times and then swing
- Have a friend hit a chip shot at you and hit it with your club (being careful not to hit him!)
- Hit a one-handed shot
Best Hole in One Shot Ever?
There are a lot of things that go into making this an amazing golf shot. It looks like it skips off the water 4 times; but when it gets up on the green, it actually passes the hole so you don’t think it’s going in. The backspin makes the ball come back about a foot or two, which makes the shot even more impressive. It’s not so rare to hit a hole in one, but to do it this way is amazing.