5 Legendary Golf Shots You Wish You Could Replicate
By Riley Brooke
Quite often, the pros make golf look so easy. They routinely make great shots, some of which you can only dream of making. So, in honor of golf's best players, we've compiled 5 shots from the pros that you wish you could replicate.
Tiger Woods’s masterful chip shot at the Masters (2005)
Woods has hit his fair share of magnificent shots in his illustrious career. But none more iconic — and important — than his chip shot on the 16th at the 2005 Masters. He was just one clear of playing partner Chris DiMarco, and needed every bit of cushion. He got exactly that by chipping in this beauty of a birdie. How did he do it?
His former caddie, Steve Williams, offered some insight into that shot. He explained how Tiger recalled a similar shot made by Davis Love III a year prior. So, he aimed for an old ball mark “the size of a dime,” as hitting it would allow the ball to slope down towards the hole. Tiger’s execution was textbook, and he hit the ball right on the spot where he wanted. Now if you want to chip like the pros, then check out our ‘Chipping Guide’. It outlines all you need to know about this particular skill, so you can use it effectively.
Paul Azinger’s Memorial miracle from the bunker (1993)
Back in 1993, Azinger hit the bunker shot of his life at The Memorial. Azinger trailed Payne Stewart by 1 stroke going into the 72nd hole. Both found the bunker to the left of the final green — Stewart’s ball was in the middle and Azinger’s was on the slope. Steward hacked his ball onto the green a few feet from the hole. But Azinger muscled his ball out of the sand and into the hole for a birdie. It proved to be the decider, as Stewart two-putted for a bogey. At that time Azinger was a three-time Tour leader in sand saves, so he knew how to get out of such a predicament. But how did he do it? First thing to point out was his choice of club (a 56-degree sand wedge). Next was his positioning. He got as low to the ball as possible. Doing so allowed Azinger to cut the ball from underneath. Finally, Azinger gave it a good hit, and got exactly the result he desired.
Rory McIlroy’s Ryder Cup recovery shot (2018)
McIlroy was once heir to the world’s best golfer throne. But injuries have derailed the Northern Irishman’s career, and have cost him several majors. McIlroy infamously ruptured an ankle ligament in 2015 while playing soccer with his friends. The injury proved costly as it meant he couldn’t defend his 2014 Open title win. McIlroy has since recovered, and is gradually rediscovering his championship form. He has hit some brilliant shots along the way, too.
One that stands out, in particular, was his recovery shot on the 13th at last year’s Ryder Cup. Ian Poulter, McIlroy’s fourballs teammate, had left the ball near the edge of an angled bank. But McIlroy managed to hack it out and send it onto the green. How did he do it? With the ball well below his feet, McIlroy stood closer to it, his knees bent and his hips hinged. Crucially he hit the shot nice and tight, and kept his compact form throughout the swing. McIlroy didn’t swing too hard either, as it would've caused him to lose balance on such an uneven lie.
Bubba Watson's hook recovery at the Masters (2012)
The two-time Masters champ hit one of his most memorable shots at the 2012 Masters. It was a hook for 40 yards on the 10th — in a playoff, no less. Watson was in the woods, literally and figurative. Then he hit that hook, which landed 10 feet short of the cup. So, how did he do it? Golf Digest in their guide to the shot explained it starts with ball spin. “Curving a golf ball is because of spin,” explained Titleist golf ball VP Bill Morgan. But getting the right spin is about technique, and Watson's was textbook. Here, the key is to hook the ball, not slice it, as most golfers would do. It also means hitting the ball at an angle, and not squarely, so that it "curves".
Jack Nicklaus's 40-foot putt at the Masters (1975)
In 1975, The Golden Bear won his 5th Masters, thanks in part to his 40-foot putt on the 16th. It was a big shot at a big moment from a big time player. What made it all the more spectacular was it broke two ways, before finally dropping. But how did Nicklaus do it? By staying cool, calm, and collected. Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf were right on Nicklaus's heels, but the great one didn't fold. Instead he kept focus, and putted like the champion he is.
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