The Hole-In-One Challenge
Making a hole-in-one is the most challenging shot in golf and a shot every golfer dreams of making. So many variables must line up just right to make a hole-in-one that it may seem like an impossible shot for many golfers. Even for top-ranked golfers like Shane Lowry and Thomas Fleetwood, making a hole-in-one on demand within 50 consecutive shots can be tricky. If the odds a pro will make a hole-in-one on tour is about 2500 to 1 (1)(2), can Shane and Thomas beat the odds when they take the “Chase The Ace 50/50” shot challenge?
What is a Hole-In-One, Really?
A hole-in-one, or ace, is the rarest shot made in golf. As the name suggests, it occurs when a golfer sinks a ball into a hole successfully from the tee grounds in one shot. And the most common occurrence of holes-in-one happens off the shortest holes on the golf course on Par-3 holes. (3) Aces can be achieved by pros and more experienced golfers off longer par-4 or par-5 holes, but this is very uncommon. While more skilled golfers will statistically sink more holes-in-one, there is always going to be some luck associated with achieving an ace.
And let’s not forget that the golfer who does get an ace during a round of play traditionally gets the honor of buying everyone at the clubhouse bar a round of drinks. So, it’s a win-win for everyone!
More Interesting Info On Aces
- The oldest golfer to get a hole-in-one twice in a single round of golf is Earl Dietering at 78 years old (3).
- According to holeinoneinsurance.com, the odds of an amateur making a hole-in-one on a par-3 hole are around 12500 to 1. And the odds of a pro making an ace are about 2500 to 1 (4).
- In 1922, Time magazine reported that US golfers made 1200 holes-in-one (5).
Before You Go
So how many holes-in-one have you made? Do you think skill level played the biggest part in getting those aces? Or maybe it was luck? Or maybe you haven’t gotten one yet since you’ve been playing golf? (Yeah, me neither!)
Other than talent, skill level, and luck, do you think that your clubs play a big role in achieving a hole-in-one?
Let us know about your stories down below in the comments!
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- Chase The Ace 50/50 | Tommy Fleetwood & Shane Lowry – DP World Tour (Twitter)
- Watch two top-tier professional golfers get angry trying to make a hole-in-one – ESPN.com
- Hole-in-one – wikipedia
- What are the Odds That My Event Has a Hole In One Winner? – US Hole In One
- Time.com – The Vault