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How to Increase Chances at a Hole-in-One?

The odds of getting a hole in one are 12,500 to 1 according to recent statistical research but don’t let that stop you from trying for a hole in one!

Most people I know who regularly play golf have had a hole in one, including myself.

My hole in one story however took 12 years of playing golf before it finally happened. While my brother, on the other hand, has had multiple hole in ones before he turned 23 years old.

In this guide I’ll share my best tips for how to increase the chances of a hole in one.

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Ways to Increase Hole in One Chances

#1: Have Confidence

This tip might surprise you but if you play every par 3 hole with confidence that you are going to make a hole in one, then the chances of making a hole in one will actually improve!

Being confident is key to increasing performance. We’ve seen this with clutch performances of the best athletes in the world making a game winning shot, throwing a game winning touchdown, hitting a game winning home run. These athletes had high confidence that they could pull off a clutch shot.

Take this approach to your golf hole in one efforts and become confident when you attempt your golf swing on par 3 holes from now on.

#2: Practice a Certain Distance Golf Shot Until You’re Really Good

If your home golf course has a 115 yard par 3, for example, then practice 115 yard shots on the driving range so you can dial in how to hit this specific distance consistently.

When you get your distance dialed in, this will increase your chances of a hole in one since your golf swing will land the ball closer to the hole consistently as opposed to being all over the place.

Once per week, spend a bucket of balls (60-90 reps) hitting to one specific distance and over time you’ll notice you get better at hitting that specific distance. You will build feel to the point that you’ll know when you’ve hit it long or hit it short having done it so many times.

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#3: Increase the Height of Your Golf Shots

This golf tip applies to players who tend to hit lower, line drive golf shots. It’s more difficult to make a hole in one when the ball is hit low and has lots of speed on it.

Instead, practice hitting higher arching golf shots that land softer on the green. You want to fly the ball 115 yards so it lands in the cup or right before the cup and then takes a soft bounce and finishes the last few inches rolling into the hole.

To hit higher golf shots, you need to create more backspin. Backspin causes the ball to rise higher in the sky and backspin is also what kills the ball from rolling far when it lands. This helps keep the ball close to the hole so it has a chance to roll in softly. The ball can catch the slope of the green and let the slope guide it into the hole.

#4: Play Shorter Golf Holes

It’s easier to hit a hole in one when playing a shorter par 3 as opposed to longer par 3 holes. Shorter distance holes require less distance clubs like wedges, which have more spin and control compared to a driver. These clubs are easier to hit, allowing you to play a better shot, with more accuracy for both line and distance.

If you find it is easier to swing shorter irons and wedges then take advantage of golf holes that are in this distance range so you can play to your strengths.

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#5: Align Yourself Accurately

You may hit a great shot 115 yards exactly but the golf shot landed 3 feet to the left of the hole. When you step back and analyze your aim, you realize you were aimed left of the flag.

Instead, focus first on your alignment when you step onto the tee box. Make sure you are aiming accurately at the pin to give yourself a higher chance of making a hole in one.

Check your feet alignment and make sure they are aimed on a line that’s parallel to your ball’s target line.

Have a friend stand back behind you and help you make sure you are properly aimed before taking swing and you may find closer attempts at the hole in one.

#6: Play Lots of Golf

The more golf you play, the more chances you will have at hitting a hole in one. It’s a pretty simple concept.

If you played 18 holes per day for an entire year, that would be 6,570 holes of golf played. You could assume around 1/4 of those holes were par 3’s so you’d have about 1,600 chances at a hole in one.

One of the best ways to play lots of golf is joining a golf course as a member. When you buy an unlimited golf membership for a flat fee, you can go out and play as much golf as you desire during the golf season.

I would often play 36 holes in a day when I could and each week I would average close to 80-100 holes of golf played. This helped me get better at golf fast!

Another option is joining a golf league where you can play with other groups of players. It’s more fun hitting a hole in one when others are watching than by yourself. And it’s more believable when someone can attest to your hole in one.

#7: Choke Down on the Club

Sometimes we come to a hole where the distance is in between clubs, making for an awkward situation. Which club do you go with, the 9 iron or the pitching wedge for this par 3?

It’s best to take the club with more distance, like the 9 iron.

Instead of trying to swing at 90% or 85%, you should choke down on the club to shorten the club shaft length. This will take some distance off your full swing, helping to adjust for the 5 less yards you are trying to hit your 9 iron.

This is a great tip if you find yourself playing 110 yards to the hole and you’ve mastered your pitching wedge full swing which flies 115 yards. Choke down on the pitching wedge and make a full swing and you’ll find the ball flies 105-110 yards.

Shaft length is a contributing factor to club distance. Your driver has the longest club shaft length and that is also why it flies the farthest compared to the wedges in your bag with the shortest shaft lengths.

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#8: Play the Roll Forward

It’s very difficult for most amateur golfers to master the spin back golf shot like you see the professionals hit on the PGA Tour.

Instead, play the forward roll golf shot that will land short of the hole and then roll forwards a few more yards to the cup.

This means you need to account for landing the ball a few yards short when calculating your distance. If the hole is 115 yards from the tee box, then subtract 2 yards and give yourself a 113 yardage number to aim for landing the golf ball.

Then let the natural bounce forward and roll make up those 2 yards once the ball lands short of the cup.

#9: Play Slopes to Your Advantage

A lot of hole in ones occur when the ball catches a slope and the slope guides the ball right into the cup. I’m already picturing a few of Tiger Wood’s famous hole in one’s that found the slope and rolled along the slope to the cup.

You’ll notice professional golfers don’t always aim right at the pin. They understand how the slopes are on the green and they aim their shots to land and account for how the slope will affect the balls roll out.

Figure out the par 3 holes on your home course for slope and learn to play it to your advantage. Then you can hit a less accurate shot but still be saved by the slope guiding the ball into the hole.

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