What Shot Do You Most Fear?
By Kickntrue on 8/25/09
I was actually dreaming about this question last night- which kind of makes it a nightmare situation... and a fun question. What shot just gives you so many fits that you can't stand it? The one where walking to the ball or tee box you KNOW you're going to fail.

I'm sure for some it's a bunker shot or a buried ball in the rough. My putting stats could certainly make an argument for a "must 2-putt" from about 50 feet... but for me- it's much more basic. I can't hit a cut shot to save my life- and 95% of all of my drives either draw or hook. When I have to hit a tee shot with trees or some other obstacle blocking a high and deep right to left ball flight- I'm owned. It may as well be the windmill at a mini golf course- spinning at 1000 RPM. If I try to hit change my swing I top roll it- if I club down and play a "safer" shot it's already in my head enough that I pull-hook it even more. So- in the end- I just hit my regular shot- blast it into the trees and hope for a good bounce. Sometimes it works... sometimes not.

I realize there are those out there who believe in the power of positive thinking and may not want to describe the darker side of their game, but I'm a firm believer that the first step in beating a process is facing your fears. So... if you're willing- let's hear it. Maybe we can help each other.


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[ comments ]
greendevil says:
I fear the par 3's with water sitting right in front of the green. The sight of water always seems to alter my swing and I end up hitting a poor shot (chunk usually) that lands in the water.
8/25/09
 
Bryan K says:
I fear all putts, especially those between 4' and 10'. If you look at my putting average, you'd probably say "hey, he's a pretty decent putter." I have zero confidence on the green, though. I tend to be able to chip and pitch close enough to the pin so that it's impossible to miss the putt...and that tends to even out my three-putts and four-putts to get me inside the two-putts-per-hole goal. I have, on four occasions this year, four putted from inside ten feet. I even five putted once from inside fifteen feet.
8/25/09
 
monthack65 says:
60 yard bunker shot. they are annoying.
8/25/09
 
dooboo says:
Anything between 30-75 yards, especially if I have to shoot over hazard of any sort (sand, water, golf cart, etc). I don't have much confidence in those 1/2 to 1/3 swing. Used to be one of my strong part aspect, not worst.
8/25/09
 
steffesm says:
Any tee shot where there is OOB on the right.
8/25/09
 
mmontisano says:
i can't hit a draw to save my life. if i try, i completely block it and get in even worse position than trying to play it safe.

also, my biggest fear, is any put 20 feet or longer. that is prime 3 putt distance for me.
8/25/09
 
SingleDigits says:
Padraig's shot on #16 at the Buick. In the tall rough, sloping down, over a bunker to a green that's sloping towards the water. Basically any shot that you have to take close to a full swing where skulling your shot puts you in the water, etc. Christie Kerr had a similar shot late in her foursome with Michelle Wie and she nailed it (allowing Michelle to half the hole for double bogey).
8/25/09
 
aaronw409 says:
50 yards with a lob wedge on hard pan when your buddy just knocked it stiff from 170 yards.
8/25/09
 
ottar9919 says:
Any bunker shot between 40 and 90 yards, I really hate those 'cause there's no good club for them.
8/25/09
 
flbush says:
My biggest fear is blasting out of a green side bunker! For me I either skull it and it can race across the green, like it was on a rope! Or dink it, and I end up hitting three times just to get it out, then 3 putting for a horrible hole! I guess I can also fear a small chip from just off the green, too much and you run the risk of running way off the other side, or once again dink it, and it doesn't even reach the green.
8/25/09
 
erickbelus says:
Long par 4 uphill dogleg left. I somehow always make the hole play VERY long.
8/25/09
 
tburchell says:
Fairway bunkers, ALWAYS hit it fat.
8/25/09
 
jerdman says:
severe downhill lie chip shots with a hazard over the green. recipe for disaster
8/25/09
 
erickbelus says:
@tburchell I used to do that EVERY time until I started using my hybrid out of fairway bunkers.
8/25/09
 
BMcDonald says:
A tee shot over water that I have to use a driver to clear. I tee off with a 3 iron since I can't swing a driver to save my life.....


It's the lightness of the driver that makes it hard to stay on plane. I top the ball or hit it straight up and not very far. I'm saving up for a 3H since they have better wieght to them, hoping that saves me!
8/25/09
 
newrider says:
40-60 yard 60* wedge shot off a tight fairway lie. Went through a nasty spell of the shanks a few years ago and even though I'm cured the thought still creeps into my mind time to time.
8/25/09
 
wrhall02 says:
Down hill lie chip (20-30 yards), I skull it or or leave it short, nothing in between.
8/25/09
 
nickmomrik says:
200+ yard shot over water.
8/25/09
 
nfxgolf says:
Tequila around 10pm because I know I wont remember the rest of the night :(
8/25/09
 
mcbirdie says:
Chipping from the above the pin, it usually runs off to the bottom tier and becomes a 3 putt. My favourite shot is punching out under the branches to the green with a 7 or 5-iron depending on the distance; one that usually happens a few times a round when my drives go awry.
8/25/09
 
DizzyIzzy says:
flop
8/25/09
 
activesense says:
Any shot where the mental game is not strong enough to deal with it. Over water, tight fairway doesn't matter. Whenever my mind says to my body "Don't hit it into the ______" (insert hazard). It's the power of positive thought in reverse.
8/25/09
 
Shankapotamus says:
Anytime there is trouble behind the desired landing area on a greenside bunker shot (e.g. hazard, people, deep rough, etc.) Regardless of how good a bunker player you are, those are always the worst.
8/25/09
 
blake_p says:
Anytime I am hitting over water. I generally end up giving my swing a little more power to make sure it gets up and over but I usually end up hitting it fat or topping it into the water.
8/25/09
 
krkeuk says:
i fear the 4 foot putt. it a mental thing!
8/26/09
 
milspank says:
Every year it something different, Last year it was hitting over water. This year it's Trying to hit a drive down a narrow fairway, especially when there are trees on both sides.
8/26/09
 
cph2133 says:
chip with the pin on the short side of a green, over a bunker. I fear the bunker, hit it well past the pin, and end up with a 40 footer for par. typically a three putt which results in a nice double...

any drive w/trouble right...

fairway bunker shots...

the 60 yard approach shot after a nice drive 280 drive...mentally i'm stoked after the nice drive, but immediately have bad thoughts on how i'm going to mess up the great drive...

any shot that involves my hitting a little white thing i guess...
8/26/09
 
Changed out says:
I'll definitely agree that the 40 to 100 yard bunker shot is the hardest shot to hit. Also the hardest to practice I may hit 2 out of 10 on the green I hate that shot. I see what cph is talking about with ruining a good drive I don't fear it as much as it just pisses me off when I screw up a good drive. That and three putting are score killers.
8/26/09
 
merklitl says:
@flbush - I'm with you - greenside bunkers cause me the most problems - I either decelerate and it stays in the bunker, or I continue accelerating, but pop up and skull it across the green.

Short chip shots are bad, but getting better since I've adopted a putting stroke - I still burn them across or leave them way short about 40% of the time.
8/26/09
 
The Common Golfer says:
I definitely agree with hating a cut shot off the tee. If there is a left-to-right hole, I tend to hook my drive so far left that I can't even reach the green in regulation!

I also hate being short-sided in a greenside bunker. I don't really have a 2 yard bunker shot in my bag.
8/26/09
 
Shooter McGavin says:
You guys have most of the tough shots covered. The one's that came to my mind are:

60-80 yard shots from a tight lie in the fairway - especially after a cannon tee shot. You almost have to hit a sand wedge to control distance/spin, but the super tight fairway is intimidating.

40-80 yard bunker shots. Even the pros HATE these - as hard as it gets.
8/26/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@nfxgolf - since nobody else did.. I'll give you a little love for that comment... though you really should learn to have some self-control with the tequila. my advice.. switch to high end stuff- it tastes better, less hangover, and you can't afford to get stupid with it. :)
8/26/09
 
mjaber says:
Trees. Anything with trees between me and the green, and I'm too close to the trees (or they're too tall) to get it over. Usually, I'll make the attempt at a punch-shot, but I end up ducking out of the way as the ball ricochet's back as me.
8/26/09
 
GLFdaddy says:
definitely 5-15ft putts kill me... my knees buckle and my stroke pivots. Also any, and i mean any, shot that i get a little too much time to think. start picturing the perfect shot and blammo there it goes a rolling.
8/26/09
 
Banker85 says:
I cant believe no one said this: right-to-left tee shots are the worst for me. I hit the power fade 90% of the time with the driver, it just makes the hole so much longer.

also on a par 5 i hit a good drive and can either hit a 3 wood from about 240 and go for it or a 8I and just lay up to PW distance. When i go for it i just get negative thoughts about hitting off the hosel (like i do most the time trying to crush the ball to get it close to green) so i usually am to afraid of screwing up what could be easy birdie attempt.
8/26/09
 
bducharm says:
This may sound kind of arrogant but I don't really "fear" any shot. Some may be more challenging but I take it for what it is - golf is a game to be enjoyed, not feared!!!
8/26/09
 
jrbizzle says:
Any shot into the green between 175 and 195 yards. I rarely hit my 4 iron accurately, nor my hybrid. Too close for a choke down 4 wood. I probably hit more greens from 200 yards out than 180.

I usually end up hitting my hybrid and ending up short right or long left. Yesterday I twice laid up with a 6 iron and tried to bump and run close enough to 1 putt. I just can't hit greens from that distance. I don't think I'm alone in that regard.
8/26/09
 
mjaber says:
The entire 18th hole @ Green Meadow (Prairie Course) in Hudson, NH. Uphill, slight dogleg right par 5 with an elevated green (506 from the white, 531 from the blue). I don't think I've ever hit the green in reg. It's about 160 just to get to the fairway from the white tees. Tree line is close on the right, and a steep drop off to the other course just beyond those trees. It's a tough finishing hole.
8/26/09
 
zandercutt says:
being on the right side of a dog leg right...before the hole dog legs, and being in the rough. i cant fade the ball for crap out of rough the shot always turns into a low draw
8/26/09
 
Tim Horan says:
Hanging lie bunker shots and hanging lie shots (back side of fairway bunkers) I know how to play them, can even do them in practice but can't seem to master when it counts.
8/26/09
 
ibashdaily says:
I fear the winning putt on the 18th green at Augusta. It's tough to concentrate with all of those people watching....

Seriously, I fear pretty much any shot where the ball is significantly lower than my feet. I'd be better off putting it down the fairway.
8/26/09
 
drftorres says:
When I am in a Par 3 with >170 yards with water or out-of-bounds in front of the green.
8/26/09
 
bducharm says:
@drftorres - I don't think I've ever played a par 3 with OB in front of the green - that would suck!!! :-)
8/26/09
 
KVSmith59 says:
a 10 to 20 FOOT chip shot from the rough or fairway with the pin right off the fringe. If it's even remotely possible, I'll go with the putter before I'll break out the wedge. Other wise it's a duff shot that rolls right to the edge of the green, a skull shot that runs past the pin and all the way across the green, or heaven forbid the dreaded sound of my wedge hitting the ball twice. Totally mental thing for me.
8/26/09
 
robbie.dejarnette says:
That last putt that's a must make to square all bets knowing I don't have 10 cents in my pockets or bag! Or the old "$5 says you don't...." remark when I'm walking up to my shot, even if I don't accept the bet, I have it in my head to prove them wrong anyway and usually over swing or something worse, which usually costs me a couple of strokes and leads to my first point.
8/26/09
 
taylortony says:
anything 175-195 out! catch them fat 7 outa 10 times :-(
8/26/09
 
jimithen says:
Any shot into the green after waiting ten minutes for a foursome to finish lining up their putts, each 3 putting from 15ft, then meeting up with the drink cart girl just off the edge of the green on the side that I am 95% sure to miss on.
8/26/09
 
Matt F says:
Any green side bunker shots...I HATE BUNKERS!!!! I do what most have said, either skull it or decelerate so badly that it takes 2 or 3 to get out. Also, down hill lies...gives me the willies.
8/26/09
 
Lee Kuehner says:
I truly dislike blind shots over hills..... I'm so afraid that after going to the top of the hill and looking down to make sure the green or fairway is clear, the time it takes to get 75 yards back to my ball and set up my shot, someone might have entered the blind area.
8/26/09
 
Clint24 says:
I play on some course where the grass isnt completely grown, and I hate hitting a shot where the ball is in a tiny little dirt spot surrounded by grass. I played today for HS tryouts and scolded the crud out of it, didnt turn out to good.
8/26/09
 
subnetangel says:
The shots I fear the most is the next tee once I have hit a driver way in to right field!!!!!!!!!! after that its an understatement that the next tee I'm think twice even three times before I hit the ball.
8/26/09
 
eggdog17 says:
all of them.
8/27/09
 
iNorv9 says:
@nfxgolf.... your comment takes the cake!
8/27/09
 
gleasonsm says:
4 foot birdie putts...
8/27/09
 
Tim Horan says:
@taylortony I had the same trouble partly ball position mostly swing weight.
Try first moving the ball back in your stance a little but if this is only at that distance get your clubs checked for swing weight. Swing weights although only a few grammes get multiplied up with your swing speed. The faster you swing the more centrifugal force you develop. Also but related the heavier the club feels the steeper your swing is likely to be with more chance that you will hit fat.
8/27/09
 
philayres says:
for me - definitely a short chip (less than 20 yards) off a tight lie. especially if the fairway is soft.
8/27/09
 
woobwoob says:
Downhill lie where I have to clear a bunker in order to reach the green.
8/27/09
 
brian575 says:
18th Hole at my local course. 380 yard par 4 with a 75 yard hazard starting at 180(it is a river). The tee box is about 10 feet below the hole but the fairway in front of the hazard is 30 feet below the tee box. That makes you play a 6 iron or so off the tee for a lay up. Then you have to carry a 75 yard hazard up at least 40 feet. I do not have a club in my bag that I can hit that can get to the green. 200 yards up 40 ft of elevation, forget about it. Some of the time if I have the wind at my back I will go for it, but 255 in the air up 10 feet is right at my limit(I have never made it but have been able to recover my ball). Most of the time I use my 5h from the fairway and try not to hit it fat. Still I loose my ball in the hazard most of the time, mark me down for a 7 and lets move on.
8/27/09
 
fhsbaseball21 says:
right downhill lies of any sort
8/27/09
 
jalsing says:
Tee shots with people or houses off short and left. I generally hit a high fade/slice due to a slight out-to-in swing, but occasionally will roll my hands and square the club face in line with my swing. When this happens it's a low zinger to the left. Just knowing this shot is in my "arsenal" I can't stand to shoot when there's distraction to the left.
8/27/09
 
dgolfp says:
220 pluls shots with my 5 or 3 wood. Bliss or disaster!
8/27/09
 
ElDiablo41 says:
the second shot on a par 4 or par 5. I really struggle with iron play.
8/27/09
 
matt314hew says:
I struggle with Green side Bunkers and shots from 30 to 70 yards.

Out of the bunkers i either leave them in after the first one, or skull it over the green. One of out 5 i will get out in 1 shot and have it be a good shot.
8/28/09
 
onedollarwed says:
Bunker with water on the other side of the green from me. And I hate hitting from the bottokm of a pond.
8/28/09
 
onedollarwed says:
Oh yeah, 4 foot putt, heavily sloped side hill, on a really fast green.
8/28/09
 
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