We all know that putting is key to any good round of golf. Some putts are easy, others are, well, not so much.
You may have seen this video (golfer makes insane 3-foot putt) we shared Thursday morning of what should have been an easy 3-foot putt turned into a wild adventure. That got us thinking, what's the wildest and craziest putt you've ever faced.
So we posed this quesiton to our fans on Facebook, and here are our nine favorite responses.
1. John Simmons: My second junior tournament I was up 1 stroke on the 17th. I had a 40-foot double breaker downhill and nailed it. Won the tournament.
2. Jim Holthus: Had six footer playing in 35- to 45-mile hour wind. I aimed 6 feet right, tapped it and wind blew it in.
3. Greg Elk: Once had about a 90-foot putt with about 20 feet of break. I hit it, and it was on-line. And bam holed that sucker for eagle on a par 5. Lucky it went dead center because I definitely hit it too hard. Hit the back of the cup, jumped about a foot in the air and landed in the hole. Will never forget that one.
4. Justin Russell: Had a 100 footer for bird, and told my buddy 5 bucks if it drops. I drained it to the sound of a lot of family names..
5. John Dresko: Legacy GC, Henderson, Nev. Pin front left, ball back right. Par 5, 40-foot downhill with 10 feet of break left to right. Hit it too hard, but it dove right into the cup for an eagle. If it kept going, it would have been rinsed.
6. Linda Kawaguchi: 151-foot putt that I made in one. Angel park, Las Vegas, Nev., at the putting course with a balcony full of spectators!
7. Robert Bicknell: 90-foot, triple break downhill with green speed that day measuring 12 on the stimp.
8. John Davis: Wicked Stick at Myrtle Beach. At the 14th hole I just hit front of green, said I hope to get within 5 feet of hole hitting to the back right 60 feet with a 10-foot break and a .05 percent chance of holing it. It went in center cup at a perfect speed. Best putt I ever hit.
9. Bryn Evans: First time I ever hit a 35-foot putt like a 2 footer Cascata near Las Vegas. Didn't believe the fore caddie when he said hit it like it's a 2 footer. Drained it and still one of the best/memorable birdies I've ever made.
Remember that crazy video last week of the guy with the three-foot birdie putt in Scotland who chose to take the scenic route to knock it in? Click here if you need to refresh your memory.
In the spirit of that story, we put together a piece asking readers to share their wildest putt stories.
We read many a great tale based on your submissions.
But, there was one that stood out among the rest. It was from an Australian man named Matt Field.
Field wrote up this brief description before linking to a video: "I like to make simple things difficult..."
And, here's the video:
That was pretty cool.
I tracked down Field to learn more about the video. As it turns out, there was a purpose to what many of us might consider a trick putt.
"Putting the two balls is just a part of my practice to make sure I've got the putter face square," Field told PGA.com. "I got a bit bored so decided to try something different."
Field pulled off the "double putt" at Brookwater Golf Club in Queensland, Australia.
"Brookwater has a heavily sloped practice green so I thought 'why not?' The putt was about six feet, but I hit it about 20 feet past, up the hill and back in the hole. It took me about 10 attempts."
And when the two balls finally dropped into the cup?
"The people on the club balcony thought I was a bit weird when I high-fived myself!" Field said.
When you go to a golf event, what’s your go-to souvenir? For a lot of people, it is a commemorative pin flag.
We talked to Sam MacKenzie, director of grounds at Olympia Fields Golf Club, Olympia Fields’ pro shop and Justin Mengel, the 2015 PGA Championship director, to get more information about pin flags. And this is what we learned.
Olympia Fields: There have been a few different variations of the flag featuring the club’s logo, but the ones currently in place feature the club’s original logo. The decision on which ones to use went to MacKenzie, and it came down to personal taste. The original logo features four wings to represent the four courses Olympia Fields originally had before some debt during World War II forced the club to sell some of its property, MacKenzie said.
PGA Championship: Each year brings with it a new flag design to create what Mengel called a “personalized flag” for each tournament. Part of the annual change is applied to the PGA Championship logo to keep up with the PGA’s brand strategy. For instance, this past year’s pin flag featured some argyle elements to it, which could also be seen in all the PGA Championship advertisements and other material.
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Length of use
Olympia Fields: The club replaces the pin flags once per year. The old ones are usually a bit faded and tattered, and they get put out to the driving range. After a year there, they are usually discarded.
PGA Championship: The flags get swapped out once per tournament, usually after the second round depending on the weather. Sometimes, an extra set is used before the event for special events like media day. The used flags – except for the one on the 18th green, which is given to the winner -- are given as a gift to either PGA Championship staff, members of the host club or grounds crew.
Olympia Fields: Pin flags are most commonly sold in nine packs, so MacKenzie will purchase three packs for an 18-hole course. Those extra flags are necessary in case any of them get stolen or damaged, or are awarded as a memento to a golfer who hit a hole-in-one on that hole.
PGA Championship: Two full sets of pin flags for the 18 holes are ordered from a its long-time supplier, a company called Standard Golf at a price of roughly $16 per flag. The order will usually be placed in the late spring for that year’s tournament.
Olympia Fields: The pro shop ordered 250 pin flags, featuring a different variation of the course logo, to sell to golfers for around $30 in 2014. So far, the shop has sold 200 of those flags. But with the course set to host next year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, the shop will increase its inventory.
PGA Championship: The average number of commemorative pin flags sold is about 10,000 per year. They are identical to the ones used on the course and are often used for collecting autographs or framing. They have always been one of the more popular keepsakes for spectators.
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