How to Hit a Hole in One

By Steve Silverman

The game of golf presents the most excruciating of challenges on a regular basis. Learning how to hit the long drive when you need it most, the big shot from the fairway or the 22-foot putt. These are all great clutch shots. But the idea of stepping up to the tee and hitting a hole in one on a par 3 is all but impossible. Few golfers make holes in one during their career and the idea of walking to the tee and making it into the hole in one shot appears ludicrous. However, a golfer can be strong enough fundamentally to get it close on a regular basis.


  1. Come to the tee with confidence. You need to relish the opportunity that you have to put the ball on the green in one shot and get it close to the hole. The attitude you need to bring to have any chance to get the ball in the hole is aggressive.
  2. Square yourself to the target. You can't play this kind of shot to the right or left. Instead, you need to go right at the hole. Your left shoulder has to be facing the hole and your left foot should be directly underneath your left shoulder.
  3. Don't leave it short. Sometimes a golfer can take advantage of hard terrain and hit a low shot and bounce it up to the green, but the idea of a shot like that going into the hole is ridiculous. The way to go for it is to hit it high and on course. If you are going to miss, miss long. However, the backspin you have put on the ball may force it to back up and roll right into the hole.
  4. Take a full swing. Bring your club back to shoulder height and come thorugh the ball with speed and velocity. Snap your right hand through the ball and finish up high. You are not going to "push" the ball to the green and to the hole with a gentle shot born out of fear. Instead, you need to be aggressive.
  5. Go to the driving range regularly where you can work with your medium and long irons. Many golfers are a bit afraid when using these clubs because they are less forgiving. But with a hard, aggressive swing with the correct fundamentals, these clubs can become some of the top weapons in your bag.
  • Going for a hole-in-one means taking an aggressive attitude with you on the course at all key moments. Good luck!

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.