The Clay Pigeon Golf Shot
What do you get when you string several European tour golf championship winners together to shoot clay pigeons? Well, in short you get competition and one heck of a good time! This was produced by the European tour and you can see a little bit of magic happening. Featured here are Thongchai Jaidee, a four time European Tour winner, David Horsey, a BMW International Open winner, Johan Edfors, a three time European Tour winner, and Simon Cahn, a BMW PGA champion.
These four golf legends cruise out to Dubai and are met by a host who has loaded up a clay pigeon machine with plenty of clay targets. The host quips that the clay pigeons are larger than a golf ball so the challenge should be easy, however, the golfers look a little more than anxious when they realize the gravity of what must be pulled off in order to make the shot. Simon Cahn even remarks that he wonders if a golf ball will be able to bust a clay pigeon, and they all crack up at the remark. I mean, after all, if the ball won’t break the pigeon when it hits it, at least they might have an out if they fail the challenge, right? They could always say they hit it, but it didn’t break.
The Competition Begins
At any rate, they lineup and take turns, trying to knock the clay pigeons out of the air. There are a couple of different strategies used. For example, a couple of them try to hit the target when it is at the peak of its flight, while Johan says that he will try to make contact when the pigeon is on the descent. (more…)
In all of this, none of them actually hit the play pigeon the first few times, but they do come remarkably close. In the end, it is Simon Kahn who makes the winning shot, shatteri
In all of this, none of them actually hit the play pigeon the first few times, but they do come remarkably close. In the end, it is Simon Kahn who makes the winning shot, shattering the clay pigeon in mid flight (as it turns out, a golf ball will absolutely destroy a clay pigeon under the right circumstances). As his golf ball makes contact with that audible clink, destroying the clay target, he throws his hands in the air and takes off running across the sand. Some of the people in the comments section say he is still running to this day.
You also notice in the comments section that somebody asks what the odds are of making a shot like this. The answer they give is 8-1. Now, I don’t know much about golf trick shots, but I do know this, that number is way too low. What, you don’t believe me? Okay, then you take eight golf balls and try to hit one clay pigeon out of the sky. Better yet, take eight golf balls, give them to your local golf pro, and have him try to hit one out of the sky. The only discussion about odds in this regard is that the odds are I am right, 8-1 is way too low. These guys are professionals, multiple time, championship-winning professionals. I think one of them just happened to get lucky.