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Kaat, who turned 75 on Nov. 7, shot his age on Dec. 7 at McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., a Tom Fazio-Nick Price work. That alone makes him one of just thousands who have shot their age. But Kaat’s 75 was as a righthander, and together with three other age-shooting rounds he’s had from the left side, the feat makes Kaat the first golfer we’ve chronicled who has shot their age from both sides of the ball.
First of all, anyone who has ever played golf knows that shooting a 75 is just awesomely good. To do it as a septuagenarian is an unreal feat. To do it both lefty and righty is, well, I'm at a loss for words. There probably isn't more then 5 other people in the world that could pull of something like this.
I never imagined anyone was masochistic enough to play golf with their off hand.
It's an odd thing. I am not ambidextrous, but with a little training and practice I can hit the ball reasonably well left handed.
I really want to roll a 300 and retire from bowling forever, my good bowling days are long over with. Kaat's rounds….just, wow.
I have a chipper in my bag that is two sided,
My greatest golf feat is walking 126 holes (7 rounds) in one day
I was never an athlete. But before kids, I played golf all the time, often enough to no longer be embarassingly bad. 5+ rounds every week nearly year 'round -- living in Alabama did have some advantages. Once, on a short, flat and wide open course (River Run in East Montgomery), I broke 80 with a closing birdie on 18. Now with kids and a more demanding job (not too demanding as I still have time to read BTF daily) I hope to get out more than half a dozen times in a year and dream about breaking 90.
I have read that, like hitting baseball, there's no actual advantage to playing from your natural side. Hitting a golf ball lefty is just as easy regardless of what hand dominated you are. And I'm assuming most here know this, but that's also true in baseball.
I've never broken 100 at golf. I've come within 6 inches of a hole in one:
1) I pulled the drive, hit a tree and it ricocheted to 6", and,
2) I missed the putt.
My highlights were a couple of aces, recorded three weeks apart but almost 25 years ago.
Never yet. Closest has been about a foot.
That definitely seems like a feat, but... I love golf and have played all my life and can't really see myself enjoying that. But maybe. Never tried.
As for breaking thresholds, I've discovered that it's really hard to get over the hump, but the first time it happens, it happens pretty easily.
The first time I broke 90, I shot an 80. And it was an easy 80.
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