Master Tradition: SKKKIIIPPPP!

While attending the Masters Monday practice round, I witnessed a Masters tradition not known by many casual viewers. During a practice round, after tee shots are hit on the famous par 3 16th the patrons start yelling “Skipp!, Skipp!” peer pressuring players into trying to skip shots across the water onto the green. Most players give into the peer pressure and give skipping the balls a try. The hole is 170 yards. Players take a low iron, put the ball back in their stance and place the ball on the downslope of the bank. Davis Love who is known for excelling at skipping the balls says the best technique is to hit the ball hard a few feet in front of the bank which produces one high bounce, followed by a couple of smaller bounces finally sending the ball over the opposite bank and onto the green.

The traditions started in 1987 when Ken Green and Marc Calcavecchia where the first to attempt it. Marc Calcavecchia later tweeted that the then Augusta National chairman Hord Hardin wasn’t amused by their stunt. 30 years later the tradition is fully embraced and loved by fans and players alike.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF VIJAY SINGH MAKING A HOLE IN ONE SKIPPING THE BALL ACCROSS THE POND