What are the chances of hitting a hole-in-one?

by | Sep 7, 2021 | Golf Balls

(WYTV) – Golf balls are small, just a little bigger than your ping pong ball.
The round cup you are trying to put it in is four inches in diameter.
Golf is tough; Getting that little ball into this mug with one swing is pure magic.
What are the chances?
Of course, professionals switch on from time to time.
But the average golfer?

The National Hole-in-One Registry records 128,000 hole-in-ones each year.
It sounds like a lot, but golfers play 450 million rounds of golf each year, and one round consists of 18 holes.
So every 3,500 rounds there is a hole in one. Play twice a week and it would take you 33 years to play 3,500 rounds.
So what are your chances?
National Hole-In-One Insurance protects golf courses that award hole-in-ones prizes in competitions: 12,000 to one.
The probability of hitting two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to one.

14% of golfers who hit a hole-in-one hit a second and 9% hit a third. Most of all, one golfer, a California amateur Norman Manley, claimed 59 holes in one in his lifetime.
60% of hole-in-one golfers are 50 years or older, 14% are women. The longest hole-in-one was 404 yards and the average was 147 yards.