Originally Posted by Aguirre
My dad has been golfing for over thirty years, but really only started playing seriously in his 50s. He's 72 now, and retired at 57, so he's put in a LOT of rounds over the past 15 years. At the minimum, 100 per year, and in his early retirement days, probably 150. His handicap has ranged from 12-17 during this period.
Dude has SEVEN hole-in-ones. Seven.
EDIT--All since he retired, I would add. In fact, his first was two weeks after he retired.
Sam Sneed had over 30 holes-in-one, and Tiger has had 18. I would say the ability to get a hole in one increases with playing ability, yet there is some form of luck involved as well.
Look at @Golfingdad's Shot Zone for his Pitching Wedge from his My Swing thread. I calculated the area of his Shot Zone to be 140 square yards. The hole is 0.0109 square yards. Just assuming he has equal chance of his ball ending up on any spot in that Shot Zone, he has a 0.0073% chance of getting a hole in one from 145 yards. Sorry @Golfingdad
Lets say @Golfingdad gets in 100 rounds of golf in, for the next 15 years. Lets say he has one shot from 145 yards each time he plays, then he should average 0.1 hole outs from that distance.
Yea, I would say that he's had some luck on his side.