SARASOTA, Fla. – Brian Matusz is an excellent golfer and recently the Orioles’ left-handed reliever became one of a handful of players to record a hole-in-one left-handed and right-handed.
About six years ago, Matusz who began golfing as a right-hander, had his first hole-in-one at a course at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California. He was attending a friend’s bachelor party.
Matusz’s shot came on the par 3 17th hole. He used an 8 iron on the 156 yard hole.
“I stroked it, I hit in. I couldn’t see on the green. There were shadows. I couldn’t see where it landed, and sure enough we went up there, the ball was in the hole,” Matusz said. “We celebrated on the green and went nuts.”
He was a right-handed golfer because his father said he would have to share clubs with his brother, and thought he could be a stronger player if played left-handed. A few years ago, he made the switch.
“What’s the deal? I feel I should be hitting it further,” Matusz said.
He borrowed his friend’s left-handed clubs and felt the difference.
Matusz, who regularly shoots in the low-mid 80s, played at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz, and got his second hole-in-one, again on the par 3 17th hole. This time, he used a pitching wedge on the 145 yard hole.
“I was playing golf with my buddy Taylor, nailed it, crushed it, right at the hole and watched it bouncing straight into the hole,” Matusz said.
Matusz had a friend find that only five other golfers have recorded holes-in-one from both sides.
“Most circumstances are like mine, guys that started playing golf right-handed and then switched over [to] left-handed later in life. In golf, it’s just really rare to see anybody swing from both sides. It’s not like baseball where there’s an advantage doing one or the other,” Matusz said.
“It just so happened that I was lucky enough to have one right-handed and got lucky enough to one left-handed.”