When you’re a two-time Invitational Shootout Champion, you’re used being scrutinized each time you change partners or join a new country club. But even two-time Champion Ray Shinkle was surprised at the response from the competition when he announced he was making major swing changes.
“I couldn’t believe how many guys thought I was crazy for changing my golf swing” said Shinkle. “Look, after coming up short in the playoff last year I made a commitment to myself and my partner that 2014 would be a different story. That required basically reworking my entire golf swing and I’m happy with the results.”
Known as “The Predator” for his precision ball striking, Ray Shinkle won the 2002 and 2003 Invitational Shootouts at Maple Meadows Country Club. With the victories, he became the first golfer to win back-to-back Shootout titles with two different partners.
“I was really surprised when I heard Ray was drastically altering his golf swing” said 2004 runner-up Aaron Knight. “The guy was known as ‘The Predator’ for a reason. He took aim at the pin like he was on the hunt. I’m not sure he’ll be able to find that comfort level with a new swing.”
“I’ve got all the respect in the world for Ray” said 2004 Champion Joe Hill. “But changing such a beautiful golf swing makes no sense to me. I’m not sure how much damage losing in the playoff last year caused to him emotionally. I know Mike wasn’t really upset, but I know Ray took it hard. Hopefully he can bounce back and make another run at the title this year.”