December 18, 2008 · Type: Shihiko Event · Shihiko

Long wait? Well actually I had a huge list of criteria to go through for each shot… the key to this competition was just to look for a beautifully executed shot. Shots were rewarded for things such as Perfect Impacts and how nicely they holed out. Each video would be judged with the criteria to generate a base score then I would apply my thoughts and experience to see if the video/shot deserves more points. Knowing that this would be no fun if it was a luck based competition, anything luck based would be scaled down a little during the finalisation. Interesting enough not many people submitted Homing related shots.

Hikari’s shot was the one which scored the most base score. Except it is abit unfair because it is the only MingolP2 entry and you cannot do Power Recovery in Mingol5… plus I had already seen it prior to starting the competition. The base score was 12… but that’s where I left it. All PI shots in MingolP2 are SPI so I decided that it didn’t need to be scaled up.

One of the few Homing shots came from gmoney. I quite liked this one… the video was nice to watch. A PI and SPI combo to and Albatross hole out… Also the SPI to start a Homing Shot, but that was where it was let down… Despite a SPI Homing is a great shot, there was a low number of homes… As part of the criteria, Homing Shots needed to reach a few milestones to score good base points. For gmoney’s fine play on Oceania plus his base score of 9… I added another point on top giving a final score of 10 for this video.

We have a winner! Oh wait no we don’t… I really thought koudman had this in the bag when I first saw his video. Clearly the shots were top notch quality… He had it all, the PIs… the Rebound Shot… the Air Spiral… but it lost it’s appeal as other shots were entered. It also wasn’t unique enough… even Doylev was originally planning to enter a similar Rising shot version with Alex [Yukino] and I myself have done the same spiral shot with Sophie during a Big Cup round (what a waste). The base score was 10 with an added bonus of 1 point as the shot is still very nice and top quality material. Total 11.

On to our next Homing Shot. This one was from megaman80… A nice Homing Backdoor finishing shot (the real back door). Base score was 9… I decided not to give any bonus to this one since experts on highland is similar to going down to the pitch and putt. It was also let down by a non-PI Tee shot.

Cartman’s shot video was a good watch. It was sad that it opened with non-PI Tee shot, but I liked the high velocity spiral finish… Safari is a decent course, granted he could have also scored more for doing more tricks on this hole the base score was around 9 points… I gave it a 1 point bonus for the difficulty of the course and also nice entry for hole out. Total 10.

Scraticus took my any shot can enter offer abit far heh… Clearly he had better shots to submit but he chose to submit one that meant something to him. His video scored a base of 3 points… was let down by lack of PI and the lipped in entry didn’t look too great. I’ll give it another point for bravery in submitting a shot that had sentimental value…. That’s 4 points.

Cars’ entry was a Rabbit Shot Ace. Clearly a luck based shot… Though because it is just a simple Ace and not a shot limited to only Expert characters only, it wasn’t able to score very high in base points. In the criteria, points were given to Rabbit and Turtle only when they were Max versions (similar to getting the black dots for the skulls in Mingol4 and MingolP1). It scored 7 points for the overall shot and how nice it entered the cup during hole out.

Wow, Doylev’s shot really is nice to watch… Even though the first shot gained no base points, the second shot alone was worth 11 points. A Zero Bounce Air Spiral Albatross with a high velocity high hit on the pin, very nice indeed. The shot gained no bonus points because it was clear that most of the events that occurred was unintentional. No Max Turtle left the shot in the rough and no SPI during the recovery shows the % was a very lucky shot… if it was a PI or Max Turtle into the rough then this could have been the clear winner as it is also on one of the toughest holes in the game. For that I left it here… 11 points.

So that leaves us with… yup you guessed it. The winner this time is friedblowney! At first it didn’t seem like much… Though he may have hit it while he was an unexperienced G3 player, this shot takes alot of risk. The shot was with the Intermediate Character Fernando [Nakajima] using Big Magnum Club and Big Air Ball, that can’t be good for your Control Lv. and on top of that his natural fade flies towards the trees on this hole. Clearly not a shot we would aim for if we were sane… Even with PI there was a chance that the bad control would spray it into the trees, which in this case it didn’t happen  plus it was intentionally hit with a low flying shot… Any sane person would also be hittting this shot with SBS to atleast keep an eagle putt available. It was a make or break shot with STS… At high velocity and also a clean direct hit  (Not one of those lame clips the edge of the pin risers.) with a high flying riser, scoring a base score of 11. Given an additional 2 points for the overall perfection of the video and the high risk involved in the shot. Total of 13 Points… Congratulations!

Guess that wraps it up… 🙂 This was fun… should do it again some time.

friedblowney 13 points.

Runner Ups
Hikari 12 Points.
Koudman 11 Points.
Doylev 11 Points.*

*Members’ Choice Award Also.

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December 18, 2008 · Time: 12:26 pm · GorgeousDre

Sure it was high risk. But it was ALL luck. Like you kept saying, no sane person would ever try it. Shouldn’t that be taken as criticism? I would NEVER use STS on that shot. He lucked out pure and simple. And here I thought you liked overall perfection. He judged wind and hit P1. There was nothing else to judge. He simply nailed it off the tee with a bad club set-up to boot. It really does show he was an inexperienced player at that point. No skill involved whatsoever…Please don’t tell me you picked it just to be different. I don’t know why I’m so upset about this, but I am, lol.

December 18, 2008 · Time: 12:46 pm · Shihiko

haha… yeah see the thing is, it isn’t about the players experience in the game… but more about how impressive the overall shot was. It was also the only shot that had +’s on every criteria that it was covering.

I know how you feel Dre, it was like this time I was watching this video and I saw a x9 Homing and thought that was the best shot ever… but the verdict for that program showed a different shot as the best shot. At that time I was upset too, but after you think about it abit it is about how rare or how unique it is to see a shot that they decided was the best shot.

The shot here had both overall perfection and rare to see because not everyone would aim for it which is why I gave it extra during bonus. In Doylev/Koudman/Hikari’s shots, they are all logical shots to hit and mostly with minimum risk too.

I am not sure what to say about your lucked out comment though, I mean all shots need luck right?

Still I liked your contribution to this event heh, just didn’t upload a video 🙁

December 18, 2008 · Time: 12:52 pm · GorgeousDre

Yeah, I supppose.
Wish I could’ve shared some of my videos.
Oh well

December 18, 2008 · Time: 12:55 pm · Shihiko

Next time 😉

You know it is possible to send your save-data to someone to help you do the videos. I just don’t have a copy of HSG so I can’t do it.

December 18, 2008 · Time: 1:08 pm · doylev

Nice, members choice! Fun to have motivation to upload some of my shots. Thanks for the competition and congrats FB, it was quite the ace!

December 18, 2008 · Time: 1:54 pm · gmoney

is there a way to control the number of homes on a homing shot? i’ve hit many of them, and the number of bounces seems completely arbitrary? maybe i’m missing something, but you graded me down for something i have absolutely no control over? i really don’t care about not winning, i think all of the shots were really amazing. several them i will never have because i would not even attempt them… especially not on the shots that took place on the late holes of a course. if i’ve played that deep into 18, i would never attempt a shot that could way over. give me a heads up if there is something i am missing on the homing shots…

December 18, 2008 · Time: 2:10 pm · Shihiko

It was expected that people would post homings with high counts. So in order to even it up, the begining of a homing is all worth the same as a spiral or rising… as the counts pass each milestone (in this case it was x5 per extra point) you will get a better score out of it.

Homing is luck based so you don’t have much control over it. I didn’t mark it down, but was just pointing out that it didn’t have enough runs to give it a good score. Still an impressive video overall, PI and SPI combos are very nice to see in these videos.

December 18, 2008 · Time: 3:33 pm · koudman

Congrats FB 🙂 Thanks for organizing the competition Shihiko! I have seen some very nice shots and I think a lot of new material was uploaded to yt in the last weeks so that’s a good sign as well 🙂

Next compo, most impressive putt? 😉

December 18, 2008 · Time: 7:36 pm · Hikari

WT Hell! I can’t believe Doylev loses the showdown by 2 votes, at least he won themembers’ choice anyway. Congrats.

December 18, 2008 · Time: 9:13 pm · clint_westwood

yeah well done fried!!!

cant believe i did not win ;-(

December 19, 2008 · Time: 12:44 pm · fried_blowney

You’re tellin me; I can’t believe I DID win. I thought for sure koudman’s shot would have taken the cake. I congratulate and respect every other entry as those are all quality shots.

As far as the prize is concerned, I’m Canadian and don’t have a JP account.

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