I had to post this video, because Happy Gilmore (1996) happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies. Before I watched this segment from “Sport Science” on Fox Sports Net, I firmly believed that Adam Sandler’s golf shot in that movie was totally implausible. I was totally content suspending disbelief in order to enjoy the hilarity that ensues, but whenever anyone else said, “I wonder if hitting the ball like that really works,” I would always be quick to debunk that theory.
But 2008 PGA Player of the Year Padraig Harrington has officially proved me wrong. “Sport Science” confirmed that while his arm angle and swing between a normal one and Happy Gilmore one are almost identical, the few steps he takes before hitting the ball do add a bit more force to his club, and ultimately added about 30 yards to his drive. I’m hoping this leads to at least one golfer trying this approach in the future. I am so seldom entertained by golf tournaments, I would be glued to the TV if anyone ever came along that actually emulated a 1990s Adam Sandler character. But Harrington has done enough to prove that Happy Gilmore’s technique could possibly work.
Okay, let me be perfectly honest with you: Jason Sobel predicts Tiger Woods to win the 2009 Masters, and that is far from bold. But it is justified, considering Tiger is coming off an unbelievable comeback at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in just his first stroke play tournament since returning from knee surgery, and appears ready to go. At this point, it would be bold to predict anyone else from the field to win this year’s tournament. It’s actually a common bet for people to bet on either Tiger Woods or the field; I’ll still take Tiger in this one. He’s out to prove the knee injury hasn’t slowed him down at all, and Tiger Woods with something to prove is always a scary thought. It would not shock me, though, if Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, or Geoff Ogilvy took the green jacket this year, as they have all played well in Tiger’s absence and are perennial top-tier players.
Sobel has already begun live-blogging the Masters, and will be all weekend as well as providing podcasts and video. Check out his prediction and analysis here:
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A fan at the practice round of the 2009 Masters had his digital camera recording video while Vijay Singh lined up across a long water hazard. The crowd looks on as Singh skips the ball across the entire pond to the green, where the ball slowly rolls back toward the hole- and in! The fans were impressed enough by Singh’s trick-skipping, but erupt when the ball sinks. Watch this amazing video here, and look very closely:
Golf legend and world’s-greatest-athlete Tiger Woods added to his encyclopedic library of great moments Sunday when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke. He entered the final round five strokes behind leader Sean O’Hair, and ended up squeaking by him on the final putt of the 18th hole for the victory. O’Hair had a much tougher birdie putt to make, and could have forced a playoff by making it, but could only save par. That is when the door opened for Woods to knock down the 12-footer that we all knew he was going to make. Watch the final shots unfold in this Youtube video:
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