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I know you all saw our Morning Drive chat about this on Monday, but as much as I’m enjoying the creativity and skill of trickshot artists who think they found a loophole in the new Rules of Golf, they have not.
As I outline here for Golfweek, the trick shot that spawned a European Tour social video attempting the double hit ignores the very simple word “accidental” in the new more relaxed Rules. The story explains the penalty players will enjoy if they use such a ploy to get around a tree.
Still, nice handwork here by all…
On Monday’s Morning Drive, we covered just five of my favorites after a painful vetting that left some amazing creativity on the cutting room floor. So we whittled the best down with a theme of harder-than-it-looks! Or in the case of winner Joshua Kelley’s, crazier than it looks.
Well done all you tricksters!
And a fun late entry after Academy chimed in!
Actually, don't snap a club around anyone's neck, kids.
Good to see he's mellowing with age.
From round four of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
First, the Sky Sports version...
Lerner with the nice pun on Golf Channel's coverage...
Jugglin Josh Horton is a man of many talents, but advancing a golf ball with a 30 foot long driver gives new meaning to big stick!**
**Seems Jugglin Josh is just the portal for the talented Michael Furrh, a three-time record holder of this feat who was breaking the record again.
You can see the full piece around the 6:40 mark and at the 10:18 point you can see the fantastic sideview:
Look at this move!
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We discussed on Morning Drive.
This is fun and a fantastic sales job by a budding Australian pro and trick shot artist.
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**As discussed on Morning Drive...
We may be witnessing Joshua Kelley's version of Picasso's Blue Period, as the self proclaimed trick shot artist is cranking out some classics.
I was hitting some flip wedges today and became pretty impressed with how quickly I got those Mack Daddy's airborne off a mat.
Then I saw the latest from our old trick-shot artiste friend Mathias Schjoelberg and I realized, uh, some people just have gifted (and absurdly strong) hands.
Here's a new variation on a shot he's perfected in other ways from his knees and off a mat. But this one is off grass and he's standing, calling it the "backflop". Mind blown!
What else is there to say but brilliantly conceived and executed by Ryan Rustand of the Virginia Golf Center with help from Pat Graves, gymnast and flip expert!
Last week on Morning Drive we narrowed the finalists down to three and picked a winner, and while I feel confident the Academy got it right, I'm wondering how two entries might have impacted voting. Here's the segment with Gary Williams:
These two entries fascinate because of their seeming simplicity, but the performances are actually quite layered on repeat viewings. (Hey, it's awards season here in LA, this kind of talk just naturally seeps in.)
Back with another gem is Indonesian pro golfer Rinaldi Adiyandono, he of the shirt pocket shot that still mesmerizes.
Or something like trivial that. Not nearly as adorable as the kangaroo that played with the flagstick, but almost as entertaining in a "what do they really think will be accomplished here" way.
From Ian Baker-Finch, who is back Down Under and presumably will be heard on the upcoming string of Aussie tournaments, starting with Wednesday's Australian Open.