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Some Professional Golfers Had A "Happy Gilmore" Swing Contest

The price was (mostly) wrong for these tour pros attempting the ol' running drive.

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How far can one hit a golf ball using the legendary run-up-and-strike technique from the movie Happy Gilmore? That's what a group of European Tour golfers tried to find out during a contest two days ago at the Scottish Open Pro-Am.

Golfers tried several different techniques to harness the most force from their driver. Their varied approaches demand analysis (altho the final distance of most of these attempts isn't known). This one might be described as a more balanced (if somewhat conservative) form.

Others tried the Do-si-do Crossover, which works so long as you don't end up eating the tee box afterward. Notice how the right leg actually moves behind and past the left during the motion. Some deft footwork, sir.

Most golfers seemed to make a pretty good effort at upholding the spirit of the Gilmore while striking the ball at the preferred moment of impact and maximizing drive length. (And if you've ever tried it yourself, you know it's a lot harder than it looks.)

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