The makers of the comedy “Happy Gilmore” could not have suspected 25 years ago that the film would become an integral part of golf (pop) culture. In addition to the hilarious dialogues and the over-the-top scenes, the golf swing of the protagonist Gilmore in particular has become almost legendary: with his hockey swing he hit the ball as far as no one else did. Since then, imitators all over the world have tried their luck on the driving range at home.
Happy Gilmore: golf comedy turns 25
Happy Gilmore, played by jester Adam Sandler, actually wants to become a professional ice hockey player. When that doesn’t work, he takes a detour to golf – he notices that his unconventional swing hits much further than the established club golfers. In order to save the grandmother’s house from seizure, Happy decides to play in golf tournaments. A duel develops with the professional shooter McGavin, who is not at all sympathetic to the newcomer.
Today, 25 years after the theatrical release, Adam Sandler does the honors again and shows on Twitter that Happy Gilmore is still in him:
Happy loves you all! Thanks for everything! pic.twitter.com/p1aY9JcFWh
– Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) February 16, 2021
Gilmore’s ice hockey swing has long been known in the professional field as well. The PGA Tour honors the “legend” for the anniversary with a compilation of prominent imitators.
Happy anniversary, Happy Gilmore.
The movie was released 25 years ago today.
The golf legend forever lives on. pic.twitter.com/i2CFrKpaYh
– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 16, 2021