The Answer to My Golf-Swing Quiz

Photo: MacJewell

Last week, I recounted the story of my golf pro Pat Goss, upon first meeting me, comparing my swing to another player. I invited blog readers to guess the answer.

I never would have gotten the answer to the quiz myself.

At the time, I remember hoping the answer wasn’t Charles Barkley. I highly doubted he was going to compare me to a professional golfer, but I was hopeful.

When he told me that I swung exactly like Danny Noonan from Caddyshack, he didn’t mean it as a compliment, but I took it as one.

If you want to see Danny Noonan swing (I’m not sure why you would), then skip ahead 2 minutes and 43 seconds into this Caddyshack clip. If you want to see my swing, then you will have to invite me to play with you (preferably at Augusta National if you happen to be a member).

The wisdom of our blog readers never ceases to amaze me. This was an extremely difficult quiz. Nonetheless, within an hour of the quiz being posted, reader DonBoy was on the right track, answering “Some character from Caddyshack. (I don’t know much about golf, but I do speak blog.)”

I’m not going to give DonBoy the prize for that answer, but let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life.

Just a few minutes later, blog reader Seth delivered the correct answer. I’m not sure whether Seth came to his answer independently, or whether DonBoy’s hint triggered the guess. Either way, Seth is taking home the Freakonomics swag. Congratulations, Seth!


DonBoy

[I've been trying to post this even as the site fights me tooth and nail...]

Oh, this is SO painful. Thanks for the kind words. You know, I actually saw Caddyshack in a theater but didn't remember much about it beyond gophers and, um, a Baby Ruth bar. For the contest, I went to look up the plot to get a name -- because I knew I needed a name -- and discovered that the "winner" was a two-person team, so I gave up. The rational thing would have been to use the clue that the comparison was not insulting, and pick the one who was probably a better/more graceful golfer, which I guess would have been Chevy Chase's character over Rodney Dangerfield's.

But now I see that I would have been wrong either way; I had looked only at the end of the movie, figuring that's where the important "winning" would be. Danny Noonan is neither of those winners.

DonBoy

[It is possible that about 5 copies of this are in the mod queue, as the blog was having serious technical problems earlier today. If this doesn't post I give up, at least for today.]

Oh, this is SO painful. Thanks for the kind words. You know, I actually saw Caddyshack in a theater but didn't remember much about it beyond gophers and, um, a Baby Ruth bar. For the contest, I went to look up the plot to get a name -- because I knew I needed a name -- and discovered that the "winner" was a two-person team, so I gave up. The rational thing would have been to use the clue that the comparison was not insulting, and pick the one who was probably a better/more graceful golfer, which I guess would have been Chevy Chase's character over Rodney Dangerfield's.

But now I see that I would have been wrong either way; I had looked only at the end of the movie, figuring that's where the important "winning" would be. Danny Noonan is neither of those winners.

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John Brennan

I gotta say, I think that your hints were off the mark. As I stated in the comments previously, Danny won two big golf matches in the movie--the caddy tournament and the showdown with Smails--as a sub.

If you look at Danny's swing during the caddy tournament--it is fundamentally sound, so it is clearly a compliment.