A Canadian judge has ruled the “Happy Gilmore” golf swing has “breached the standard of care owed to other players on the course.”


Justice Arthur J. LeBlanc, in his decision, went on to trash an admittedly nontraditional but heretofore legal swing, that’s been a comic staple since it was made famous by the 1996 Adam Sandler film. In fact, an episode of Sport Science recently tested the effectiveness of it (see video clip below).

“I am convinced that the “Happy Gilmore” shot,” wrote Judge Le Blanc in his decision, “would have been less controllable than a normal tee shot, both because it involved a run-up to the ball (rather than an aimed shot from a stationary position) and because the defendant had been drinking throughout the day.”

Let’s put aside for a moment the question of whether the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia is qualified to rule on the quality of a golf swing. We need to take a closer look at the facts of the case.

  1. KarmaBaby says:

    How about swinging after golf?

  2. mike says:

    someone just tell me if it’s longer…cause after 4 minutes of this totally boring!!! video I couldn’t watch any longer.


  3. yanikinwaoz says:

    Let me guess… the judge is a member (and player) at the course where this issue came up. And he hates that someone is using this technique to kick his ass.

  4. It can truly be said that Canadians are among the stupidest people in the world


  5. BegToDiffer says:

    #4 Nothing trumps the guys south of the border when it comes to stupidity…

  6. Steve S says:

    Hey! This is the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia we’re talking about here. There *is* no higher authority!

  7. pfkad says:

    #6: Hah! Supreme Court of Newfoundland! Go Newfies!

  8. xavier de rosnay says:

    vive la poutine libre

  9. Jason says:

    The judge didn’t rule the swing illegal, he said it was a contributing factor to this idiot hitting his friend. He was also drunk and took a third tee shot after his friends had started walking up the path, did he rule those illegal?

    #4 It appears to be an american publication that misread the verdict, an american site that has re-posted an erroneous article and americans who read it and don’t realize it’s crap.

  10. sargasso says:

    That’s an unhappy Gilmore.

  11. MikeR says:

    Proper headline:
    Canadian Judge Rules Man Must be Responsible for Actions. Americans Freak Out

  12. Ah_Yea says:

    Why didn’t that guy do us all a favor and smack his buddy upside the head with the golf club.

    Then the judge would have ruled the entire game of golf illegal.

    Sadly, no.

  13. Mr. Fusion says:

    As usual, those with no sense have called the Judge wrong. I can not think of any American court that would not have reached the exact same conclusion with a near similar ruling.

  14. MikeN says:

    If the US Supreme Court can declare golf is not a real sport, the theme of the Casey Martin ruling, then why shouldn’t the Canadians join in?

    I suspect as usual, this site got the story about a court case all wrong.

  15. RBG says:

    4. MD Stick of Wood Golfing Trophy

    “It can truly be said that Canadians are among the stupidest people in the world”

    I suppose the Canadians could leave this blog to be rid of those stupid people.



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