‘Happy Gilmore Swing’ On Golf Course Illegal?!

David Clark Scott of CSMonitor.com reports on a bizarre, golf-related court ruling in Canada recently. Justice Arthur J. LeBlanc recently ruled that running up to the ball to whack it, like Adam Sandler in the movie Happy Gilmore, should be considered a legal breach of “the standard of care owed to other players on the course.”

Happy Gilmore Swing

“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

Uh, Ohhh-kay. So why the heck did this even come in a Canadian court?

A Canadian man sued his golfing buddy for $227,500 after he was struck by a tee shot in which his friend employed a Happy Gilmore-style run-up to the ball. The judge ruled that because of the unorthodox ball approach and swing, the plantiff was entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.


With our world populated with millions of idiots with bizarre golf swings and a healthy disrespect to golf etiquette, that judgement sounds like it could possibly be a rather expensive precedent for the goofy shooter in your life.

John Daly

Not to mention John Daly.


Amazing though that Happy Gilmore’s golf game ends up as part of a court judgement and it doesn’t involve Bob Barker.