The Genesis Invitational may be where the PGA Tour is this weekend, but that hasn’t been the only big golf story of the week. And unlike the Genesis Invitational, you couldn’t bet on this.
Earlier in the week, Adam Sandler treated Happy Gilmore fans to a recreation of his iconic golf swing that nearly every golfer has tried — or thought about trying — at the range when nobody was looking. The clip instantly — and predictably — went viral with fans of the movie thrilled to bring back Happy, if only for a moment. He made the swing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie (yes, it’s actually been 25 years and yes, you are old).
Happy loves you all! Thanks for everything! pic.twitter.com/p1aY9JcFWh
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) February 16, 2021
There was no word on whether Bob Barker was also present.
By most accounts, Sandler delivered on the swing, which he said he hadn’t done in 25 years (does anybody believe that?). Before making the shot, Sandler said “Shooter McGavin, this is for you,” a reference to his nemesis in the movie. Shooter McGavin aka actor Christopher McDonald, even responded to the shot with his own video while staying in character.
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) February 16, 2021
Happy Gilmore 1996 vs 2021 Swing
So how do the swings compare to the original? Fortunately, Consequence of Sound did a side-by-side comparison. You be the judge.
Reaction to the swing
The swing is not only recognizable to fans of the movie, but also burned into the brain of nearly all golf fans of a certain age. The PGA Tour even paid tribute to the swing with its own montage of professional golfers such as Jordan Spieth, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, recreating the swing or scenes from the movie.
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
That’s a beautiful swing Mr. Gilmore. Congrats on your anniversary, and being such a loving grandson. So happy to be a small part of taking good care of her during her “golden years”. 😉
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) February 16, 2021
Alright, this is just plain impressive. https://t.co/69DV87dI5c
— Phil Ranta (@PhilRanta) February 17, 2021
So we gonna talk about Adam Sandler low key being a mean athlete or nah? And yes I know that ball is probably in a lake but that swing was 💰 https://t.co/qWIWAQcEax
— Juice (@JJJetPlane94) February 16, 2021