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Golf Trick Shot
The latest viral video going around is titled "Hot Girl Pulls Off Insane Golf Trick Shot." Is it real? I'm not sure, but I don't see why it couldn't be. The trick doesn't seem that insane to me.

Categories: Sports, Videos
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 10, 2009
Comments (17)
What am I missing?
I don't see any trick shot there at all.
She hits a beer can with a golf ball.
Where's the trick?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Matagorda, Texas  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  08:57 AM
I think the trick begs the question, "what is the amount of energy required to dent the aluminum container in the manner shown".

Granted, I wouldn't want to be hit by a golf ball hit with a driver at the range demonstrated, but I have doubts that there was enough energy to collapse the container, especially considering the way it was held in the boy's hand.
Posted by KDP  in  Madill, OK  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  09:36 AM
I was initially intrigued by the nicely blocked and framed the camera work, unusual in a one-take kind of video. Careful examination seems to indicate an object (the ball?) traveling low and to the right of the target holder.

Could this trick be a gentler version of the famous "Bullet Catch"?
Posted by CCC  in  Rochester  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  10:15 AM
CCC is absolutely right. You can see where the ball actually went if you look closely. At 26 seconds, look on the right edge of the path back towards where the table is. You can see that's where the ball really went.

The dude just flipped the bottle back into the bushes with his fingers, where earlier someone had planted an already dented bottle. The real ball was a grounder back into the bushes. Then they digitally created a ball in ricocheting off the can - which is another giveaway. The "ball" that hits the can is way too clear for such a poor quality recording.

Still dangerous, though! She didn't have to hit the can to make it work, but she did have to NOT hit one of the people.

Once I hit someone that close with a golf ball when I was teeing off (a lot of poor judgement, bad golfing, and a little whiskey was involved). He had a large welt for a month, and a sore shoulder for even longer.
Posted by Crazy Ivan  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  11:05 AM
The "insane" portion of this trick is standing in line of a golf ball hurtling in your direction. Many a AFV clip starts out that way, and then the dude's holding his groin and rolling on the ground. Now, if the Hot Girl wants to roll on the ground with me and hold my groin, I'd be okay with that. Ye-ah, baby
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  12:18 PM
I think the object that flies low and to the right is the tee; it hits the bushes and drops straight down, unlike a golf ball.
However, I do see an extra white dot very briefly, beneath the right edge of the table, apparently just off the ground.
Posted by Canadarm  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  05:13 PM
The ball heading for the table is due to it bouncing off the can.

This actually illustrates one of the key points of magic and illusions. We don't see the number of times the girl attempted this, just the time it was successful. This is why, as Penn & Teller have illustrated, most television magic shows are bogus--they simply edit out all the failures.
Posted by Joe  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  06:37 PM
I think it's a hoax that she's "hot". Also, if the camera adds 10 pounds, she must actually be skinnier than she looks and therefore even colder.
Posted by Eric  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  06:59 PM
She must be cold, the way she's dressed.
Posted by Big Gary's Grandmother  in  Heaven  on  Sat Jul 11, 2009  at  11:32 AM
Could be real, an empty plastic bottle would crumple pretty easilly and, as mentioned above, we don't know how many attempts were made before one worked out right.
Posted by busterggi  in  New Britain, CT  on  Sun Jul 12, 2009  at  10:30 AM
It's not a plastic bottle.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Jul 12, 2009  at  12:15 PM
Umm... am I the only one who sees that the guy keeps the intact bottle in his hand way after she made her hit?
Posted by rleurs  in  Hamburg, Germany  on  Mon Jul 13, 2009  at  08:28 AM
Rleurs, he has a can in each hand. In his right hand, he's holding one out as the target, which he lets go when the golf ball hits it. The one in his left hand, which I guess is his drink, he keeps holding all the time.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Bent Tree, Texas  on  Mon Jul 13, 2009  at  10:08 AM
Its definitely faked all you have to see if the logo on the bottle after the guy picks it up. Bud Light viral marketing.
Posted by Rich  in  LA  on  Tue Jul 14, 2009  at  02:24 AM
It's obviously faked . . . A *woman* able to pull off a trick golf shot is as beyond the realms of physics as gaster-thna-light travel.

Think about it - ever seen a woman who could beat Tiger Woods, or even Dorf at golf?
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Tue Aug 11, 2009  at  02:19 AM
I think she hit one of those foam practice balls so there was never any chance of someone getting hurt. And it didn't have to be done in one take and could be repeated until she struck the bottle (in fact a few people might have been hit in other takes but not hurt). She takes a full swing so whatever she hit flew. I agree with many of the other comments especially that the bottle is too deformed for the moment of impact and the fact that the bottle left the hand with little "resistance"...That bottle looks like it was hit with a bat or stepped on or even bent around another bottle but not glanced by a golf ball traveling at any speed.
Posted by RDAM  on  Thu Nov 12, 2009  at  08:03 PM
I've watched the video numerous times, it's gotta be a practice foam or whiffle ball as you can see it fly to the right of the bottle holder...no it's not the tee, way too big for that. Also, the "ball" barely nicks the can yet when retrieved, the can has a giant bulls eye crushing hit in the center of the can, yep it's a bogus and hoax video, fun to watch though, LOL.
Posted by golfprankguru  in  San Diego  on  Fri Nov 20, 2009  at  03:40 PM
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