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Breaking down Jesper Parnevik’s ‘Gangnam Style’

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There are moments in the history golf which have propelled the sport forward: Francis Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open Victory, Ben Hogan’s triumph at Merion, Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam, Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters Win, Tiger Woods’ incredible performance at the1997 Masters … and then, there is Jesper Parnevik’s “Gangnam Style” remake, posted three days ago to YouTube by the Swede’s wife, Penny.

I assume the majority of readers have unfortunately been acquainted with the international YouTube driven phenomenon that is PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” If not, the you can watch the video is below. On second thought, to the unfamiliar: run, don’t finish this article, don’t pollute your minds with the song’s contemptible yet utterly irresistible backbeats and ludicrous dance moves.

The first point of note about the Parnevik video is that it is a serious labor, replete with lip synching to the entirety of the song, coordinated scenes, costumes, wigs, dance sequences and precise editing. The Parnevik’s put a lot of time into the absurd offering, which is reportedly a birthday gift for a friend. All this begs the question, what other “gifts” have the Parnevik’s given in the past — video of he and his family dancing to “Crank That” by Soulja Boy?

On Morning Drive yesterday morning, Parnevik said the video took 15 to 20 hours to edit and that he did it himself. Apparently, Parnevik routinely shoots and edits video. Parnevik said also that Mark Calcavecchia, Rickie Fowler and Camilo Villegas were originally slated to appear in the video. It’s a great tragedy the world didn’t get to see Calc gyrating in a fluorescent wig.

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Additionally, it seems the Golf Boys (Click here to watch their video) have a rival in the form of three Swedes—Jesper Parnevik, Richard S. Johnson and Fredrick Jacobsen, and three Americans—Will MacKenzie, Dustin Johnson and Mark Turnesa. Hopefully the dynamic sextet will collaborate again to produce … absolutely nothing. Let’s hope they stick to the range, rather than the recording studio.

Parnevik himself is the real star in the video. The “Spaceman” plays the part of PSY wearing a slim-fitting pink suit and pink aviators. His wife and children act as both backup dancers and his doting female entourage. The other tour players dance around in bold colors with wigs on head.

Will Mackenzie, clad in canary yellow, is a pretty capable dancer. Dustin Johnson, however, for all his athleticism, is surprisingly lacking in rhythm. At 3:22 in the video, Johnson plays (I believe/ hope) his girlfriend, Amanda’s Caulder’s nearly exposed behind like a drum. There are a number of other bizarre quasi-sexual moments throughout which blend unusually with children playing dress-up and prancing around.

The PGA Tour is full of less than compelling personalities: bland golfers playing bland golf. Parnevik, with his signature up-turned bill and flamboyant clothing has always stood in stark contrast to the legions in khaki, bad visors and oversized shirts. From a certain standpoint, then, I am glad to see professional golfers in a casual setting having a good time acting goofy.

I am glad to see Dustin Johnson, the 15th ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, dancing around in a wig to an atrocious pop song. I’ll even condone the frivolity as the PGA Tour season is effectively over and assume he put the clubs away for a couple days.

On my first viewing of the video (which I was pretty sure would be my only viewing), my prevailing thought was, “I don’t think you would have seen Ben Hogan or Jack Nicklaus or even the more ebullient Arnold Palmer participating in such shenanigans.”

Then, I realized I had actually had the term “shenanigans” enter my consciousness in a semi-serious fashion and felt like a geezer shaking my cane at children having fun. I remembered, too, hearing anecdotally that Ben Hogan did “The Twist” on top of a table at gala after his 1953 ticker tape parade.

Perhaps, I need to lighten up. At least the Parnevik video features lip-synching, which is a step-up from the Golf Boys (notably, Hunter Mahan) “rapping,” and most of the golfers keep most of their clothes on. Ultimately, I’d welcome another offering from Parnevik and company before a sequel to “Oh Oh Oh.”

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  1. Freddie

    Oct 30, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Love to see this clip.

    He was one of my favorite Player when I started to watch Golf.

    Glad to see his dance in Korea!!!

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The Wedge Guy: The versatile hybrid

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The equipment industry has changed the way we play the game, for sure, but I don’t think any single innovation has done more to make this game easier than the development of the hybrid. In a decade or less, we went from none of us having ever seen one to nearly 100 percent bag penetration with golfers of all skill levels. That’s because they are just so dang easy to hit, compared to longer irons. They get the ball in the air more easily, handle rough so much better…the list goes on and on.

But one great use for your hybrids that doesn’t get much press is how good they are around the greens. If haven’t experimented with them, you should really spend a little time learning what they are capable of.

In my own bag, I carry a Ben Hogan VKTR prototype (from 2015) 17-degree loft, with a UST Recoil shaft. Normal full swings produce about 208 yards, with a nice penetrating ball flight. But this club’s “hidden talent” is as a chipping club when a wedge shot just isn’t the best play. For example, when you find yourself on a tight lie, with the grain of the grass running toward you…even with my wedge confidence, that just wasn’t the shot. So, I usually take my hybrid, put the ball back a little in my stance, and “putt” the ball through the collar. The loft of the hybrid gets the ball on top of the grass, where a putter would not, and it takes a truer roll onto the green.

To hit this shot, you obviously need to grip down on the hybrid, as it is six inches or so longer than your putter. I like to grip down to just have my right thumb and forefinger on the shaft below the grip. I stand up a little straighter than when putting to make up for the added length. You also can “stand the club on its toe” a little bit to further reduce turf drag.

And an important key is to grip the hybrid more gently even than you grip your putter, as it is a lighter club and does not provide the resistance of a putter. A light grip will help you have the feel you need to control the distance the ball rolls.

“Putting” with your hybrid is a great shot to have in your arsenal. It also comes in handy when your ball has rolled up against the collar, with thicker grass behind it. Practice this shot just a little and you’ll find it saving strokes in the rounds ahead.

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Mondays Off: Cold weather golf mittens and Presidents Cup

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It’s getting colder and the season is winding down, but sometimes you still need or want to play. Steve HATES that Knudson wears golf mittens when the temperature drops—he thinks you just need to embrace the cold. Steve gave his cell phone to a member and finds out that was a mistake. Should Kevin Na be on the Presidents Cup team?

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On Spec: Interview with Abby Liebenthal—Marketing Manager at Imperial Headwear

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In this special edition of On Spec, host Ryan Barath has a conversation with Abby Liebenthal, Marketing Manager at Imperial Headwear. The discussion covers a wide range of topics from growing up around the game of golf, working in the industry, and Abby’s newly founded Fore the Ladies, which organizes fun and inviting events to introduce women to the game.

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