It was an idea – Make a documentary about Moe. Now it’s real. That’s how things work in my life. I have ideas.
My idea for the Moe Norman documentary in now moving into it’s 3rd round of interviews. This time in Ontario, Canada where Moe spent most of his life.
Moe’s life was full of strife and pain but paradoxically he developed an uncanny ability to play golf. It’s a great story. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a better golf story. Tim O’Connor author of The Feeling of Greatness, the Moe Norman Story says:
Moe Norman was a Canadian legend and a man revered by golf professionals all over the world as one of the greatest ball-strikers in the history of golf, and certainly one of the most eccentric and colorful characters in the annals of sport.
Moe’s self-taught golf swing was called weird, unorthodox, different, but it was highly efficient, amazingly accurate and freakishly accurate.
The numbers tell the tale: With 17 holes in one, three scores of 59, four scores of 61, and more than 30 course records during his career, Moe dominated Canadian golf through the mid 20th century. Among his many victories are two Canadian Amateurs, two CPGA Championships and five CPGA Senior Championships along with multiple victories in the Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Opens.
One of Moe’s fans included Tiger Woods, who said: “Only two players have ever truly owned their swings – Moe Norman and Ben Hogan. I want to own mine.”
Lee Trevino called Moe a genius when it comes to playing golf: “When you talk about Moe Norman you are talking about a legend.”
An unnaturally shy man, Moe shunned public appearances and speaking. His shyness only disappeared while he held a golf club in his hands. During tournaments, Moe would hit drivers off of 6” tees, soda bottles, and play par 4 holes ‘backward’, hitting a wedge off the tee and a driver onto the green and still make par or better. After a brief stint on the U.S. PGA Tour, these antics earned Moe a ‘dressing down’ by some members of the tour, and he left to never play in the U.S. competitively again.
Moe’s accuracy with a golf ball earned him a meager living until 1995. During one of his clinics, Moe hit over 1,500 drivers in a little over seven hours, all of which where within 15 yards of one another. It was this accuracy that eventually earned Moe the respect and notoriety that true genius deserves. In January 1995, Titleist decided to pay Moe $5,000 per month for nothing more than his unique contribution to the game of golf. Moe passed away September 4, 2004 at the age of 74, with hundreds coming to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to pay their respects to the legend.
Moe’s genius with a golf club was seen by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, throughout his lifetime. He often hit balls at the Canadian Open for the touring professionals when the tournament was in town.
There have been a few documentaries about Moe when he was alive but nothing captures Moe’s real legacy or tells the story of how Moe had changed the lives of golfers today – 13 years after his death.
The Feeling of Greatness Documentary will tell Moe’s story from the perspective of those who know him and either loved him or hated him.