You might think those of us who revere Moe Norman, and the legacy he left us, would want to rant and whine about a headline like that one. Not me. I like it and let me tell you why.
A little background first:
A while back the poohbahs of The World Golf Hall of Fame changed the criteria to nominate a candidate for election to it. Mostly, they added two categories that would have made Moe eligible, one being a veteran’s category and another a lifetime achievement category for those who have made a lasting contribution to golf.
When we saw that, we set out to see if setting up an ad hoc group of Moe friends could get Moe’s name placed in nomination to the WGHOF class of 2019. What we got was raised eyebrows, mostly.
A highly placed and reliable golf industry source did us a favor by taking the temperature of his peers on the subject. He reported their prevailing attitude in this blunt three-word capsule: “Are you serious?”
Well, yes, we were serious. After all, Moe Norman’s single plane swing innovation has helped the backbone of the game—average golfers—more than Bing Crosby and Dwight Eisenhower ever did, and they are WGHOF members who never won a major. Moreover, Moe’s single plane swing does help average players in the way Harry Vardon’s grip did, and Vardon is a member. Further, Karsten Solheim’s perimeter weighting invention did even more, and he’s a member.
OK, why am I glad it’s working out that Moe won’t likely get the WGHOF nomination?
Well, please forgive the smug undertone and sort of guilty glee I take because it is “we told you so time” now that Moe’s single plane and better way golf swing has arrived at the acceptance tipping point in the golf world.
Those of us who are up to our neck in showing Moe’s game-changing swing innovation recognize that the ‘are you serious’ looks in the eyes of golfing doubters are fewer and fewer. Lately, we find more and more open minds experiencing Moe’s single plane golfing and health benefits. Tens of thousands of us now, in fact.
When we hear the likes of Tiger Woods say he wants to own his swings like only Moe Norman and Ben Hogan held theirs, and Lee Trevino call Moe a golfing genius, how can we not know Moe’s respect comeuppance is now due and payable?
When I think about the afterlife place where geniuses end up, I wish I could eavesdrop on the chats that Moe would have with the likes of, Elvis, Galileo, Ali, and Jackie Robinson.
So, even though his Canadian Hall of Fame did the right thing, albeit quite late in his life, by installing Moe. I find it hard to resist thumbing my nose at the rest of the golf snoots and suits who have no seeming respect for Moe’s Feeling of Greatness that you and I and thousands of others like us have tasted.