Murray Irwin Norman died in 2004. He was the greatest striker of the golf ball to ever play the game.
You never heard of him, right? Neither did I, so we'll let this settle in. Canadian golfer Moe Norman could hit the ball more accurately and better than Woods or Palmer or Snead, and he knew exactly where it was going every time he hit it.
You know how it's big stop-the-presses news when someone shoots a 59? Moe did it three times.
He had so many hole-in-holes it bored him. His vertical hole-in-one leap became less than Mikelson's. Moe Norman was said to be the "Rainman of Golf," slightly autistic, repeated his words often. One has to think maybe that's why his golf swing was so repetitious.
Seriously repetitious. The guy would hit 20 balls; all 20 would end up in a little circle you could cover with an apple crate.
So why hadn't you heard more about him?
After all, this guy played in the Masters after winning the Canadian amateur two years in a row (1955, 1956) and also won 20 pro tournaments while closing out his professional career by winning the Canadian Senior Open seven out of eight years (1980 through 1987).
He was extremely shy, for one. He didn't fit in with the golfing crowd. He dressed funny. And for other golfers to think you dress funny, you REALLY have to dress funny.
He was considered an "odd duck" which is a Canadian term distinguishing you from an "even duck."
He was very non-athletic looking. It might be one of the reasons he developed this strange swing, which now people are calling a "natural swing."
You'll see it on the videos. People are teaching his swing. I didn't know you could patent a swing, but there are folks teaching the Moe Norman method. I joined the Moe Norman Golf Academy to find out more about it.
There's also a company called Natural Golf Corporation out of Mount Prospect, Illinois which teaches the Moe Norman swing. Plus, they make special clubs so you can play the Moe Norman way. In 13 years, they've instructed over 200,000 golfers.
I'll try to make the slideshow entertaining and not dwell on the mechanics of golf. This will be more about honoring the humor and humanity of my new favorite odd duck—Moe Norman.