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How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 4: 'The Mashie Niblick' (1931)

Golf champion Bobby Jones gives a lesson to comic actor Leon Errol in the use of the mashie niblick club. It is used mainly to loft the ball over tall obstacles, such as trees.


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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Jones ...
O.B. Keeler ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)


Bobby Jones is paired with an exuberant but less-than-gifted golfer, Leon Errol, who slices his first drive behind a tree. Using his spoon (fairway wood), Errol tries several times to hit under and through the tree. Jones walks over and suggests that Errol use his mashie niblick (nine iron) to hit it over the tree onto the green. Errol confesses not to knowing how to hit the shot, so Jones takes him to the middle of the fairway and gives him a lesson: stance and position, backswing, wrist action, stroke, and follow through. Errol heads back to his lie to try the shot. The Atlanta Constitution's O.B. Keeler, who dubbed Jones's previous year's victories the "Grand Slam," narrates. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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June 1931 (USA)  »

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How I Play Golf: The Mashie Niblick  »

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Errol the Golf Pest
22 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones #4: The Mashie Niblick (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bobby Jones finds himself playing with partner Leon Errol who gets them behind from his first shot. Errol is using the wrong club trying to get his ball over some trees and this is when Jones breaks in and explains why it's best to use the mashie niblick. This fourth episode is a minor step up from the previous one thanks in large part to the performance from Errol who is perfect as the pest. I think anyone who has played golf or any sport will be able to connect with Errol because I'm sure we've all got friends who we've taken to do something and they do nothing but get in the way. While the routine doesn't get any major laughs, it's good enough to keep the film moving. As usual, the main goal is to teach people who to play golf better so I think this film is mainly going to appeal to golf buffs wanting to hear what Jones has to say about these shots.

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