I first met Moe in 1987 at Thunderbird CC in Toronto at Q school.
This guy was on the range just rapid firing shots, one after another,
he would hit balls so fast, talking while he was swinging, and calling his targets on the range as he was doing it, and moving them around.
He wasn’t really known much outside of Canada… I think when Golf Digest did the article on him (Cover)… that is when most people started
hearing and talking about Moe.
I played with Moe in a pro am in Saskatchewan and spent a lot of time talking to him. He wasn’t all that easy to get to know… but back then people still kind of ignored him as some kind of wierdo, crazy guy…
If he wasn’t hitting balls he was usually sitting alone somewhere just talking to himself or eating a sandwich alone in a corner like a rejected child. He didn’t shower often so you would have to deal with a lot of body odor, and that pushed people away.
Like a lot of people in golf (good players) they can describe what they feel, but most don’t really know what they do. Moe let me film him at Red Deer CC in Alberta in 1987, I used a Sony CCDV101
with a 10,000 shutter speed camera, I got every angle imaginable
and then some, different clubs, even sand shots… It is probably some of the best footage of Moe ever recorded, there was stuff from before with film cameras, and later in the 90’s when everyone was interested in Moe, but he still hit it pretty good in 1987, much better than he did later in the 90’s…
So I spent a lot of time looking at those tapes and learned a great deal.
The biggest impression Moe gave me was that he made golf look easy.
Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm, and the ability to rapid fire shots in practice is something I took to heart and worked into my practice routine.
He treated golf as if it was a reaction sport, like tennis, he would just give his brain no time to think, everything was on automatic. Probably the fastest player ever.
The stories go on and on, but I remember when we played he would putt so fast… that if you were stepping over his line the ball might just roll between your legs as you were doing so. He hated slow play. No concern for yardages, everything was instinct… automatic and just incredible rhythm…
I have never seen anyone else swing like him effectively…
and he did hit millions of balls to get there.
It’s a swinging move, with a full roll duel horizontal hinge an a ton of 5th accumulator. He just pulls forever!