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Impact: Fred Astaire, dancer/golf trick shot artist

By Alex Holmes

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"The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style." -- Fred Astaire


On April 15, 1938, Astaire and fellow golfer, Ginger Rogers, wrap the 2 minute and 45 second tap dancing golf sequence in "Carefree" in a single take.

For a glimpse of the type of dance/golf trick shot artistry Astaire could pull off, check out this other YouTube video:




Astaire, who played to a single-digit handicap, strikes five mid-irons and six drivers in the scene. It was said that when the balls were collected after the take all the shots were concentrated in two distinct landing areas with very little dispersion. Astaire was wildly considered a style icon on and off the course in his day and will always be remembered as one of the game's most fashionable fans.

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