Friday, June 24, 2011


Charles Barkley - The Great White Whale

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts - Yes, "The Great White Whale" is an unusual description for Charles Barkley. Although I do think he's great; although not so much his golf swing, Charlie obviously is not caucasian nor am I implying that he's fat - so why the moniker?

As fans of American literature know, aboard the whaling schooner Pequod, Captain Ahab's greatest quest was for the Great White Whale, Moby Dick. There were plenty of other whales in the sea but for Ahab there was but a single purpose for the voyage - hunting down and killing the White Whale.

The hunt by Ahab for the White Whale has become a metaphor for every man's greatest quest. For a golf instructor that would be Charles Barkley. As in Melville's novel where it seemed that neither Ahab nor any other ship captain from Nantucket would ever harpoon and subdue Moby Dick, the likelihood of anyone straightening out Barkley's golf swing is just as remote. But for the teacher who somehow fulfills this destiny and shows Charlie the path to future fairways,  his fortunes would change dramatically. Think Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are flush? Their wealth would pale against the riches of whomever manages to unravel the mystery of Barkley's ineptitude on the golf course.

A few days ago, I Twittered Charles Barkley that I'd like to use him for one of my advertisements - in particular, a photograph of the shocked look on his face after he drills a long, straight drive with his very first OVER THE TOP GOLF swing. It will depict amazement; it will show relief, and it would profit me greatly. Because unlike  Captain Ahab who ultimately perished, I will have succeeded in landing the Great White Whale.

it's a whale of golf swing
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Revised 09-03-2012