You know you are taking golf seriously when you’re reading Stan Utley’s The Art of Putting while playing ball with your dog. Such is one of the scenes in the trailer for the new movie The Back Nine, which stages its one-day nationwide theatrical release on June 25.
The movie follows filmmaker Jon Fitzgerald in his quest to become a professional golfer…at age 40.
A self-described “above-average” golfer, Fitzgerald was still light years from professional status when he embarked on his journey. He hired a team of experts, including a swing coach, a yoga instructor and a sports psychologist. He pounded balls. He strapped himself to swing aids. And all the while, he maintained his day job to help pay the bills for his young family, including a daughter in elementary school and a son on the way.
Some of the scenes in the trailer are uncomfortable, suggesting that Fitzgerald’s quest caused strain on his family. In his narrative, he says that he is at his happiest when on the golf course. The film also features two father figures in Fitzgerald’s life, who are described as “polar opposites,” and who no doubt have their own divergent perspectives on what Fitzgerald is attempting.
PutterZone.com has not seen the film, but the trailer looks compelling. After it’s short theatrical release this weekend, it will no doubt be available on DVD. Click here to view the trailer and theater locations.