View Full Version : Arnold Palmer better than Jackie Gleason?

09-13-2013, 05:21 AM
Golf.com is doing a gallery of golfers playing other sports (LINK) (http://www.golf.com/photos/pro-golfers-play-other-sports-sergio-garcia-adam-scott-anthony-kim-tiger-woods/adam-scott-oth#238978) and though they show Palmer bowling, the accompanying text has this:

... his favorite sports growing up were football and pool. How good was Palmer with a cue stick? He used to get the better of Jackie Gleason, a renowned pool player who did his own trick shots as Minnesota Fats in The Hustler. "I could beat [Gleason] at pool, golf, whatever," Palmer told Golf Magazine in 2010. "The only thing he could beat me at was drinking."

Thought it was an interesting tidbit to share...

09-13-2013, 05:25 AM
very, 'cause Jackie was pretty darn good (hustler etc)....it is that "eye hand" coordination thing.

09-13-2013, 05:37 AM

09-13-2013, 06:31 AM
This is the first I have ever heard of that....wonder if its true, as Jackie was supposed to be a pretty solid player. To me i would think we would have known this in the pool circle if it were true, with as how famous and legendary Palmer is.


09-13-2013, 06:39 AM
pretty cool. The whole thing was pretty interesting actually. Tiger is into ping-pong. Wouldn't have guessed that.

09-13-2013, 07:11 AM
Another article about Palmer and Gleason... again, though it's only Palmer stating that he and Gleason played pool together...


Clearly Palmer's professional life overshadowed pretty much everything else. I don't doubt, though, that a great golfer could be a good pool player as well.

09-13-2013, 08:49 AM
Here is some more proof that Arnie did indeed play pool.....
http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.azbilliards.com%2Fshowthre ad.php%3Ft%3D238207&ei=YxozUpLkGeTP2AWW_4DYAg&usg=AFQjCNEm34XDRU_ArnH-K8CTb5knulN5PA&sig2=kA8k31W7ZXK0Oo_EeEkL8A&bvm=bv.52164340,d.b2I

09-13-2013, 02:24 PM
Understanding how a ball rolls when not hit squarely can be beneficial in both golf & pool.:wink: