The Oral History Of ‘Tin Cup’ Is The Best Thing You’ll Read Today

The Oral History Of 'Tin Cup' Is The Best Thing You'll Read Today

Tin Cup is the most quotable and arguably best golf movie ever made.

“Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them.”

“I hit it again because that shot was a defining moment, and when a defining moment comes along, you define the moment… or the moment defines you.”

“Keep shooting pars, asshole!”

Kevin Costner playing the ballsy arrogant golfer we all wish we could be + actual realistic golf action + Phil Mickelson engaging in an on-course wager years before that joke woulda been really funny = greatest golf movie of all time. Fortunately, if you’ve got a few minutes to kill and need something great to read, the folks over at gave us the oral history of Tin Cup:


Few movies get golf right. Fewer still add to the game’s lexicon. (We all know what it means to “pull a Tin Cup” or to “let the big dog eat.”) Twenty years after the film’s release, the stars of Tin Cup — Costner! Russo! Cheech! — take us back to ’96 and the making of the most authentic golf movie ever. And yeah, that 18th hole meltdown? It still hurts. “Another ball, Romeo…”

They wrangled the stars: Costner, Johnson, Cheech, Russ, along with the director Ron Shelton and a few producers to give us the behind the scenes on what made Tin Cup happen.

The cast & crew discuss the motivations that led to the story and the tale of the tape when it came to shooting. It’s clear how they managed to pull off such an authentic golf feel in the film, going as far as flying in swing instructors for Costner and Johnson. According to Don Johnson, his score dropped in “big chunks” and he became a 3 handicap by the end of the film.

Dude got paid Hollywood money to get his handicap down to a three. I’m going to hit up casting calls all week.

It’s not Hollywood without getting wild behind the scenes, and apparently a freshly single Costner partnered with Johnson to be two stallions conquering everywhere they filmed.

Don had a house that he got Warner Bros. to rent for him, and Friday nights all hell would break loose with Cheech and Kevin. This morning they couldn’t see straight, and they had to hit the ball down the fairway. I mean, the extras would have had to worn helmets, or else they’d have been killed.

If you’re looking for time to kill at work today, and are as big a fan of Tin Cup as I am, I highly recommend giving this a read. If you need me, I’ll be at the driving range letting the big dog eat.


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Kyle Bandujo

The artist formerly known as Crash Davis. My kid doesn't think I'm funny.

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