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GRIP IT AND RIP IT: THE LEGEND OF JOHN DALY

GRIP IT AND RIP IT: THE LEGEND OF JOHN DALY

David Spielman
17 minute read

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“Champions come from the heart.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Hard living, big hitting American golfer John Daly isn’t just a Gallantry Man Legend, he’s an absolute United States of America original.

A consummate man of the people, John Daly is in a league of his own when it comes to sports. There just isn’t anyone else like this one-of-a-kind sheer force of Arkansas nature.

The electric, unapologetic bad boy of professional golf, “Blue Collar Golfer” John Daly may not be the poster boy for moderation, but he’s been entertaining and enthralling fans with his larger-than-life personality and “grip it and rip it” golf game for over three decades now for good reason – he’s one of only five other golfers in history (Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, and Tiger Woods) to win two of golf’s four majors before even hitting 30.

Unpredictable, unchained, and most frequently seen with either a cigarette dangling from his lip or drinking one of his beloved Diet Cokes, John Daly is the epitome of a Gallantry Legend, a man who, no matter what you happen to think of him, lives his life on his terms and on his terms alone.

If that’s not the criteria for Legend status, heck, we don’t even know what is.

In the words of the man, the myth, and free-wheeling legend John “Long John” Daly himself, “The people that are taking shots are just jealous…[so] the hell with ‘em!”

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“The last guy to get into the PGA Championship finished first.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

THE 1991 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Colorful Arkansas everyman John Daly’s path to becoming the 1991 PGA Champion and the absolute pinnacle of the golf world was anything but traditional. In fact, it’s safe to say that John Daly has one of the most unlikely sports stories of all-time.

Born on April 28, 1966, John Daly began rippin’ butts and sinkin’ putts in Dardanelle, Arkansas at the age of 6.

I just chose golf because you don’t have to worry about what someone else is doing. All you have to worry about is what you’re doing and if you do something really good you feel good about yourself and you can say look I did it my way. You play bad or it something goes wrong you can only blame yourself you don’t have anyone else left to blame.

– John Daly, Hit it Hard

Flash forward to fifteen years later. The year is 1987. Daly, a total natural, turns pro at the ripe old of age of 21. Almost immediately, Daly earns his first pro victory at the 1987 Missouri Open.

Cut to just four years later, 1991, and an absolute underdog legend is born. Daly joins the PGA Tour and proceeds to literally win the PGA Championship with a three-stoke victory right off the bat!

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The fans were cheering and whooping and eating it up. ‘Kill it, Big John! Grip it and rip it!’ One guy in the back row, he stood up and held his arms up like he was a goalpost. And so I stood up to the ball and let ‘er rip.

– John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Overnight, John Daly (also known as “Wild Thing”) goes from being the 11th alternate to The PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, The PGA Champion, and the undisputed hottest property in golf.

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly PGA Championship 4In 1991, even the legend that is John Daly couldn’t believe how hard he had indeed hit it.

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“Everything was great. The cash poured in like a cow pissing on a flat rock.”

– John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Watch the 18th and final hole of Daly’s stunning victory at the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick HERE.

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“The happiest four days of my life in golf where the four days of the 1995 British Open… [It] was something I felt shot by shot, hole by hole, as it unfolded. It’s hard to explain, and I know it may not make a lot of sense, but I call it ‘emotional clarity.’ It’s not that I remember every detail physically, but more like emotionally. I can’t give you shot-by-shot, but I can recall how I felt just about every minute of every day.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

THE 1995 BRITISH OPEN

The first four majors that John Daly entered as the winner of a major were something special. Though his off-the-green partying kept his golf game from being top notch, Daly nonetheless loved hearing his name getting announced on the first tee as follows:

“John Daly, 1991 PGA Champion.”

In fact, Daly couldn’t get enough of it. So, in the spirit of his childhood idol, Jack Nicklaus, John Daly went ahead and beautifully conquered the British Open in 1995 in a playoff with Italian golfer Costantino Rocca at St. Andrews.

The victory instantly made him a member of the two-time major winner club.

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“Winning the PGA was like winning the lottery. Winning the British Open was like proving myself. Nicklaus said your life is complete when you win the British Open at St. Andrews.”

- John Daly, Hit it Hard

Watch Daly smoke Italian golfer Costantino Rocca and win The 1995 British Open at St. Andrews HERE.

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly 8Mr. Grip It & Rip It shows off his stunning trophy collection.

“To have legends [Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus] like that take you under and say ‘Get your crap together, man. We love you. We need you.’ It meant a lot. For them to say we respect your game but we want to respect John Daly.”

- John Daly, Hit it Hard

AMERICA LOVES A COMEBACK STORY.

AMERICA LOVES JOHN DALY.

Gambling. Divorces. Addiction. Following his breathtaking victory at the 1995 British Open, there’s no doubt that John Daly’s life certainly had its fair share of ups and downs.

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All the women that I’ve been married to, they all know that I play golf, that I gamble, and that all I want besides plenty of lovin’ is Diet Coke in the refrigerator and a clean house. And I do most of the cleaning anyway. I’m a neat freak. What’s the problem with that? They know who I am. They know what I do. It hasn’t changed since the PGA, except for the booze. For me, it’s golf and gambling. I’m a homebody. I don’t do anything. I don’t ever want to go out. I hate going out to eat. I never want to go anywhere unless it’s a casino. It’s the way I was when I met them, it’s the way I was when we were together, it’s the way I was when we split it up, and it’s the way I’m going to be tomorrow. What’s so hard to understand?

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

In the end, thankfully, the Gallantry Man Legend that is John Daly pulled through. The love of his fans, family, and fellow players kept him going. In 2004, Daly not only won the Buick Invitational, but also earned the PGA Tour’s “Comeback Player of the Year” award.

Whenever you see John Daly playing great golf, you know his wife’s taking care of his needs. And when you see John Daly playing bad golf … Look, if you think about sex as much as I do, it can get tough out there in a golf tournament. You got good-looking women all over the place. Some of them take off their underpants and sit around the greens and lash you when you come up to putt. Women are always coming up to you in the parking lot and asking you to sign their boobs. I used to do that a lot, hundreds of times over the years, but … I don’t sign t*** anymore.

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Oh yeah. The Wild Thing’s comeback was official alright.

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -The Rich Eisen Show 10John Daly grips it and rips it on The Rich Eisen Show (watch the incredible interview HERE) in 2016.

JOHN DALY, GALLANTRY MAN OF THE PEOPLE

Through his rollercoaster of a life and career, John Daly has always not only lived his life on his terms, but also has maintained a very special relationship with his fans.

The fans are my distant family. They’re loyal. No matter what I do great or what I do bad they’ve just been loyal and I don’t know if too many people can honestly say that.

- John Daly, Hit it Hard

The bottom line is that people trust John Daly’s feelings for them. Impulsive as he can be, he’s about as authentic and genuine as they come. As he states in his 2006 memoir My Life In & Out Of The Rough, “I think I was put here on earth for a purpose, and that purpose has to do with helping people.”

Suffice to say, John Daly continues to do life his way, playing golf (i.e. sinking hole-in-ones, for real), slinging merch, donating loads of his time to charity (read the seriously moving story about the time he used his check from his first PGA win to help a grieving family HERE), and embodying what it means to be not only an American, but also a Gallantry Man Legend, a man who gits er done the way he wants to, critics be damned.

“I’ve come to trust my feelings, because I know in my heart that I love people.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Just don’t tell John that you like Buffalo Wild Wings better than Hooters, alright?

Trust us.

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 - John Daly 11“Hey. If you want to be on John Daly’s level you bests get yourself some fire everyday carry from Gallantry to go along with your fire merch and Hooters wings, brother.”

Like our hero John Daly, we call it straight at Gallantry. We’re Americans, after all, and that means that we don’t dance around stuff in a funny way.

We say what’s on our mind and what’s on our mind right now is making sure that your everyday carry collection consists of straight-up American originals like John Daly.

“Some things I just can’t live without.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

We’ve got you all teed up, Gallantry Man Legend. Now it’s up to you and you alone to grip it and rip it with our “John Daly Collection” of Made in the USA Zippo Lighters and Sneerwell Flasks because, well, there are some things that you ‘just can’t live without’.

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly 12“Nice work, Lil’ John! Now let’s grip it and sip it from them fire Sneerwell Old Bastard Noble, Old Roger Noble, Hell Hound Noble, and Sea Monster Noble Flasks that we got from Gallantry!”
Photo Credit: John Daly

THE OLD BASTARD NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

SALTY OLD BASTARD NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

Perhaps no piece of gear speaks more to the character of the man carrying it than a flask. Its style and appearance often conveys as much as the liquid housed inside (if your John Daly, yes, that means Jack Daniels), which is precisely why we are so fond of The Sneerwell's Noble Flasks.

Each of these screw-top 6 oz. beverage containers, which are constructed from sturdy and food-safe stainless steel, features a hand-etched design and a truly unique patina. What this ultimately means is also that no two are exactly alike and that each one is a total original, just like Gallantry Man Legend John Daly.

We dig it. We dig it heavy.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Hand-etched design
  • Unique patina
  • Screw-top
  • Comes in presentation packaging
  • Includes embossed sleeve
  • 6 oz. capacity

Salty Old Bastard Noble Flask

Salty Old Bastard Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE OLD ROGER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

OLD ROGER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

Old Roger Noble Flask

Old Roger Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE HELL HOUND NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

HELL HOUND NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

Hell Hound Noble Flask

Hell Hound Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE SEA MONSTER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

SEA MONSTER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

Sea Monster Noble Flask

Sea Monster Noble Flask

$68.00

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Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly 13“C’mon, Lil’ John. Let’s fire up some stogies with the Saloon Skull, Slim High Polish, and Don’t Tread On Me Zippo Lighters that we bought from Gallantry after we take this photo with these smokers from Hooters!”
Photo Credit: John Daly

THE SALOON SKULL ZIPPO LIGHTER

“I live on Diet Coke, Marlboro Lights, and the support of my fans.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

Zippo is the quintessential American lighter. It is why Zippo is the household brand name that automatically makes you think of quality and it is why every Zippo lighter is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

The all-metal construction and windproof design of Zippo means that you can use your lighter(s) anywhere, anytime. 100% refillable, each one is intended to be thoroughly enjoyed for a lifetime.

How do you think John Daly lights them Marlboro Lights up, brother?

SALOON SKULL ZIPPO LIGHTER SALOON SKULL EMBLEM

This killer edition features a gunslinging skeleton, ready to duel. This design is featured on an emblem that is attached to a classic Street Chrome™ lighter, so you know John Daly would approve.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo "click"
  • All metal construction; windproof design works virtually anywhere
  • Made in USA; Lifetime guarantee by Zippo
  • Dimensions: 2.25" x 0.5" x 1.5"

Saloon Skull Zippo Lighter

Saloon Skull Zippo Lighter

$39.00

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THE SLIM HIGH POLISH ZIPPO LIGHTER

SLIM HIGH POLISH ZIPPO LIGHTER BLACK

Slimmer with a high polish black finish, The Slim High Polish Zippo Lighter is pure “Grip it & Rip It” through and through, that’s for sure.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo "click"
  • All metal construction; windproof design works virtually anywhere
  • Made in USA; Lifetime guarantee by Zippo
  • Dimensions: 2.38" x 0.38" x 1.1"

Slim High Polish Zippo Lighter

Slim High Polish Zippo Lighter

$29.00

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THE DON'T TREAD ON ME ZIPPO LIGHTER

DON'T TREAD ON ME ZIPPO LIGHTER

A Laser Two-Tone process (that creates two different depths) helps to create the iconic Gadsden Flag design on this Satin Chrome lighter.

Yeah. The freedom-loving legend that is John Daly would most definitely approve of this bad boy, "Don’t Tread on Me®" coiled snake, star on the lid, and all.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo "click"
  • All metal construction; windproof design works virtually anywhere
  • Made in USA; Lifetime guarantee by Zippo
  • Dimensions: 2.25" x 0.5" x 1.5"

Don't Tread On Me Zippo Lighter

Don't Tread On Me Zippo Lighter

$26.00

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Lows cannot defeat me or the highs that I’ve had in my life. It’s just not gonna happen no matter how low it gets. So to get the true meaning out of this show it’s to know that I care and that I’m still just gonna be John Daly. I’m gonna hit it hard. I’m gonna grip it and rip it. And I’m gonna rip it and sip it. I ain’t changing.

- John Daly, Hit It Hard

STREAMING THE LEGEND OF JOHN DALY

John Daly lives his struggle for all to see and he’s not shy to talk about it. He knows he’s made mistakes in life (who hasn’t?), but he’ll be damned if he won’t own them.

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You don’t change your life because someone tells you to change your life. You have to do it on your own. And I’m a late bloomer … Some people just never grow up, and I can say I’m probably one of them. But I’m young at heart, and I hit it hard.

- John Daly, Hit It Hard

Though his golfing glory days may be behind him, there’s no disputing that Gallantry Man Legend John Daly remains as popular and beloved as ever. Watch Gabe Spitzer and David Terry Fine’s 2016 ESPN30 for 30 John Daly documentary, Hit It Hard (watch the trailer HERE) right HERE for the whole story!

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“[Am I ever going to stop partying?] Not until they turn out the lights for good.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

NEED MORE JOHN DALY?

WE KNOW THE FEELING…AND WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK!

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Watch Gallantry Man Legend John Daly cover everything from crazy partying and gambling stories to beating Tiger Woods with his son with the whole Full Send Podcast crew (Bob, Kyle, and Salim) straight from the original Hooters in Tampa, Florida HERE!

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Listen to John Daly and his golfer pal Fuzzy Zoeller give an epic, must-listen interview to Fore Play from Barstool Sports HERE!

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Get John Daly’s candid bestselling autobiography (written with Glen Waggoner), My Life in and out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All That Bull**** You Think You Know About Me HERE!

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Get Golf My Own Damn Way: The Wit and Wisdom of John Daly, Daly’s 2nd book (also written with Glen Waggoner) HERE!

“Life would hardly be worth living if it wasn’t for music.”

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

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I hit it hard man (hard)

So far man (far)

No layin' up, no holdin’ back

I ain’t afraid of nothing it’s a natural fact

I hit it long man (long)

’Til it's gone man (gone)

Keep taking chances, livin’ large

I hit it, hit it, hit it hard

- John Daly, “Hit it Hard”

Get yourself a digital copy of legitimately awesome 2010 album “I Only Know One Way” HERE because “Hit it Hard” SERIOUSLY BUMPS!

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Get yourself a digital copy of John Daly’s new album, “Whiskey & Water”, HERE!

Watch Comedian Bert Kreischer break down his appreciation for the legend that is John Daly (“A real gangster in golf”) on The Joe Rogan Experience HERE.

Last, but definitely not least, join John Daly’s Fan Club HERE, grab yourself an extremely fire John Daly t-shirt to go with your John Daly-themed Gallantry EDC at The Chivery HERE, and watch Big John card a 3-under 69 and finish tied for second at 8-under par for the tournament final round of the 2021 Insperity Invitational HERE!

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly 23There are Legends…and then there is John Daly, THE LEGEND.
Photo Credit: John Daly

Grip it and Rip it_John Daly 20220422 -John Daly 24“That’s right, Lil’ John. Wave to the fans, little dude, because we’ve got an inbox to check. It’s Wednesday and you know what that means – a brand new Dispatch from Gallantry, baby!”
Photo Credit: John Daly

Today, being on the golf course, inside those ropes at a tournament, clearing my head and focusing on one thing and one thing only – the shot I want to hit – that’s about the only time and place I feel at peace from all the stuff that’s rained down on my head the last 20 years. The golf course is the only place where I feel really, truly at home.

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

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Everybody has troubles. Everybody has personal problems, family problems, relationship problems... I’m lucky: I was born with a special talent for hitting a little white ball and making people happy. I’m blessed.

- John Daly, My Life In & Out Of The Rough

#HITITHARD #GRIPITANDRIPIT

#GRIPITANDSIPIT

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