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Subject: celebrities and golf
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: palatino-ga
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Posted: 24 Dec 2004 06:02 PST
Expires: 23 Jan 2005 06:02 PST
Question ID: 446803
Do Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci and Matt Lauer play Honma Golf Clubs?
What other celebrities (aside from Marc Anthony, who was quoted in
Newsweek saying he loved his $22,000 Honma irons) play Honma? Most
importantly, was the golf club (supposedly a 9-iron) that Nicholson
used to smash a windshield in LA in 1994 a Honma club?

Honma clubs are handmade in Japan and can cost as much as $42,000 for
a full set of 14. The top of the line clubs have 24c gold and platinum
plating and inserts. They are renowned in Asia but little known in US.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2004 08:11 PST
Closest I've gotten is that Nicholas used a 2-iron on a Mercedes in
1994, but no mention if it was a Honma.

Beyond that, only the Marc Anthony reference seems to show up...not
even Golf magazine has any reference to Honma beyond the one Marc
Anthony story.

Let us know if there's any other sort of information on Honma's that
might meet your needs, beyond celelbrity users.

Thanks...and happy holidays.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2004 08:20 PST
Ho,ho...!  I spoke to soon.  Here's an interesting tidbit:

""Just the other day, I ordered a set [of Honma's] for [pro-hockey
player] Grant Fuhr,"...Jack Nicholson owns a set, as do Joe Pesci and
Bryant Gumbel."

So it might have been a Honma 2-iron on the wind shield after all...!

Beyond the above quote, however, I do not see any additional
information on Honma's used (or abused) by celebrities.  Best I can do
is offer you a link to the article that the quote came from (along
with a source for 2-iron reference).

Let me know if that's of interest.


Clarification of Question by palatino-ga on 24 Dec 2004 10:38 PST
yes, a link to that article would be very helpful. what magazine or
newspaper did it appear in, and when? who is the speaker in the quote?
do you also have a link to the article or other source in which you
found the info about the 2-iron and the mercedes? I would like to look
at a reliable description of what exactly happened in that incident.
many thanks for your speedy work on the day before Xmas.

Clarification of Question by palatino-ga on 24 Dec 2004 10:39 PST
did my clarification get posted? I just got a red alert at top of my
google screen that I cannot comment on this question now because it is
being worked on.

Clarification of Question by palatino-ga on 24 Dec 2004 10:45 PST
by the way, do you have anything more from marc anthony about honma
than the quote that ran in the Verbatim department of Time (not
newsweek as I previously thought.)
The quote as it appeared was:
"fame is addictive. money is addictive. attention is addictive. but
golf is second to none."
was there anything more to this quote in whatever source Time got the quote from?
again, many thanks.
Subject: Re: celebrities and golf
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 24 Dec 2004 12:52 PST
Hello palatino-ga,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

I'm more than happy to provide you the information you asked for in
your clarification, and I've posted the material in my answer, below.

Before rating this answer, however, please let me know if there's
anything else you need.  Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'll be glad to assist you further.

Best wishes for the holidays and the new year to come...



Jack Nicholson eventually settled out of court and apologized, and all
charges were dropped, so there isn't any detailed, public record of
the Mercedes-bashing incident.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported
on some details of the event, including the club used.  The article
was found in a news database and is not available online, so I can't
link you directly to it.  However, a local librarian should be able to
help you obtain the full article if you care to see it...there's not
any additional details, however, other than what I've excerpted here:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
JUNE 9, 1994

...How does Jack Nicholson feel about beating in that guy's car with a
golf club? ...Why would he do such a destructive thing?...what kind of
club did he use?

...Nicholson reflects to Us magazine about the whole bashing fiasco:
''A shameful experience for me,'' he says.

... Nicholson smashed the windshield of a salesman's '69 Mercedes
during a traffic spat. ''I always have my clubs in the trunk,''
Nicholson explains. ''When I took it, I ... it was just because I
didn't know what was going on. I was out of my mind.''

Also, a friend had died. Also, he was wired from playing a ''maniac''
in his upcoming film ''The Crossing Guard.'' Also, he used a two-iron.


[There aren't any fully-detailed accounts of what actually happened. 
The best description is probably this article (again, no direct link,
I'm afraid)]:

The Boston Herald
May 3, 1994 

Judge dismisses assault charges vs. Nicholson

...A judge yesterday dismissed misdemeanor assault and vandalism
charges against actor Jack Nicholson, who had been accused of smashing
a motorist's windshield with a golf club.

.... L.A. Municipal Court Judge Martin Suits ruled at a hearing that
the victim's complaint had been laid to rest by a civil settlement
reached with Nicholson in March and that a criminal case was

...Robert Blank, 38, alleged that while he was stopped at a traffic
light in North Hollywood Feb. 8, Nicholson got out of his car wielding
a golf club and accused him of cutting him off.

...The Academy Award-winning actor...then pounded the roof of Blank's
Mercedes and shattered his windshield, Blank said.

...Blank said he was hurt when he was showered with broken glass. 

...The 56-year-old actor then drove off.

...Authorities said a witness had confirmed Blank's account.

...Blank had sought unspecified damages from Nicholson, saying the
attack had caused him to fear for his life and lock himself in his car
for safety. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

...Nicholson, who was not present at yesterday's hearing, could have
been sentenced to up to six months in jail and $ 1,000 in fines if


[A US distributor of Honma clubs confirmed their celebrity status in
this 1997 Golf Magazine article]:

Honma Golf Co. is king of clubs 
Sept 8, 1997

...Through their quest for precision and devotion to technology,
equipment manufacturers long have made golf the world's most expensive
sport. But no club maker can touch Japan's Honma Golf Co. Ltd., when
it comes to craftsmanship or expense.

...A full set of Honma's LB-280 irons (2-iron through sand wedge)
retails for around 2.7 million yen, or $22,798. Throw in Honma's
Big-LB driver and 3-wood and it's possible to spend as much as $32,00
on a set of the planet's most prestigious golf clubs.

...Honma's dedication to craftsmanship and quality are unparalleled,"
says Chris Daly, director of operations for Hi-Tech Golf, principal
distributor of Honma products in the United States.

...not a single Professional Golfers Association Tour player carries
Honma clubs into golf's high-profile weekend wars. "Actually, Lee
Trevino won the PGA Championship in 1984 carrying a Honma persimmon
wood," says Daly. "The pros all know about Honma but the company has
never believed in paying endorsement fees, so most touring pros opt to
play clubs which put money in their pockets before they ever hit a

..."Just the other day, I ordered a set for [pro-hockey player] Grant
Fuhr," says Daly. "Jack Nicholson owns a set, as do Joe Pesci and
Bryant Gumbel...


[The original Marc Anthony quote (the contemporary Marc Anthony, that
is...!) also appeared in Golf Magazine:,17742,678446,00.html
Red-Hot Chili-Dipper 
Fame, fortune and a new wife -- J.Lo! -- aren't enough. Singer Marc
Anthony really wants to swing like Singh
August 2004

...The Grammy winner has been called the Salsa Sinatra, but his goal
these days is a silky swing. "Fame is addictive," he says. "Money is
addictive. Attention is addictive. But golf is second to none."

...After today's round, teacher and student hit the range to work on
the basics. Square feet and shoulders. Head still. Stay balanced. "I
didn't know you could have so many thoughts at once," Anthony says.
Balance isn't a big problem -- he weighs only 130 pounds. "The hardest
thing on earth is finding shirts," he says of his men's small polos.
"I have to go on the Internet." When it comes to his sticks, though,
the world's best-selling salsa singer doesn't surf eBay. "I went into
the shop and told them, 'Gimme the most expensive clubs you got,' " he
says of the day he bought his Honma irons, Japanese imports which sell
for up to $22,000 a set. "It was a testosterone-fest."


By the way, if you haven't visited the Honma Golf site itself, you may
want to have a look.  No movie stars are mentioned, but you can at
least have a look at the goods:

Again, if you need any additional information, just let me know.


search strategy -- Searched Google and several news and business
databases for various celebrity names along with the terms [ honma
golf ].
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