It’s true. There really isn’t anything John O’Hurley can’t do, or hasn’t done.
From the memorable portrayal of J. Peterman for years on Seinfeld, to hosting dog shows and the Family Feud, to winning Dancing With the Stars. Ok, he didn’t win, but he should have, and John is such a nice guy and a good sport, he brushes it off with some humor and saying it was a great experience.
And now golf.
As the newest spokesperson for Cobra/Puma Golf, O’Hurley was front and center at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando talking about golf and how the average golfer can benefit from using quality clubs like those made by Cobra/Puma. Although O’Hurley is far from an average golfer, let the record show he’s a 5 handicap.
O’Hurley seemed to be having a blast at the show, hitting golf balls, hosting a Golf Feud with PGA and LPGA players, and entertaining.
“I’m here every year,” admits O’Hurley. “For my wife and I, golf is a dynamic in our life.”
“My wife was a college player, and she’s starting up a golf business,” says “O’Hurley. “We also have a six-year old son, and the three of us play, and he loves to rake traps.”
O’Hurley loves checking out all the new golf technology and products, and this year he has a line of golf clubs of his own.
“Yea, this year is a little different– now that I have my own line of clubs,” says a serious O’Hurley. “It’s not something most amateurs can lay claim to.”
“Cobra/Puma has this incredible brand, and a new line of clubs called the Baffler. This is similar to the Wonder Club that came out in the 70s and it’s a club that is designed to get your out of trouble.”
O’Hurley goes on to explain that it is a hybrid and it helps you get the ball up in the air.
“The product is a good one– for all golfers, and it has that double-rail principle, just like the Cobra/Puma) irons.”
I asked O’Hurley what makes him more nervous. Teeing it up on a first tee at a tournament with a hundred people watching or performing on stage or television for thousands and maybe millions of people?
“Performing is never a problem for me,” explains the easy going actor. “I’m never nervous, and I’ve always lived my life as an actor never having fear.”
Entertainment never scares O’Hurley.
But golf is different.
“I’m in my mind, always relaxed when I walk up to the tee,” offers up the former Seinfeld star. “However there is an unconscious tension in my body, it’s human nature.”
O’Hurley like many, is amazed how the pros hit such tough shots while under pressure.
“They keep their body working as a comfortable, still, and relaxed machine.”
I told O’Hurley it appears he does things that he really loves, and he agreed.
That led us into talking about dogs and the fact that we are both dog lovers.
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina is every Thanksgiving Day, and I’ve just finished my 11th year (being involved), O’Hurley said. “It’s one of the most successful events NBC has on all year long, last year we were watched by 22 million people.”
It’s become a holiday tradition for the O’Hurley Family, and John says he hears from so many people that they enjoy it.
“It’s 2,000 dogs competing for the title, and it’s the best dogs in the world.”
O’Hurley said some of the most fun he’s ever had was being the host of Family Feud. He hosted from 2006-2010 and the mention of it brought a smile to the Kittery, Maine native’s face.
“My job on Family Feud was to not root for one particular family, but to keep the show moving and have fun.”
O’Hurley went on.
“I was on Family Feud back in 1986 on a celebrity week– it was the celebrity men against the celebrity women. I don’t remember much about it, except for watching Richard Dawson hosting and thinking, this is a pretty good gig.”
Twenty years later, is was O’Hurley’s show.
O’Hurley also loves Broadway and is currently back and forth starring in Chicago, and on tour with Spamalot.
He also says he is going to have a new TV series out later this year, but his old series, Seinfeld, and his role as Elaine’s eccentric boss J. Peterman is what he is best known for.
To this day, he is recognized as J. Peterman and many people think that is is his real name.
O’Hurley says people shout out Seinfeld lines to him all the time and he even gave me a “it will always be Burma to me” sound byte to keep.
Many people don’t know that O’Hurley now actually owns the J. Peterman Company now and he even has fun with that.
“I bought it the year after Seinfeld ended,” says the former Seinfeld star. “It means the brand is still alive.”
And John O’Hurley’s career is still alive and thriving, as is his golf game. Try his new Baffler clubs by Cobra/Puma and see what they can do for your game.