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In True Detective S01E07 41:07 you can see Marty Hart put a golf ball in his golfing glove as he talks to sheriff Geraci. At this point Geraci is a suspect. So is this purely a self-defense technique or does it have another meaning in the broader context of the series?

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    Why did you remove the plot-explanation tag? your question is about a part of the plot, no? "Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points."
    – Luciano
    Commented Sep 27, 2018 at 13:49

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Honestly, it looks like a mistake to me.

Hart has the golf ball in his left hand, and the club in his right. Then he moves the club to his right, and takes the glove out of his pocket with his right. Now he has the ball and club in his left hand and the glove in his right, but the glove is for his left hand, so now he has to do something with the ball and club. He moves the club back to his right hand, awkwardly holding it in a way that also allows him to make the glove ready to put his left hand into. At this point, he still has the ball in his left hand, but no way to hold it in his right hand. I think Woody Harrleson puts the ball inside the glove to keep the scene moving. (He could have put the ball in his pocket at any time, so, who knows?)

Golf gloves are tight like batting gloves, so there's no way to fit his hand in it with the ball inside too. In fact, the camera cuts to a different shot just after he starts to put his hand inside it. Shortly after, we see Hart easily fastening the glove, as if only his hand is inside.

I'm unaware of any self defense technique that would call for such a thing. Even if there was, Geraci was clearly armed, leaving Hart little recourse, other than his golf club, had the situation turned sour.

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I've watched this episode recently, and this question intrigued me enough that I checked the scene in slow motion.

The sequence goes like this:

  • left hand: golf ball, right hand: club
  • left hand: ball and club, right hand: nothing
  • left hand: ball and club, right hand: glove
  • left hand: ball, right hand: glove and club; at this point Marty moves the ball from the left to the right hand - he does not put it in the glove
  • left hand: nothing, right hand: glove, club and ball; Marty uses the right hand to put the glove on the left
  • left hand: wearing glove, right hand: club and ball; scene change

Step_by_step

The first frame in the image above shows Marty as he apparently puts the ball in the glove; however, the ball can be seen in his right hand in all subsequent frames (I've omitted some frames prior to the last one that show clearly that the part highlighted in the red circles is indeed the golf ball, and not a strap of the glove).

Kudos to Woody Harrelson for managing to juggle all these objects while remaining in character.

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    kudos, you are the true detective!
    – Luciano
    Commented Apr 12 at 10:04

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