Bagger Vance as the title of the film suggests represents hope. He serves as though he is the character portraying God as the source of light in the darkest of times. He was there to guide Junuh and to help him find his swing. But he will not always be there. There will come a time when his work is done and just like Junuh, he had to see to the end to the game by himself and take to heart all he had learned. He was no longer necessary and unlike what Junuh at first thought as he was reluctant to let him go, time comes when that hand that helps and the voice that guides must be let go.
The story was set in an appropriate time in the history of the South and as it was based on a true, it merely made the film even more interesting. It was after the war and everyone was down on their luck with the Great Depression. Rannulph Junuh, who had been the most promising golfer from the South cannot get on his feet and was on a drinking and gambling spree each night. Adele Invergordon, the daughter of who once was the wealthiest man in town had to deal with the grief of her father’s lost and the load of debt she had inherited. This was when she concocted the thought of inviting the two best players in the country to play in an invitation match to help boost the ailing business she had taken over. Junuh was unenthusiastically thrown into the match thinking it would be as easy as years before.
Everyone was coping with one thing or another and it was only through the little boy Hardy Greaves, with all his innocence and passion that they realize what they have been missing by wallowing in misery. The truth of the matter is change is not the only constant thing in the world, problems also form part of life. It may not always be there and it may not always be the same level for everyone but just about everybody has problems. There are