| Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!
Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball! (Japanese: ポケゴルフでホールインワン！ Hole in One at Pokégolf!) is the 110th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,049th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 24, 2019 and in the United States on June 29, 2019.
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The Pokémon School class meets a talented Pokémon Golfer named Kahili and her Toucannon, Touckey. Kahili is in a bit of a slump, and there are rumors she might retire, but when our heroes ask to play a round of Pokémon Golf with her, she happily offers some tips. Joining them is a strangely familiar man who claims to be a master caddy, and he challenges Kahili to shoot an incredibly challenging hole in one—which she does, thanks to Touckey’s help! After having so much fun with our heroes, Kahili decides to continue on her journey as a Pokémon Golfer, and Touckey couldn’t be happier!
Kahili and her Toucannon, nicknamed Touckey, are ambushed by a group of reporters, who start asking her questions about her recent losing streak, her secret return to Alola, and her rumored retirement. Touckey is able to repel the reporters with a loud yell, giving Kahili the chance to escape from them. As she and her partner flee through a forest, Kahili wonders if she really should quit golfing. Nearby, Ash and Kiawe are playing baseball outside the Pokémon School, while the rest of the class and their Pokémon watch. Ash is at the bat, and swears to make a home run, while Kiawe plans to stop him. Kiawe pitches the ball, but Ash accidentally hits a foul ball. Just then, Kahili emerges from the woods as the ball heads towards her, but she swiftly pulls out a golf club from her bag and hits the ball back like a golf ball. It is sent bouncing inside the school bell, from which it is then kicked back down to the schoolyard by Komala and caught by Turtonator, amazing everyone.
As everyone rushes to greet Kahili, they're briefly stopped by Touckey, who stands in front of her defensively, but Kahili assures it that it's okay, before asking where she is. Professor Kukui explains that she's at the Pokémon School and asks if she is Kahili. When she confirms this, Mallow and Sophocles immediately get excited, having heard of her before. Ash is intrigued by Kahili's golf club, and the whole class asks to try them out as well. Touckey presents each of the class members with a golf club, which they all hold and examine. Sophocles shyly asks Kahili if she could play some Pokémon Golf with them. Ash asks what Pokémon Golf is, and Sophocles explains that it's golf played by people and Pokémon together. The whole class joins in this request, but Kahili is uncertain. However, after an encouraging push from Touckey, she agrees to take everyone to play Pokémon Golf. With this, Professor Kukui changes the rest of the day's classes to Pokémon Golf.
Later, everyone arrives at the Pokémon Golf course. Professor Kukui says that the place holds courses for all skill levels, from beginner to pro. As the class's Pokémon wander around and enjoy the grassy field, Kahili explains that there are Pokémon living out around the course as well. She takes them to the teeing ground of the first hole and begins explaining the rules to them: the ball has to be hit from the tee to the cup at the putting green, where a flag marks the cup's location, and the one who gets the ball to the cup with the fewest swings wins. However, the most important rule is the cooperation between Pokémon and their Trainers. Unexpectedly, an old man shows up, introducing himself as the master caddy, a legendary Pokémon Golfer with 40 years of experience. However, no one in the class, nor Kahili, has any idea who he is. He offers to assist everyone with his 50 years of experience, promptly ignoring Rotom's comment about the sudden increase in the number of years.
Kahili makes the first swing, with Touckey using Tailwind to give her ball more speed. To the class's amazement and even Kahili's own surprise, the ball goes straight into the cup, resulting in a hole-in-one. The master caddy, now boasting with his 60 years of experience, claims that he was the first one to think of using Tailwind at the first hole, and everyone has been copying him ever since, much to Touckey's annoyance. The class then begins taking turns at hitting a ball, with Ash taking the lead. Touckey pushes Kahili into offering Ash some advice, and she shows him how to properly swing the club. Ash successfully hits his ball hard, but accidentally sends it flying high into the air rather than towards the cup. Pikachu rushes ahead, and Ash, remembering the cooperation part of the sport, has Pikachu use Iron Tail to successfully launch the ball towards the putting green. Next up is Mallow's turn, and with some advice from Kahili, she successfully hits the ball. However, it rolls away from the hole, and looks like it'll miss, but unexpectedly, Shaymin pops out of the nearby bushes and knocks the ball into the cup. The master caddy boasts that he's seen this sort of miracles many times during his 70-year-long career, but his speech is cut off by an annoyed Touckey chomping down on his head with its beak.
At the third hole, it's Kiawe's turn to try. He makes a similar chant as he does while using Inferno Overdrive as he prepares to swing, but retreats at the last second and reveals his true plan, having Marowak use Shadow Bone to hit the ball instead. However, Marowak hits the ball too hard, and it disappears into the distance with a blink in the sky. Kahili says it was still a good try and encourages them to try again. This time, Marowak merely hits the ball with its bone without using a move, sending it straight to the putting green, much to Kiawe and Marowak's joy. At the fourth hole, Lillie is nervous as she tries to avoid hitting the Alolan Exeggutor standing around the course. Her first few swings fail to even hit the ball, but after Kahili tells her to just take a deep breath and relax, she makes a successfully swing without hitting any of the Exeggutor, much to her delight. The master caddy says that relaxation through deep breaths was something he's told people every day throughout his 80-year career, prompting Touckey to once again chomp down on his head.
At the fifth hole, Sophocles has to putt his ball through an uneven green with a Spinarak and several Alolan Diglett acting as obstacles. He starts running some calculations, but Togedemaru promptly puts the ball on the move without waiting, successfully avoiding the obstacles and putting the ball into the cup. The master caddy says his 90 years of experience could've offered a better way, doing his best to ignore Touckey chomping down on him. At the sixth hole, Lana has her Brionne create a bunch of balloons. The Pop Star Pokémon does as told and also starts singing, with the class's Pokémon and the nearby wild Pokémon all joining in on the singing and dancing. To Kahili's surprise, even Touckey joins in after being asked by Pikachu, saying that she hasn't seen it acting like this in a long time. When Kukui points out that Touckey must be happy to see her having so much fun, Kahili realizes that Touckey must've wanted her to come play Pokémon Golf with these children to cheer her up. One of Brionne's balloons lifts up Lana's golf ball, and she hits it right next to the cup in the putting green.
Through the following holes, the class continues to make progress, with Kiawe swinging his ball over a group of Exeggutor, Lana using a combination of Brionne's Surf and Sandy's Tackle to move the ball, and Lillie using Snowy's Powder Snow to create herself an icy slope to move her ball close to the cup without needing to try too hard. Impressed by everyone's performance, the master caddy offers to take them to the "Tenth Hole of Doom", which turns out to be located in a windy canyon, with the putting green standing high above them on a small platform. Any ball that fails to go into the cup here will fall into the valley below, making this course particularly hard. The master caddy offers to demonstrate, pulling out a Poké Ball from his golf club bag and sending out a Krabby to be used as his club, much to everyone's bafflement. The odd strategy appears to work, but just then, the wind picks up, pushing the flying ball down into the valley. Rotom realizes that the master caddy just showed them an example of how to fail, which he confirms to be true, saying that even the best of players can end up like this after just one misstep. He then challenges Kahili to do this challenge, as she's a pro golfer. Despite Rotom saying that the odds of getting the ball into the tenth hole are almost nonexistent, Kahili accepts the challenge.
As Kahili and Touckey prepare for their swing, Ash and his classmates give encouragements to her from the background, and she thanks them all for their moral support. Filled with confidence, she strikes the ball as hard as she can, and Touckey uses Tailwind to speed the ball toward the green. However, the wind in the canyon whips up again, and the ball starts falling back. Not hesitating for a second, Kahili picks up Touckey by its legs and aims it at the falling ball. Touckey's beak starts heating up, and Kahili commands it to use Beak Blast, firing a massive beam that sends the ball hurtling back towards the green, successfully landing it in the cup. As everyone else celebrates Kahili's success, the master caddy walks away, saying to himself that there is nothing left for him to teach her at this hole, and that he'll be waiting for her at the "Eleventh Hole of Doom".
Later, Ash and his classmates are all following Kahili's newest competition on television from their respective homes. She successfully pulls off her final putt and wins the competition, much to everyone's delight. She thanks everyone at the Pokémon School for reminding her of how fun it was playing when she was just starting out as well, happily holding up her new trophy.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Professor Kukui
- Sophocles's father
- Master caddy
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Rotom (Rotom Pokédex)
- Rowlet (Ash's)
- Lycanroc (Ash's; Dusk Form)
- Torracat (Ash's)
- Brionne (Lana's)
- Eevee (Lana's; Sandy)
- Turtonator (Kiawe's)
- Marowak (Kiawe's; Alola Form)
- Vulpix (Lillie's; Alola Form; Snowy)
- Togedemaru (Sophocles's)
- Vikavolt (Sophocles's)
- Tsareena (Mallow's)
- Komala (Samson Oak's)
- Toucannon (Kahili's; Touckey)
- Krabby (Master caddy's)
- Shaymin (anime)
- Diglett (Alola Form; multiple)
- Exeggutor (Alola Form; multiple)
- Spinarak (×2)
- Sandygast (×3)
- Poké Problem: Which sport do we play in today's episode?
- Host: Professor Kukui
- Choices: PokéGolf, Poké-Ping Pong, PokéSoccer, PokéRugby
- Answer: PokéGolf
- The English dub was released on Google Play on June 9, 2019, on the iTunes Store on June 10, 2019, and on Amazon Video on June 24, 2019, 20, 19, and five days before the episode aired in the United States, respectively.
- When Ash hits the golf ball for the first time, his face resembles that of the protagonist Sarumaru Sarutani from the anime series Pro Golfer Saru, while Professor Kukui, Mallow, and Kiawe's faces resemble those of other characters from the same series.
- As of this episode, the entire Alola Elite Four roster has appeared in the Sun & Moon series, though none of them are confirmed to be Elite Four members as of yet.
- In Japanese, Kahili's Toucannon is named after Katsuo—the father of its voice actor, Sunshine Ikezaki.
- The master caddy using Krabby as a golf club is a pun, since Krabby's Japanese name "Crab" and the word "club" are pronounced the same way in Japanese (クラブ Kurabu).
- At the end of the episode, Touckey notices and pushes away an apparition of the master caddy, breaking the fourth wall.
- Jessie, James, and Meowth narrate the preview for the next episode.
- When Kahili and Touckey see the baseball coming towards them and Kahili hits it away, they go from standing on a grassy terrain to a grassy and dirt-covered terrain with trees surrounding them, to standing on the Pokémon School's track field, and then to where they were originally shown.
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