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Is this really the worst golf shot in America?

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The title of the article is the title of an absolute horrorshow of a YouTube video, folks.

Posted by Jeff Ritter some three years ago, the caption for game-of-golf defiling video reads simply.

“As the sun slowly sets, Brian Hutcherson tries — and tries again — to tee off on the 18th hole of the Hall of Fame course in St. Augustine, Fla., in October, 2010.”   

Now, the irony of this man with this swing playing a track in any way associated with the phrase “hall of fame” is just too perfect.

Three points here.

1) Naming the poor bastard in the video is a savage move from Ritter.

2) While this video is hilarious, the amount of tee box excavation he does isn’t. We’ll hope a bounty of booze was involved, but if not, the dude has no place on a golf course.

3) The reason this “shot” stands alone among the worst is that he essentially recorded 12 strokes without even contacting the ball once. At least Tin Cup showed skill while racking up the strokes when standing in the same spot.

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And making things mind-bogglingly worse: It seems Hutcherson hit his ball out of bounds (tough to tell where it ended up as he outlasted the daylight). It sounds like he says he has another ball, and he looks to pull one from his pocket. That’s like taking 15 shots to get one in play!

Stroke-and-distance raises a possibility more horrifying than anything you’ll see this Halloween: Hutcherson did the whole awful thing again.

What do you think, WRXers, ever seen an attempt to tee off gone so terrifyingly awry?

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  1. Herve

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Move over Charles Barkley, there’s a new sheriff in town!

  2. chinchbugs

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I commend him on having a pre-shot routine though…

  3. Pedro

    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    ‘..poor b*stard’? Since when has such profanity been acceptable in a wrx article? M.smzls comments are deleted and yet this is allowed?

  4. KCCO

    Oct 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Poor tee box

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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