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Charles Barkley’s golf swing is…improving

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Charles Barkley, long a punchline of the golfing world, is taking an atypical route to making something resembling a traditional golf swing. This is a good thing. Do you want to read another article about how bad the Round Mound of Rebound looks on the tee box?

Specifically, Sir Charles is now using a non-traditional grip, going left-hand low. You can get a look at his new action courtesy of a gent by the name of Rick Schwartz.

For the sake of comparison, here’s what Barkley’s “full-body spasm” of a swing looked like with a traditional grip. It was a discordant symphony of yippiness. Behold.

Jokes about Chuck’s swing long lost any semblance of originality; hardly worth a chuckle. While Barkley’s new action certainly doesn’t look like a low-handicapper’s move, it does at least look like a golf swing, which is progress.

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    If I ever get to the point of hitting my driver 120 yards like this guy……..tell me to quit please……..

  2. C.B.

    Nov 9, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Looks about as good as Eldrick’s dip. May be Eldrick should try cross-handed.

  3. Brian

    Nov 8, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I still can’t, for the life of me figure out why he can make a practice swing that’s mostly fluid and resembles a real swing, but the second he’s over the ball, any sense of what he’s JUST done goes out the window. The mind is a powerful thing.

  4. chinchbugs

    Nov 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Crosshanded driving….

  5. James

    Nov 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Whatever it takes. Sometimes takes something extreme to get past something extreme

  6. mlecuni

    Nov 7, 2017 at 3:52 am

    It’s nice to see him still playing

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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