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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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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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