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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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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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