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Members Choice: Which movie character has the best golf swing?



As golfers, we all quote the classic golf movies — such as Caddyshack and Tin Cup — ad nauseam. Hang around a golf course long enough and you’ll most certainly hear someone drop a “na-na-na-na-na,” a “gunga galunga,” or a “Noonan!” We just can’t help ourselves.

But one thing that golf movies tend to struggle with is utilizing actors with believable golf swings for their roles. If you put Shooter McGavin on the range at the U.S. Open, he’d easily be exposed. Or imagine watching David Simms warm up on the range at Augusta next to Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott. The main characters in golf movies are often touted as the game’s best players, but the actors who play the roles often don’t have the swings to match. Not saying that it ruins the movies, but avid golfers can tell something is a bit off.

That being said, some movie characters do have great, or at least passable golf swings. In that vein, we polled our GolfWRX Members to see what movie character has the best golf swing.

Below are the top-3 movie character golf swings, as voted by GolfWRX Members, and why. Join the discussion here.

3) Danny Noonan (Caddyshack): 13.33 percent of votes

SubaruWRX: Na na na na na na na na na na…

Medic: Do you do drugs, Danny? The guy (Noonan) had a really nice looking swing. Seem to recall that I read somewhere that the actor still plays.

2) Bobby Jones (The Legend of Bagger Vance): 14 percent of votes

BCULAW: The actor that played Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance actually looked like he could play a bit. Can’t say that about many of the “actors who golf.”

sdandrea: Bobby Jones in Bagger, hands down.

hehateme2285: Jim Caviezal took his role as Bobby Jones seriously. Took a lot of lessons.

1) Roy McAvoy (Tin Cup): 24.67 percent of votes

bladehunter: It’s Tin Cup and it ain’t even close. David Simms looks like a Tin man with rusty joints.

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  1. Mike W

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    It’s hard to credit Costner/McAvoy’s swing as a pro swing, I just don’t see it, he looks like at best a 10 handicap, whereas the fellow who plays Jones in Bagger Vance, that swing wouldn’t immediately trigger snickers if he teed it up on the range at a tour event.

  2. Dave Sanguinetti

    Dec 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Your research is baaaad- Joel Gretsch is a professional acting and looking a lot like Bobby Jones. While Costner is a very good athlete, and has done many sports themed movies, NO ONE who sees this swing would ever confuse him with a pro golfer.

  3. Brandon

    Dec 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    The Unfinished Symphony of Roy McAvoy


    Dec 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Swings from ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’ should be included. Great movie with great swings!

  5. ken

    Dec 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Costner has a good move to the ball. Looks like he plays ,
    However the Actor ( Joel Gretsch) that played the part of Bobby Jones, had about the most natural, smooth golf swing of any actor I have seen in a golf movie.
    Bruce Mc Gill, who played the part of Walter Hagen also had a very good golf swing.
    Other actors that had good swings. Jerry Orbach of Law and Order and “Dirty Dancing” fame.
    Don Johnson’s swing in Tin Cup looked pretty authentic.
    In the movie “Greatest Game Ever Played” which chronicles the shocking win of the US Open by Francis Ouimet, the actor Shia LaBeouf . That actor’s swing was in need of some serious editing during the golf scene shooting.

  6. S

    Dec 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Jim cavaziel didn’t play Bobby Jones in the legend of bagger Vance. Joel Fritsch did. You’ve got yout Bobby Jones movies mixed up

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Bob Parsons explains why PXG Gen2 irons cost $400, but are “probably worth $1000”



As part of the launch of its new 0311 Gen2 irons, Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) offered me time to interview the man himself, Bob Parsons, who’s the founder and CEO of PXG. Parsons founded in 1997, among other companies throughout his professional career, and depending on how much you trust Forbes’ Net Worth estimates, he’s worth $3 billion.

So why did he start a golf equipment company, and what makes PXG so different? In my interview with Parsons (who’s quite the character, as you’ll find out), we discuss those questions and much more.

I encourage you to watch the entire interview (obviously), but for your viewing convenience, here are the topics we covered and the timestamps from the 12-minute interview above. Enjoy!

  • Scottsdale National Golf Club upgrades and new Gen2 irons (0:37)
  • What made you start a golf company? (1:25)
  • Spending $350,000 a year on golf clubs (2:24)
  • Recruiting Mike Nicolette and breaking the mold of product releases (2:48)
  • Were you nervous it took three years to upgrade the irons? (3:45)
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  • Did you set out to disrupt the industry? (5:30)
  • PXG’s growth in size and Tour presence (5:55)
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  • Why are these irons $50 more expensive? (10:09)
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Kelly Tilghman leaving Golf Channel after 22 years



Kelly Tilghman is stepping away from Golf Channel after a 22-year run at the network. The Myrtle Beach native has been a less visible presence on air in recent years.

The first woman to serve as play-by-play announcer for a PGA Tour event, Tilghman announced Wednesday that this will be her last week at Golf Channel.

Tilghman began working at the network in 1996 in the tape library, starting just a year after Golf Channel’s inception. Her departure leaves Mike Ritz and Rich Lerner as the only remaining on-air talents from the channel’s early years.

Golf Channel released this statement.

Tilghman told Golfweek’s Forecaddie she’s not done with television just yet.

“This process was very peaceful for me…I can’t imagine a scenario where I would never be on television again.”

In a farewell letter published on Golf Channel’s website, Tilghman wrote about the decision to step away at Bay Hill.

“It’s the perfect spot for so many obvious reasons. Arnold’s family will be there. My Golf Channel and NBC family will be there. I know you will too, like you always have. I’ll forever cherish the memories we’ve built together.”

You can read her full letter here, which includes the Arnold Palmer anecdote below.

“Enter Arnold Palmer. I’ll never forget that day in the early years when he paid our tiny newsroom a surprise visit. It was an honor to be in his presence. One could only imagine how I felt when he put his hand on my shoulder and whispered, “I hope you believe in this place as much as I do.”

“Yes, Arnold, I did.”

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Tilghman’s departure in the forums.


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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational



GolfWRX is live from Bay Hill Club & Lodge (par 72; 7,419 yards) in Orlando, Florida for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The tournament, in the namesake of the late Arnold Palmer, has been played at Bay Hill aka “Arnie’s Place” since 1979. Tiger Woods, who’s in the field this week, has won eight of those events — the last time Woods played in the event was in 2013, where he picked up his eighth victory at Bay Hill.


Joining Woods in the field this week are notables Justin Rose, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, honorary co-host Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, and Hideki Matsuyama, who’s back from being sidelined with wrist problems.

Last year, Marc Leishman shot a final-round 69 to beat out Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman by one stroke to capture the tournament title.

Check out our photos from this week at Bay Hill below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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