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Which professional golfer’s swing would you like to steal?



If the golf gods granted you the ability to swap swings with any professional golfer past or present, who would it be?

Maybe not swap–we wouldn’t want any pro to be stuck with our meager actions–but rather, copy perfectly. GolfWRX member Sourpuss gets at this question with a recent forum thread.

“I have been watching a lot of YouTube lately looking for tips on swinging the clubs better and find that as much as I love certain swings, I’m getting older and need to simplify mine. If I could choose one or two I have been leaning towards: Justin Rose or Louis Oosthuizen.”

He asks his fellow forum dwellers for their thoughts, and 15th Club has an off-the-beaten-path reply

“Tom Purtzer. Rhythmic, balanced, relaxed, fundamentally sound and extremely powerful. One of the best swings of his generation.”

Marcwhu says

“Graham Delaet for me. Him or Sergio. Both awesome shallowers in transition.”

DON SVO says

“Hogan. All day. Twice on Sunday.”

The bishop says

“Older generations: Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Boros. Smooth actions without a lot of tension….Newer generation: Adam Scott, Rory.”

Brkuck writes

“Couples. Hands down the smoothest.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? It’s not quite the same question as “whose swing do you like best.” For example, Ben Hogan’s swing may be your favorite to watch endlessly on video, but perhaps you’d like to feel what it’s like to hit one a high-handed bow-wristed Dustin Johnson bomb.

Join the discussion, or let us know in the comments. 


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  1. blake

    Jan 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    bill haas. all day

  2. Brett Weir

    Jan 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

    2000 Tiger

  3. Rich Douglas

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm


    Load it, release it, watch it go.

  4. JR

    Jan 10, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Luke Donald. That finish is so clean.

  5. Dino

    Jan 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Hogan or Nelson … but given my physical size, I think Hogan would be my best choice! He still is in my opinion, the greatest ball striker – shot maker to play professional golf.

  6. ChipNRun

    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:27 am

    I like Fred Funk. He’s about my size (a couple of years younger), and I naturally tend toward his swing set-up and motion. Plus, his how-to videos are very helpful.

  7. Rajesh Arjune

    Jan 10, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I really like the great Sam Snead. His swing is rhythmic and powerful. If you watch in slow captured motion, watch how he uses the ground and his lower body to naturally generate power and unparalleled torque upon impact.

    And of course Tiger Woods, but circa. 2000. That year was his best ever and his swing was so naturally effortless and powerful.

  8. CB

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Bill Haas. Effortlessly perfect.

  9. Rich

    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Hogan or Oosthuizen, probably Oosthuizen if I had to choose one.

  10. Robert

    Jan 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I would gladly take one of these three swings:

    Nick Faldo (the swing that was winning majors)
    Peter Thompson
    Danielle Kang

  11. DC3

    Jan 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I’ll take Sansabelt Greg Norman.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”



Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon



Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form



Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.


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