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Golf fans question Rafael Nadal’s scratch handicap index after seeing his unorthodox swing



Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis players of all time, and he is also a keen golfer, finishing T6 after shooting scores of 74-74-77 at the Balearic Golf Championships, a 54-hole low-professional tournament in Mallorca, Spain last month.

And thanks to the European Tour’s social media account, golf fans got a look at the driver swing of Nadal on Wednesday, which you can see below.

The unusual swing of Nadal got plenty of reaction from folks on social media, with many confused as to how the tennis superstar could be a scratch handicap golfer with such an unorthodox movement.

Here are some responses from those on Twitter:

Scratch or not, I doubt Nadal is too fussed about what the critics have to say, especially after picking up his record-tying 20th major championship last month at Roland Garros!

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  1. JJ

    Nov 24, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    All of you who have made negative comments about Raphael’s swing need to remember four words;
    Jim Furyk. Matthew wolf.
    So put that in your pipe and smoke it……… i’m everything we know about Nadal he could probably become a scratch golfer with a croquet mallet……. that’s how intense and determined he is. Don’t forget that about him

  2. Tyler Durden

    Nov 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Reposting deleted reply
    Friend swings just like this, he is also scratch.

  3. Rwj

    Nov 13, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Does he have skidmarks in his undies during golf as well as tennis. He is always picking at his arse

  4. Tyler Durden

    Nov 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    My golf buddy swings exactly like this. He is scratch.

  5. Brett B

    Nov 11, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    His swing looks just like his backhand, and he’s the best in the world at that. I would guess he hits it pretty low off the tee, but really far (plenty of clubhead speed, and I’m sure his motion is highly repeatable).

    Plus he’s as mentally tough as they come on the tennis court, so I’d bet his short game is really good.

  6. Brandel Chamblee

    Nov 10, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    But who taught him the pre swing setting of the club face aimed at the sky? That is bizarre!

  7. Hogan1953

    Nov 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Think Allen Doyle and others mentioned here like Darcy etc. Bad takes on Twitter, I’m shocked!

  8. cg

    Nov 8, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Nice drive. 250 yard line drive! Pretty much his only shot.

  9. Duh

    Nov 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    It’s a backhand. Why is everyone so shocked?

  10. Jamestown

    Nov 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Love the Moe Norman follow thru. This swing works!

  11. freeze

    Nov 7, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Doesnt matter what the backswing looks like its all about impact

  12. Alan Kwon

    Nov 7, 2020 at 3:05 am

    His swing looks exactly like his forehand tennis swing. I mean exactly same. Looks wierd but applying mechanics of tennis swing to golf is pretty amazing.

    • Alan Kwon

      Nov 7, 2020 at 3:07 am

      I meant his backhand swing. He just reversed it to a mirror image.

  13. Ron

    Nov 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Yeah so Matt Wolfe isn’t scratch either then.

    • TT

      Nov 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Ohh you know Matt Wolf is wayyyyy better than scratch

  14. Jason

    Nov 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    I love when male, 30+ handicaps tell me that ELITE athletes have terrible swings and they have a vanity handicap. You are all WRONG and no, your awful golf swing is MUCH worse than Nadal’s.

  15. Hank

    Nov 6, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Thought he was Padrig Harrington for a moment.

  16. Pureswinger

    Nov 6, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Nailed it! He’s got all the moves. Lifts the sleeves. Picks his underwear. Warms his hand and touches his hat. Love the grip and the extra bounce after the follow through!

  17. delbert

    Nov 6, 2020 at 10:27 am

    sounds like he nailed the driver. He’s an athlete with great hands. Sometimes, that’s all that matters. There’s a lot of good things going on here. He takes an athletic stance. He’s dynamic and moving. You hear the swish of the club head indicating speed. He has rotation and turns through the shot with no flip.

  18. Dan Gibson

    Nov 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Wow, that takeaway looks to be a VERY PAINFUL beginning to a successful full swing. But … if you invoke the swing styles of Furyk, Doug Sanders, and a couple of others, I guess that means than anything is possible.

  19. ERIC escal

    Nov 6, 2020 at 2:38 am

    I highly doubted his being a scratch golfer when I saw that swing.

  20. ED

    Nov 5, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    A pretty swing doesn’t make you a scratch golfer.
    Good wedge play,putting and finding fairways does.

  21. Hunter Warne

    Nov 5, 2020 at 10:13 am

    74/74/77 in a club pro tourney does not make you a scratch. I work in the industry with real scratch golfers who would destroy Rafa all day long. Is he a good golfer? For sure. Scratch? I’d have to see it to believe it.

    • Obee

      Nov 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Completely depends on the course they were playing. If it’s around 73 – 74 rating, that absolutely is what a scratch would likely shoot.

  22. kk

    Nov 5, 2020 at 8:43 am

    He shot 74-74-77 in tournament play. Scratch sounds legit.

    • David Bell

      Nov 6, 2020 at 11:53 pm

      I’ve been coaching golf 32 years. Sure, it’s not pretty, but, he squares it in the impact zone, and… it sounds like he’s hitting it where it should be hit(sweet spot). Now, putting and short-game, I haven’t seen, but his hand-eye coordination is elite-level across the board!

  23. SV

    Nov 5, 2020 at 7:41 am

    It’s getting the ball in the hole with the fewest number of strokes, not how pretty the swing is. If that was the case Eamon Darcy would not be a pro golfer and Walter Hagen would not have won 11 majors.

  24. Deacon Blues

    Nov 5, 2020 at 7:06 am

    I believe the scratch handicap. Remember, Rafa plays tennis left-handed, so his golf swing is just an extension of his two-handed backhand. And he’s still gaming that red Nike driver! I still have my old reliable Covert 2.0, but it’s relegated to backup duty now.

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‘After that, nothing’s ever intimidated me. Ever.’ – The moment that Tiger Woods lost all fear



Tiger Woods’ fearlessness on the course has always separated him from the rest, but when did Tiger ‘learn’ this trait? Well in a rare interview, Tiger revealed the exact moment.

At 17-years-old Tiger spoke in an ESPN feature, and was asked by an interviewer: “Does anything ever intimidate you?”

It was at this moment that Woods revealed that when he was 11, the now 15-time-major champion was competing in the 11-12 age division at the Junior Worlds for the first time when a competitor drove the opening green. 

“That intimidated the hell out of me” said Woods in the interview. 

In the end, however, Tiger beat the player who he was intimidated by, and it was to be at that point that Woods no longer feared anybody any more. Tiger discussed the incident at depth with father Earl, and revealed to the cameras: “My dad and I had a long talk about it. After that, nothing’s ever intimidated me. Ever.”

With 82 PGA Tour victories and 15 major championships at the age of 44, that fearlessness has been at the core of Woods’ incredible success.

Check out the segment below from the ESPN feature which lasts from 4:21-5:02.

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The Match 3 odds – Curry and Manning the surprise favorites



The Match 3 gets underway this Friday, and despite Phil Mickelson being the only professional on show, it’s NBA star Steph Curry and former NFL great Peyton Manning that are favored by the bookies.

The lack of trust surrounding Charles Barkley’s game is undoubtedly the reason for that, and he alongside Mickelson will start as 6/5 (+120) underdogs, with the Curry/Manning team priced at 5/6 (-120). has also provided a bunch of fun prop bets which you can get involved in for the occasion. Here’s some of the best (with Barkley featuring plenty!)


Mickelson/Barkley: 6/5 (+120)

Curry/Manning 5/6 (-120)


Curry: 3/7 (-233)

Manning: 12/5 (+240)

Barkley: 200/1 (+20000)


Rough: 2/1 (+200)

Rocks/Trees: 7/3 (+233)

Fairway: 5/2 (+250)

Sand Trap: 12/1 (+1200)


4/1 (+400)


3/1 (+300)


Mickelson: 750/1

Curry: 1800/1

Manning: 2500/1

Barkley: 10000/1


Barkley: 1/2 (-200)

Mickelson: 6/1 (+500)

Curry: 8/1 (+600)

Manning: 15/1 (+1500)


Manning: 3/1 (+300)

Mickelson: 5/4 (+125)

Barkley: 2/3 (-150)

Curry: 1/2 (-200)


MMG 9/5 (+180)

Tristan Jass 2/1 (+200)

Kris London 9/2 (+450)

Jesser 7/1 (+700)

Check out all the markets from here and follow them on Twitter @SBD

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