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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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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. JG

    Dec 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

    All of you that claimed he can’t be scratch are the same people who bet on Steph Curry and Peyton Manning to beat Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley. There is a reason that Phil is one of the Top 5-7 players of all time. A guy that hits a tennis ball that is traveling at him between 90-140 mpg, but he can’t hit a golf ball that is just sitting there on the ground. You guys always help make me lots of money gambling.

  2. 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

  3. Tyler Durden

    Nov 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

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

  4. 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

  5. Tyler Durden

    Nov 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. cg

    Nov 8, 2020 at 8:47 pm

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

  10. Duh

    Nov 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

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

  11. Jamestown

    Nov 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Love the Moe Norman follow thru. This swing works!

  12. freeze

    Nov 7, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Doesnt matter what the backswing looks like its all about impact

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Hank

    Nov 6, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Thought he was Padrig Harrington for a moment.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. ERIC escal

    Nov 6, 2020 at 2:38 am

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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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Why are there so few left-handed golfers on the LPGA Tour? – GolfWRXers discuss



In our forums, our members have been discussing the reasons behind the lack of left-handed players currently on the LPGA Tour. The only left-handed player to ever win on the LPGA Tour was Bonnie Bryant back in 1974, and WRXers have been sharing their theories on why we don’t see more lefties currently out on tour.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mci771: “There are a few. While the game is growing by a lot, there are a lot fewer women golfers than men still. If you look at men’s golf, the majority are still right-handed. 5% on tour are lefty. If you assume that same 5% to women’s golf, it just isn’t a very big number.”
  • ThinkingPlus: “Per some statistical studies, of the left-handed population, there are 23% more men than women (from Wikipedia).”
  • kozubs: “My wife was just commenting on how difficult it is to find female gold attire. She was looking for some clothes for our niece who just started golfing this year, and she went on and searched girls clothing a grand total of 9 items came up. 1 pair of shorts, one skirt, two short sleeve shirts and five long sleeve shirts. Pretty sad. I can only imagine how few left-hand girls equipment is available. Seems like an untapped market.”
  • Buzzkill: “My wife before I met her took up golf as a lefty and the teaching pro who she had lessons from had her switch to righty – that was in the ’80s. My lefty friend in the 70’s made the switch due to equipment available.”

Entire Thread: “Why are there so few left-handed golfers on the LPGA Tour?”

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‘Best day of my life’: Will Zalatoris gets engaged to longtime girlfriend



Will Zalatoris’ life is going pretty good right now. The 24-year-old finished-runner up at the Masters on his debut earlier this month and now has announced his engagement to girlfriend Caitlin Sellers.

The Californian announced the news with a series of photos on his Instagram with the caption: “Best day of my life. I love you.”


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The two met at Wake Forest, and while Zalatoris skipped his senior year (for obvious reasons), Sellers graduated and then attained a Masters degree from the University of Texas.

The 24-year-old first posted a photo with his longtime girlfriend back in 2018.


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Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?



Everyone knows that Bryson DeChambeau has a lot of clubhead speed—he’s averaging just over 133 mph this season—but the craziest thing isn’t what Bryson has done to his own game, it’s actually what he has inspired from other players.

One of the players gunning for a spot in the field via Monday qualifying at this week’s Valspar Championship was Korn Ferry Tour player John Somers. As it was pointed out by Monday Q info on Twitter, John could be one of the longest players in professional golf. To give you an idea of his length, here are some of his TrackMan numbers for his pitching wedge

His 6 iron

Although John hasn’t played in enough events to fully qualify for ranking within the stats on the Korn Ferry Tour, his average driving distance of 331.5 yards would put him solidly in the lead on the KFT by seven yards over the current longest player, Brent Grant, and 10 yards past Bryson DeChambeau, based on PGA Tour Shot Link data.

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