“Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing, not a swing you saw on TV, or swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing.”
Arnold Palmer’s words have been quoted for years, and over time, it’s been proved that distinctive swings can more than get the job done in the professional sphere of golf.
But what about those who take it that one step further and not only swing their own swing but reach the upper echelons of the game without even taking lessons? While it is rare, some players are entirely self-taught and have had major success in the sport.
Here we’ll take a look at some tour pros that have used the swing they were blessed with to forge both a living and a legacy in the game.
Professional golfers who have never had a lesson
The most-well know self-taught genius is Bubba Watson.
Watson taught himself to play as a kid by hitting whiffle balls in loops around his house, and his journey has taken him right to the very top, with 12 PGA Tour wins to his name, including two Masters titles.
The American taught himself to swing harder and harder as he progressed and invented his own version of golf: ‘Bubba Golf’, which involves Bubba often hitting either a giant cut or draw.
His rope hook shot during the 2012 Masters playoff was the perfect example of a self-taught genius at work. No other player on tour would have seen the shot, let alone pull it off.
Lee Trevino’s career is highlighted by 6 major triumphs, and another perfect example of how your unique and individual swing can’t be taught but only learned.
After being discharged from the Marines, Trevino took a job as a club pro in El Paso, Texas and made side money gambling on himself in head to head matchups.
He would famously say about his swing: “No one who ever had lessons would have a swing like mine.”
The Canadian, Moe Norman, is considered one of the best ball strikers of all time and was given the nickname “Pipeline Moe” out of respect for how pure he hit the ball.
The stories regarding Norman’s self-taught swing are legendary, with tales of how he could hit hundreds of balls without touching a blade of grass.
Vijay Singh called him a genius, while Tiger Woods once said that Moe Norman and Ben Hogan were the only two golfers to “own their swings.”
Another current pro who has never had a lesson is Jim Herman. Herman started at the age of 9 and learned the game by playing daily at Shawnee Lookout Golf Course in North Bend. The American plied his trade as an assistant pro and ironically an instructor before making it onto the PGA Tour.
Since then, Herman, who says “things like course management and strategy get ignored in the beginning stages of instruction”, has gone on to win three times on the PGA Tour.
As far as owning your own swing, Jim Furyk is another excellent example, whose only ever coach has been his father. While Luke Donald throughout his career would only occasionally seek the council of his college golf coach, Pat Goss at Northwestern.
To succeed in a sport like golf is hard enough, but to do it without any lessons is almost miraculous. Are there any self-taught professionals we’ve missed? Let us know if so!
Inside Bryson’s wonderfully whacky Saturday night ‘bro session’
Bryson DeChambeau didn’t advance to the knockout stages of last week’s WGC Match Play, but if you think that meant a weekend off for the 27-year-old, then think again.
In a likely tongue-in-cheek ‘bro session’ video uploaded to TikTok, DeChambeau is seen working out with his friends, and they don’t hold back, with the Californian using his 2020 U.S. Open trophy as motivation.
Check out the video below.
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It’s a sneak peak into the workout habits of Bryson and it looks as if him and his friends get as much fun out of the intense sessions as possible. In an interview with Men’s Health last year, DeChambeau revealed how tough his workout sessions are, saying:
“If I trained in the mornings, I wouldn’t be able to go out and play golf that day. I play golf, and then I see working out in the evening as my way of taking care of any aches or pains that need fixing.”
The next time Bryson will tee it up will be at Augusta National, where he’ll be looking to get his hands on the green jacket for the first time.
‘Shut it!’ – Paul Casey puts disrespectful spectator in his place
The fans were out in force over the past week in Austin and with it a heckler who made a terrible decision to interrupt Paul Casey over a shot.
During the first round of matches, footage has emerged of the Englishman backing off a shot before a visibly irritated Casey turns to a spectator in the crowd and says:
“Oy mate, shut it, pal. He (caddie Mark Fulcher) asked you nicely a minute ago. Now I’m asking you. Shut it. Okay?”
Fulcher then adds, “It’s the last time we ask, otherwise you’re out of here. And I’ll be looking forward to sending you actually.” to which Casey says to the spectator “He will, so shut it”, before Fulcher finishes by saying: “I don’t know why you’re smirking because it’s not big and it’s not clever.”
The incident can be seen below.
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Casey ended the tournament with a win, loss, and a halve to exit the group stages of the event.
How much each player won at the 2021 Dell Technologies Match Play
Billy Horschel outlasted everyone to win the WGC Match Play in Austin, and it secured the American a payday of $1.82 million. Scottie Scheffler didn’t have his best game in Sunday’s final, but it was a very positive week for the 24-year-old who cashes the runner-up check worth $1.15 million.
With a total prize purse of $10.5 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.
1: Billy Horschel, $1,820,000
2: Scottie Scheffler, $1,150,000
3: Matt Kuchar, $740,000
4: Victor Perez, $600,000
Tommy Fleetwood, $337,000
Sergio Garcia, $3.37,000
Jon Rahm, $337,000
Brian Harman, $337,000
Round of 16 (T9)
Dylan Frittelli, $189,000
Kevin Streelman, $189,000
Mackenzie Hughes, $189,000
Robert MacIntyre, $189,000
Ian Poulter, $189,000
Erik von Rooyen, $189,000
Bubba Watson, $189,000
Jordan Spieth, $189,000
17th (2.5 points in group stage)
Ryan Palmer, $144,000
T18 (2 points)
Kevin Kisner, $113,700
Max Homa, $113,700
Antoine Rozner, $113,700
Xander Schauffele, $113,700
Joaquin Niemann, $113,700
Lee Westwood, $113,700
Patrick Cantlay, $113,700
Abraham Ancer, $113,700
Daniel Berger, $113,700
Matt Fitzpatrick, $113,700
T28 (1.5 points)
Dustin Johnson, $75,000
Adam Long, $75,000
J.T. Poston, $75,000
Patrick Reed, $75,000
Matt Wallace, $75,000
Webb Simpson, $75,000
Paul Casey, $75,000
Rory McIlroy, $75,000
Cameron Smith, $75,000
Tony Finau, $75,000
Will Zalatoris, $75,000
Matthew Wolff, $75,000
Marc Leishman, $75,000
Russell Henley, $75,000
T42 (1 point)
Kevin Na, $47,571.43
Justin Thomas, $47,571.43
Shane Lowry, $47,571.43
Bryson DeChambeau, $47,571.43
Jason Day, $47,571.43
Andy Sullivan, $47,571.42
Carlos Ortiz, $47,571.43
Hideki Matsuyama, $47,571.43
Jason Kokrak, $47,571.43
Bernd Wiesberger, $47,571.43
Viktor Hovland, $47,571.43
Harris English, $47,571.43
Brendon Todd, $47,571.42
Sungjae Im, $47,571.43
T56 (.5 points)
Collin Morikawa, $38,000
Si Woo Kim, $38,000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, $38,000
Tyrrell Hatton, $38,000
Talor Gooch, $38,000
T61 (0 points)
Louis Oosthuizen, $35,750
Sebastian Munoz, $35,750
Lanto Griffin, $35,750
Corey Conners, $35,750
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