10 Weirdest Swings in Golf Today

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The 10 Most Unusual Golf Swings in the Game Today

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In theory, the golf swing should be one of the easiest concepts to master. Hold the club and hit a little white ball that isn’t even moving. In reality, the golf swing is one of the most frustratingly difficult things known to mankind.

There are so many variables that can change each and every time you hold a golf club in your hands that, for amateurs, a consistent swing can only be found in their dreams. You can hit one shot perfectly, where every movement is in sync and feels incredible and the next shot can feel like one of your joints is going to become dislocated. Chasing that perfect swing is what keeps people coming back day in and day out, in my opinion.

Unorthodox and unconventional golf swings are not solely reserved for amateur hacks, however. There are many successful professional golfers whose golf swings do not fit what conventional wisdom deems to be normal. The trick for these pros, though, is the fact that even though their swings might be eccentric, they are consistent. These guys have learned to play within their own unique swings and maximize their potential each and every time they hold the club in their hands.

I don’t care how ugly, strange or even painful a golf swing looks; if it works, it works. That’s all that really matters. And, for the people on this list (with one notable exception), their unusual golf swings work very well.

When it comes to golf swings, don’t judge a book by its cover.

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10 Jim Thorpe

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Not exactly sure where he learned that follow through, but it seems to work for him.

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9 Bubba Watson

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba can absolutely crush the ball with his relaxed, unorthodox swing. Unlike many, though, he combines that power with an innate ability to shape the ball and hit greens.

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8 Ben Curtis

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Curtis is in the process of moving to a more conventional, repetitive swing. His old swing, however, was all over the place.

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7 Raymond Floyd

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Floyd’s swing has gotten more…ummmm…unique as he has gotten older. To be honest, it’s almost painful to watch at times.

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6 John Daly

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Daly takes his backswing farther past parallel than anyone I’ve ever seen.

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5 Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey

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Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Gainey’s swing is derived from his days playing baseball. It’s a strange combination of a baseball swing and golf swing

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4 Josh Broadway

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zimbio.com

The swing itself is relatively normal, but it’s his grip that lands him on this list. Broadway uses an incredibly unorthodox cross-handed grip.

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3 Allen Doyle

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zimbio.com

Doyle is currently playing on the Champions Tour. His swing reminds me more of a 70 year old hack at my local muni than a professional golfer.

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2 Jim Furyk

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Furyk is probably the best known example of success with an incredibly unorthodox swing. While it works him, no coach is going to teach this as the way to swing a golf club.

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1 Charles Barkley

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topdrawersoccer.com

While “Sir Charles” is by no means a professional golfer, his swing is absolutely turrrible.

1 of 11

The 10 Most Unusual Golf Swings in the Game Today

1
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In theory, the golf swing should be one of the easiest concepts to master. Hold the club and hit a little white ball that isn’t even moving. In reality, the golf swing is one of the most frustratingly difficult things known to mankind.

There are so many variables that can change each and every time you hold a golf club in your hands that, for amateurs, a consistent swing can only be found in their dreams. You can hit one shot perfectly, where every movement is in sync and feels incredible and the next shot can feel like one of your joints is going to become dislocated. Chasing that perfect swing is what keeps people coming back day in and day out, in my opinion.

Unorthodox and unconventional golf swings are not solely reserved for amateur hacks, however. There are many successful professional golfers whose golf swings do not fit what conventional wisdom deems to be normal. The trick for these pros, though, is the fact that even though their swings might be eccentric, they are consistent. These guys have learned to play within their own unique swings and maximize their potential each and every time they hold the club in their hands.

I don’t care how ugly, strange or even painful a golf swing looks; if it works, it works. That’s all that really matters. And, for the people on this list (with one notable exception), their unusual golf swings work very well.

When it comes to golf swings, don’t judge a book by its cover.

2 of 11

10 Jim Thorpe

1
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Not exactly sure where he learned that follow through, but it seems to work for him.

3 of 11

9 Bubba Watson

1
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba can absolutely crush the ball with his relaxed, unorthodox swing. Unlike many, though, he combines that power with an innate ability to shape the ball and hit greens.

4 of 11

8 Ben Curtis

1
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Curtis is in the process of moving to a more conventional, repetitive swing. His old swing, however, was all over the place.

5 of 11

7 Raymond Floyd

1
zimbio.com

Floyd’s swing has gotten more…ummmm…unique as he has gotten older. To be honest, it’s almost painful to watch at times.

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6 John Daly

1
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Daly takes his backswing farther past parallel than anyone I’ve ever seen.

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5 Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey

1
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Gainey’s swing is derived from his days playing baseball. It’s a strange combination of a baseball swing and golf swing

8 of 11

4 Josh Broadway

1
zimbio.com

The swing itself is relatively normal, but it’s his grip that lands him on this list. Broadway uses an incredibly unorthodox cross-handed grip.

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3 Allen Doyle

1
zimbio.com

Doyle is currently playing on the Champions Tour. His swing reminds me more of a 70 year old hack at my local muni than a professional golfer.

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2 Jim Furyk

1
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Furyk is probably the best known example of success with an incredibly unorthodox swing. While it works him, no coach is going to teach this as the way to swing a golf club.

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1 Charles Barkley

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topdrawersoccer.com

While “Sir Charles” is by no means a professional golfer, his swing is absolutely turrrible.


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