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Thursday
May152014

Video: Charles Barkley & His Ever-Fascinating Hitch Resurface

He took time away from the NBA playoff coverage to show up for the Regions Traditions Pro-Am at Shoal Creek where the Champions Tour plays this week.

This never grows tiresome to study. The collection of swings was posted on YouTube by AL.com:

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Reader Comments (23)

Another successful Haney Project! Wonder why that show isn't on anymore?
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTK
Chuck thought the swing was too wipey so he reverted back to his trusty old swing.

What's more impressive is that Charles Barkley is playing at Shoal Creek and no one is batting an eye. We've come a long way since 1990.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKS
I always thought Haney was one of the most over rated instructors ever ! Chuck would have been much better off going to somebody like Peter Kostis , who is more interested in helping his student, than selling swing theory. Kostis no doubt would have dramatically shortened his swing , which would have been a giant leap towards getting rid of the hitch.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom
A gifted physical specimen such as Sir Charles, unable to hit a stationary golf ball - perhaps if he'd been shown a swing more in tune with his abilities.

And hitting a long iron out of the rough - hard enough for someone with a proper swing, no?
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Watts
LOL at people criticizing Haney.

1. The Haney Project being cancelled has nothing to do with how much better the student is or not. There's a reason shows like "Bar Rescue" and "Restaurant Impossible" are on TV and doing well, and I promise you it isn't because any of the places they take over are successful now. It is all about ratings and entertainment value.

2. Here's a predicament for all instructors everywhere: How can you make a student better who isn't going to put any time in on practicing? Sure you can throw a few band aids on something, but in the end it doesn't help you. Barkley isn't hitting balls 3 times a week, nor is he going to the short game area to practice. So you can give him Favorite Instructor X, but the result is going to be the exact same: the golfer will revert to old bad habits.

I see this with people I play with all the time. One specifically shoots a little above 100, but he never wants to practice. All he wants to do is play. And if he can get that one swing thought that allows him to hit two good shots in a row, he thinks that that's all he needs. I've tried to help him, but at the end of the day it falls on deaf ears. Garbage in... garbage out!
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Having a "hitch" is a real but mysterious thing. One of my regular playing-partners in our local league has the most rhythmic and flowing practice-swing---like right out of a Butch Harman video---then he steps up to the ball and hacks at it like he's chopping-down a sapling while clearing brush. The clubhead barely goes to vertical, no-less to parallel, and stabs at it; yet his practice swing has great extension, wrist-cock as he backswings smoothly to parallel.
There is a passage from Bob Jones' writings that tells this story. Bob and The Colonel are out playing one afternoon. The Colonel steps up to the ball and makes a beautiful practice swing, then looks up at his son and asks, "See, what was wrong with that?" Bob replied, "Absolutely nothing. Why don't you try it on the ball sometime."
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
It's funny to watch, but I feel bad for Chuck... I think he would enjoy the game if he could somehow overcome the fact that he sucks at it.

Then again, the same could be said for most of us.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
Easy fix: 1) sell your clubs and buy tennis racquets. 2) take two weeks off from all games/sports. 3) buy some LH clubs and call Butch.

Simple as that!!!
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
I'm thinking if Sir Charles would do a run-up type shot, maybe four steps, he might fix the hitch. Anybody have his cell number?
05.15.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
He needs Jack Grout to palm his bald head.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
Funniest thing ever said on Golf Channel was when Haney claimed that Charles's hitch was physical, not mental.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
When you look at it closely, Chuck drops his head significantly at the beginning of the backswing. It's not just his chin, but his whole upper body leans down towards the ball. At that point he's athletic enough to realize that he'll dig into the ground "something turrible," so he stops. Then as he continues the swing he straightens up to compensate.

So Haney's analysis is plausible and maybe even correct.

The mental part, which is also real, is: Why does he bend like that during the actual swing but not the practice swing?
05.15.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
3foot1,

Your final line is the correct question, and the answer is not that he has a physical problem.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
They should put him on cover of Golf Digest....I'm sure he'd bring a few new folks if they did.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
DTF, Jimmy Fallon on this months GD. They're going after the new demographics apparently. Justin Bieber reportedly next in line.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Yeah, not only is Jimmy Fallon on the cover, looking like some 1950s retro-geek, the June issue has not one, but two, flip-and-sniff ads for "fragrance" from Bulgari and Giorgio Armani. The new golf demographic has to smell good! Or something. My copy, sans flip-and-sniff pages, is airing out on the back porch before I bring it back in the house to read Tom Callahan on The Mechanic, El Pato, and Victor D and a piece by Paula Creamer. And lest I forget, a fashion (sic) spread on stripes and camo in golf apparel featuring models traipsing through the desert carrying golf bags and looking for all the world just like hip, young golfers. Or something. I already miss the Instagram Queen from last month.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
That's hilarious Harv.....if only Fallon were...
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
dont get the allure of watching celebs play golf, especially bad golf.

Looks like Charles needs a MGM Grand fix with TW.
There's a reason many people's practice swings are textbook and complete crap over the ball. No result needed in a practice swing. Tension.... the #1 killer of most amateur golf swings.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
KLG, that is so funny about the fragrance pages. I too was thinking to myself that I had never noticed that before. Thought I had one of my wife's magazines. Just finishing up a good article by Ron Whitten on Pinehurst 2 hosting both OPENS as he is not a fan of them playing back to back. A good little piece by David Fay explaining how HE came up with the idea and sold it to Padgett at one of my favorite breakfast spots, The Track.
05.15.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
I challenge the great Sean Foley to take this student on. Maybe some neural-plasticity training will help. LOL
My bet is Foley wouldn't get even half as far as Haney. Charles is a lost cause. The guy needs hypnosis, not a swing coach.
05.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Got to admire the fact that he still tries. Most folks would have quit rather than be watched on TV playing badly. Good sport.
05.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma

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