The golf swing is a very complex athletic move.
Some golfers have beautiful swings, and everything seems to flow together easily. Other golfers have violent swings or weird swings that are just flat-out painful to watch.
While watching a nice fluid golf swing is like watching poetry in motion, it’s usually more fun for golf fans to see golfers with weird swings. So we’ve compiled a list of the 11 weirdest golf swings you’ll ever see. Get your popcorn ready!
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6 of the Weirdest Golf Swings on the PGA Tour
1. Matthew Wolff
Wolff was one of the hottest stars on the PGA Tour, but he recently moved to the upstart LIV Golf organization.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy got his first pro win at the 3M Open back in 2019, and he’s even placed in the Top 5 a couple of times in major championships. Wolff has a ton of talent, and it’ll be interesting to see how well he does in his new league.
As far as his swing goes, Wolff weirdly starts his backswing by lifting his front foot off the ground. Most golfers can’t do this because it would throw them completely off balance before getting to the downswing. However, Wolff makes it work pretty well.
2. John Daly
“Long John” is still a favorite amongst golf fans all over the world for his titanic drives and eccentric personality.
Daly was arguably the most famous golfer in the world back in the early 1990s when he went from relative obscurity to winning both the PGA Championship and The Open Championship. Daly still plays from time to time on the PGA Tour Champions, and he’s still a fan favorite!
What makes Daly’s swing so weird is the enormous backswing. Notice in the above video how he takes the golf club back way behind his head. Heck, the clubhead is even pointing at the ground before he loads his hips to start the downswing. Not many golfers could make this work, but Big John makes it look easy.
3. Jim Furyk
Furyk is an incredible golfer and from a lot of accounts one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour. However, Furyk’s swing is one of the weirdest you’ll ever see. It hasn’t hurt his performance on the golf course though, as he has won 29 times in his pro career.
The 52-year-old stands really close to the golf ball during his setup. Things only get weirder from there as he brings the golf club straight up over his head at the top of his backswing. Furyk’s hips then explode as his right elbow almost smacks against his right hip.
4. Paul Azinger
Zinger is best known these days for his work on the Golf Channel as a commentator. However, he was one heck of a golfer back in his prime and accumulated 12 wins on the PGA Tour (including the 1993 PGA Championship). He also made a miraculous comeback from cancer in his shoulder in 1994.
Azinger was a brilliant player, but his golf swing was one of the weirdest of all time. As you’ll see in the above video, Azinger’s grip was “super strong” with his right-hand way up underneath the handle. This resulted in lots of knockdown approach shots but it worked incredibly well for Azinger during his career.
5. Lee Trevino
It almost seems blasphemous to put an all-time great like “The Gambler” on this list. After all, Trevino won 29 PGA Tour events and six major championships. All that being said, Trevino had one of the weirdest swings in golf history.
Trevino aimed his whole body to the left to accommodate his wicked fade. He also did an odd three-step shuffle at the beginning of his swing just to get the golf ball in the middle of his stance.
You won’t find either of Trevino’s signature moves taught by professional instructors, but they certainly worked for him on the golf course.
6. Bubba Watson
It’s hard not to love Bubba Watson, who just seems like a regular guy who happens to be one of the best left-handed golfers in the world. Watson has 12 PGA Tour wins and rose to instant fame by winning The Masters in 2012 and 2014. Watson’s swing may be pretty to watch, but it is still weird nonetheless.
Watson has one of the longest backswings in the game that is reminiscent of John Daly’s. His front foot also comes completely off the ground before he starts his downswing.
Lastly, Watson’s stance is wide open instead of parallel, which is something no golf coach would ever teach. As you might expect, Watson has admitted that he’s never had a golf lesson in his life.
5 Weird Golf Swings of Non-Pro Golfers
1. Charles Barkley
Barkley was one of the best players in the NBA during his 16-year career. However, Sir Charles has one of the ugliest golf swings on the planet! It’s almost as if the poor guy is too afraid to hit the ball.
Barkley’s setup is actually not too bad, but things go south in a hurry once he finishes his backswing. He starts and stops his downswing three or four times before letting his hands push the club through in a weird motion. Barkley has since improved his golf swing, but it’s still almost painful to watch.
2. Donald Trump
Though President Trump plays a lot of golf and seems to strike the ball well, his swing is anything but pretty. Trump’s preshot routine is pretty solid but both his backswing and downswing are herky-jerky and look rushed.
Regardless of how his swing looks, Trump is an avid golfer with a true passion for the game. He’s also pretty good at it, as evidenced by his 1.8 handicap. That’s insanely good for a 76-year-old.
3. Lawrence Taylor
“LT” was one of the most feared linebackers in football back in the 80s and 90s. He won two Super Bowls as a member of the New York Giants and was selected to ten Pro Bowls. However, his golf swing could use some work.
As we see in the video, Taylor wears a golf glove on each hand, which is something you never see unless the weather is rainy. He’s also hunched over quite a bit during his setup and just looks painfully stiff throughout his entire swing. That said, one of Taylor’s drives in the video ended up being over 300 yards, which is impressive!
4. Snoop Dogg
One of the most famous rappers in the world looks absolutely lost with a golf club in his hands.
Snoop Dogg received a few golf lessons at Augusta University and he seemed shocked at how difficult it is just to make solid contact or any contact at all for that matter. As many celebrities have come to find out over the years, the game of golf is much harder than it looks.
Snoop has an athletic build but the above video shows him swinging and missing. Even still, playing a round of golf with Snoop would have to be an incredible experience and highly entertaining! I wonder how many times he would light one up during a round on the course.
5. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner may be a famous multi-millionaire but her golf swing leaves much to be desired. The 25-year-old swung hard and missed on her first shot in the above video. She made contact on her second attempt but the ball only rolled about five yards.
Kylie looks to have trouble with two golf swing basics, keeping her head down and her left arm straight. Though her golf game looks hopeless, she still has more money than most pro golfers on the PGA Tour.