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Charles Barkley's Swing Secrets

Sometimes, the best way to learn how to swing is to learn how not to swing. Charles Barkley may be a legend on the basketball court, but as Hank Haney shows us, Barkley demonstrates some big mistakes to avoid when you're on the green.

Released on 11/9/2015

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney

Transcript

00:00
I've taught a lot of great players in my career
00:02
but this is probably my most famous student Charles Barkley.
00:06
Well he's not much of a golfer, but he's a great guy
00:08
and he's an absolute role model for how everybody who's
00:11
an entertainer or performer should act and treat people.
00:14
Golf swing, not so good, let's take a look at it.
00:17
(upbeat music)
00:21
Look at his head position.
00:22
It won't be there for long during his swing.
00:25
His head starts dipping during his swing.
00:27
Watch as he goes back here.
00:28
This to me is the biggest problem he has,
00:30
his head goes down so far
00:33
that if he didn't stop,
00:35
when you combine the head going down
00:38
and the angle of his shaft, look at his club shaft.
00:41
It's absolutely perpendicular to the ground.
00:44
That is what you call a steep swing.
00:47
Actually that would be really really steep swing.
00:50
It's amazing that he can even hit the golf ball.
00:53
You're gonna see a correction here
00:55
and what you're gonna see, is he's jumps up with his head
00:58
and he flattens the shaft out.
01:00
But this is the problem, I always tell Charles,
01:02
you know it's not the hesitation in your swing,
01:04
it's not the pausing in your swing.
01:06
It's the fact that you've lowered so much
01:09
and your shaft is so steep, that if you didn't stop
01:13
you'd stick the club right in the mud.
01:15
Watch as Charles starts to come up here
01:17
he's gonna raise his head up
01:18
and try to flatten the shaft out
01:20
now if you look at his position,
01:21
actually he's on a pretty good plane.
01:23
And his head is back where it started from
01:26
the unfortunate part is that golf club
01:29
is never on that plane during his swing
01:31
and his head is all over the place.
01:34
But you know what that's why we called it the Haney project
01:37
because Charles, he's my life-long project.
01:39
(upbeat mysterious music)
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