If there is a record for the longest and worst case of the yips in golf history, Charles Barkley has to own it. Although I’m not actually convinced that Barkley is bad at golf. I think he’s just bad at accepting the shitty outcomes that every golfer must learn to accept. Shanks happen, Bro.
Below is a video, from last weekend, of Barkley on the first tee at Lake Tahoe’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Barkley walks up, takes a few decent-looking practice swings, addresses the ball, and then does the golf-equivalent of shitting a hole through his pants. Guy couldn’t even bring himself to make contact. Had to hit the ball with one hand just to get it to leave the fucking tee. AND I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY.
Barkley’s practice swings have some redeeming elements to them; everything from his grip to his follow-through tell me he could definitely break 100 and probably 90 if he could just use that swing to hit the ball. But he can’t, he’s fucking terrified. Of what, I don’t know. I really wish someone could help him, though, because this is no way to go through life.