For Charles Barkley it don't mean a thing if you don't have that swing
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Over the years, Charles Barkley has enraged, entertained and managed to blow $10 million gambling. Now he’s ready to work on that God-awful golf swing of his — and the world can watch it unfold on an episode-by-episode basis.
The Hall of Fame basketball player and TNT analyst tells USA TODAY’s Jon Saraceno that he met with Hank Haney, who is Tiger Woods’ swing coach, to discuss a show to be televised by the Golf Channel. Filming, he says, begins in a couple of weeks in Dallas. (Photo by Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
The goal: “Fix Charles Barkley’s swing,’’ says Sir Charles, who took Woods’ suggestion and called Haney. “It’s some ugly (stuff), isn’t it? It’s not only terrible, it’s embarrassing.’’
“I was telling Hank (Tuesday) that when I’m standing over the ball, I’m (expletive deleted) terrified. I have no idea what’s going to happen. He told me he used to have the yips, but not as bad as me. That’s what makes me think he can fix what’s wrong.’’
Barkley last played in the American Century Championship, a celebrity tournament, last month in Lake Tahoe. He doesn’t recall his score, but said ruefully, “In 54 holes, I made 2 pars, a bogey and the rest were double-bogeys — and the worst you can get is a double-bogey because you have to pick up.’’
He used to play every day; Barkley says he now plays about three times a year — and that not even pal Michael Jordan will spoil a good walk alongside him.
“He said it might be contagious,’’ Barkley says.
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