12 golfers who did things their own way

There are many, many ways to play golf well. When we start the game, we all understand that mastering the basics is essential if we want to play at a decent level.

And while this is undoubtedly true, it must be said that there are some good professionals out there who do things their own way. Here, we take a look at some of the ins and outs of the top stars.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

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Have you seen Spieth’s Training Swing? The Masters champion and former champion has had his problems over the years but now he’s rediscovered his best form thanks to a routine in which he consciously pushes the club back out and then swings it back through his body – and it looks nothing like it. The actual golf swing. Strange but effective.

Keegan Bradley

Where do you start with Bradley and all his antics? There are endless club swirls in his fingers, going in and out of a shot, putting the club back into the can, pulling out a different one and then back to the original selection. There are all those training twists, endless chatting with the caddy – and then when he finally gets ready to play, he turns out to be one of the fastest in the game when it comes to pulling the trigger. Very strange.

Bubba Watson

You don’t win the Masters twice unless you know what you’re doing. But the boba swing is agricultural, to say the least, with countless moving parts. He proudly flaunts that he never had a lesson – no kidding, Sherlock.

Alex Noreen

Like Spieth, the Swedish superstar has a training style that makes you do a double take. Like Spieth, he pulls the club’s way back to the outside during his backswing, with most of his weight on his left side. And then, when he hits the ball, he produces a technique that looks completely natural. Then there’s huge forward pressure on every shot he plays, including a club in his hands.

Jim Furick

The man who shot 58 times on the PGA Tour was one of the most frustrating golfers to watch for a whole host of reasons, especially the length of time it took him to play. But the thing that qualifies him for this list is the habit he’s developed of standing over a putt, putting it in line, showing up ready to play, and then stepping back and doing it all over again.

Brandt Sindiker

The American has been one of the best players on the PGA Tour for a number of years. Its particular idiosyncrasy is one that most of us wish more golfers followed – it takes 12 seconds to hit every shot. Every single shot.

Kevin Na

The American was freezing over the ball, especially with a driver in his hands. And before the freeze there will be endless exercises. He knew he had a problem and asked for some off-course advice. The advice that worked. Sure enough, once the slowest player in professional golf, he now hits putts quickly and runs behind. He regularly walks and puts it in the hole, often almost reaching the cup before the ball lands.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies

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Most golfers like to get the ball as high as possible when they have a driver in their hands – especially with today’s modern equipment. Not Laura Davies. She walks on a tee, kicks the grass with her heel and then puts her golf ball on top. In her prime, she was one of the best golf ball drivers in women’s professional golf, so she clearly knew what she was doing.

Lee Trevino

SuperMex had its own swing. He brought the baton back out and hit each shot from left to right. But perhaps you can count on one hand how many times he missed the middle of a spiral path on the fingers of one hand. But that wasn’t his real peculiarity – that was his ability to stand over the ball and hit the ball while still talking!

Jack Nicklaus

Nicklaus remains the most successful golfer of all time, winning an astounding 18 major championships, and finishing as runner-up several times. But the golden bear had two distinguishing features you’d never know–a flying right elbow at the top of his back and the fact that his left heel left the ground at the top of his swing. However, it didn’t work out badly for him, right?

John Daly

John Daly

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Wild thing by name, wild thing by nature. idiosyncrasies? There is his backswing length on every shot he plays, including with the bat. There is his endless addiction to cigarettes, gambling, alcohol, chocolate and sugary drinks. And there is temperament. The more angry he gets, the faster he plays.

Aaron Baddeley

Thanks to his good looks, Baddeley has been plying his craft on the PGA Tour for a number of years, most of them in a quite traditional fashion. But he’s shown up recently with shoulder-length hair and a stance so closed off that he appears to be shooting 50 yards to the right of his intended target. But guess what? It works for him.


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