Wednesday, July 25, 2012



LAKE TAHOE, Nevada - Why is this man smiling? Well, being rich and famous might have something to do with it. Or, perhaps, he's delusional.

Most everyone recognizes former world-class athlete and current television personality Charles Barkley. They say he's a very nice person. But he's also passionate about golf  which is a sport that he unfortunately sucks at. His golf swing has been widely ridiculed for years yet Charles just keeps on grinning. Last week at the annual American Century celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, Sir Charles finished dead last in 80th place. In 2011's tournament he finished 81st in a field of 83. 2010 wasn't much brighter as Barkley once again finished in last place. I say "once again" because, as a matter of fact, Charles has managed to check in either last or very near the bottom in every American Century celebrity golf tournament since 1997. It's obvious that Tahoe is a place where he wants to play respectably so again I have to ask, why is this man smiling?

A few years ago there was a television series that starred Sir Charles and golf instructor Hank Haney who would teach the big fella the right way to swing a golf club. Although at the time, the show must have seemed like a good idea to Hank, the experiment was a dismal failure as evidenced by Charles' continued mediocrity. In fact, another of Haney's pupils who starred in a follow-up show, actor Ray Romano, also managed to stink up the course at the American Century tournament finishing in 64th place. The upside to these debacles is the harsh light that was cast on time-honored teaching principles that revealed how inadequate they are for the majority of amateur golfers.

OVER THE TOP GOLF is a method created for people like Charles Barkley. I have written about him before hoping to catch his eye. But should any golf instructor chance becoming publicly involved with him at this point? It was obvious from the television show that Charles really worked hard, that he "wanted it." If a famous teacher like Hank Haney couldn't fix Barkley's dreadful swing, what  chance would I have?

Well folks, I'm here to tell you it would be a piece of cake - a layup if you will pardon the basketball analogy. Next year at Tahoe, Charles could leapfrog fellow former NBA great Michael Jordan and a whole bunch of other jocks into the top 20 by learning my simple method for hitting them long and straight.

At this point in the article, especially if you've seen Mr. Barkley's golf swing, you might be thinking it's me who is delusional. Fair enough but if all goes according to plan and Charles becomes a student of OVER THE TOP GOLF, at long last there will be a reasonable answer to the question "why is this man smiling?"

Photo credit: Stan Bautista

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Updated 06-14-2013