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Charles Barkley appears to have fixed his golf swing

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Charles Barkley has one of the ugliest, hitch-iest golf swings in the world. Or, well, he did.

The all-time NBA great and former Auburn product has struggled with golf for going on two decades now, when what was once a decent golf swing somehow turned into an absolute mess with a bizarre pause-and-delay move at the top of the swing. It led to horrible results, and the Chuckwagon just could not shake his move. He sought help from Hank Haney, who had him on a good, albeit temporary, path. He considered giving up the game.

It's unclear how it happened, but thanks to video from LPGA pro Alison Lee at Topgolf in Las Vegas, it's clear Charles Barkley's golf swing has been fixed.

Mechanically, it's not the best swing in the world. But it's a hell of a lot better than whatever the hell Barkley had been doing for the last 20 years or so. Of course, Barkley's swinging like this at Topgolf, around friends in a no-pressure situation. But to hear the uproar of joy and applause as Barkley's ball launched into the glowing lights of the Las Vegas strip is just heart-warming.

Barkley was in Sin City to be a commentator for the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson match at Shadow Creek, where he stole the show as one of the few highlights of the broadcast team (along with Pat Perez and Darren Clarke). Then he tops off a great performance behind the mic with a miracle over the ball.

So, if you're a golfer with a hideous swing that parents ask their kids not to watch, know there's hope for you yet.

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