7 Of The Most Unique (And Weird) Swings On Tour

Every golfer has stepped on a crowded range and seen a variety of different golf swings.

Some are graceful, others a mix of beautiful and awkward and a small portion are just downright weird.

This is the case with even professionals, but it clearly works for them. We’ll dive into the seven most unique swings on tour.

Ranking the PGA Tour’s weirdest swings

Our rankings show that unorthodox swings have been used for decades.

1. Jim Furyk

It’s hard to describe what Furyk is doing while swinging the club. Despite not being so easy on the eye, it makes life simpler for him on the course.

Furyk is a major champion (2003 U.S. Open), won the FedEx Cup in 2010 and owns the lowest score in PGA Tour history after his 58 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship.

The 17-time winner on tour can be seen in the video below discussing and analyzing his odd swing.

2. Jim Thorpe

The PGA Tour 3-time winner and 13-time victor on the Champions Tour certainly owns an extremely unorthodox golf swing with a helicopter finish.

The following clip features Thorpe explaining his swing on the Golf Channel.

3. Matthew Wolf

The former PGA Tour member and current LIV golfer does weird things with his feet at the start of his swing and continues his abnormal style throughout it.

The Oklahoma State product won the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Individual Championship and once as a rookie on the PGA Tour.

His impressive win at the 2019 3M Open (TPC Twin Cities) came by a stroke over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa. He also earned a solo second at the 2020 U.S. Open.

The tour made a video analysis of his swing in 2019, which can be seen below.

4. John Daly

The two-time major champion known for smoking cigarettes and chugging diet cokes during tour events has a unique golf swing.

Daly goes extremely far over the top during his backswing, which helps him generate a lot of power. During his prime, he was one of the longest hitters on tour.

The PGA Tour Champions produced a video of the 57-year-old swinging in slow motion at different angles.

5. Calvin Peete

Calvin Peete’s odd swing that featured him bending his left arm during impact looked weird but brought successful results.

Peete led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy for 10 years and won 12 times, including the tour’s flagship event: the Players Championship in 1985.

The slow-motion swing compilation below includes an analysis.

6. Arnold Palmer

The legend himself owned a rare swing, and his twisting finish in his follow-through became known as the “helicopter finish.”

Scottie Scheffler, who idolized Palmer, can be seen replicating it nowadays.

“The King,” Palmer, has the fifth-most wins of all time (62) on the PGA Tour and won seven major championships.

The World Golf Hall of Famer will always be considered one of the greatest ever to play the game. 

Palmer’s father, a greenskeeper, taught him how to swing as a child. Palmer can be seen on the Golf Channel discussing it in the following video.

7. Lee Trevino

Another renowned player in the history of golf, Lee Trevino, showcases an unorthodox swing.

Trevino taught himself as a child how to play the game and uses an “out-to-in” technique in order to produce a fade.

The Texan won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six major championships. He triumphed 29 more times on the Champions Tour (3rd all-time). 

The former U.S. Marine also became the first player ever to shoot under par in all four rounds of a U.S. Open when he won in 1968 at Oak Hill.

Trevino goes into depth about his swing and offers advice below.

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Lawrence Smelser has been part of the Golfible writing staff since 2019 and is a freelance golf journalist. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour including the U.S. Masters with Augusta.com. He holds a journalism Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Learn more about our team at Golfible on our About Us page.

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