Amazing Athletes Who Still Suck at Golf

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2014

Amazing Athletes Who Still Suck at Golf

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    Is it possible that maybe we sports fans give some of our favorite athletes too much credit?

    That might be debatable, as neither you nor I can do some of the things they do regularly. But when it comes to something as simple as swinging a golf club, some guys just can't cut it.

    Which athletes are the worst, though?

    Keep reading and see why some of the greatest athletes we can think of have a hard time gripping it and ripping it off a tee.

Kobe Bryant

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    Although L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is out with a pretty serious knee injury right now, I'd advise him to head out to the driving range to work on correcting that slice of his.

    Sure, this video doesn't show where "The Black Mamba's" ball actually ends up, but based on his reaction, I'd guess it was in the weeds.

    Dude can carry a squad on his back while hooping—just not so much when he's on the links.

David Krejci

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    Editor's Note: Skip to the 38-minute mark of the video.

    After watching the swing of Boston Bruins forward David Krejci at the driving range, I would honestly bet he's on the same level as you or me when striking a golf ball—meaning he's pretty damn inconsistent.

    Struggling to straighten out his drives, Krejci seems like all of us who don't have the consistency to find the fairway regularly.

Yao Ming

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    First off, I would love to see the work required to size former NBA big man Yao Ming for his golf clubs.

    He stands at 7'6", so I assume it wouldn't be the easiest of tasks.

    More importantly, I really hope the person who did it has never witnessed how terrible Ming is at swinging them, because that person would probably think he had wasted his time.

    Seen in this video completely hacking it, the now-retired Ming should spend as much time on the course as possible.

Trent Williams

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    Although Washington Redskins Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams isn't quite as tall as the aforementioned Yao Ming, I still think trying to swing a golf club at 6'5" and 325 pounds would be very difficult.

    But is it swing-and-a-miss, almost-falling-down difficult? Not so sure.

    That's what happened to Williams here, though, proving he's both nimble enough to stay on his feet and lucky he didn't bust his ass.

Tyreke Evans

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    The fourth overall selection in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans proved he was a pretty darn good athlete.

    But it seems like the athleticism he has with a basketball in his hands immediately disappears when he steps onto a tee box, as Evans stands tight and upright in his two whiffs at the ball.

    With people claiming he's "worse than Charles Barkley," that's when Evans really knows he's bad.

Marshawn Lynch

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    I'm sure to catch some crap from friends over including Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch here.

    Looking as if he's never held a golf club, Marshawn gets the advice of "just swing and hope" when he wonders how to make it go straight.

    People are amazed at how far "Beast Mode" crushes the thing—it's just too bad it lands about three holes over in another fairway.

    Maybe he should eat some Skittles to help keep it in play next time.

Shaquille O'Neal

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    As I've mentioned with a few other guys on this list, I'm not so sure being tall and swinging a golf club go hand in hand.

    While Shaquille O'Neal may have gotten lucky once by knocking the snot out of a ball for an (alleged) 350-yarder, the swing Shaq displays here is about as ugly as it gets.

    Hopefully, his challenge with pro golfer Bubba Watson left him with some solid tips for next time.

Usain Bolt

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    OK, so Jamaican runner Usain Bolt might have six Olympic gold medals and the title of world's fastest man, but that doesn't mean his success on the track translates to the golf course.

    Shown here, nervous as hell, while fans capture what seems to be his first experience swinging a club, Bolt absolutely shanks his ball right.

    There looks to be a ton of water right in front of him, but Bolt manages to somehow completely miss it.

    Based off this performance, there's no way in hell he should believe he could compete with Tiger Woods, as he once proclaimed.

LeBron James

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    It has to feel good to be LeBron James.

    Four league MVP awards. Back-to-back NBA titles with a serious chance for a third straight. He's the most polarizing and popular figure in sports and a freak athlete who, at 6'8" and 250 pounds, can move like a damn lynx.

    But put a golf club in his hands, and things get a little dicey for him, as seen in his new commercial with comedian Kevin Hart.

Jerry Rice

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    He's the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL, but Hall of Famer Jerry Rice should know better than to step on the course with the big boys and try to call it a career.

    But Rice still tried his hand as a pro golfer a few years ago—as you'd expect, it didn't go well for him.

    OK, so Jerry might be able to hack it with friends or in comparison to other athletes on this list. That doesn't mean he didn't totally stink up the joint, though. He finished second to last among 151 golfers in his first tournament, shot a 92 after the first round in his second—the highest score ever for the Nationwide Tour event—and was disqualified the next day when his caddy was busted using a yardage scope.

    Not a great start to a new career. Although we have to give the guy credit for still being a great athlete. He did just win "Big Break". Well done, Mr. Rice. Well done. 

Lawrence Taylor

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    Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was an absolute menace on the football field, terrifying opponents with his rampage style of play and a motor that constantly ran.

    He just can't do the same on the golf course.

    LT's swing is OK—I guess?—but taking a couple of mulligans to find a decent next shot is no way to play a round.

Charles Barkley

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    The. Absolute. Worst.

    That's all one can say when watching former NBA great Charles Barkley with a golf club in his hands.

    In fact, that swing of his might just be the most miserable thing anyone has ever witnessed.

    Labeled as the worst celeb golfer, "Sir Charles" may have reigned over the court when he played, but he is nothing but a jester when he swings the sticks with other golfers.