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Video: Yao Ming may be worse at golf than Charles Barkely

Oct 24, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

Who is the worst retired NBA star turned golfer?

For years Charles Barkley was the runaway winner in this category, but now he has some competition. Yao Ming played in a celebrity golf tournament in China and… he’s not good. Not that you really expect him to be — when you are 7’6″ there are a whole lot of things that can go wrong in your swing. But he’s not good. The stance is awkward, the club seems too short (can you say custom-made shafts?) and there is just a whole lot of badness.

But it’s for charity, so we’ll just laugh it off. And if you want to compare it to Barkley…

Hat tip to The Point Forward.


  1. beavertonsteve - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Finally a possible buyer for Shawn Bradley’s stolen golf clubs!

  2. usavebob - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    WOW, but by the time he plays as much golf as Barkley, he’ll be much better.
    PS: his long arms may make long clubs unnecessary!

  3. cosanostra71 - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    he’s bad, but at least his swing doesn’t look like he’s having a seizure like Barkley’s…

    • jayquintana - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Agree. His swing, actually, looks pretty good for an amateur — especially a 7’6″ one!

  4. albertmn - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Unless someone says Yao plays a lot, I would still call Sir Charles worse by far. If Yao plays often and is that bad then it is closer, but Chuck is still worse. That hitch/stop in his swing should have been fixable years ago, yet it is still there….and he golfs often. I would guess Yao rarely golfs.

  5. progress2011 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    A legal giant, doing anything other than dunking a basketball, just looks “Turrible (in Charles Barkley voice)…..ahahahaha

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