Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan revealed that despite his best efforts and those of Tiger Woods, he couldn’t get rid of the golfing yips.
Chuck has been an ever-present on Inside the NBA ever since he retired from the league in 2000. The 16-year veteran has become a household name because of his no-filter attitude even on live television.
His quick wit and way with words endears him to basketball fans in a way that his play never did. Chuck was a popular player, but he was overshadowed by the greatest player of all time in his playing days. Well, not anymore!
However, Chuck doesn’t go golfing with his old nemesis anymore since his playing days. And there’s a reason for that – Chuck just couldn’t swing at a golf ball without flinching for years!
Charles Barkley reveals that even lessons from Tiger Woods would help him with the yips as Michael Jordan laughs
Oprah asked Charles Barkley if the 1993 NBA MVP still golfed with his arch-rival, and Chuck replied in the negative. He had his reasons, as we’re about to learn:
“Not anymore. We don’t have that much time of the day. He refuses to play with me because I feel bad.”
Michael Jordan dissected the exact problem that plagued Barkley’s swing and how exactly he acquired the yips while hitting on the golf greens:
“He used to be really good, people don’t realize that he used to shoot 75, 76,77. He went to this instructor and this instructor says ‘Make it seem like you stop that swing at the top so you get the tempo. He hasn’t started since, he’s been stopping.”
Chuck expanded further on this:
“I got a problem with this. I developed the yips, a nervous twitch, and I used to be a good player but now I got problems. So he refuses to play with me anymore.”
“I can’t even explain this, I have a mental block, I do. I just have no idea how it started and it happens, and I’ve tried everything, I’ve even got hypnotized. When I make my practice swing I can do it without stopping, but when you put a ball down there I can’t do it.”
“Tiger’s worked with me many, many hours. It’s frustrating for me, but I can’t quit because, well, I did announce my retirement because of golf. And I’ve really tried everything.”