Connor Carrick’s Golf Stance (Photo)

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Photo: @RealConorWierus

I’ve never played golf before, but I’m pretty sure I know a terrible golf swing when I see one. On Friday night, Washington Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick went to a Chicago golf course with some friends and– this is just an educated guess— played golf for the very first time.

Happy Gilmore was a natural in his transition from hockey to golf (putting aside). Carrick, not so much.

As Carrick prepared to drive, a friend documented his stance. It is a treasure. Carrick bends his knees a lot, which I’m pretty sure is wrong. He stands really far away from the ball, which I’m also pretty sure is wrong. He also wears khaki shorts that are so tight that his thighs look like they are about to explode out of them. I’m not sure which violation here is the wrongest, but it all makes for a nice photo.

Carrick was teased by ESPN personality John Buccigross.

For comparison’s sake, I went ahead and found a photo of Tiger Woods teeing off.

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Photo: Ross Kinnaird

No knee bend.

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  • KareeLyn

    Oh my. That is not a flattering shot.

  • Jack Conness

    I really hope he is joking…

    Btw, nice khakis lol

  • guest

    IF WE WERE STILL IN THE PLAYOFFS WE WOULDN’T BE SEEING THIS EMBARRASSING PHOTO. THANKS AGAIN OATES

  • Dan

    People talk about him needing to “get bigger….” but how much bigger can he get? He already has the “fresh out of boot camp” neck.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    There’s nothing embarrassing about it. It’s just funny.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I think Barkley has some competition now for worst swing/stance ever.

  • DCSportsDork

    Is it just me, or is Connor Carrick slowly looking more like Harry Crane from Mad Men?

    http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/mad-men-rich-sommer-harry-crane-7.jpg

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    so funny

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland
  • GregV

    In Carrick’s defense, I don’t think the shorts are tight as much as he is practically sitting. But that stance is an ace way to screw up your lower back. He gets points, though, for keeping his arm straight, and his stance is probably 10x better than that of most first-time golfers.

  • VeggieTart

    And I thought I looked awful and awkward when I tried playing golf many, many moons ago.

  • Sarah

    Ok but as a woman I’d take Connor over the former Mr. Nordegren about eleven times out of ten.

  • Sarah

    Unfair to judge anybody by how they look on the golf course. It’s like the purpose of the sport is to drag down nice looking real athletes and make them look like schmoes in the off season. Cf: Marty Erat, who is quite attractive when not forced onto one of those humiliating golf/hockey cards.
    The only way you can possibly look good is to look so bad it’s good. See this masterful display by Shaq:
    http://www.golfdigest.com/blogs/the-loop/2013/12/the-greatest-golf-photo-of-all-time-shaquille-oneal-carrying.html

  • Sarah

    Wait I take that partly back. Dustin Penner actually managed to look attractive on a golf course recently. But that is an anomaly, and he should be studied.

  • OviLaichsBacky

    It really isn’t that bad looking of a stance. I’ve played golf since I was 8 (i’m now 21). His knees are correctly bent in relation to his height. The only thing I would comment on is his shoulder alignment. If he made decent contact with the ball, he would probably hit left because his left shoulder is open.

  • Myan

    He looks small on the ice but he’s a really big kid outside his pads!

  • VeggieTart

    I think we speak for a number of ladies when we say we’d like to see a rear view of Carrick in those shorts.

  • Conor Wierus

    I took that picture, the kid hit a 345 yard boomer.

  • Rhino40

    Funny Golf Factoid:

    The great Winston Churchill despised golf, characterizing it as “…a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an ever smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose

    I found this to be singularly ironic, because as a young man–before an old war injury and increasing weight precluded his further participation–he had excelled at polo. Polo is, IMHO, another silly rich people’s game: aside from paid professionals, only really wealthy people ever get truly good at it.

    On second thought, strike that ‘paid professionals’ part: Almost everyone who gets paid to play polo came from significant wealth–else how do you develop those skills?

    Anyway, when I read of Churchill’s remark, the reason I found it ironic was that one could argue that the same statement Churchill made about golf is also true of polo. Except that it is played on horseback. And you could die.