As someone who sometimes has trouble pulling the trigger, I often sympathise with tour pros who stand over the ball a little too long. That said, you can only sympathise so much when a player waggles/re-grips the club 12 (!!) times before taking it back.
Believe it or not, this post is not about reigning US Amateur winner Sam Bennett, who re-gripped his club 10 times over a 85-yard wedge shot on Sunday at the US Open earlier this month. That was nothing new for Bennett, who has been open about his struggles with anxiety on the golf course before.
Bennett has absolutely nothing on two-time PGA Tour winner Brian Harman, the man who re-gripped his club a dozen times before a similarly straightforward wedge shot on Thursday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This one needs to be seen to be believed:
Yep, that’s a box of ProV1s worth of re-grips, guys. Honestly, it’s mesmerising to watch if you can get over the fact that this is a pace-of-play nightmare. It almost seems like a GIF.
Again, though, hard not to sympathise a little. We’ve all got some demons over certain shots, or all shots for some of us. Then again, Harman is seven under right now, just a few shots off the lead, so it’s not like he’s struggling. Waggle away, Brian. Pace of play on tour ain’t improving any time soon anyway.