When a top athlete from a sport other than golf picks up a club we generally tend to expect big things.
Afterall, these athletes have got everything that you really need to become a decent player.
A very good level of hand-eye co-ordination and the strength and flexibility needed to manufacture a decent pass at the ball.
Across the pond NFL living legend Tom Brady has a money swing while in the UK England striker Harry Kane is a dab hand.
But all-round good guy and multiple grand slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal has confused golf fans.
A video of his swing emerged yesterday and it's fair to say it has divided opinion.
Nadal, 35, plays tennis left-handed but the video shows him hitting a drive down a fairway right-handed.
Take a look here:
Rafa Nadal’s golf swing is so tennis-y pic.twitter.com/qGDRcv5VsS— Zephyr Melton (@zephyrmelton) October 22, 2021
The internet reacted with a mixture of shock, horror and amusement.
This is what Sergio Garcia had to say.
Nice and short, compact for sure. I played with him a while ago and it was even more tennis-y then. At the end of the day though, he’s a competitor and knows how to score. He has a swing that works well for him https://t.co/bb7WX47qrc— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) October 23, 2021
And here sums up the best responses from golf Twitter:
He swings like he’s hitting a low backhand. But Rafa has consistently shown that unorthodox is effective. https://t.co/SH0A21KGsl— ’ . (@E_Teezey1286) October 23, 2021
Right handed. Mad. https://t.co/CD7IMAqxNy— Liam Red (@ginge_lfc_6) October 23, 2021
How can something look so graceful in one sport and the exact opposite in another?? https://t.co/Vae2fOaOCZ— Michael Whitehead (@golfguidewriter) October 23, 2021
It’s just his backhand with a golf club https://t.co/4fHU1DZuRA— Guy Stayner (@GuyStayner) October 22, 2021
Still significantly better than my swing https://t.co/NhhBcZRQTx— Tucker Booth (@tuckerdalebooth) October 22, 2021
Respectfully, what the fuck is this. https://t.co/J2Z44vMo8Y— Jack Trumaine (@JackTrumaine) October 22, 2021
Backhand bunt down the line! https://t.co/wCW1IMPPGf— Amer Delic (@AmerDelic) October 22, 2021
Backswing length looks fine to me https://t.co/5FN8yangm3— ken ryan (@KenRyan_MKE) October 22, 2021
Finally found someone who has a shorter backswing than I do https://t.co/T1rTygUBUy— Justin Vandenberg (@jvberg) October 22, 2021