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Feel vs. Real

Feel vs. Real: 10 PGA Championship players—can you spot the differences?


LOUISVILLE—Walk down a driving range and you'll notice golfers making rehearsal moves. It's true at your local driving range, and it's true at the 2024 PGA Championship.

Most golfers a swing thought or two they show up to a tournament. A position, or move, in their golf swing they want to engrain in their golf swing. The difference between a swing thought and a swing feel is that the feels are what players go searching for. That's what they take out onto the golf course. That's why you see so many rehearsal moves, and often why these rehearsals can look very exaggerated. That helps them find a feel that both solves their technique, and helps them bring it to the golf course.

"It's easy to revert back to some old stuff when you're on the course," Viktor Hvoland says. "That's why I kind of exaggerate my feels. I was able to apply those feels, and I saw improvement right away."

Hovland wasn't the only one rehearsing feels at Valhalla Golf Club. Here's a handful I spotted throughout the week. Can you notice the differences?

Ludvig Aberg Feel


Ludvig Aberg Real


Xander Schauffele Feel


Xander Schauffele Real

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Adam Scott Feel


Adam Scott Real

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Billy Horschel Feel


Billy Horschel Real


Si Woo Kim Feel


Si Woo Kim Real


Alex Noren Feel


Alex Noren Real


Tony Finau Feel


Tony Finau Real


Justin Rose Feel


Justin Rose Real


Jason Day Feel


Jason Day Real


Jake Knapp Feel

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Jake Knapp Real

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