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These swings of SEC coaches might make you feel better about your own game

May 13, 2015

In SEC country, coaches are worshipped like gods. When they're on the gridiron or basketball court, they can do little wrong if they're winning games.

That is, apparently, until you put a golf club in their hands.

At the pro-am before the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, we got to see a number of college and basketball coach swings on display.

Here's a photo of Auburn men's b-ball coach (formerly of  Tennessee) Bruce Pearl. He has a lot of things going on this swing. The front knee is a little Nicklaus-esque. But the Nicklaus comparisons end right there...

Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn, who led the Tigers to an SEC championship in 2013, didn't totally impress. Looks like Malzahn is spending a lot of time in the film room during the offseason -- not the golf course. That's good news for Auburn fans.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, however, looks like he's got his swing grooved. GHIN searches didn't produce a handicap for him, but we're sure he plays a decent amount.

New Alabama men's basketball coach and former NBA player and coach, Avery Johnson, showed off his swing at the pro-am. Looks like he's got some power, but he might need to work on his balance a little. Coach has some moves, though.

Looks like Johnson even caught some advice from tour pro Jeff Maggert. Solid!

We also love this photo of Saban with Tom Watson. Two legends in their fields, pondering their next shot.