Urban Meyer Finishes 7th in Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge Long Drive Competition

By Jason Priestas on April 30, 2013 at 11:25a

Yesterday, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge held its skills competition where BCS football coaches and their celebrity partners competed for $20,000 in scholarship money for their respective universities.

Urban Meyer and Jeff Logan, captain of the 1977 team, represented the Buckeyes in the competition and although they didn't place in the long drive or closest to the pin competitions, they both showed well. Meyer finished 7th in the longest drive competition among coaches with a 254-yard blast, event if his mechanics look like they could us a bit of work.

Urban Meyer's golf swing

Guess it could have been worse.

Steve Spurrier chipshot

To think, we were this close to a hurled visor.

Logan, an avid golfer and founder of his own golf-related charity, the Logan Family Foundation, did Meyer better with a drive of 296 yards, good enough for a tie with Bo Jackson for fourth in the celebrity division. If we tie Bo Jackson at anything, we're immediately retiring from that activity to boast about it for the rest of our lives.

The coaches and celebs are back on the course at Reynolds Plantation in nearby Atlanta today to compete for more than $700,000 in charity and scholarship money.

Coach Division Celebrity Division
Dave Doeren, NC State 292 yards Jon Barry, Georgia Tech 319 yards
Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss 290 yards Riley Skinner, Wake Forest 316 yards
Scott Shafer, Syracuse 281 yards Gino Toretta, Miami 307 yards
Dabo Swinney, Clemson 281 yards Bo Jackson, Auburn 296 yards
Gus Malzahn, Auburn 277 yards Jeff Logan, Ohio State 296 yards
Al Golden, Miami 261 yards Fred McCrary, Mississippi State 282 yards
Urban Meyer, Ohio State 254 yards Sean Tuohy, Ole Miss 268 yards
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State 205 yards Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 255 yards
    Steve Fuller, Clemson 235 yards


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BTwrestle04's picture

Wow, that is an awful swing. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

I am by no means an expert on the subject but if that swing yielded 254 yards, I'd take it.

Dr. House's picture

i am no expert either but it seems like its mostly arms doing the work and not letting the body and club do all the work.i would also take 254 yards  still not as terrible as chuck as seen below.

Unky Buck's picture

I don't know. That's a lot of lower body movement and a really stiff upper body. Yeah, the 254 is nice, but that swing probably doesn't allow for very accurate drives or approach shots. I'd rather take a 210 yd fairway shot over a 254 yd shot into a bunker or high grass. But that's me...at 32, I play the old man's game, ha

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IBleedSandG's picture

Thought the same thing when I saw the results chart. Urb's setup is pretty good, but the 2nd half of his swing and follow through are pretty bad.
He's still the f*ckin man.


dancorona5's picture

let us not forget

jrich612's picture

turrible, turrible, knucklehead, turrible swing 

Unky Buck's picture

Watching this swing makes me cringe every time.

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MN Buckeye's picture

And this guy has the right to criticize anyone anytime about anything?!

IBleedSandG's picture

I honestly don't know how he even hits the ball with that ridiculous pause.
After looking at this gif, my swing is now worse. Thanks, Chuck.


tennbuckeye19's picture

How long till Ole Miss puts Hugh Freeze's drive distance and 2nd place finish on recruiting material for mass mailings?

DLB1276's picture

The better the coach, the worse the golf swing.

rdubs's picture

For a former baseball player his lack of weight transfer and hip drive is pretty sorry.  If anything I would have expected him to "squash the bug" with his back foot by pivoting on it like you would see in baseball.  He looks like he is trying to golf with his feet stuck in cement.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Come on coach, follow through; it's all in the hips.

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

Should have gotten Coach Knight out there! ***Beware if at work or around young children to turn the volume down***

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Hovenaut's picture

It's all good....seventh place.

Have a feeling Urbz will be finishing in first place elsewhere down the line.

(Can I get an amen, or a SOON image?)

faux_maestro's picture

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

Hovenaut's picture

Ah, you are a champion today my friend.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Actually.....it's not that bad of a swing. The hips are a little tight and the backswing is a bit short, but he maintains the proper position through impact and that is what is important. For someone who plays as infrequently as he does, it's the right approach - very compact and controlled.
Higher handicap golfers usually overturn their hips, swing with too much arms, then come across the line (or over the top) on the downswing causing a slice to occur. They also tend to have little resistance against their hips as they turn back. Coach has not shown any of those key flaws, so just beacause the follow through looks awkward, it doesn't mean he doesn't have have sound mechanics. He likely hits a draw from that swing.
As he plays a little more, perhaps he will lengthen the backswing and allow for a bit more hip turn - you know, more juice......Hopefully his pink contact has a provision for more golf to be played.

andyb's picture

How is Jim Boeheim Douchebag considered a celebrity?

Nappy's picture

Is there anything Bo Jackson sucks at?

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Earle's picture

Growing a new hip?

Snarkies gonna snark. 

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I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Poison nuts's picture

That's a pearl Earle.

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harleymanjax's picture

Playing 4 quarters against the Bengals!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

GoBucks713's picture

Does anyone else notice Urbz in the background of the Spurrier chip shot hoping for a visor toss that would outdo the chip?? He watched the ball then looked back at OBC hoping for a visor toss.

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M Man's picture

I can't believe that chunk by Spurrier.  I thought he was a pretty fair player; if I'm not mistaken, he's a member at Augusta.

UrbanCulture's picture

Gotta be some sort of conspiracy that the tie breaker between an OSU player and SEC player goes to the SEC player

William's picture

That swing is awful. Although I have no room to talk, I'm shit with a driver, but love hitting my irons. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Which is the best part of your game other than putting to have down cold. I play a regular foursome every Sunday with a guy who hits his tee shots 280 plus without breaking a sweat, and fairly straight for the most part. I beat him up and down the course on our bets because he can't chip, put, or even really hit his fairway woods that well. He'll usually take me on par 5's, just because I'm not a big hitter but he has no idea how to dial back on short 4's. Par Three's are give me's because he's a 6 waiting to happen thanks to an inability to do anything but sail the green by a mile with whatever club he uses.
I'm not a great golfer by any stretch, on my absolute best day I'm low 80's but my short game is a real point of pride and I'm deadly with a wedge shot. Wouldn't play any other way.

William's picture

Nice. I played Pinehurst No.2 with some friends last year (perk of living in Pinehurst, the golf is amazing), and I rarely used my driver or woods. I was clearly awful on Par 5s because I was using a 2 iron, but I was fairly even with my friends on Par 4s, and blew them out of the water on Par 3s, for which I usually go with a pitching wedge, or maybe if it's a bit long I'll use a 9 iron. I can putt, chip and hit irons, but with a driver or woods, I spray like hose. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Best advice I ever got was to stick with it though. As frustrating as it can be, you gotta force yourself to learn to hit those longer clubs. Its annoying when you can't hit it straight especially when you know you can smack a good iron shot. I didn't use a driver for 2 seasons and forced myself to use it and cut a solid 8 strokes off of my game, just because of the distance it gave me. I dial back the swing when I use the bigger clubs but its coming around. That's the best advice one bad golfer can give another! 
You're probably a much bigger hitter than me too. I'm usually a 7 on most par 3's. If you can use a wedge or 9, more power to you. Even more of a reason to get those bigger hitters down!

brandonbauer87's picture

He looks really good at address, then it all falls apart when the front foot comes up. It always amazes me how awkward these athletic people swing golf clubs. 

Doc's picture

He's here to play coach, not to play golf.

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harleymanjax's picture

I would love to see Hoke's swing!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Hovenaut's picture

Not sure about that, but he's deadly in a cart....

OSUStu's picture

My brother-in-law rolled a cart down a hill during his bachelor party golf outing.  Drinking and driving don't mix...even in golf carts.

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