My Golfing Hero is Nick Faldo

July 8, 2016 8:59 am

By Grant Guerin, World of Golf London Senior Professional

Nick FaldoMy first recollection of witnessing live professional golf on television was as a nine-year old in New Zealand watching the 1989 US Masters. Now I was a good Kiwi lad who loved playing cricket and rugby, but knew very little about golf other than that my Mum thought that Seve Ballesteros was a good looking bloke. However that US Masters really struck a chord with me and the major reason was the playing of the eventual champion, one Nicholas Alexander Faldo

What I recall most about that first encounter of watching Faldo play was the sheer majesty of his golf swing. I vividly remember thinking to myself “I have no idea about a golf swing, but that swing just looked perfect to me”. His swing just seemed to flow so effortlessly back and through and he had such magnificent rhythm and balance that he made hitting a golf ball look so easy. Add to that of course, that at that point in time, he was the dominant player in world golf and he had himself a new admirer from far afield.

His was a swing to be truly admired.

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