Golf for the sake of survival
Golf is a symbol of aristocracy, part of the image and a fashionable hobby. This opinion can be heard from most people when it comes to this sport. However, for some, Golf is more than social fun. There are those who use this game to win back their right to a place in the sun in society.
Among these unique people is the British Leo Millar, a 12-year-old boy with a congenital deformity of the hand. Leo’s introduction to Golf happened by accident: a Golf club caught his eye in his father’s garage. On the grass behind the house, the boy made his first shots at the ball, not knowing that this “acquaintance” with the stick would be fatal. Leo only made shots with his left hand, but this did not prevent him from punching almost 100 yards. The father, seeing the obvious potential in his son, hurried to take the child to a local Golf club and get the opinion of professionals.
“The illness has always encouraged Leo to be purposeful,” Ian Miller told the Daily Mail. “Professionals, seeing their son’s abilities, offered free classes.”
And, I must say, their expectations were met. Two months later, Leo was hitting the ball at 180 m. a Professional in his field, the coach of the Pule Golf club, is convinced that the guy has a great future ahead of him. “For a novice golfer, Leo’s start is simply stunning. Golf swing is only part of Golf, but this talent needs to be developed. Inexhaustible enthusiasm and commitment is all you need to become a professional. And that’s all Leo has.
A British company that produces state-of-the-art prosthetics developed a flexible silicone glove that attaches to the right hand 2 years ago. The device was created taking into account all the features of the Leo Millar problem and allowed the child to master the other techniques of the game and make a full competition with other participants in tournaments.
Bob watts, representing the company, said that the bionic prosthesis developed for Leo will open up a lot of opportunities for a full life and for playing Golf, among other things. Leo himself admitted that he is very happy to have such a prosthesis and hopes to become a real professional in Golf.
It should be noted that in addition to Leo Millar, the world knows other people who are not prevented by disability from playing Golf. American Tom McAuliffe, who had no hands at all, shot for 150 yards. Tom’s amazing willpower and love of Golf allowed Him to become a unique player who masterfully handled a stick held between his cheek and shoulder.