Custom to the Core: Adaptive Fitting for Blind Golf
Custom to the Core: Adaptive Fitting for Blind Golf


I started playing golf when I was about 30 years old. Once I started playing, I got hooked. About 10 years ago, I lost all my vision and that’s when I started playing blind golf and competitive golf. When I first started playing I could see everything. I could see the ball. I could see everything around me, I couldn’t necessarily see the ball in flight. And then as my condition worsened, I couldn’t see any balls in flight, and then eventually I couldn’t see my surroundings. Maybe I could see a tree-lined fairway and the outline of the sand trap and then when I lost sight of the ball which was the last thing to go that’s when it really became difficult, you had to trust your swing and make sure that you grooved it. I walk sighted guide with Frank, which means I hold on to his elbow and he you know his job is to first follow the ball, line me up, he’ll give me maybe course conditions, you know wind and distances, and then from there I know my distances so i’ll pull a club. We’ll confer but I’ll pull a club and Frank makes sure that my feet are lined up, my clubs behind the ball properly and he gives me the ok and then I swing. One of the things we found as we were working with Mario is he’s using special grips that have certain markings on them to help him align well and know where the club face is pointed and with those grips they’re a little bit heavier and so as a result his swingweights were a little light and he was saying that there’s certain clubs in his bag where he just has a hard time feeling the head weight and feeling it through the swing and so what we ended up doing is actually with his current clubs changing the back weights out a little bit, adding a little bit of weight in the head and that had a significant improvement right away. It’s been a terrific experience getting fitted and getting PING equipment, and I just had a putter fitting and the technology involved in making sure that the putter is correct and has a good feel is incredible. It just takes an element of out of the equation when you go play you know you have equipment that’s fitted for you. Now it’s up to you to perform.

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