Playing 18 with a Blind Golfer is Both an Inspiration and a Great Lesson in Gratitude


714: When was the last time you hit balls at range with your eyes closed? It’s an amazing opportunity to learn more about what some coaches call “awareness”, being able to truly feel your body as you swing the golf club. Now do that out on the course. That’s what it’s like for blind golfers!
In this episode, Golf Smarter listener, Bob Banks, who has been legally blind for four years, and host Fred Greene play 18 holes at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, CA. You’ll hear how Bob and Bob’s friend/guide/coach Jerry, navigate driving, chipping, and putting through a challenging course. You’ll also learn more about how Bob lost his vision, his initial reaction, and how he learned about and became part of the Blind Golf community. Bob challenges us all to close our eyes the next time we’re practicing and see what we learn. For more, check out

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