14 Sep Rafa Nadal and his other passion: Golf
We all know that Rafael Nadal is a true tennis legend, achieving feats that are within the reach of very few and thus becoming a benchmark in world sport.
It is not strange to say that he is a true sports gifted, since besides being the best tennis player in history, he could also be a golf professional; sport in which he has a handicap plus 1.2. It is fair to say that he has a differential talent for the sport and he himself says that, as a child, he combined tennis with soccer, where he also stands out for his scoring ability.
But returning to golf, his record also stands out: he currently has a handicap that would give him the possibility of taking the leap and start the process to become a professional if he wanted to. Recently, he was runner-up in the Mid Amateur Golf Championship , which took place last February of this year at the Alcanada Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and located in the north of the island. The flamboyant champion of 14 Roland Garros, signed in the championship a card of 77 strokes with three birdies, four bogeys and two double bogeys. Up to the tee of the 16th hole.
It is common to find Rafa at any of the courses on the island playing a social or team tournament. In the last editions of the Corporate Cup, Rafa has been part of the Hipercentro team, where his attitude and energy have been an example. It should be noted that the humility and naturalness that the manacorí shows on the tennis courts is also shown in his daily life, always with a smile to anyone who comes to take a picture with him or with the staff of the fields, with whom he is always grateful and cordial.
In addition to working out on the courts of the Mallorca Santa Ponça Country Club, it is also common to see him playing at the well-known Son Servera Field of Son Servera, a course with more than 50 years of golf and history in Costa de los Pinos-Son Servera, close to his native Manacor; as well as the Pula Resort Golf, managed by Romeo Sala and where he shows his qualities in an unbeatable environment.
Although, according to the experts, Rafa does not have a very orthodox swing, especially when it comes to the long shots, his swing too orthodox, especially with regard to the long shots; his effectiveness is evident in the results he obtains in the competitions where he participates. Meanwhile in the short game - the really decisive in golf - according to those who know him, he is quite accurate and precise. All this, added to his qualities as an elite athlete, make Nadal a golfer with a promising future who, with the necessary will and time - his age would not be a problem - could compete with professionals.
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