Education January 24, 2018
4-time American blind golf champ Mario Tobia is redefining the rules of the game
When Mario Tobia lost his vision, he was shattered. Today, Tobia, a four-time American blind golf champion, is changing the rules of how the game is played on the course. He believes that golf has saved his life.
Tobia regularly drives the ball over 240 yards, which is just 50 yards less than the professional golf average. Thanks to the inputs from his coach Frank Hesson he is able to play despite suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a degenerative condition.
Technology has also come to Tobia’s help in the form of the K-Vest, a wearable device that provides provide real-time audio and visual feedback on the golfer’s posture and swing. Tobia trains through feel and can work on the game from the comfort of his own home.
Hesson and Tobia cause a stir when they are out on the course as most people don’t realise he is blind
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