Golf: Kapil swaps his bat for a club
Thursday 05 November 1998
The 39-year-old former Indian cricket captain and leading Test wicket- taker had never swung a golf club before he retired from cricket, but in two and a half years he has managed to bring his handicap down to three.
"I had my first game of golf in 1995, and spent the first year hacking it around the course like most amateurs," said Kapil, whose potential was spotted last month when he played with Ernie Els, Ian Botham and Ivan Lendl in the pro-am event before the Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.
"I was very flattered when Ernie Els' coach, Robin Baker, came up to me afterwards and said I had a lot of golf in me," he said. "He videoed my swing and gave me some pointers which he usually keeps for the professionals."
Kapil, who averages 280 yards off the tee, has modest ambitions. "One day I would love to represent India as an amateur," he said, "but my goal this week is to just make the cut."
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