Trick-shot Kevin a real star

Suffolk golf pro Kevin Carpenter is hopeful his incredible array of impressive trick shots can win him a world title later in America this year. The resident professional at Hintlesham Golf Club has been honing his jaw dropping routine for over two years now and it really has to be seen to be believed.

Stuart Watson

SUFFOLK golf pro Kevin Carpenter is hopeful his incredible array of impressive trick shots can win him a world title later in America this year.

The resident professional at Hintlesham Golf Club has been honing his jaw dropping routine for over two years now and it really has to be seen to be believed.

As these pictures show, the 34-year-old's main party piece is balancing on a gym ball before driving a golf ball straight down the fairway.


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Also in his repertoire is performing keep-ups with an iron before striking the ball straight and true with the driver held in his other hand.

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Carpenter, whose outlandish dress sense bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Ian Poulter, has already appeared on television series The All Stars Cup (a celebrity version of the Ryder Cup) and has just returned from displaying his skills to an Arab audience in Bahrain.

He said: “Two years ago I was working at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales where they happened to hold the first ever World Trick Shot Championships.

“I liked what I saw, went away, tried some of it and found it alright to do. With my teaching I didn't have enough time to improve my game as much as I would like for competition so I turned more to the trick shots.

“The idea for the gym ball came a bit later when we used them at general golf training course to improve core stability and I just thought, I wonder if I can hit a golf ball off of one of those?

“It's definitely the party piece in the routine, without it I don't think I would have gone that step further and started performing organised shows.”

Carpenter is currently performing his show at Hintlesham Golf Club as part of their corporate golf days and has recently gone back to his former employers at Celtic Manor in Wales and the Riffa Golf Club in Bahrain to show off his set.

And if his range of tricks wasn't enough already, Carpenter is now trying to add an even more spectacular party piece. He said: “I'm learning to ride the unicycle at the moment because I want to incorporate that into the show.”

Carpenter will enter the World Trick Shot Championships later this year on a date that is yet to be conformed. There he will try and match the achievements of good friend Geoff Swain, the Briton who won the competition two years ago.

To book your corporate golf day at Hintlesham Golf Club, or arrange lessons with Carpenter, please call the club on 01473 656006.

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