Cameron Champ has captivated the golf world with prodigious power coming from speed that has caused his swing coach, Sean Foley, to compare the 23-year-old to Usain Bolt. But as you might imagine, Champ has been able to hit a golf ball a long way for a long time already.
The recent first-time US PGA Tour winner said he first started turning heads with his length off the tee around the age of 12. And now a video of him practising at that age confirms such. Check out this quick — but mesmerising — clip shared by Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee:
Cameron Champ had the moves at 12… he could’ve fallen victim to the damaging fads of stacking left in his backswing or the X factor philosophy, or mainting the flex in his right leg in the backswing but his teacher at the time (from 9yrs) Kip Puterbaugh let his genius originate pic.twitter.com/At2KwNkMgW
— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) November 15, 2018
Talk about gripping and ripping it.
As Chamblee points out, Champ’s incredible action, thankfully, hasn’t undergone drastic changes, either with Foley or his former instructor, Kip Puterbaugh. In fact, check out this side-by-side comparison of him during the downside from when he was 12 to a more recent photo:
It was impossible to get a screenshot in the exact same position, but you get the point. More than a decade later, the talented Champ is still generating tremendous swing and ball speeds. And excited golf fans are just getting started watching.