In the mid-1980s, Faldo began rebuilding his swing under the tutelage of David Leadbetter, to reorder his game and become a regular contender in major championships (many contemporaries and commentators viewed his all-encompassing swing change as excessive, although later players have adopted similar strategies to varying degrees—most notably, Tiger Woods).
He was inspired by Jack Nicklaus, and he borrowed a set of clubs from his neighbors after watching the Golden Bear on TV.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, Faldo "became hooked" on golf at the age of 14—having never "even picked up a golf club" himself, watching Jack Nicklaus play the 1971 Masters on his parent's "new colour" television (his very first exposure to the game).
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With people’s thoughts turning to the festive period Beales has joined forces with the WHT to offer a supper prize.
To celebrate the arrival of new head chef, Phil, Beales Hotel is offering Welwyn Hatfield Times readers the chance to win a table for six at one of its Christmas party nights.