Brandon Canesi was born without hands, but that hasn’t stopped him from making incredible shots on the golf course.
Most recently, he sunk a 150-yard hole-in-one on the 17th hole at the Wizard Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In late-February, he posted the video on his Facebook page with the caption, “Goes to show you can do anything you set your mind on!”
Warning: The celebration contains some NSFW (Not Safe for Work) language.
The 25-year-old originally from Northfield, New Jersey dabbled in many sports growing up including baseball, basketball, football, crew and snowboarding. But, golf was his main love. He got his start at eight years old when he visited his grandfather in Florida and first picked up a club.
“After I hit my first shot, I was hooked,” Canesi told the Atlantic Country. “It was just natural. I put the club under my arm and was able to swing it naturally.”
However, it was difficult to find clubs that would fit his needs as a rapidly growing teenager. So, his uncle, Tom Parr, got to work in the basement and designed a set that allow Canesi to tuck the shaft under his right arm and against his body while his partially formed left hand grips the club.
The design worked wonders, and today, Canesi is training at The Golf Academy of America, where he is learning how to teach the sport and host golf tournaments to benefit the adaptive golf community. Eventually, he would like to learn how to build adaptive clubs for people of all ages who have an interest in the sport, but don’t have the proper equipment.
To get the ball rolling, Canesi started Hole High, a foundation that promotes golf for all players, regardless of their physical abilities, and shows the world that adaptive golf is a booming sport.
“I’m trying to get that message out there, to not let anything stop you from doing what you love. Don’t let your limitations hold you down. There’s ways you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you believe in yourself,” Canesi told CBS Philly.
And that’s an attitude everyone should tee up.