CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Brecksville boys golf team’s season recently came to and end. But for sophomore Andrew Craig, it’s the beginning of another winter of training, most of it powered by video and a keen eye for self improvement.
Craig grew up without many family connections to golf but had an interest in the sport, so he had to generate another set of eyes to help him fine-tune his swing. To do this, he began video-taping his own swing and watching the film, slowly making adjustments and improvements. He’d also watch video of professional golfers’ swings and apply those fundamentals to his game.
It didn’t take long for his video-powered-training it to start garnering results.
Craig has been practicing like this since he was nine years old. Today, coach Tom Mulhall calls Craig one of the most consistent players on the team.
It made him a natural fit for a winter program at the GolfTEC in Brecksville, a training program that utilizes video equipment and analysis, which he started last season. He says it’s made a huge difference, especially in his short game. Then again, he’s been utilizing video since he picked up a golf club.
Craig spoke with the Northeast Ohio Media Group this week.
Q: So how did you get into golf in the first place?
A: “No one from my family golfed so I’m not really sure how I got into it. I got an old set from my uncle and started hitting when I was nine and just told my parents I wanted to play more. I was mostly self-taught.”
Q: Is there one professional golfer’s swing you have studied the most?
A: “Adam Scott, his fundamentals are just the best anybody could look at.”
Q: What’s your favorite type of shot?
A: “Flop shots. It’s always fun to show off like that and because they’re harder to hit. I can just see flop shots better for some reason.”
Q: What was the best shot or round of your season?
A: “We won a tournament at Ellsworth Meadows. I shot a 77 and got second. That was big for team confidence and we can look ahead to do more of that next year since we’re only losing one or two of our top six.”
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: “Definitely want to qualify for the state tournament next year. That’s the No. 1 goal. At sectionals I had an OK day. At district I was struggling real bad. That was a hard day of golf.”
Q: What’s something you always have in your bag or some other routine when you play?
A: “I always have to chew gum when I play. People might find that kinda weird. I think it just helps keep my mind off other things and helps me focus on golf. And it lets me get some frustration out without throwing clubs.”