Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Golf: Manuel De Los Santos

Attached here is the story of a truly inspiring individual: a golfer from the Dominican named Manuel De Los Santos.

Here's an excerpt from the short documentary description:

"Manuel de los Santos is one of sport's most inspirational figures. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he played baseball from a young age and by 2003 was planning to turn professional. But a motorcycle accident changed his life forever when he lost his left leg above the knee.

Following this accident, he moved to France and on seeing the film, 'The Legend of Bagger Vance', he was inspired to take up golf. Now 26 years old, Manuel lives in Paris and plays to a handicap of just three, competing in high profile tournaments all around the world. His extraordinary golf swing has become instantly recognisable.

Peter Montgomery read about Manuel at the end of 2009 and had the idea of making a film about him. This short documentary portrait is the result."

Watch the video here:

or by clicking this link:

His balance is astounding. It's difficult to bend on one leg like that, let alone hold a perfect golf stance.

Thanks to Brian for sending this.


  1. Gday Mike, its Tim from Aust. I met you in hospital at the PA. I am a rlbk amputee. I would like to get in touch with you. What would be the best way as i dont want to put email address on public site. It would be great to hear from you. Cheers Tim

  2. Hi Tim, Sorry for the late reply, I've been a bit pre-occupied with work and travel this year! Feel free to post your email address here and I just won't publish the comment. Great to hear from you! Hope you're doing well!

  3. Thats incredible that the first time out he was able to hit 4 balls 200m. That guy is an amazing golfer and such a great story. "when you feel good all the impossible becomes possible"

  4. The most amazing thing about the Manuel De Los Santos story to me is not the fact that he is an amazing golfer with only one leg, but the thing that amazes me the most about it is that he plays golf without a prosthetic leg of any kind.