Charles Taylor’s grandson will be playing on the junior varsity golf team again at Omaha Central, so he’s been giving him some tips.
Taylor has been working with the younger Charles on his grip, his follow through and not to swing full on his shots.
“Only 75 percent to 80 so you get more control,” the elder Taylor said.
On a recent outing to Benson Park Golf Course, the 14-year-old sophomore got to see how to make a hole in one, too.
Grandpa Taylor used a pitching wedge to go 140 yards on the sixth hole for his fourth ace.
“I hit the club. It took one hop and jumped into the hole,” Taylor said.
Although he’s been playing well, Taylor said it was all luck. But it was extra special because his grandson was there to witness it, along with James E. Webster. The closest the younger Charles has come to seeing an ace was on a Tiger Woods video game.
Taylor also has aced No. 16 at Benson and has holes in one at Fontenelle and Elmwood. He usually shoots in the mid to low 80s.
Taylor got his start in 1979 when some buddies at work needed a fourth. He joined their league and shot a 75 for nine holes.
“They said that was really good for someone who had never played,” Taylor said.
Now 68 years old, he golfs at least once a week. He said it’s relaxing and challenging.
It’s also amazing to pass down the game to his grandsons. Nine-year-old Timothy is also learning, although he’s limited so far to the driving range.
Working with both is a bonding experience.
Taylor hopes to watch his grandson play this year for Central. He wasn’t able to make any of his tournaments as a freshman.
“A couple of people have told me he has a nice swing,” Taylor said.
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