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Christmas TV appearance for Huxley

Story published at 14:00, Friday, December 22nd, 2000


Sports Celebrity Gary Lineker will present a special TV golf programme on Christmas Day. “Are You Superhuman?” at 11.15am on BBC2 is a must for all golfers wanting to know how to putt like golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

The programme shows how two novice golfers from Bristol substantially improve their putting skills over a four day period with coaching, visual aids and scientific analysis aimed to help the golfers achieve Nicklaus-like consistency in putting.

Ed Booth, the producer of “Are You Superhuman?” needed a top-class putting surface for the programme and arranged for Huxley Golf to install one of their premier all-weather greens at the Explore @ Bristol exhibition centre where the filming took place.

The Huxley green featured in a four day golfing experiment run by the BBC in conjunction with Professor Ross Sanders of Edinburgh University. Each day Toby Hitch and Stefan Chiffers, two local novice golfers, received half an hour’s coaching on the green from golf professional Peter Mawson, Professional at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club.

Toby and Stefan were both given time to practice on the green, but only Toby was shown the scientific video feedback each day analyzing his progress.

Both Toby and Stefan improved their putting over the four days, but which one came nearest to Jack Nicklaus’s accuracy and consistency? You’ll need to watch “Are You Superhuman?” on Christmas Day to find out.

Huxley Golf were delighted to help the BBC with the programme. “Having installed all-weather greens for Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke and several other top golfers,” said director Paul Huxley, “we were pretty confident about producing the high quality putting surface required. The spotlight was on our green throughout the filming and Ed Booth, the BBC Producer, said we did a grand job.”