News & ToursJuly 23, 2015

Stop what you're doing and watch "Tiger Woods of Bengal"

Titleist, TaylorMade, Mizuno. Industry paragons of golf club manufacturing. They've got nothing on the kids of Bengal.

"Tiger Woods of Bengal" is a documentary focusing on the children of West Bengal, India and their infatuation with the sport of golf. On the surface, that might not seem worthy of cinematic treatment. What differentiates this group of kids from other golf fanatics is the measures taken to play the game. Chiefly, regarding their sticks.

And we do mean "sticks."

Due to poverty, these children's families can't afford suitable golf equipment. This has not deterred their resolve, as the kids have taken the onus of fashioning clubs themselves. Often, this requires trespassing on government property to cut limbs and branches off trees.

In its own right, this venture is admirable. But here's the kicker: these homemade clubs are pristine. The artistry and craftsmanship is reminiscent of a veteran technician, not a 12-year-old novice.

But don't take our feeble words for it:

To donate equipment, accessories or apparel to these boys, you can contact filmmaker Danny Mamik or send your contributions to the Chalsa Polo Club of West Bengal, India.

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