Tricky Golf Moves With Tania Tare
Auckland-born Tania Tare is one of the world’s most recognisable trick-shot artists and has amassed over 300,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Golf Australia reports. In an interview with the sporting publication, Tare discusses her process, her injuries, the state of the women’s game and her aspirations to join the LPGA Tour.
Tare, who also played tennis competitively as a child, was introduced to the game at 12 when she learnt how to do Tiger Woods’ commercial trick shot, but she says she didn’t hit a golf ball until she was 14.
“The first time I went to the golf range, I was asked by a coach in the bay next to me to take lessons with him,” Tare says. “That’s kind of how it all began and with having a coach really early to teach me the fundamentals, I managed to improve quickly and definitely became hooked pretty fast as well.”
In New Zealand, Tare’s favourite golf course is her home club, Titirangi.
“I have been going there since I began playing the game,” she says.
“I also am a big fan of Alister MacKenzie courses because they are, in my opinion, true players courses. Another course I can’t get enough of is Muriwai Golf Links, as I love the sweeping beach view. Another worth a mention is Windross Farm Golf Course… It’s surrounded by hillsides and so picturesque. I also got to play at Tara Iti, it was so majestic. It’s almost too hard to pick my favourites as New Zealand has such a swathe of dynamic courses.”
The magazine asks her to describe some of her best trick shots.
“A lot of my favourite trick shots are involving red solo cups indoors. Solo cup tricks were the first original videos I did and it’s sort of where I made my first initial trick shot branding. There wasn’t really anyone who had done them at that time, so they were associated often with me. If I had to pick my favourites, I’d say my flip cup 2.0 and flip cup 3.0 were two very difficult and original ones I enjoyed pulling off. I’d also on a personal note add the snowboarding trick shot I did with my friend Possum Torr and doing trick shots on the 16th at the Waste Management.”
Original article by Michael Jones, Golf Australia, March 26, 2020.