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One handed golf kid tipped to be star

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A 10-year-old golf protégée from Dorset is being tipped as a future star despite the fact that he was born with only one hand.

Leo Millar was born without fingers on his right hand but has had a special bionic glove made for him which allows him to swing two-handed.

He has only been playing the game for seven weeks but has already wowed onlookers with his expert chipping and putting - and, quite amazingly, is already able to hit balls over 200 yards.

His flexible glove attaches to his right wrist and allows him to grip any golf club and swing with two hands, and the device has already been already given the all-clear by golf's rulemakers, the R&A.

"Leo has always been very determined because of his disability and he seems to have a natural sporting ability," his father Ian told the Daily Mail.

"He only picked up a golf club for the first time two months ago and he just seemed to be a natural at it.

"He was swinging away left handed but despite only using one hand he could hit the ball really well.

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"I took him up the practice ground at my local golf club and when the professionals saw him and realised he had only been playing for two days they offered him free lessons.

"He has been told that he has a perfect golf swing - it is textbook.

"Now with the new prosthetic limb on he is using both hands and arms for the first time, and can hit the ball 200 yards."

Leo himself said he is delighted with glove, which was developed for him free of charge by the renowned Dorset Orthopaedic in Ringwood, Hampshire. 

"I went into our garage a few weeks ago and picked up one of dad's golf clubs and started hitting a ball on the green outside our house," he said.

"I did have my right wrist on the top of the club but it wasn't much use. I hit the ball about 100 yards using just my left hand.

"Now I have my new hand I can hit it nearly 200 yards. It is great and now I hope to become a professional golfer and earn a lot of money."

Leo plays golf at his local club in Poole, and the club's assistant professional Barry Mutter says there is no telling how far he could go - and he believes the youngster could even go on to emulate his hero Rory McIlroy in joining the professional ranks.

"His swing is phenomenal for someone who has been playing golf for just a couple of months," said Mutter.

"There is natural talent there for sure. His enthusiasm blows you away.

"He could be as good as he wants to be. There's no reason why he couldn't be a professional.

"Most people his age don't have a natural swing like his. Because he has got such a good swing all he needs to do is hit the ball in the right direction."

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