Tony Jacklin CBE is quite simply a golfing legend and one of the greatest British golfers of all time. He revitalised British and ultimately European golf with his remarkable exploits. He is the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.
For the 60s and 70s there was no brighter star in golf’s firmament than Tony Jacklin. At the age of 26, he broke all performance records in the history of British golf. In doing so, he simply did for British golf what Arnold Palmer did for golf in America. Having won both the Open Championship in 1969 and the US Open in 1970 Tony became a true global star of the game.
He would then later go on to lead the European team in the Ryder Cup in the 1980’s winning for the first time in 28 years in 1985 and then winning on US soil for the first time in the event’s history two years later. He was awarded a CBE for his services to golf and in 2002 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is now a successful golf course designer and continues to work within the media commentating regularly on some of the world’s greatest tournaments.
What you may not realise is for the last 25 years he has been struggling with hearing loss and wears a hearing aid device on both sides. Sound is such an important factor in Tony’s game so that he knows how well the golf ball has been struck. He needs to be with the best care providers for his hearing.
Speaking about his hearing loss he finds the most difficult thing is that people will assume that you can hear and unless you explain prior to playing that you are hard of hearing people think you’re ignorant. He champions awareness campaigns and admires the work organisations like the independent hearing aid sector does to help change perception of hearing loss. So much so he is a proud patron of the English Deaf Golf Association.
‘I see the value in working with Independent Hearing Aid Audiologists as they are able to provide the best products suited to my hearing needs with access to the newest technology available from around the world.’
‘The service from independent’s is personal which when dealing with such an important sensory need is invaluable!’