Brian Lara turns golfer and teaches us his perfect swing (video)

West Indies legend Brian Lara is famous worldwide as one of the greatest cricketers ever to take the crease. But now he spends more time pursuing his love for golf, and he came to Wales sample some of the best courses in the world.

Before an interview with James McCarthy, the cricketing hero showed us his form as a golfer by taking us through his impressive golf swing and talking about the errors he tries to avoid.

You can see his swing, as well as the full interview with Brian Lara in the video below:

This week The Prince of Port of Spain was turning heads on a holiday to Wales where he was indulging his other great passion – golf.

Yesterday afternoon the 43-year-old was enjoying the sun at the 300-acre Wyeland House, near Chepstow, after a morning playing at the nearby St Pierre golf and country club.

He flew in from Barbados to a rainy Wales on Friday morning but was happy the weather had brightened since.

The former Warwickshire player – he hit a record-breaking 501 not out for the county side 19 years ago against Durham at Edgbaston – said: “It started off a bit shaky with the weather, and playing golf in Porthcawl in bad weather, is not the place to be introduced to golf in Wales.”

It was difficult even in good weather but once it brightened “things got better”.

“We went to the Celtic Manor too, I don’t know why we have not been back,” the batsman said. “It is one of the best places I have ever played.

“With the Ryder Cup it was put on the map and as a golfer you want to play a Ryder Cup course.”

It hosted the competition from Newport in 2010.

“It was a wonderful course, it is in my top 10 of the courses I have ever played but I don’t know when I will be back,” Brian said.

Despite being a left-handed batsman he is a right-handed golfer.

“I started swinging right handed, my friend had right handed clubs and I stuck with it,” the batsman said.

Brian spent yesterday morning at “beautiful” St Pierre.

“I understand it was a PGA golf course but with the distance people hit the ball now it’s probably a bit short,” he said.

He even stopped at the links in Pennard, near Swansea, on the weekend.

“That was the most picturesque course I have ever seen, it is unbelievable.” Brian said.

The father of two found time to visit friends during his visit, including property tycoon Paul Bailey.

“He owns this place and has provided us with a lot on this trip,” the player said.

Wyeland House is a nine-bedroomed Georgian property normally priced at £5,000 for three nights.

“And we have been out in Chepstow where we had a few drinks too many. That was not last night, that was on Friday.

“I was surprised, there are still a few people who recognise the old boy.”

Brian did not sample any local ales. He prefers champagne, wine or vodka.

The Trinidadian did not expect to come across cricket fans in Wales.

“It is such a big rugby culture here, I would have thought cricket would go under the radar,” he said.

Football is more his bag than rugby – his best friend is Manchester United star Dwight Yorke. The pair have been close since childhood, when they were coached football together.

“I always supported whichever team he was on, my loyalty was not to one team,” he said.

The two met when “I was aged maybe 10 and he was seven or eight.”

Dwight had been on the trip as well but had to fly to India on business at late notice.

“Dwight had to rush off,” Brian said.

“I could not believe he was off to India, but it seems Manchester United are stretching their wings. It’s nice to see the number one club in the world get out there. He left on Saturday.”

The former Man United striker is now assistant coach of the club’s reserve team. But Dwight has not left Brian alone – he is with six other pals from Barbados. And he claimed he was golfing better than his pals.

“I’m leading the group, which is good.”

Today they are leaving for Ireland where they will be visiting Dublin’s K Club.


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