GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Anyone who has ever played golf knows it's a game of accuracy and precision. You have to grip right, stand right, and swing repeatedly, but a West Michigan man is doing things a little differently.
Brad Dion is in his 20s and has been playing golf for 10 years. What makes things unusual is that he needs a walker to play, and uses one arm to swing.
"Weights on both feet, holding on to my left hand, swinging away with my right," explains Dion. The swing is surprisingly fluid; his left hand holds himself up using the walker. His right hand swings the club back and forth building momentum then strikes the ball.
"I have a disability called cerebral palsy. Thankfully I only got the physical kind," says Dion. He has trouble walking and wears braces on his feet to keep his legs straight, but that doesn't slow him down.
"When I swing the club I just hope my arm doesn't come in contact with my walker," says Dion.
His dad, Bo Dion acts as his caddy and is quick to add that Brad doesn't tip well.
Brad learned his style of swing from himself. "The swing is just natural it is just comfortable," explains Brad. "Getting in and out of the cart is the hardest part."
His typical drive is around 100 yards, and is fairly straight. His dad says he can putt well, the problem is sand traps and uneven ground. "Don't feel sorry, it is not the point of why I do it," explains Brad. "I do it for the fun of it; it is not a burden, it is a blessing."
When Brad is not playing golf with the family he also plays competitive wheelchair tennis.