Carly Booth puts just the right touch on this flop shot over Jeremy Dale's head.
Many golf fans became aware of Carly Booth when she appeared wearing not a whole lot in the 2013 "Bodies We Want" edition of ESPN the Magazine, but the 21-year-old Scot has been an accomplished golfer for almost a decade.
She won her first women's title at age 11, was ranked as Europe's top female junior in 2007, became Britain and Ireland's youngest Curtis Cup player at 16 in 2008, and twice played in the Junior Ryder Cup. She turned professional at 18 in 2010, and already owns two Ladies European Tour titles.
And, it turns out, she's got a flop shot that even Phil Mickelson might covet. She showed it off the other day during an appearance with Jeremy Dale, a British instructor and trick-shot artist in his own right.
As you can see in the Instagram video that Booth posted, she positioned Dale just a few feet in front of her, then took a full cut with a wedge – she gently lofted the ball directly over his head and it came to rest just a few feet behind him.
Dale flinched a little bit, but I give him serious credit for remaining as steady as he did – no disrespect to Booth, but I don't think I could hang in there with any golfer in the world taking such a big swing so close to me.
And while you enjoy Carly's video, here's a bit of trivia for you: Her father, Wally Booth, was a prominent amateur wrestler and a bouncer/doorman at the Cavern Club in Liverpool when the Beatles were getting started. The Fab Four asked him to accompany them on their first trip to the United States, but he turned them down because he was training for the 1964 Olympics. He won the British championship, but an injury kept him out of the Olympics.