It appears Aussie surf legend Mick Fanning has found a new hobby. He just hasn’t taken to it with the same aplomb as he showed on the board.

The Gold Coast-based three-time world champion, who hit uncharted levels of fame in 2015 after surviving a shark attack during the J-Bay Open finals in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, is going for something much calmer these days: golf. And to help him shave strokes – and time – during the Covid-19 outbreak, Fanning has been armed with a new set of Callaway golf clubs and a practice net so he doesn’t even have to leave home to do it.

But it appears the man dubbed “White Lightening” has gone from punching sharks to hitting shanks, as evidenced by this video taken in his backyard. Check it out:


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Yep, any world-champion golfer ambitions look to be some way off. But on a positive, it appears nobody was harmed by his dimpled missile, and Fanning took the mis-hit pretty well.

“Yep my golf is getting much better!! 🤦🏼‍♂️🙅🏼‍♂️😜 @callawaygolfaus ps. Sorry neighbours” he wrote in a post on Instagram.

Onya, Mick. We’re glad to have you. Remember: practice makes perfect … and we’re all riding this wave together!