Apart from being an outstanding golfer with a very unorthodox golf swing, Lee Trevino is also a very interesting character. Being a Mexican American, he is also known as ‘The Merry Mex’ and ‘Supermex’. When he was very young his Uncle introduced him to the game of golf and he soon started sneaking into the local golf clubs to practice his golf swing.
Some of Lee’s comments are amusing to read. He talked about great golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bobby Jones amongst others, “We all succeeded at golf for one big reason, we all found a way to control our bad shots. What makes playing golf so difficult for most people, is that they don’t know where the ball is going to go when they hit it .”
When learning his game and trying to perfect his golf swing, Lee said “I covered more real estate than Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and L.B.T put together.” He was talking about how far off line his golf strikes were.
Lee also commented, “To Ben Hogan, a great golfer who unknowingly influenced me to consistently fade the ball”. Ben obviously had a huge impact on Lee when he practiced his golf swing.
Lee admitted he spent so much time practising, as well as looking after the pro shop on a driving range, it eventually lead to his divorce but it “Sure taught me how to hit a golf ball!” When his pupils asked him how to get backspin on irons to the green, he advised them, “You need backspin like chilli needs sugar.” He also spent a lot of time teaching his son how to swing a golf club and someone once asked his son, “Do you listen to your father?” His son said “Sometimes”. Then he was asked, “What happens when you don’t listen to him?” His son replied, “He makes me go home and polish 2 of the trophies he has won!”
He is truly one of golf’s great characters.