The New Golfer-In-Chief Can Play
According to the final tally at ObamaGolfCounter.com, Barack Obama played golf on 306 days during his eight years in the White House. Assuming he played 18 holes each time, that's more than 38 rounds a year, almost double the national average of 19.3 rounds for all golfers in the United States.
Obama's total is far from Woodrow Wilson's estimated 1,200 rounds played while occupying the Oval Office or Dwight Eisenhower's approximately 800, but it certainly sets the 21st-century bar for golfing presidents. So, can Donald Trump top him? Given how the man who took the oath of office as the 45th president last Friday appears to be distancing himself from his predecessor, it's unclear whether Trump will take aim at Obama's mark or let his clubs gather more dust.
Regardless, with his 19 club championships and his 2.8 Handicap Index, Trump immediately climbs to No. 1 on Golf Digest's ranking of golfing presidents , unseating John F. Kennedy. In a special issue of GolfDigest , Jaime Diaz wrote about the new Golfer-In-Chief's game after playing with him twice in recent years.
Trump is essentially self-taught, having never worked regularly with an instructor. "I think of golf as a very natural game," he said. "I never really wanted to know a lot about my technique. I really trust instinct a lot, in golf and a lot of things." Diaz says the best part of Trump's game is his ball-striking, although the new president believes it's his putting. Which isn't surprising, given that what happens on the green often decides the winner. And as Trump proved in the 2016 election, he's good at doing what it takes to win.
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