From the reaction on Twitter, President Trump shooting 73 — at age 71 — is just unbelievable. But Sen. Lindsey Graham, not exactly a big Trump fan, says that’s exactly what happened: “Really enjoyed a round of golf with President @realDonaldTrump today,” the South Carolina Republican posted Monday on Twitter. “President Trump shot a 73 in windy and wet conditions!”
Mike Warren, the senior writer at The Weekly Standard, checked it out. “Graham spokesman tells me this is not a joke and that Trump really did shoot a 73,” he tweeted.
“THAT WOULD TAKE SOME SERIOUS KILL”
Mr. Trump and Mr. Graham played on the Columbus Day holiday at Trump National Golf Club, the president’s club in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Trump shot a 73 — one over par. Is he really that good? “The president’s official handicap is 2.8, although he hasn’t posted a score since June 2016,” Golf.com reports. “Of the 20 scores listed under his most recent scores, just one is better than a 73. (That was a 70 he reported shooting in August 2013.)”
GOLF MAGAZINE HAD THIS TO SAY ABOUT POTUS AND GOLF: “The lowest amateur round at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., isn’t held by some hotshot with a seven-figure trust fund, but by the course’s 64-year-old owner a smooth 66 from the gold tees at a length of 6,900 yards. Yep, Donald Trump is that good.”
He lapped Mr. Graham, who’s just 62 years old. “How bad did he beat me?” Mr. Graham wrote in another tweet. “I did better in the presidential race than today on the golf course! Great fun. Great host.”
Monday was rainy and windy and exceedingly humid. Shooting a 73 that day would take some serious skill — even from more forward tees (you still gotta hit fairways and greens and make some putts).
TWITTER EXPLODES WITH DISBELIEF
Some on Twitter found the tale as hard to believe as Kim shooting a 34.
“Oh come on. No way Trump shoots a 73. I am sure POTUS is a fine golfer, but there is no way this happened,” wrote John Bresnahan, the capital bureau chief for Politico, a left-leaning website.
David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, perhaps the best golfer ever to inhabit the White House, snarked: “Did he cheat?”
Richard Haass, president of the Council of Foreign Relations, tweeted: “Lindsey: how many mulligans? how large was the circle of friendship on putts? what tees? strains credulity to believe this was a real 73.”
There were a slew of political musings as well, with posters slamming Trump for playing golf after hurricanes and with California burning.
Only Mr. Trump and Mr. Graham (and maybe a few Secret Service agents) know if the president really shot a 73.
But if anyone can do it…Trump can!
OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE TRUMP GOLF SHOT IS THIS ONE:
Here’s a video of our wonderful POTUS taking the best shot ever:
— AMErikaNGIRL♥️ (@AMErikaNGIRLLL) August 28, 2017
FOUR REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T BEAT DONALD TRUMP ACCORDING TO GOLF MAGAZINE:
Four Reasons Why You Can’t Beat Donald Trump
And four ways you can build consistency into your game to win more than your fair share of matches
1. A Solid Grip
“I don’t win club championships with practice, but with a good grip.”
Trump places his hands on the handle following proven fundamentals, with nothing either too strong or too weak. This allows him to re-create the arm hang established at address when he strikes the ball a great way to hit consistent shots. His grip pressure is just firm enough to keep his hands from breaking down either at the top of his backswing or at impact (it’s a solid 8 on a scale of 1 to 10). You won’t see a lot of hand flipping Trump keeps his hands quiet and lets his body turn square the clubface.
2. A Strong Turn
“I’m a hip player. The strongest part of my swing is my body turn.”
Once he completes his backswing, Trump brings the club back down by strongly pulling his left hip behind him. Because he emphasizes his lower body rather than his arms, he delivers the club into the slot consistently instead of throwing the club out with his hands the over-the-top move that cause slices, pull-slices and other shotmaking misery. If you’re prone to slicing, copy Trump’s swing. It’s hard to come over the top when your turn is this good.
3. Killer Bunker Shots
“I’m better out of the sand than anywhere else around the green.”
Many of the same elements that make Trump’s full swing work also make him an excellent bunker player. His strong left-side move eliminates deceleration, which is the number-one reason amateurs leave their first shot in the sand. If you slow down as you approach impact (for fear of hitting the ball too far), you have almost zero chance of getting the ball on the green. Trump may shorten his backswing to control length, but he’ll always accelerate and hit “through the shot,” not “to the ball.”
4. A Confident Putter
“If I don’t beat you with the short ones, I’ll beat you with a bomb.”
Trump is a brilliant putter, a trait built on experience and an uncanny ability to “will” the ball into the hole. One of Donald’s recent opponents, NFL Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, commented after their match, “Yeah, he beat me. He made absolutely everything. He kept rolling in 20-footers.” If you’re looking for Trump’s putting secret, you’ll find it in the fact that he truly believes he can make every putt. That’s a powerful state of mind before any shot, especially on the greens.
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