On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama was always trying to
squeeze in a game of pickup basketball, but since he's been in
Washington, golf has become the first pastime.
According to Time Magazine's Michael Scherer, Obama has played
virtually every weekend this summer, sometimes with Vice President Joe
Biden and other times with a collection of aides and friends. The
stakes are low ($1 a hole) but the game is serious. No mulligans or
long gimme putts, and the president will play out a hole until the
bitter end, even if it means putting a 10 or an 11 on his card,
according to one aide. As in basketball, Obama is a trash-talk enthusiast who tries to get
into the heads of his opponents and sucker them into taking more
difficult shots. "He is very strategic about his use of it," says
Eugene Kang, the 25-year-old White House special-projects coordinator,
who played with the President at Andrews Air Force Base in late June.
"It's always fun to make the putt and give him a nice little look at
the end." Time's Scherer reports that estimates of Obama's handicap range from 16
to 24, and he outlines the areas where Obama's game needs work: [Obama] is still struggling to master his new hybrid woods. He putts
solidly and is working on his bunker shots, once an Achilles' heel. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?