Deron Williams, 27, plays point guard for the New Jersey Nets and is a two-time NBA All-Star.
Erik Isakson
Monday, August 29, 2011

It takes more than one good shot per game to survive in the NBA, but in a first-timer's round of golf, that's often enough to get hooked.

\nNew Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams had never played before teeing it up in a celebrity tournament a few years back. "I actually had two good shots that day," Williams says. He's been obsessed with the game ever since, playing up to four times a week, often at the Santaluz Club in San Diego, where he spends part of the off-season.

\nWhen he played for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics, Williams and teammate Michael Redd even snuck in 18 holes at a Beijing course. (Don't worry. They brought home the gold.) Williams brings the same intensity to golf that he shows on the court. "I'm competitive at everything," he says, admitting to a learning curve on the links. "Golf is more mental, while basketball is more reactionary."

\nStill, his favorite golf tip applies to his day job. "If you hit a bad shot, just focus on the next shot."

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