Category: Sports

What is it like to play golf with president Obama?

The other day i was watching interview with Larry David and subject of golf came up. Obviously, i started to actually pay attention, and found out that he had played golf with our former president. I love Obama, and wanted to find out what he was like as a golfer.  Larry, very funnily described him as very humble and generous player, with a little pettines thrown in there. But by the way he said it, i could tell it was intended to be a joke.

 Anyway, i actually started to research on the subject and gathering every bit of information on what he is like as a golfer. It turns out, big chunk of information on obama playing golf comes from our current president, complaining about how much time Obama was spending on golfing. It’s ironic that he is taking a lot more days off than Obama did, but that’s not the point of this post. So let’s discuss into what i found out about our president while digging into everything golf-related that was published about him.

 First of all, i found out that his favorite brand of golf club is probably a Nike. As two of his drivers and all of his golf clubs are made by them. Too bad Nike is quitting golf club business. Even with Tiger Woods and President himself promoting their clubs, they couldn’t sustain the expenses. Back to Obama Though. Out of three woods, one seems to be Taylormade R11 Driver, which, in my opinion, is perfect choice for a player like him. I also found out about one nice gesture from famous golf players and champions of modern golf – Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Davis Love. Story tells that they gave President Obama golf clubs as a gift, and invited him to golf championship they were all going to participate in. Although, looking at his current golf club set, he didn’t seem to keep those clubs in his bag. Maybe he’s one of those people who are picky about golf clubs and need everything to be just right. Or maybe he did bring those clubs to golf course and played with them. There is very little information on what golf clubs he plays with every day, so we can only speculate. 

 One more thing. Since he has left white house, there has been a lot of speculation on where he was going to live and which golf club he would join. It seems like he tried handful of them, including major jewish golf community in Maryland, but he landed on Columbia Country Club, which is pretty close from his 8 million dollar home in Washington. By the way, he plans to stay there for a few years, until his daughter Sasha finishes high school. All in all, you can say anything about Obama, and you can hate his policies, but no one can deny that the man has class.

Buying golf club set vs individual clubs

When beginners ask me for advice about buying new golf clubs for themselves, i always recommend buying pre-packaged golf club sets such as Callaway Strata and many other series from trusted brands. Why? Buying Callaway Strata or similar club set has many advantages over collecting all the clubs one by one by yourself. First of all, it’s much simpler. Even if you’re choosing clubs for your children, You avoid the headache of having to pick high quality junior’s golf clubs from vast amount of fakes and low quality golf clubs out there. It saves tremendous time and money as well. Manufacturers like Callaway would much rather sell golf clubs in bulk, so they price them accordingly to motivate buyers into buying the complete sets. Honestly, i’ve tried Callaway Ultimate set and it would take up to thousand dollars to collect the set of similar quality by buying individual golf clubs separately. And you shouldn’t forget that these clubs come with golf club bag. Golf bags separately usually cost from fifty to hundred dollars, so you should factor that in as well.

 Plus, another flaw of buying individual golf clubs is the marketing cost markup that you have to pay for. Just imagine how much money top brands, such as Nike and TaylorMade are pouring into athletes’ pockets just so they wear and use their golf gear. All that money is paid by people buying from this company and is factored in each product’s cost. So do you really want to be paying those huge promotion deals, or do you want to get set of clubs that will actually fit your golfing style and experience. In my opinion, as a beginner, that’s the choice you have to make – do you want to show off and spend foolishly, or do you want to get actual club set that will help you gain experience and improve your game so you can move on to play with more sophisticated golf clubs and truly appreciate them. As opposed to beginners, who are usually rich and buy the most expensive golf club they can get their hands on, thinking that it will improve their game and reputation. Spoiler alert – it doesn’t affect either. In fact, it might harm your reputation if you’re playing with people like me who can’t stand showing off.

 For all these reasons, i definitely recommend going with more affordable option and getting golf club sets. It doesn’t have to be Callaway Strata as i mentioned earlier, but make sure to check club reviews to make sure that particular product is made well. You can also guess it by the online rating, and in my experience, anything with and above 4.5 star rating is pretty good. It just happens that Callaway Strata Ultimate was the one i had tried, and i liked it a lot. I’m assuming Wilson and other golf club manufacturers have some nice club sets out there as well.

Annoying moments and people on golf course

In today’s post, i’m going to talk about situations and people that are unfortunately very familiar to all of us. One of the biggest reasons for why i love golf is community – great people that i get to enjoy playing golf with, but that’s not always the case. Even on the golf course you can often find inconsiderate jerks who have no sympathy for your time and effort. And i’m not pointing fingers at anyone. We all have bad day and may act rudely even without realizing it, but it’s up to us to realize that we’re not acting nicely and make up for by apology or however else we can. Anyway, here are some of the worst situations i’ve been on golf course and some of the worst people i’ve met.

 A year or two ago, i was out with my brother to play round of golf on weekend and have a good time. First three holes were a breeze and only took slightly more than about half an hour, and that’s when we arrived on the fourth. Four elder women, probably in their fifties, were playing there, and as i didn’t want to be rude, i decided to wait for our turn without approaching them. We stood there waiting for literally an hour, and then i approached them to ask if we could get done with our hole quickly so we could move along. One of the women instantly started yelling at me, shouting that they paid for a tee time and they didn’t expect anyone to disturb them. After explaining that she wasn’t the only one who paid for the course, she stopped making sense at all and resolved to shouting again. We had two choices, either we would call up representative of the golf course to resolve the situation for us, or we could move along. At this point we were pretty tired and decided to quit golf for the day and quickly left afterwards. That is how one rude group of women ruined nice evening of golf for us.

 One more annoying and somewhat humorous (probably to the observer) memory of mine is playing golf with this one guy who was obsessed with fixing my swing, even though i didn’t ask. It was about four years ago, when i was still a beginner golfer. And i went golfing with this colleague, who i didn’t know very well but just happened to be into golf like i was. But quickly into the process of playing along with him, i started to deeply regret that decision. He might have had good intentions and wanted to help me, but his explanations confused me even more. And i’m not one of those people who aren’t teachable, at least i don’t think i am. But this guy was super obnoxious and annoying with his lessons. The fact that i didn’t have good set of golf clubs probably didn’t help either, so i quickly had to replace them with best set of irons clubs beginner can have. All in all, it was valuable learning experience as i decided to never play golf with him again.