IF GOLFERS ARE ATHLETES THEN OBAMA’S NO ATHLETE

We had a pretty good debate in here about whether the golf swing that allows a player to compete on the PGA Tour requires athleticism. I say it does. Others have compared Tiger Woods hitting a ball 265 yards with a three wood off a sidehill-downhill lie to shooting pool.

I’ve said here many times that Obama has a nice jump shot.

As a golfer, he’s a really good basketball player.

This video of Obama’s golf swing is a perfect example of a guy who shouldn’t set foot on a golf course until he takes some lessons.

It’s hard  to decide if this is more embarrassing than his first pitch at the Nationals game.

I think I’ll go with the pitch because it’s easier to throw a ball 60 feert six inches and not look like Oprah Winfrey than it is to have a smooth golf swing.

(That’s including cutting him some slack because of the bullet proof vest.)

  • Joe Bunda III

    Someone mentioned the Nuttings…. Barry and the Nuttings are perfect pairing. Complete and total hacks who have no idea how to do their jobs.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      The Nuttings are the smartest owners in sports.

      • Ochotexto

        BO started on a state championship hoop team. Golfers aren’t athletes. And if they were black kids aren’t very welcomed to participate anyways. Yinz still can’t get through those cultural differences yet. Just like the general.
        I don’t think any president played hockey or soccer., they are truly the commie sports.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          It’s more about how the game (soccer) is played, and where it comes from. It’s a perfect game for socialists. Lots of work and very little reward. Lot’s of ties. There are no ties in golf and it’s all about the INDIVIDUAL. A perfect game for Americans.

          • Mike

            Golf is a perfect game for Americans cause you get to hit the ball then drive a little cart to hit it again instead of actually exercising.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            That, too.

          • Ken

            Some of us walk and would like to see carts banned unless you’re old or handicapped. They actually hurt the pace of play.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

            I’d like to see about half the people who play quit. That would really speed up play.

  • Ken

    Not great, but go to a public course and you’ll see worse. Hard to believe that in the places where he plays, some pro hasn’t helped him out. But he does seem to think that he always knows best in every area of policy, so why would golf be any different?

    Supposedly he plays to an 18 or 19 handicap.

    One thing I like about him that I’ve heard is that if he has a terrible hole and takes 13 strokes, he puts 13 on the scorecard. He doesn’t use an never-ending supply of mulligans the way Pres. Clinton did.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      You learn a lot about a guy by the way he plays golf. Clinton’s mulligans spoke volumes about him. I’ll give Obama credit if he keeps his actual score. Few hackers do. It’s possible that the person who shot the video just happened to catch his worst swings. If not, there’s no way he’s an 18 handicap.

      • randy newman

        i would say you learn a lot about a guy by the way he washes the roof of his car. it would be just as valid as using golf as a measurement. of course in that semi-famous youtube vid, you showed poor form in all the sports montaged together.

        • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

          You obviously don’t play golf. And you’re obviously a woman who could never grasp that concept. That doesn’t make you a bad person, though, Randi.

        • Chuck

          “i would say you learn a lot about a guy by the way he washes the roof of his car.”

          That’s really pretty funny stuff there… Nice work.

          “Randi” or Randy or Brandi or Brandy… whatever your name is…

  • Al

    Keep talking about his pitching.The Nuttings will hire him.He will not pitch well.That does not make any differance.He will draw people to make them more money.

  • Paul

    I’ve golfed for the last 35 years and while I’ve seen a lot of bad swings, I can only think of one or two EVER that were as bad as that.

    PS. Those limp wrists at the top of the backswing say a lot.

    • Chuck

      He might not look like Tiger Woods, but it’s not that bad. If you go to any public course right now, I’m willing to bet that you find 10 people with uglier swings. I’m willing to bet you don’t look like Bobby Jones when you swing either…

      Now his first pitch at the Nationals game, with his B.S. White Sox hat, that was god awful!!!!

  • RuthenianCowboy

    Don’t forget that he bowled something like a 38 in Altoona on a campaign stop.

    I would love to see him on skates.

    • http://justwatchthegame.com JohnSteigerwald

      I forgot about the bowling. That may have been worse than both golf and baseball.

  • Frank

    The man has played around 40 rounds of golf since stepping foot in the White House, yet he makes Charles Barkley look like Sam Snead.

    Good job Barry. Keep up the good work.

    • Ken

      There’s only one Charles Barkley. I don’t know if Hank Haney improved him, but this is what he had to work with…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s50K65PNeBU

      Unquestionably the worse, and weirdest, golf swing ever.