Quick Bit: Donald Trump is set to play at a LIV Golf pro-am on Thursday. Here’s what to know about his golf game as he prepares to play.
The LIV Golf tour is welcoming another new face to its programming on Thursday: former U.S. president Donald Trump.
Trump will be participating in the Saudi-backed start-up tour’s pro-am tournament set to be played on Thursday. He will be paired with his son, Eric, and LIV Golf pros Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
The pro-am isn’t scheduled to be broadcast anywhere, nor will it be played in front of spectators. Nonetheless, many will be wondering just how well the 45th U.S. president will do playing one of his 16 courses.
Here’s what to know about Donald Trump’s golf game as he gets set to tee off at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. on Thursday.
Donald Trump’s handicap
According to Golf Digest, Trump has a handicap of 2.8, meaning that he plays an average round of golf at 2.8 strokes over par. His best round of golf listed on his handicap index is a 70, so he is capable of going low.
Is Donald Trump good at golf?
As you can gather from Trump’s low handicap, he is considered to be a good golfer.
But it’s not just the numbers that back up that point. Eighteen-time major winner Jack Nicklaus called Trump “the best player” among the presidents he has played with and even compared Trump’s game to his own in 2019, per Golf.com.
Trump plays pretty well. He plays a little bit like I do. He doesn’t really ever finish many holes. But he can hit the ball, and he goes out and plays and just enjoys it. But he’s won several club championships. He can play.
Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz seems to agree with Nicklaus’ assessment. Diaz recalled playing rounds of golf with Trump in 2013 and 2014 and said that he was “the real deal” as a golfer.
Specifically, Diaz was complimentary of Trump’s iron play and ball striking. He said that while Trump hit the ball just 230 yards off the tee, his swing was tailor-made for solid approach shots using his irons.
This is largely thanks to Trump’s swing path. He tends to get the club to hit the ball with power on an inside path. The key to achieving that is opening up his front hip, as it makes that club path possible.
“For me, it’s all about the hips,” Trump said of his swing to Diaz. “Just get them out of the way as fast and as hard as I can and let the arms really swing through.
I read about the hips a long time ago in Ben Hogan’s book, and it became my simple key, and I’ve stayed with it. It might look a little crazy, but the more I clear, the straighter I hit it.
As for putting, Diaz thought Trump was solid in that regard, but Trump seemed to think it was the best part of his game.
“I’m a great putter,” Trump said to Diaz.
Donald Trump’s golf properties
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Trump is a good golfer. He owns 16 golf properties worldwide that are named after him and are one of his primary business ventures.
Below is a list of all 16 of the Trump National Golf Clubs and their locations:
Trump National Golf Club Bedminster
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte
Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck
Colts Neck, N.J.
Trump National Doral Golf Club
Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley, N.Y.
Trump National Golf Club Jupiter
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.
Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia
Trump National Golf Club Washington D.C.
Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Trump National Golf Club Westchester
Trump Ferry Point New York City
New York, N.Y.
Trump International Scotland
Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg
Trump International Golf Club Dubai
LIV Golf is playing its third-ever event at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster in New Jersey. The tournament will be staged from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, Jul 31.
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