President Barack Obama said he needs some help with his sand shots as he opened up about his golf game.
The president, an avid weekend golfer, is set to hit the links several times during his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
While summing up his game on the Golf Channel‘s Morning Drive, Obama said he is ‘not a hack, but I’m not quitting my day job.’
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President Barack Obama said he needs some help with his sand shots as he opened up about his golf game during an interview with Golf Channel’s David Feherty (pictured)
Obama is all smiles after putting on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club during his annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday
Speaking to David Feherty, Obama estimated he has a handicap of 13, an improvement from his reported 17-handicap when he took office, CNN reported.
A handicap score allows players of varying abilities to compete fairly. The lower the handicap, the better the player.
Overall, he said he hits a straight drive.
‘I’d say, I’m an honest 13,’ Obama said.
‘I think my irons are good, my drive is straight but unimpressive in length, my putting’s decent, my chipping is okay, my sand game is terrible.’
He also said the difference between a score in the low 80s and high 80s generally depends on how many bunkers he hits.
Obama was joined by NBA player Chris Paul, Cyrus Walker and White House aide Joe Paulsen as he played golf on the first day of his two-week holiday on Martha’s Vineyard
Obama picks up his ball as his partner, Cyrus Walker, the cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, looks on
Chris Paul flashes a smile during the foursome’s round of golf on Sunday
When asked if he has taken any divots out of the South Lawn, Obama said the rough is too thick there and that he does not practice that much.
Obama is generally publicity-shy about his golf game and remains out of sight of the media cameras during his outings.
When a reporter asked about his difficult round of golf at TPC Stadium Court outside Palm Springs in February, he replied, ‘My score is classified,’ according to CNN.
Obama’s handicap puts him on par with most presidents including Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan who all reportedly had 12-handicaps while in office, CNN reported.
Obama gives a thumbs up after putting on the first green at Farm Neck
Obama and NBA player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers stand next to each other while playing a round of golf
Bill Clinton, at his peak, reportedly had a 10-handicap however it is rumored he had an inclination to fudge his scores.
Obama played his 300th round of golf as president today on the island at Farm Neck Golf Club, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.
On Sunday, Knoller tweeted that Obama’s foursome today included L.A. Clipper’s point guard Chris Paul, one of several NBA players invited to golf with the president.
Obama was also joined by Cyrus Walker, the cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and White House aide Joe Paulsen as he played golf on the first day of his two-week holiday on Martha’s Vineyard.
Cameras were able to watch the group putting early in their round with Obama showing off his ‘decent’ putting touch.
He struck about a 30-footer that strayed only an inch or two past the hole.
‘I hope you guys saw that,’ he said to the press pool, obviously pleased.