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The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

This month we talk about The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress-relieving powers of a game of golf.  But when is a lot too much.  When does the golf get in the way of running the country?  I think in Donald Trump’s case only time will tell.  I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the good of the country!  Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!

The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands.

Dwight Eisenhower

Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.”

George W. Bush

Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow.

Richard Nixon

Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam.

Ronald Reagan

Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief.

George H.W. Bush

Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA and the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.

To see the rest of the USA’s Golfing Presidents, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

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Golf and Music have always gone together!

With the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am currently in full swing and all the celebrities out in full force, it is interesting to see how many musicians are playing.  Proving that golf and music have always gone together!.  Swing by Swing has put an interesting list together.  Check it out!
Golf and music have always had a unique relationship. Both are forms of art and both, if done right, can be beautiful. However, golf is an escape for those who don’t play it professionally, and some musicians take full advantage, especially when they’re out on tour. For them, it’s a reprieve from the grind. As multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Timberlake stated, “you have a lot of time on these tours. As Alice Cooper said, you can either drink all day or golf.” In honor of the Grammy Awards, we take a look at 10 of the finest musician golfers. Snoop Dogg
Handicap: 18
Snoop Dogg may not be the best golfer in the world, but there’s no doubt he enjoys the game. The 15-time Grammy nominee rapper and actor says he shoots “about 90,” which by all standards, isn’t that bad. Also, he’s a big fan of Tiger Woods. In fact, he went on record saying that golf is “garbage” without the 14-time major winner playing. Willie Nelson
Handicap: 16

The ageless Willie Nelson loves to get out to the course whenever he’s got free time. In fact, he’s been on record saying “All I do is play music and golf.” The 14-time Grammy winner owns a course in Texas. “Par is whatever Willie shoots,” says the pro.

Bob Seger
Handicap: 16
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Seger enjoys his time on the course whenever he’s not performing. Back in 2009, he played the Buick Open pro-am with Tiger Woods which made for a great show.   Adam Levine
Handicap: 15
The lead singer of the 3-time Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 plays to a modest 15 handicap but is always looking to improve his game. Back in 2012, he was celebrity student on Golf Channel’s The Haney Project and came out a better golfer. He’s been known to play a pro-am or two as well. Roger Waters
Handicap: 12
73-year-old Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Roger Waters of the legendary band Pink Floyd loves to golf his ball when he’s not playing music. He belongs to the exclusive  National Golf Links of America located out on Long Island, New York.
To see the rest of this Top 10 group, go here! Source: Swing by Swing Pictures: Getty Images  Jeff Kravitz    Stephen Rose   Paul Warner   Michael Buckner   C Flanigan    Steve Jurvetson  

Who are the TOP 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood?

We all know that there are a ton of actors who love golf.  Just watch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am each year as well as the annual Johhny Walker Pro-Am at St. Andrews every year.  But who are the best? Swing by Swing brings us an interesting list of the Top 10 Actors/Golfers in Hollywood.  Check them out!
Some of the best golf courses in the country are located in California. It is no coincidence that numerous famous personas of Tinsel Town find themselves taking up the game there and falling in love with it, just like all of us have at our own respective courses. Here is our list of the Top 10 Hollywood Golfers. 10. Samuel L. Jackson LONDON - JUNE 11: XXX during the Shooting Stars in Desert Nights Benefit 2009 Golf Day at The London Golf Club on June 11, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) Jackson took up golf when a group of his friends tricked him into going to a driving range. With a handicap of 6.9, Samuel L. once shot a 78 while playing with Tiger. Where did they play? None other than St. Andrews. 9. Bill Murray bill-murray Bill Murray is one of the most notable celebrity golfers. He wrote a book about how golf impacted his life titled Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf. His handicap is holding strong at 7.2.
8. Matthew McConaughey matthew-mcconaughey McConaughey played on his golf team in high school. Luck has been on his side, though, as he claims he has four aces in his lifetime. The Academy Award winner has an 8.6 handicap.
To see the other 7 Hollywood actors/golfers, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Getty Images

The NFL has some really good players. Who are the very best?

Many of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL players are also good golfers.  They are great athletes as we all know.  But the most passionate of all of these are the NFL players!  Here  of Golf Digest gives us his list of some really good players from the NFL!


  1. Tom Brady.

2. Tony Romo


3. Peyton Manning


4. Ben Roethlisberger


5. Aaron Rodgers

Source :    Golf Digest Pictures : Getty Images   J.D. Cuban

Which Celebrity Golfers Would You Like To Play With? I like # 25!

Every year at tournaments like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, celebrities come out in droves to play with the very best in the world.  What many people don’t realize is that, by playing in these Pro-Ams, the celebs are helping to raise thousands of dollars for charity around the world.    of Golf Digest gives us quite a comprehensive list right here!

Hannah Davis


Kate Upton


Kelly Rohrbach

golfworld-2015-07-gwsl03-celebs-kelly-rohrbach       To see the rest of these celebrity golfers, go here! Source :    Golf Digest Pictures : @hanni_davis    Walter Iooss Jr.    @kellyrohrbach   Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images for Mission Hills

New England Patriots Kicker compares Golf to Kicking!

Stephen Gostkowski, one of the best kickers in NFL history, sees similarities between kicking a football and playing golf. In a recent interview with Mark Carnevale on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio, Gostkowski talked about the importance in both sports, of tempo and rhythm, managing wind and confidence. He also repeats what many professional athletes have said in the past, “It’s all mental.” 3866275714_f54f3d6402_z What cool move does the Patriot’s best-ever kicker make after a shot through the uprights? Watch this video from Emily Kay at

Stephen Gostkowski is on his way to becoming the greatest kicker in NFL history, so he knows a thing or two about how weather conditions, timing, and cadence can affect the trajectory of a football.

With fellow players from teammate Tom Brady to Giants punter Brad Wing this season displaying their love for the game of golf, it’s not surprising that Gostkowski shares the passion and sees a slew of similarities between hammering one through the uprights and keeping a golf ball on the fairway.

To read the rest of this amazing story of the New England Patriots kicker, go here!

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Alice Cooper was a 9 handicap after 1 Year of Golf! Wow!

Most of us know that the pioneer of shock rock took up golf when he quit drinking. Alice Cooper’s doctor told him that he would follow other musicians in death-by-alcohol if he didn’t give it up. Cooper says he needed an activity that lasted all day so he chose golf. He’s been playing for 30 years now and says it’s the best game he’s ever played. His life change has also motivated Cooper to help others to explore their potential. This villainous on-stage rocker shows another side with his many charity golf tournaments and free music programs for kids. But how exactly did Alice Cooper get to a 9 handicap after only one year of golf? Find out here in this cool video from
On a recent trip to America European Tour Weekly spent time with the legendary musician Alice Cooper. Cooper has on several occasions credited golf as having played a major role in helping him to overcome his addiction to alcohol, and has even gone as far to say that when he took up golf, it was a case of replacing one addiction with another.
Source : European Tour

I Love it when People Mistake Arnold Palmer for ‘Tom Collins’!

Time for your daily laugh. I’ve always loved those man-in-the-street clips by people like Jay Leno. This one involves an intern from Golf Digest and South African Pro golfer, Louis Oosthuizen. It is all about identifying famous golfers. The one where New Yorkers are shown a picture of Arnold Palmer is hilarious. And Oosthuizen’s behavior reveals once again why he is loved by peers and fans worldwide. See the story and video from Joel Beall at: Golf Digest 4805540343_d79569ffa3_z
Louis Oosthuizen owns a claret jug and one of the best swings on tour. He also owns a hell of a sense of humor. The South African hit the streets of the Big Apple as a Golf Digest intern, asking New Yorkers a simple question: Can you identify famous golfers? Spoiler alert: Despite one standing in front of them, they could not:
To see Louis Oosthuizen interview people on the streets of NY, go here! Source : Joel Beall  Golf Digest Pictures : Marie Guilpin

Does playing QBack help Tom Brady’s golf? Check it out here!

Tom Brady is one of the best (if not the best) best quarterbacks in the NFL today.  With the mindset of evading hazards and trying to score on the football field, does this help when playing golf?  Back9Network and Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway sat down with Tom to hear his take on golf and football!
Tom Brady could very well be considered the Tiger Woods of the football world. He’s undeniably gifted, incredibly divisive and a practitioner of questionable fashion. Last week, Brady bridged the gap between football and golf when talking about his ability to complete passes down the field. Responding to a question about his downfield prowess, Brady was told that he is completing 47.1% of his pass attempts between 21-30 yards, up from the 28.1% mark he posted in 2014. “Really? That’s surprising to me,” Brady said. “We’ve talked about that a lot over the last couple of years, trying to make plays more vertically in the defense. I think we do a good job obviously horizontally. From behind the line of scrimmage to the goal line, I think the best offenses can really challenge you in a lot of ways. It’s great to have those 12-and-13-play drives, but it’s great to score in one play or two plays also. Again, it’s a quarterback-receiver trust relationship, trying to put the ball can make a play on it and believing that our guy is going to make a play.” To read the rest of this article plus watch a video interview with Tom on the Golf Channel, go here! Source : Back9Network   Chris Chaney, Wrong Fairway Pictures : Keith Allison

What if you could go back to the Majors and change outcomes?

Larry David, creator of Seinfeld and Curb your Enthusiasm, is a very funny man and an avid golfer. Recently, in an interview with Golf Digest magazine, he was asked what he would do if he were the most powerful man in golf. David chose 2 things. The first is that he would retroactively award Roberto DeVicenzo the 1968 Masters. David said “It’s a clerical error. Bob Goalby should have said, No, you take it.” I love that and it led me to think of several Majors where I’d like to tweak the outcome. One that comes to mind quickly is Greg Norman’s story at the 1986 PGA championship and at the 1987 Masters. Norman was looking good for the win each time, but freaky hole-outs from the bunker and sand by Bob Tway and then Larry Mize denied Norman his trophies. I think that to lose two consecutive Majors that way is too heartbreaking for anyone and if I could alter things, I’d have Greg Norman win one of those Majors. What would you like to change in the results of past Major Tournaments? Let me know and you’ll have a chance to win a FREE lesson with me. To enjoy more from the quirky Larry David, see this story from golfdigest:
Southern California golf is ubiquitous in the television series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The weather is perfect, but a storm is always brewing when the lead character bumps against the game’s social norms. Whether he’s facing country-club expulsion for not cleaning his locker or exile for precipitating a slow player’s death, the star’s passion for golf never wavers. We invited Larry David and his good friend Bill Scheft (staff writer for David Letterman and the nephew of legendary golf writer Herbert Warren Wind) for a round at Winged Foot. All afternoon, Larry’s lanky strut and creative cursing could be recognized from two fairways over. Here, the co-creator of “Seinfeld” answers questions from Scheft.
EVER PLAYED WITH ANY GUYS FROM THE PGA TOUR? In charity tournaments, I’ve played with Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, among others. Mickelson would describe what club he was going to use, and why. And he was all about what the grass will do. Keegan Bradley hit a tee shot, and I said, “Nice shot.” He looked at me, and I said, “I guess that’s like saying to Willie Mays, ‘Nice catch.'”
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME? Golf is the only sport where you can practice every day for six months and not get any better. The swing is unnatural. You can spot a good golfer a mile away. There’s a supreme air of confidence that’s sickening. They have a swagger that just reeks of good golf. They’re immaculate. There’s not a crease. There’s not a stain. You can take a microscope over the outfit, and you will not find a dot. Often there’s a part in the hair. Read the rest of the Larry David interview, and what he would do if he were the Ryder Cup Captain, right here! Source :        Golf Digest Pictures : David Shankbone   Daniel Sempértegui