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June 13, 2011
In Arnold Palmer's museum of an office in Latrobe, Pa., there's a great deal of presidential golfing memorabilia, dating to 1958, when Eisenhower briefly met Palmer, didn't recognize him as the reigning Masters champion and later wrote him to apologize for the slight. It was the start of a beautiful friendship.
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June 13, 2011

The King On Jfk's Swing

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"It's hard to compare Ike and JFK, because Ike was a much older man when I played with him. Kennedy's in his mid-40s. Clinton's swing might be a little bit more athletic [than JFK's]. Not much more so, just a little bit. I played with Clinton the other day, at Trump's course in New York. Clinton can hit it, but you never know what zip code he's going to hit it into."

On JFK's golf cart

"Look at that—the three-wheeled cart. That's the early days of golf carts. The three-wheeled cart didn't last long."

On fixing JFK's swing and his potential as a golfer

"He's very fixable. I would have told him to firm up the arms, get over to his right side, then get all the way through to his left side. I'd get his hands a little farther away from his body on the putting. Not a lot, just a little. You could see him shooting in the mid-80s. You could see him shooting 85."

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