Butch Harmon to give President Obama golf lesson
Fresh off his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will let one of professional golf’s prominent instructors help him with the state of his swing this weekend. Butch Harmon and son, Claude III, are flying to Florida to work with President Obama at The Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, according to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest.
The President’s host, club owner Jim Crane, who also owns the Houston Astros, hired Butch Harmon to build and run an instructional complex as part of The Floridian’s remodeling. Crane learned of the President’s interest last week while playing in the AT&T National Pro-Am.
“I’ve played golf with Ike, Nixon, Ford and President Bush 41,” Harmon said from his golf school in Henderson, Nev. “I never played with President Clinton. I met him in the Oval Office. It’ll be interesting. I know the President is real keen golfer. I’m looking forward to it. It should be fun.”
Harmon previously analyzed the President’s swing early in his first term.
“He’s a left-handed player, I’ve seen film of his swing before,” said Harmon, who analyzed Obama’s swing when the President first took office. “It’ll be fun to get him down in the learning center, show him stuff in his golf game and see how he takes it to the course. He’s just like all of us that play golf. He wants to get better.”