Forty-eight years later, Arnold Palmer takes a look at JFK's golf swing
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.
There are letters from presidents, photographs, scorecards—and a golf bag with Eisenhower's clubs. There are golf-related photographs of Palmer with Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton, but none with JFK, who is generally regarded as the most natural of the golfing presidents. He competed on the golf team at Harvard. Palmer and Kennedy never met. Palmer has been a Republican all his life. His father, Deacon, who helped build Latrobe (Pa.) Country Club, "was a Roosevelt Democrat," Palmer said. "He thought Roosevelt saved the world."
Here is Arnold Palmer's analysis of JFK's swing 48 years after the fact....
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