RG3 takes a swing at golf

RG3 with PGA professional Parker Parsons. (Courtesy of Parker Parsons)

WASHINGTON – The rehab on Robert Griffin III’s surgically repaired right knee seems to be going well and he has the golf swing to prove it.

The Redskins quarterback spent last Saturday at the Golf Institute at Lake Presidential Golf Club, in Upper Marlboro, Md., where he was fitted for a custom set of Taylor Made clubs. While he was there, Griffin took his new sticks for a test drive and managed to impress some of the club’s instructors.

“We were actually blown away by how good he is for not having any formal instruction,” says Parker Parsons, lead instructor and custom fitting specialist at the institute.

Redskins fans may cringe at the photo of the 2012 AP Offensive Player of the Year in full backswing on a driving range that day, but Parsons says Griffin never mentioned feeling any discomfort in his knee during their session.

“He said, ‘My knee feels great. I’m just working on getting the speed back’,” Parker says.

Griffin had surgery after the season to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.

Parker says he tested Griffin’s swing in the Taylor Made performance lab at the club and says that, with a little training, Griffin’s athleticism could translate to a functional golf swing.

“Literally, across the line, all the measurements we measure, his averages are right in line with a tour player,” Parker says, adding that Griffin told him he hadn’t swung a club regularly since the seventh grade.

He says Griffin’s coachability could also make him a good golfer.

“I always relate it to a five-year-old kid who watches Tiger Woods, or any of the other guys on tour, when they sit in front of a TV and watch it and visualize it, and then they imitate it,” Parker says. “He just seems like that type of guy.”

RG3 is among the players expected to talk to fans at the Redskins Draft Day Party on Saturday afternoon at FedEx Field.

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