>> Call it the art of the drive. Japan's leader Shinzo Abe teeing off talks at the White House Friday, before heading to Florida for a round of golf with President Donald Trump. Though, as Reuters' Bill Tarrant explains, some in Tokyo are a little worried about the game.>> By all accounts, Trump is a very, very good golfer, with a handicap of around 3, which is a couple of points more than his age, which is 70.
And that's pretty amazing. Golf is 90% mental, they say. And those who have played with him, and golf pros who have talked about Trump's game say the secret of his success is that he utterly believes in himself, that he's going to make every shot and that he's gonna sink every putt, no matter how hard.
>> Trump has had tough talk for Japan on currency, security, and trade, even before Election Day. And some back in Tokyo are anxious, if a deal gets hammered out on the green, Abe's form may be below par.>> He holds the flag, for instance, when other players are putting.
And like any other weekend hacker, he's a little erratic at times. And he especially has trouble with sand traps.>> Trump told a local radio station Sunday the matchup with Abe could be a fun meeting, though Abe has got a little more skin in the game.>> His prime minister grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, and Dwight D Eisenhower, then the US president, played a round of golf outside Washington in 1957, which newspapers would later describe as a triumph of diplomacy.
>> As far as the Japanese are concerned, golf holds great symbolism. And with Trump's unpredictable nature, there's no question why Tokyo is nervous.