Obama told Russian state-run Rossiya TV and ITAR-TASS news agency that he's been working on his golf game lately. However, he disclosed in the interview that he hasn't had much success.
The president, who has been playing golf most weekends with aides, says he thinks he should be good at the game. Yet his shots never seem to go straight.
Obama played a quick nine holes on Saturday before a Fourth of July picnic at the White House.
The White House released a transcript of his interview on Sunday hours before Obama heads to Russia for his first trip as president.