Trick Shots: David Ortiz, Ivan Rodriguez chip, then bat golf balls
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Trick Shots: David Ortiz, Ivan Rodriguez chip, then bat golf balls

Believe or not, a lot of baseball players are really good golfers. In high school, I played with a top-five draft pick -- who just so happened to drill the golf ball 330 yards off the tee.

It also turns out a few are pretty good at blending the two together.

At David Ortiz's annual charity golf outing last December, the Boston Red Sox legend and future Hall of Famer catcher Ivan Rodriguez pulled off an awesome trick shot. The trick is pretty simple: flop a golf ball up into the air long enough to pick up a baseball bat and crush it down the range.

Long driver and trick-shot artist Trevor Consavage introduced the ballplayers to the trick as part of a performance he did at the tournament in the Dominican Republic. Consavage demonstrated the trick. Rodriguez pulled it off pretty easily after that. Then Consavage volunteered to do the chipping part for Ortiz, who then learned when he struck the ball with the bat that he was hitting a prank exploding golf ball.

Audience involvement is always a winning strategy, especially in this case.

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