If you’re like me and live in a climate where golf is impossible during the winter months, you may be looking for some content to give you that golf fix. Well, look no farther because I’m about to suggest to you 5 of the best golf YouTube channels that you should be watching in 2022. Golf BOOMED during the pandemic in 2020, which added a whole new group of people to the game. Younger people turned to YouTube for instructional golf videos... this list isn’t that. When I’m watching golf YouTube, I just want to melt into the story of the course, the guys playing and the cinematic details of the video. Here’s my top 5 Golf YouTube channels for 2022.
No. 5: Skratch Golf
Skratch Golf YouTube channel is a fun, cinematic, storytelling, golf YouTube Channel. You’ll notice a trend here, I’m not much for “instructional golf YouTube channels”. I like to watch YouTube for entertainment. I want to be immersed in the story and I want to find the obscure in the game of golf. Skratch does that!
Here’s a quick bio for Skratch:
Highlighting golf’s fun, human, and humorous side. Golf is no longer just the stuffy world of middle-aged country club members. Skratch brings you content for a new generation.
Skratch is the home of Adventures in Golf with Erik Anders Lang, Skratching the Surface, Cart Path Only featuring PGA Tour players as well as collaborations with the one and only DJ Steve Porter.
I’ll be honest, Adventures in Golf put Skratch’s YouTube channel on my radar. A travel series where Erik Anders Lang went around the world to find some of the most unique golf stories available. The professional and cinematic short films in this series will suck you in. You’ll easily blow through an entire season in a day!
Skratch Golf is also presented by the PGA Tour, so they have some amazin access to the biggest names in golf. This easily helps them put out golf content that you cannot find anywhere else.
You can visit Skatch Golf’s website here: Skratch Golf
No. 4: Fore Play Golf
Fore Play Golf is presented by one of the largest sports media companies in the world – so that probably gives them a leg up on the competition. They have the backing of Barstool Sports, which means they have inside access to some big names in golf but also in pop culture in general.
Here’s a quick bio for Fore Play Golf:
A Barstool Sports golf media franchise by the common golfer, for the common golfer. We mix it up with golf professionals, showcase the world’s different golf courses, and relentlessly bring an unfiltered voice on everything golf.
If you’re looking for an entertaining round where PGA Pros like Kevin Kisner trash talk your favorite Barstool guys while they play 18 holes of golf, this is for you. While it’s not necessarily focused on the story telling of the course or the history of the facility, it is mindless fun to watch.
Fore Play Golf also has some entertaining videos like “Fore Man Scrambles” where they play against some famous celebrities. Recently the Fore Play team played against country stars, Jake Owen, Hardy, Morgan Wallen and Darius Rucker. If that doesn’t scratch your country music and golf itch, nothing will.
While Barstool can be seen as a little fraty and low brow bro humor, the guys are one of the largest media outlets in the world for golf and do offer a great insight and fun videos to just put on and watch while you relax after work. They are also pumping out a ton of content, so you’ll never go long without a new episode.
You can visit Fore Play Golf’s website here: Fore Play Golf.
No 3: Random Golf Club
What was originally the YouTube Channel for Erik Anders Lang, the Random Golf Club is another cinematic golf vlog channel that documents Erik’s journey through golf. I would describe Erik’s style as Anthony Bourdain meets golf. His story telling and ability to capture the perspective of golf in a unique way is second to none.
Here’s a quick bio for Random Golf Club:
Random Golf Club is a place for all things golf, meetups, stories, adventures, and more. Headed by Erik Anders Lang, who hosts the Erik Anders Lang Show Podcast, showcases his behind-the-scenes insight into his travels with Adventures in Golf for Skratch TV, meetups with a group of strangers, PGA Tour events and more.
Aside from all of that, Erik talks about how golf quite literally saved his life. His journey through the game is also fun to watch as he has some matches with some amazing guests like, Kevin from The Office. Whether you’re a casual Office fan or a casual golfer it may be my favorite golf video on the internet.
You can visit Erik’s website here: Random Golf Club.
No 2: No Laying Up
Pound for pound, I’m not sure there are many YouTube channels out there that are as entertaining and well done as No Laying Up.
Here’s a quick bio:
No Laying Up is five golf “fanalysts” who host the sport’s leading podcast and produce some of golf’s most influential social media and digital content for a rapidly growing and highly engaged fanbase. This content portfolio includes three original golf travel franchises as well as on site PGA & LPGA Tour coverage across the world. The group’s access to top PGA Tour players and entertaining content has engendered a passionate audience and made the brand on eof the most relevant in golf. Above all, No Laying Up uses its resources to serve as the voice of the golf fan.
Even more so than that, No Laying Up has created several series that are a sure to entertain any golfer from the most avid to the recreational. Of note, one of their most successful series is their “Tourist Sauce” series that they release once a year.
The group will travel to a destination and play around 8 courses in the area, talking to the architect, the local head pro and members of the course. They document the entire trip and bring you with them throughout the entire journey. Aside from seeing some great golf courses like Bandon Dunes, you also get immersed in the experience through the cinematic footage of the course and the golf. Truly, a television quality series.
No Laying Up also hosts a series called “Strapped” where two of the guys, Neil and Randy go on a three day golf trip with only $500 between the two of them. The two must eat, stay and play 3 rounds of golf within that budget. It’s a great series for the average golfer who sees the price tags of a Pebble Beach and knows there’s no way they could afford that. This showcases the fact that you can go out and enjoy a weekend with your golf buddies without breaking the bank.
In my opinion, No Laying Up has some of the best and most watchable golf content on YouTube right now.
You can visit No Laying Up’s website here: No Laying Up.
No 1: The Public Country Club
Okay, call me biased because this is our page but I think we’re taking a different approach to golf content than what’s being put out there now and hopefully you’ll enjoy it too. We aren’t focused on creating content for the most known golf courses in the world, we’re focused on creating content for the courses you’ve never heard of so you can see some insight to the amazing golf courses this country has to offer.
Here’s a quick bio for The Public Country Club:
The Public Country Club is a “Country Club” for the average golfer and weekend warrior. It’s built on three things: Golf, Beer, Hanging out with your buddies (not in any particular order). Public Country Club is for the golfer who loves the game but not the stereotypes that come with it. If you don’t fit in at a stuffy high-end country club, you belong here.
The Public Country Club’s YouTube channel is made up of three series (two of which will be launching in 2022). The flagship series: “Playing Through America”, is a golf travel show where the three travel around the country searching for the best courses anyone can play, tell its story, the history of the facility and find some hidden gems! Think of this series as a “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” but for golf. Simply put, great golf and amazing stories don’t have to be expensive and this series proves it.
As mentioned previously, the channel has two new series launching in 2022: Comedians in Carts Making Bogeys and 19 Under.
Comedians in Carts Making Bogeys was the brain child of PCC’s founder, Derrick Knopsnyder, who is a full time comedian. He’s shared the stage with many great comics like Bo Burnham, Bill Burr, Dave Coulier and John Mulaney to name a few and now he wants to share a cart with them. Each episode will feature some of your favorite comedians that he will interview while playing a round of golf with them!
19 Under, is a series where the PCC Guys (Derrick, Jake and Drew), play in a charity scramble with a different special guest and try to break their personal record of 19 under. This series will highlight the different events and shed some light on some fun golf for some great causes. Also, they will be drunk for most of it.
You can join The Public Country Club by visiting their website here: The Public Country Club.
What's your go to golf YouTube channel? Comment below, let us know what we should be watching!
As someone who's worked as a club fitter since 2011, I cannot stress enough how important the right equipment is for your game. Getting a proper club fitting can literally take dozens of strokes off your game if it's done right! It blows my mind that people still don't know where to find these fittings, so hopefully this guide helps!
In the first blog post in this series, I'm going to cover Fitting Etiquette. Again, as someone who's given over 1000 fittings, there are things you can do to make our lives easier and make sure you're getting the best possible fitting you can.
Make an appointment!
Most club manufactures send 2 - 3 fitting techs to each event. In order fo that person to give you the attention you need and deserve before making a big purchase, they have to make sure their focus isn't being pulled in a million different directions. You can help by not being the guy that shows up and says "I saw the tent and decided to come down! What's new with (Insert Company Here's) driver this year?" Sure, we'd love to help you but in order to give an accurate fitting, we can really only be with one customer at a time. If you show up to play some golf and find out there's a fitting day - walk over to the fitter and ask "How long are you here? Do you have any available appointments left?"
This goes a long way. Even if the fitter doesn't have any appointments left, there have been dozens of times over my 10 years in club fittings where I've said "Unfortunately we don't have anything today, but I live close and would be happy to come back out and do a private fitting with you!" or "We're all booked today BUT I'm going to be really close to this course next week, you can always call them and make an appointment!"
Again, you deserve the attention to detail that a fitting takes and so do the people that scheduled the appointments. The pro will be more than happy to put your name down.
If you aren't sure where to find fitting days in your area here's some links to help:
TaylorMade - TaylorMade Golf Fitting Days
Callaway - Callaway Golf Fitting Days
Cleveland - Cleveland Golf Fitting Days
Cobra - Cobra Golf Fitting Days
Ping - Ping Fitting Days
Srixon - Srixon Fitting Days
Titleist - Titleist Fitting Days
Wilson Staff - Wilson Staff Fitting Days
PXG - PXG Fitting Days
XXIO - XXIO Fitting Days
Show Up Early & Get Loose
Plan to get to your fitting about 20 minutes before it starts. That will give you plenty of time to loosen up so when you walk into the fitting you're in the zone and ready to go! There's nothing worse than hearing "oh it just takes me a little while to warm up." Well now you're cutting into your own fitting time and not letting me put the best combination in your hand that I can to get you the results you want.
Also, don't show up so early that you swing yourself out before the fitting starts. Every golfer, especially amateur golfers hit a wall where they aren't making a good pass at it anymore and at that point the fitting is useless. If you were warming up and hit 35 drivers, by the time you step into your fitting your swing speed has dropped significantly and you may get fit into the wrong shaft just based off what the numbers are currently saying.
Everyone loves to hit the driver a lot but in a normal round of golf, you may hit it 13 times. If you step up on the range and machine gun your way through a bucket of balls, we aren't going to be able to make any progress towards improving your game.
Don't Be Nervous
Nerves can actually ruin a fitting. We want to see your natural swing but often times guys try to either swing really hard or try to steer the ball to hit it straight... don't do that. We aren't fitting you based off your idea of what a golf swing should look like, we're fitting you based off of your normal swing!
Trust me, no matter what you're about to do to that golf ball, I've seen it done before and I've seen it done much much worse. Also, if you're having a bad day - that's okay too. Guess what? I don't care if you top 10 in a row. You know the amount of times I went home after a fitting and told my wife "Some guy topped 11 shots in a row today while I was fitting him!"? Zero. It's never happened because when I leave that golf course the last thing I want to think about is work... I just want to get home, relax, have a beer and pet my dog. I don't care how good or bad you hit it on the range.
So take some deep breathes and make your normal pass at it. We'll adjust the club to fit that.
NEVER START WITH YOUR DRIVER!
Please for the love of God... DON'T START WITH YOUR DRIVER. In case you skimmed that last line let me say it again... DON'T START WITH YOUR DRIVER! Got it? Good. When your getting fit for a driver, I have about 15 - 25 good swings where I can actually find a combination that works best for you. If you step up and smack 35 drivers, by the time our fitting starts, you're already swung out.
The average golfer hits 10 - 14 drivers per round, yet when we get on the driving range we hit about 30, it makes no sense. By the time you've swung a driver 25 times, your tempo gets off, your swing speed decreases and you aren't getting the most accurate fitting. Start with a wedge or a 9-iron. That swing will tell me where I should start for your driver fitting.
Bring Your Own Clubs!
This is another MUST. The amount of times people show up to a fitting without their own sticks blows my mind... don't do that. Your golf clubs are my baseline. I need to see what your current clubs are doing so I know where we've made an improvement.
When getting fit golfers are often looking for a few things: Distance, Accuracy, Forgiveness, More Speed, etc. Without your current clubs to compare, I have no way to know if we're actually making progress. You can come up to me and say "I hit my 8-iron 160 yards" but unless you show me HOW you're hitting your 8-iron 160 yards, I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
Sure you may hit your 8-iron 160 yards but it may be launching at 10 degrees with no spin... yes, it's going 160 yards but it has no chance of holding the green when it gets there.
Bring your own clubs and make sure your fitter shows you the key numbers so you can see whether or not the new set is better.
Trust The TrackMan
If you're lucky enough to be at a fitting where there's a TrackMan, cherish it. This is the same equipment the PGA pros use to measure their shots and it is as accurate as advertised.
For me, the TrackMan is my lifeline and my best salesman. I don't have to convince you that you're hitting it better with the new product, I can show you. As a fitter we look for a few key metrics on the TrackMan, they include: Ball Speed, Spin Rate, Launch, Swing Speed, Angle of Attack, Angle of Descent (for the ball), and a few others.
What many people don't understand is ball speed, launch and spin are the three things that will equate to more distance over your current club. I'm not trying to change your golf swing, I'm just trying to make the energy you're putting into that swing as efficient as possible. Without changing your swing speed, if I can make the ball speed come up (based on face technology) the ball will travel farther. Typically about 1 mph more in ball speed will equal 3 yards.
Listen to the TrackMan and ask the fitter to show you the numbers. If they aren't willing to show you the numbers don't trust them. I'm happy to share the information with you - it's how you know the process is working. If they are hiding the numbers, chances are, you aren't gaining anything but they still want to sell you the product.
Don't get fit off a mat.
Mats are fine for warming up before a round but at a fitting they can be very detrimental. Mats often correct mistakes in club angle and can mask a bad shot. Mats don't let you dig in properly to the turf... instead, they bounce. So you may hit a bad shot that actually looks good because the mat corrected it.
Mats also affect ball flight and spin rates. It's very difficult to get turf interaction and proper numbers while hitting off a mat. You're about to (potentially) make a big purchase. Make sure you're getting the best information you can.
The same goes for simulators. You can't truly see ball flight in a simulator and there are some tricks to jack up the yardage so that 250 yard drive on the course looks like a 285 yard drive in the simulator! Don't get duped. If available, always get fit outside on grass where you can get the most realistic possible fitting.
Don't Pay For A Fitting
I have never understood people who pay for fittings... There's no reason. As mentioned in the first section, you can find where your favorite golf companies are going to be doing their fittings and they are always FREE. Some people think you're getting more bang for your buck or a "more exact fitting" if you pay but that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Every company trains their tech reps on how to precisely fit their products. They train them on the technology benefits of the brand and how to get the most out of the club. Whereas these big club fitting companies ask their fitters to learn every club on the market and its benefits. It doesn't always work.
To put it into perspective - when you buy a car, you go to a dealer who specializes in one type of vehicle. Why? Because they know the brand and the product inside and out. You wouldn't go to Chevy dealer and ask them what's new with Ford... but when you step into a big box store or a chain fitting company, that's exactly what you're doing.
Go to free fitting where you're getting the information directly from someone who's been trained by that specific brand on how to fit their product. The results will be astonishing.
Support Your Local Club
So you did it. You got fit, you followed all the rules... now what? You ask the rep to "write down what we did today so you can have the information". Well, unfortunately, I never give out our fitting sheets to a customer and here's why... Your local club that put this event on is doing this as a way for you to improve your game and a way for them to generate more sales. If I give you the information, you could easily go eBay and try to find the same product at a discount... but what if you order the wrong shaft, or the wrong head and now you hate our company because the demo club you tried wasn't as good as the one you bought.
No. Support your local club. Do you like how new the carts are? Or how smooth the greens are? Well, every time they sell a club, that profit can be used to help improve your course. Why would you want to take money away from them just to buy it online?
Support your local clubs. They deserve it for giving you the opportunity to get a professional fitting at NO COST.
Whatever the case, go get fit and make 2022 your best year of golf yet.