Who are the very Best and very Worst Golf Announcers?

Who are the very Best and very Worst Golf Announcers?

Who are the very Best and very Worst Golf Announcers?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This topic produces wildly varying opinions. 

Seems that some of you love Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo, David Feherty, etc., and some of you think they are hacks! (or worse)

Who do you like to listen to when watching coverage of your favorite tournament?  Tell me why they impress you or turn you off.  You can include past announcers, as some of the writers below have done, in addition to current commentators.

Here is Lou Vozza‘s take while writing for bleacherreport.com

BEST

Johnny Miller.

Miller is a man among boys in this business.  Always insightful, consistently makes great calls, not afraid to be politically incorrect.  Oddly subversive for a straight laced Mormon type.  Drives 120 mph in his Ferrari to church.

Full disclosure: one of his from-the-booth golf tips solved an early release problem in my golf swing that dropped my handicap from 12 to eight.  I should send the guy a freakin’ check.

I know he has an army of detractors, but that’s probably a good sign.  He’s not trying to please everybody

Jim Nantz.

Cool and corporate compared to Miller, the hot instigator.  Best voice, though, which counts extra for the play by play guy.  Likeable for some reason you can’t put your finger on.   Miller and Nantz together would be a dream team.

Dan Hicks.

Solid play by play.

Nick Faldo.

Nothing brilliant going on between the ears here, but pleasant enough personality.  He’s slightly clever without being annoying.  Not being annoying counts for a lot.  If you sit down and watch an entire tournament, these guys are on air for as much as 16 hours.

David Feherty.

Legitimately amusing.

 

WORST

Gary McCord.

Not funny.  Not cool. Aging wanna-be frat boy.  Pathetic case of arrested development.

Paul Azinger.

Fortunately, lost his job.  Still shows up occasionally on the Golf Channel and the odd ABC telecast.  He has all the negative qualities of Dennis Miller without the redemptive wit.

Mike Tirico.

Lost his job wiith Azinger when the PGA cancelled ABC’s contract.  He’s now being gradually drummed out of TV football broadcasting into radio.  Smart enough guy with a slick delivery, but unlikeable.  Way too nerdy.

Chris Berman.

I know he only gets an hour or so every year,  and even then only when ABC/ESPN gets the U.S. Open.  But even a couple of hours a year of Chris Berman calling golf is a crime against broadcasting.

Kelly Tilghman.

She’s not awful, but in over her head.  It’s a tougher job than you think.  Would be fine walking the fairways and doing the side commentary.  If they need a token woman, put Dottie Pepper or Judy Rankis in there.

Takes on this subject by other writers include:

Chris Hibler            Article

List of NBC Commentators

Please Note:  These are the opinions of Lou Vozza and bleacherreport.com and not of Mel Sole or The Mel Sole Golf School.  This article was curated from bleacherreport.com, and all credits go to them!  I have removed inappropriate comments regarding Paul Azinger.  This is not a political forum!  Lou Vozza will no longer be featured on golfchats.com

Source: Lou Vozza   bleacherreport.com

Pictures: Dan Perry

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The young guns are coming - The "Under 25's" have something to say!

The young guns are coming – The “Under 25’s” have something to say!

The young guns are coming – The “Under 25’s” have something to say!

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Many golf writers and commentators have said recently that they expect that some of the “elders’ on tour like Ernie Els, (45) Phil Mickelson(44), and Tiger Woods (39) will still contend for wins on the PGA Tour and maybe even win a Major or two.

And then there is the LPGA Tour. Again pundits are predicting good years for Christy Kerr, Inbee Park, and Stacy Lewis.

But not if the “25 and under” group has anything to say about it.

The young guns are coming - The "Under 25's" have something to say!The young guns are coming - The "Under 25's" have something to say!

Here is my list of the most promising 25 and under golfers on both the PGA and LPGA Tours for 2015.

In no particular order :

PGA.                                                                                           LPGA

1. Rory McIlroy (25)                                                             1. Michelle Wie (25)

2. Harris English (25)                                                          2. Lydia Ko (17)

3. Bud Cauley (24)                                                               3. Arioya Jutanugarn (19)

4. Matteo Manassero (21)                                                  4.  Lexi Thompson (19)

5. Danny Lee (24)                                                                5. Mika Miyazato (25)

6. Ryo Ishikawa (23)                                                          6. Cheyenne Woods (24)

7. Patrick Reed (24)                                                           7. Ashleigh Simon (25)

8. Carlos Ortiz (23)                                                            8. Charlie Hull (18)

9. Blayne Barber (25)                                                        9. Amy Yang (25)

10. Justin Thomas (21)                                                     10. Alison Lee (19)

I will revisit this list at the end of the season and see how well I did.

What are your choices for golfers 25 and under that you think will do well this year?  If you have picks that are not on my list, please post them in the comments below, and at the end of the year, we will see how we all did!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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What do Wayne Gretzky - Michael Jordan and YOU have in Common?

What do Wayne Gretzky – Michael Jordan and YOU have in Common?

What do Wayne Gretzky – Michael Jordan, and YOU have in Common?

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It is GOLF!

You all love getting away from your normal routine and competing against yourself or others in a golf course’s beautiful and natural environment.

The media had caught celebrities playing since 1933 when Clark gable was spotted playing golf with wife Carole Lombard at various California golf courses.

What do Wayne Gretzky - Michael Jordan and YOU have in Common?

Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck & Clark Gable on the golf course!

Since 1960, when the Bob Hope Classic was founded (now called the Humana Challenge), movie stars, singers, politicians, and non-golf sports celebrities have played golf to relax, challenge themselves, and donate to worthy charities.

I love one of Jimmy Fallon’s quotes in his June 2014 interview with Golf Digest Magazine where he says, “We want to see people we love, react to doing not so well when they are out of their element.”

Michael Phelps recently said, “It’s the most humbling sport I’ve ever played in my whole life.”

What do Wayne Gretzky - Michael Jordan and YOU have in Common?

However, Wayne Gretzky has indicated that he loves that it’s a great family sport.  He and his wife and kids spend time together and enjoy being competitive with each other on the golf course.

What do Wayne Gretzky - Michael Jordan and YOU have in Common?

Wayne Gretsky.

My New Year’s wish is that you and your family and friends hit the links more than ever in 2015 and create long-lasting memories!

Sources: Golf Digest   pga.com  Craig Bestrom  Sam Weinman

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Do you like the new brown or the old green Pinehurst #2?

Do you like the new brown or the old green Pinehurst #2?

Do you like the new brown or the old green Pinehurst #2?

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There was much talk about the “new” Pinehurst #2 when the USGA hosted back-to-back Men’s & Women’s US Opens.  

Do you like the lush green courses we are all used to in the US, or do you think the time has come to recognize that water is a limited resource and we should conserve, thus making the courses more “brown”?

Do you like the new brown or the old green Pinehurst #2?

Pinehurst #2!

Here is Tim Gavrich’s view on the matter for golfvacationinsider.com

This year’s back-to-back U.S. Opens were two of my favorites ever.

Yes, Martin Kaymer sucked most of the drama out of things with his brilliant play–and Michelle Wie added a bit back–but for golf course architecture nerds like me, Pinehurst No. 2 was the star.

Why?

Because I’m down with brown.

If you watched coverage of the men’s and/or women’s U.S. Opens, you probably noticed that Pinehurst No. 2 was a lot less green than in past years.

Contrary to what we’ve grown accustomed to here in the USA, I think that’s a great thing.

Let me explain:

When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw worked on Pinehurst No. 2 in 2010 and 2011, they were not adding their own marks to the course so much as peeling away the last few decades of architectural neglect that had compromised some of the brilliance of a course that Donald Ross spent the last third of his life refining.

No. 2 had always had its trademark green complexes, where the putting surfaces often drop off on all sides to fairway chipping areas, but thick Bermuda rough and overwatering had slimmed the fairways down to a fraction of their intended size.

Not only did Coore and Crenshaw remove more than 30 acres of rough—replacing it with the sandy scrub you saw—they cut the number of sprinkler heads in the fairways by more than half, despite dramatically increasing fairway acreage.

That’s why you noticed the fairways were brown up the sides and only a pale green up the middle. That’s by design—the USGA’s, Coore and Crenshaw’s, and Donald Ross’.

In other words, Pinehurst No. 2 now plays a lot more like the great links courses of Great Britain and Ireland, where golf was born.

So why did so many golfers think Pinehurst looked “ugly” and “awful”?

Blame Augusta National.

Augusta is known as the most immaculately maintained golf course in the world. And it’s no wonder—they have the biggest maintenance budget of any golf course in the world by such a large margin it’s scary.

And yet, many public course players and private club types demand that their courses emulate Augusta because they think that’s “how a golf course is supposed to look.”

So superintendents have been commanded to overwater courses, producing excessively soft conditions that kill the opportunity for bump-and-run in favor of the much less interesting “flop-and-splat.”

That’s no fun and, what’s worse, it’s expensive.

In a world where water is going to be more and more important to conserve, golf courses that learn to live on less will thrive.

Pinehurst No. 2 will be one of them, having cut their annual water usage from 55 million gallons pre-restoration to just 15 million gallons.

Not only does this have both a positive financial and environmental impact, it allows golfers to play the type and variety of shots that makes the game so endlessly intriguing.

Next month, the golf world will watch as another lovely blonde, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, hosts the Open Championship.

Tiger Woods won the 2006 Open there during a summer drought when the entire course was brown and the fairways were running almost as fast as the greens.

Woods’ display of shotmaking that week was one of the best in history, as he built up a two-shot victory employing all sorts of punch and bump-and-run shots at the course known as Hoylake.

Again, this is what I’d like to see more of here in North America.

But what do you think? Do you enjoy courses that are a little brown on the edges, rather than green and lush throughout?

Source: golfvacationinsider.com   Tim Gavrich

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Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

Tom Wishon – The Father of American Club Fitting.

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After I had read Tom Wishon’s book “In search of the perfect club.”  I finally understood how complicated clubfitting is. 

In the years I was a club pro in South Africa ( from 1966 to 1983), clubfitting was taking a student out on the range, letting him hit a few balls and saying, “You need an “R” Shaft and a D2 Swingweight.  If the student was very tall, I would say, “Let’s add an inch.”  That was as technical as I ever got.  Today club fitters use sophisticated technology to measure clubhead speed, toe down, kick factor, smash factor, ball spin, and launch angle.  Just to name a few of the measurements. Here is an insight into the Father of American Clubfitting, Tom Wishon, did by golfdashblog.com.

Tom Wishon - The Father of American Club Fitting.

This month’s not so “Quick 9″ is with master clubmaker Tom Wishon.

Tom discusses club design.  Golf club myths, getting properly fitted. Future technology and much more. You’ll learn a ton. I promise. I’m so thankful to Tom for agreeing to do is and put this important (and often VERY misunderstood) information out there for you. First: Who exactly is Tom Wishon? With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Wishon Golf Technology is recognized as one of the industry leaders in the research of golf club design, performance and clubfitting technology.

Our R&D has been at the forefront of the golf industry.  Including the development of more than 50 golf club design technology firsts.  As well as countless discoveries in the science of golf club performance for golfers. Having begun his golf equipment career in 1972, Tom Wishon has designed over 300 original and innovative clubhead models.  More than any other single person in the 500 year history of the game.

His clubhead designs represent more than 50 different technology firsts.

Tom Wishon is the only designer from the custom clubmaking side of the golf industry whose clubhead designs have been used to win on the PGA Tour, the Champions Senior Tour and in Ryder Cup competition. He has designed and custom built the golf clubs used in competition by Scott Verplank, Bruce Lietzke, Ben Crenshaw, as well as the last set of clubs played by Payne Stewart before his tragic accident in 1999. Tom is the also the author of 9 books within the field of golf club design, performance and clubfitting.  In addition to hundreds of equipment related articles written for virtually every golf publication in the golf industry.

As Terry McSweeney, Director of Communications for the PGA of America, states, “Tom has the unique ability to communicate technical issues about golf equipment.  So non-technically minded people can easily understand and follow the subject.”

Two of Wishon’s books, The Search for the Perfect Golf Club and The Search for the Perfect Driver qualified for best-selling status.  And won successive Book of the Year awards in 2006 and 2007 from the International Network of Golf.  The oldest and largest organization of golf industry media professionals in the world. 

He is considered the ‘go-to guy’ by the equipment editors for many of the major consumer golf publications.  Searching for honest, marketing-free explanations about the technical performance of golf clubs.

Jim Achenbach, equipment editory for Golf Week magazine has said, “Tom is the smartest person in the golf industry when it comes to golf clubs.” As Tom stated in making his decision to establish his own company in 2003: “I completely respect the product design work of the large golf equipment companies. But my three decades in golf club R&D has proven without question that the best set of golf clubs any golfer will ever play will be a set of professionally custom fit golf clubs.  And not a set of standard made clubs simply bought off the shelf. Because I know this is the only way any golfer can hope to play to the best of their ability and benefit the most from swing instruction.”

Click here for the rest of the interview.

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The best new courses built or renovated in the USA in 2014.

The best new courses built or renovated in the USA in 2014.

The best new courses built or renovated in the USA in 2014.

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I think it is always fun and exciting to go out and discover new courses that you have never played. 

Whether it is a golf course that has been on your bucket list for years or a course that has just recently opened, the thrill of stepping onto the first tee for your first round on a course is always an experience that jumps the heart rate up a few beats.

The best new courses built or renovated in the USA in 2014.

Medinah CC #18.

Medinah is #8 on the list.  Who is #1?

Here is the 2014 list prepared by Joe Passov of Golf.com

#8 Medinah Country Club (Course One)

BEST U.S. PRIVATE RENOVATION: Honorable Mention
Medinah Country Club (Course One), Medinah, Ill.

Always well respected but never in the same league as Medinah Course Three (its brawnier, Ryder Cup- and major championship-holding sibling), Course One has emerged from the shadows thanks to an inspired renovation by Tom Doak. With an original mandate to address flooding issues, Doak started work 13 hours after the Ryder Cup ended.

He removed 770 trees and opened up the middle of the property for new holes that could be routed diagonally through the old corridors. That portion of the course is now open, in contrast to the previous narrow back-and-forth routing between the trees. Twelve of the 18 holes remain in the existing footprint, although they sport a completely new character and sequencing. What’s more, the club elected to add a mix of bluegrass rough and fescues, providing a more natural look to frame the fairways. Course Three will always be the torchbearer, but Course One is now a very worthy alternative.

To see the other 7 top new courses of 2014, click here.

 Source: Golf.com  Joe Passov

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Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

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This is the first of many WINE AND GOLF Travel posts from Golf Soup with Sole.

1. Napa/Sonoma Counties, California, USA.

This is a no brainer.  Napa and Sonoma boast more than 800 wineries and several high-quality golf courses.

Some things just go together.

Peanut Butter and Jelly. Abbott and Costello. Lemonade and iced tea.

Golf and wine? Absolutely.

Golf’s oldest trophy is called the “Claret Jug,” after all…

Am I suggesting that you stuff a decanter in your golf bag the next time you tee it up?

Not exactly (although that would look hilarious—please send us a picture if you try this), but if you like and/or want to learn more about wine, should you plan a golf trip that features some wine tastings?

Again, absolutely.

The only question is: where?

Here are our favorites in the U.S.:

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

The road sign entrance of the vineyard and winery in Napa Valley, California. Welcoming tourists and visitors to the famous wine country, the winemaking industry, and agri-business in California.

Napa/Sonoma Counties, California

This is the obvious choice. Napa and Sonoma are home to more than 800 wineries, so if you visited one a day, you’d need more than two years to see them all.

As for golf, the choices are not as broad, but they’re plenty juicy. In Napa County, we like

Chardonnay Golf Club and Eagle Vines Golf Club, both located in the southern-Napa town of American Canyon. Both courses have holes that play over and around active rows of wine grapes.

Silverado Resort & Spa, host of the Frys.com Open, is also an excellent choice.

If you want a bit of adventure, we direct you farther north in the county, to Pope Valley’s Aetna Springs Golf Course. It’s a nine-holer that claims to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi. Tom Doak restored much of the course’s rustic charm a few years ago, and it’s such fun that we would gladly play 27 holes in a day there.

In Sonoma County, don’t let Sonoma Golf Club’s technically “private” status deter you; stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and you can arrange to play this classic and favorite of the late Sam Snead.

Which Golf Courses to pair with your wine -#1 in our Series!

Sonoma Golf Club.

For a more low-key public golf experience that is a true bargain, hit up Windsor Golf Club near the hip small city of Santa Rosa.

Winery suggestions:

Napa: Beaulieu Vineyard, Domaine Chandon, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars;

Sonoma: Hanzell Vineyards, Lancaster Estate, Seghesio Family Vineyard

Source: Golf Vacations Insider    Tim Gavrich

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Some Spectacular Family Golf Trips to South Carolina!

Some Spectacular Family Golf Trips to South Carolina!

Some Spectacular Family Golf Trips to South Carolina!

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Some Spectacular Family Golf Trips to South Carolina!

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Do weighted clubs improve clubhead speed?

Do weighted clubs improve clubhead speed?

Do weighted clubs improve clubhead speed?

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Many golfers are under the illusion that swinging a weighted club ( or using one of those “donut rings”)will help increase clubhead speed. 

Research now shows this is a total misconception.  First using baseball as an example, and then using golf, science has proved without any doubt that feel and reality are two different things.

A former World Long Drive Champ Dave Mobley who is a friend of mine, swings the Orange Whip every day to help him create more club head speed.  “Swinging a heavy club will cost you distance” said Dave.

Do weighted clubs improve clubhead speed?

Bryson DeChambeau’s Clubhead Speed.

 In 2011 The Wall Street Journal reported a study from the University of Hawaii that showed using a bat doughnut actually decreased a batter’s speed at the plate after warming up with a baseball doughnut.

Researchers claim the use of a baseball doughnut can change the muscles recruited and therefore creates inefficient hitting mechanics. A study conducted by California State University, Fullerton found that recreational baseball players warming-up with a light and normal weight bat produced faster bat velocity compared to weighted bat warm-ups.  Most research studies have found that the weighted bat doughnut has a positive mental effect yet negative physical effect. The “kinesthetic illusion” created by the bat doughnut makes players believe they are swinging the standard bat post warm-up with the bat doughnut when the subsequent swings are in fact, slower.  This effect influences batters hitting mechanics and timing of swing.

Click on the link below to see how science proves this theory.

The science of speed!

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What an incredible year for the LPGA - Top 10 Moments!

What an incredible year for the LPGA – Top 10 Moments!

What an incredible year for the LPGA – Top 10 Moments!

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I think 2014 was the very best year for the LPGA.  Excitement with a new star (Not Lydia Ko but Lucy Li), excitement for an old star (Julie Inkster), and a  confirmation of a predicted star! (Michelle Wie)  I really enjoy watching the LPGA tournaments, and these ladies can play!  Here are the top 10 moments of 2014 as described by golf writer Beth Ann Nichols.

What an incredible year for the LPGA - Top 10 Moments!

1. MICHELLE WIE WINS THE BIG ONE:

The fact that Wiesy triumphed at a historic U.S. Women’s Open where men and women shared the same stage for the first time only made her maiden major all the more perfect. Watching Wie bear hug that trophy was special for all those who have shared her journey for the past 15 years.

 

What an incredible year for the LPGA - Top 10 Moments!

2. STACY LEWIS SWEEPS THE POSTSEASON:

The gritty Texan became the first American since Betsy King in 1993 to win the Vare Trophy, Rolex Player of the Year, and money titles. Lewis’s ability to put herself in contention week in and week out has filled an important void at a critical time for the LPGA.

 

What an incredible year for the LPGA - Top 10 Moments!

3. LYDIA KO WINS THREE TIMES AND A MILLION:

At age 17, Ko is on pace to put together an unprecedented career on the LPGA. She won three times as a rookie (giving her five total LPGA titles) and took home $1 million at the end of the inaugural CME Race to the Globe.

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4. CHRISTINA KIM’S EMOTIONAL VICTORY IN MEXICO:

One of the LPGA’s most beloved characters, Kim’s comeback victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, was, for many, the season’s most fulfilling moment. Kim wrote a revealing blog in 2012 about her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. We won’t soon forget that smile she wore in Mexico, nor the sombrero.

 

5. WE LOVE LUCY:

The early star of Pinehurst No. 2 was Lucy Li, the 11-year-old prodigy who melted our hearts with her patriotic ruffles and grown-up game. She was a media darling, answering questions about her round in between licks of an ice cream bar.

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Source: Golf Week Beth Ann Nichols

Pictures: Flickr  Keith Allison

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