Like many of you, I’ve watched quite a few golf instruction YouTube videos over the years. It’s an awesome way to pick up a tip or easily kill 1-3 hours. Back in the day, online golf instruction started with a Google search (i.e. How to fix my slice?) and ended 45 minutes later on a payment page. In between, you carefully watched 9 teaser videos, convinced you’d be able to grab a tip that would help you without having to pull out the Visa, but ultimately if you wanted the “secret” it was going to cost you $19.99 for the first month and $49.99 for each additional month…I always forgot to cancel. The great news is, times have changed!
Today there are a ton of instructors producing videos. Most of these PGA professionals seem knowledgeable, but like anything else, some are better than others. It’s easy to get caught in the inter web “rabbit hole” searching for something that may actually help you. I’m always on the lookout for someone who knows what they’re doing but is also fun to watch, and every once in a while I pull a tip from one of them that makes a real difference (at least for a short time – this is golf – nothing is permanent).
From all of the content I’ve consumed, I wanted to share my top 5 favorite golf YouTube personalities. They are in no particular order:
Rick was the gateway drug that drew me into the world of YouTube golf tips. He’s been around for quite a few years and appears to be the most successful Golf YouTuber in terms of subscribers (~2.1 Million) and brings in an estimated ~$20K per month from his content. Not bad for a 35-year old golf instructor who started filming at a driving range. Rick has paved the way for a significant number of instructors to take their skills to social media and was one of the first to have the guts to offer “free” golf instruction online. Proved to be a brilliant idea. These days Rick has covered seemingly every element of golf instruction and is now featuring a series called “Break 75” which is really fun to watch. If you’re looking for the “how to fix your slice” or “chipping tips” go back a few years in his archives, there’s some really great stuff in there. If you’re looking for something fun to watch, check out his new series: Break 75 Video Series
I’ve just gotten into Danny’s videos recently. Unlike all of the other guys on the list, Danny is strictly about instruction. No “play a round using only a 2 iron” stuff. He has a great way about him and does a nice job pulling out the “feels” that I’m looking for in my swing. He features a lot of drills that you can use on the range or in a pre-shot routine. I turned to Danny’s videos recently when I found my slice once again – it’s golf, it happens. And this is a video that really helped. Turns out I was cupping my wrist at the top of the swing and it all started with my takeaway getting too far outside. Check it out if you’re looking for a simple feel for the backswing: The Golf Swing Takeaway
You are going to see a lot from me related to the Good Good crew. These guys are great golfers and are really fun to watch. A spin-off channel of their primary Good Good Golf channel, which features a bunch of great golf competitions within the group, is a channel called “Good Good Labs.” Grant Horvat is one of the Good Good team members and is an absolute stick. Accomplished college player with a smooth swing and likely plays at scratch or better (couldn’t track down a handicap on GHIN). He has recently been putting out some great content related to what either he or members of the Good Good team are working through. Very entertaining stuff and it will most likely lead you to subscribe to several of their channels. Setting your Wrist Angle for Impact.
I first saw Matt on one of Rick Sheils videos. He is one of several Brits who push out a ton of golf content. Matt falls somewhere between a Rick Sheils and Danny Maude in terms of his video content – equal parts instruction and some goofy stuff like playing with his first set of golf clubs to see how they compare to modern clubs. He is very consistent with his video releases and I’ve picked up some valuable stuff from him, particularly his chipping tips. Check him out: Never Duff a Chip Again.
I think Manolo is the funniest dude in YouTube golf. He may not be for everyone, but I think he’s hilarious. He’s clearly a player, and beyond the act are some really great tips. If you haven’t heard of him before, check out the content and I promise these videos will start flying around the Friday afternoon text chain with your golf buddies in no time. Here’s a great putting drill for distance control: Master your Putting Speed.
This is just the beginning of the list and I’ll likely drop a more detailed blog for each of these guys with specific videos that I like down the line. There are so many great instructors out there and more pop up every day. Drop a comment below if there is someone that you think I should check out and feature. Hit ’em straight!