Quick Review: The Golf Fix

“This ain’t your daddy’s instructional show.”

This motto for the Golf Channel’s new show, “The Golf Fix with Michael Breed” is certainly true.  The show is a live, interactive half-hour where golf instructor Michael Breed takes phone calls and emails about (what else) how to improve your game.  Mixed in with the interactivity, there are fly-on-the-wall segments featuring Michael’s instruction of celebrities, as he aims to help them cure their swing ills.  The show features quick transitions from segment to segment, the likes of which end when a mythical creature called “Schulte” blows an air horn.

Michael Breed is the head pro at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, NY, and has served as an analyst and on-screen instructor for the Golf Channel.  He’s been recognized for his teaching by the PGA, and at one time played on the Ben Hogan (now Nationwide) tour.  His instruction is well respected, especially in regard to helping your short game.

The thought that something “ain’t your daddy’s” isn’t a new concept.  Sometimes it’s good (’These ain’t your daddy’s Arizona Cardinals”), sometimes it’s not (”These ain’t your daddy’s financial institutions”).  Often it’s neither good nor bad, it just is. Just two episodes into it’s run, the latter could be said about “The Fix.”

Michael Breed, host, is the head pro at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, NY, and has served as an analyst and on-screen instructor for The Golf Channel.  He’s been recognized for his teaching by the PGA, and at one time played on the Ben Hogan (now Nationwide) tour.  His instruction is well respected, especially in regard to helping your short game.

First, what’s good about “The Golf Fix”:

Drills.  Mr. Breed focuses on drills that are repeatable and give good feedback.

Multiple areas covered.  If you watch an entire episode, you’ll likely see tips on putting, driving, and everything in between.

Half-hour format. If you’re short on time, and tired after a long Monday at work, you’ll get all of this information in a half-hour format at the end of The Golf Channel’s “Academy Monday.”

Now, what’s not so good:

Drills. Callers or emails (very) briefly describe a problem, and Breed just as quickly prescribes a drill.  Problem is, it may or may not be the right one.  Case in point, a man calls in and says that his drives are short, and nosedive once they get into the air.  Breed says that the gentleman is teeing the ball up too high, and swinging up on the ball, thus producing topspin.  Problem is, the man could be imposing topspin via any means through which the driver strikes the ball above the equator.  Just because a drill exists, that doesn’t make it the right one for your problem.

Multiple areas covered. You’ll have a hard time absorbing much of anything from this show.  This is because as soon as information starts to hit your brain, “Schulte” has fired off the air horn and we’re on to the next subject.  You may very well try fixing your slice by taking your putter to a bunker and striking the sand 2 inches behind the ball.

Half-hour format.  If you’re going to cover everything in one show, make it longer than a half hour.  There is too much too fast for any of this to be truly helpful to the average golfer.  You wouldn’t diagnose illness over the phone in 30 seconds, and we all know that golf is much more complicated than human anatomy.

In the end, there will be something in this show that will help you.  In the end, you may not be able to locate it.

“The Golf Fix with Michael Breed” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. E.T. on The Golf Channel.


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