How do you get your additional golf fix when you’re not playing?
Magazines, books, live action on the television… all of the above, perhaps?
For those who just can’t get enough of the game, YouTube is a bottomless pit of highlights, equipment reviews, interviews and playing tips.
However, where are the best places to go?
We look at 10 of the best golf YouTube channels worth subscribing to.
The 10 best golf YouTube channels
1. Rick Shiels
Shiels is the No.1 golf YouTuber. The only reason the PGA pro started up a YouTube channel was that he had written to every golf magazine asking whether he could feature in them, and of the few replies he received, the answer was a collective no.
In May 2012, he posted a 47-second video of his swing from above in a bid to try and get a bit more noticed. Fast-forward to now, and he has well over 2.5 million subscribers. His content is premium, and there are various fascinating collaborations—Shiels’ true skill is that he’s relatable, and his challenges make for very easy viewing.
2. Mark Crossfield
Crossfield is the original golf
YouTuber and remains a brilliant and insightful follow. The Devon PGA pro has
covered everything over the years; his forthright equipment reviews offered
something very different in his early days, and his course vlogs are a
brilliant watch in terms of getting to know a course and some of the big names
he’s playing with.
Like Shiels, he’s self-deprecating and amusing, which is a big part of his appeal, and he knows the golf swing inside out, so he’s highly authentic.
3. No Laying Up
No Laying Up is the game’s leading podcast, and they also have a fantastic YouTube channel that offers something even more different still.
They visit some incredible courses and put together travel videos on the ‘Tourist Sauce’ series that are an absolute must-watch. While some golf YouTube channels could be dismissed as mere clickbait, this one is notably authentic, and the No Laying Up team are brilliant storytellers with access to some of the world’s best. They started 2023 with a fourball match against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
4. Good Good
Good Good are ‘6 dudes, 1 golf channel’. They are a relevantly recent phenomenon compared to the likes of Shiels and Crossfield, but they already have a huge following due to the unique nature of their content.
They’ve gained popularity for their
entertaining and funny golf videos, challenges and course vlogs. The channel
focuses on making golf more fun and approachable for a wider audience, and they’ve
even collaborated with Shiels and Bryson DeChambeau—which tells you plenty
about their popularity. The videos often feature a mix of skilled golf shots
and amusing moments.
If you like modern, fun golf, this is a great channel to follow.
5. Golf with Aimee
Cho was born in South Korea before
moving to New Zealand at the age of six, and her popular golf tips videos often
reach well over a million views.
The golf YouTube channel market is dominated by men, so Cho offers something different, though her tips are generally directed at the same common faults in the game. Cho is a former touring golf pro and is currently an LPGA Class A teaching professional. She also does challenges with some of the leading female players.
6. Me and My Golf
Me And My Golf are a rare double act
in PGA professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman. They offer excellent and
straightforward golf instructions and also coach tour player Aaron Rai, who
threatened to make the 2023 Ryder Cup team.
They cover all aspects of coaching and are well known for dressing the same. They often have access to a number of the leading TaylorMade players, and so have collaborated with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa—and they even offer some training aids to help you with your game.
7. Chris Ryan
Ryan is the Director of Coaching at
the HIT Golf Academy at the Forest of Arden and a successful golf YouTuber. The
PGA professional worked at The Belfry for several years and is one of Today’s
Golfer’s Top 50 Coaches.
If you’re looking for tips that are most relevant to the club golfer, Ryan is an excellent starting point. He breaks down the tips into easy-to-follow videos with a written explanation also provided so you can easily navigate your way to what you’re looking for.
8. Danny Maude
With well over a million
subscribers, Maude has a phenomenal following but still might not be as well-known
as some of his YouTube peers.
He provides a collection of well-thought-out videos to help you improve your game, so he’s well worth a follow.
9. Peter Finch
Finch first attracted many golfers’ attention with his collaborative videos with Shiels. Based in the North West, it’s been a meteoric rise for the PGA coach and, like Shiels, he’s part of Golf Monthly’s Top 50 UK coaches.
Finch joined YouTube in 2011, and while most of his most popular videos remain alongside Shiels, he has since branched out into more varied content. Some of his most captivating videos are his attempts to qualify for The Open.
10. Paige Spiranac
Spiranac is the queen of golf
influencers. She turned pro in 2016 and made the cut on a few events on the
Ladies European Tour.
She covers all aspects of the game on her golf channel, including instructions, course vlogs, fitness advice and equipment reviews.
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