I have been coaching this week as I do most weeks and I was so excited about the Ryder Cup, thinking about all the iconic moments it’s provided and all the drama. it’s sport at its best, it’s golf at its very best and it’s sportsmanship in every sense of the word.
Thinking of Seve always brings a tear to my eye, of Christy, Sam, Padraig, Ollie’s dance and Leonard’s putt at Brookline. Great moments in golf and sports history, the way the tournament has developed over the past 30 years has been amazing.
So why is it sad? None of the kids I teach will be watching it live this week because they don’t have Sky or Sky sports. You cannot capture the action in a 1 hour highlights programme and it’s such a shame. We can only imaging just how many kids would have been inspired to give golf a go or practice like mad so they could hit the winning shot just like Jamie Donaldson’s just done.
I only really realised last winter when i was playing some golf videos to the class, that many had never actually seen tournament play on the telly or watched the top guys playing the game and the highest levels. There was no frame of reference for these youngsters apart from my pitiful efforts to show them a good swing.
Lack of golf on terrestrial TV means we as golf coaches have to try harder and work harder at getting more kids into the game, so they will be watching Ryder Cups of the future in golf club houses or at a friends house, the one who has the sports subscription paid.