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Michael Breed explains why he really left The Golf Channel

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Superstar golf instructor Michael Breed talks with 19th Hole host Michael Williams about why he really left The Golf Channel and his plans for the future.

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  1. CrashTestDummy

    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Golf Channel is slowly losing ratings and their talent. I think one of the main reasons is that to get the Golf Channel, you have to pay for high premium cable or satellite TV service. In my area, I have to pay about 120 bucks/month to get the Golf Channel. That is a lot just to watch the Golf Channel. If they put it on regular lower cable packages, I would definitely get it again. Also, if they made it more accessible to get, ratings would go up and I think it would help the golf industry. One of the things that motivates people to play is to see it on TV a lot. Out of sight, out of mind.

  2. Craig

    Jan 17, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Michael came and spoke at our PGA Spring meeting for my section. Super nice guy, energetic, personable and knowledgeable. He took time at the end of the meeting if you wanted to talk personally, his education portion on the swing and short game was great. He also talked a lot about his struggles to get on golf channel and how to promote yourself because that is what PGA professionals have to do in order to get lessons, fittings, etc. I can’t say a bad thing about him, he was a nice guy to talk to.

  3. d

    Jan 16, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    would be nice if i could just read the highlights. can’t always listen to audio.

  4. Couch Potato

    Jan 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Oh no! What am I going to do with all of these pool noodles I bought just for his shows? I guess I’ll just have to take out my putting green and put in a swimming pool. I’m so disappointed. . .

  5. Rus

    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Has anyone ever looked up his tournament results on Met Section PGA? Guy can’t break 80. Who ever anointed this guy a golf teaching guru??

  6. Robert Parsons

    Jan 14, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Give the time slot to Dave Pelz.

  7. Brett Weir

    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I personally think Breed is a douche myself but I definitely respect him leaving The Golf Channel in order to spend more time with his family.

  8. Stephen Finley

    Jan 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I’m sure he’s a nice guy personally, great family, deserves all good things, etc., but I’m still trying to figure out where the “superstar teacher” impression comes from. Whatever portion of his advice wasn’t standard and just as well (or better) given by less loud and frenetic teachers in traditional mode was often weird or flatly and demonstrably wrong. To me it’s a problem both in style and, to a significant degree, in substance. Wish nothing but the best for him and the players he works with, but I just don’t get it.

    IMHO this is symptomatic of so much instruction on the Golf Channel in general, which itself is symptomatic of the pathologies we see in 24-7 news-and-opinion coverage. When you have the space and you’ve sold the package, you have to fill it with “content.” That content is shaped by the medium and the need for attention in a competitive environment. On TGC this takes the form of endless advice to fill endless time slots, with a very large proportion of it being unhelpful and contradictory even to the point of being ridiculous, but being put out with a certain degree of showmanship and hey-look-at-me-ness, always seeking for the appearance of difference and newness whether difference and newness is helpful or not.

    This, to me, is just one more manifestation of how the game is being dragged in various directions that its nature dictates it doesn’t want to go. The way the public’s and casual fan’s perception of the game has changed because of the version seen on the men’s tour in particular, including all marketing and selling aspects, the need to create “personalities” and celebrity value within a tightly-framed corporate image, the insatiable need for endlessly more money and wider markets, etc., is another.

    • Mark

      Jan 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      I 100% agree with your post! Swing analysis, science, and other critiques have infested the art of the game. Let’s just play!

  9. Chris

    Jan 11, 2018 at 4:19 am

    He seems like a nice guy but his shouting hyper-active style in the studio was just weird to me. Like some sort of caricature of a “loud american”

  10. Jeff Mose

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Good job by Michael W. Even liked that he asked MB for a “tip” regarding MW’s upcoming trip to play in a ProAm on the west coast. A lot of us may be heading to warmer climes to tee it up so it was something we could all use after a long layoff. This is an invitation to MW to join me as my guest at our course, Blue Mash in Gaithersburg, MD, as my guest to use our indoor simulator. It will feel good to get a club back in your hands and knock off some rust. It’s all about feeling confident!

  11. Joe Perez

    Jan 10, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Loved his show, wished I could have watched it more often, but worked at night, with no DVR.

    Being on the course, wanting to know how to hit the shot, and pulling out your phone??? Isn’t that “accepting assistance from an outside agency?” ????????????

  12. DaveyD

    Jan 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    First I’ve heard of Breed leaving. What in the world am I now supposed to do with all those pool toys, beach balls, and plastic plumbing fittings?

  13. M Smizzule

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Funny he leaves when all the Hollywood scandals start coming out

    • Mikele

      Jan 10, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      And you are implying what?

      Very uncool dude.

      • Pete

        Jan 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm

        That is the most asinine thing I’ve read in a long time. So basically you are saying that anyone who changes jobs these days, the reason must be because he/she did something “scandal worthy” in the past? They say every village has one, so please don’t move else your village will be without their’s. Good grief..
        And Dave, I believe we have a new winner, Smith wasn’t even close to this chap.

    • PaulG

      Jan 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Ever hear of {{{temptation}}} …. ? 😉

    • Rusty

      Jan 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      What you are implying here is nearly libel. There is no indication that MB is anything but an up standing middle aged family man. Please stop implying otherwise.

  14. BIGSEAN

    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Seems like a nice enough guy, but every time I would tune in for a few minutes I would think the golfers that actually listened to this stuff must be more lost than they were before watching.

  15. TeeBone

    Jan 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    This is why golfchannel.com discontinued comments on stories. Too much hate.

  16. Jack Nash

    Jan 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    His kids are at the age where they need Dad at home. Don’t blame him. Interesting that it’s the start on the New calendar year of golf. He’s doing the Dan Patrick method. Good for him. So I’m guessing Fox Sports.

  17. DaJudge

    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Michael was a lot better than that limey Martin Hall and his silly golfswing advice. Of course Hall had more eye candy than Breed and the girls were really selling it.

  18. Azucena Maldonado

    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I really enjoyed listening to the show today and look forward to listening more often! Great host.

  19. Blaine

    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Met him at the 2012 Ryder Cup, Medinah CC, and he couldn’t have been nicer. Great guy!

  20. Don

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:55 am

    What a charming group of commenters on this site.

  21. jc

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I never could picture him at Augusta.. a bunch of rick old toddy’s come in and he yells “LET’S DO THIS” and tells them as they leave “Remember the word of the day is COURAGE”

  22. cwt

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Wow! One of the best interviews I’ve heard in a while. Good questions, good answers. Very insightful.

  23. John T. Rathman

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Never did like him or his style, never watched it more than 2 times all the yrs. he was on.

  24. Justin Tupper

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:39 am

    We would have loved to have Micheal as an RG Instructor. His decision to stay with his family, makes all the sense in the World. We think the world of Micheal and wish him nothing but the best in all he does. We are Micheal Breed fans at Revolution Golf!

    Justin Tupper

    Founder Revolution Golf.

    • John T. Rathman

      Jan 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Do not care for Revolution Golf either!!

      • Boyo

        Jan 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Grumpy speaks!

      • Curl

        Jan 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm

        Mr. Breed did a fine job (except when he tried to show Inbee Parks swing). as for Revolution Golf, NO used to belong when Mr. Wilson from Las Vegas was one of their instructors that was money lost.

    • KJ

      Jan 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      I don’t know exactly what Revolution Golf is. Never heard of it before just a couple weeks ago. However, this Justin Tupper is the founder? He can’t even spell Michael correctly! Usually I wouldn’t comment and write it off as a simple typo, but it’s misspelled three times. That just tells me something else.

      • Justin Tupper

        Jan 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm

        Hey KJ, I did spell Micheal wrong. My fault. Sorry it bothered you so much, hope your day gets better.

        Best,

        Justin

        • Sherwin

          Jan 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm

          It’s must easier to write two letters than seven.

        • KJ

          Jan 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm

          My day was fine before and fine after. Thanks. As mentioned, I was not going to write any comment, but when I saw it misspelled three times, and considering all the “love” and “happiness” being expressed for Mr. Breed, I just thought it said something. You decide what it says. Take it for what you will. As a 60+ year old specialist in marketing, communications and advertising and someone who has helped and offered guidance to many companies old and new, established and start-up, I just think it says something when the nominal founder of a company is paying compliments to someone and can’t even spell his name correctly. I receive hundreds of resumes a year and I can’t begin to explain how or why an entire generation still doesn’t seem to know the difference between “your” and “you’re.” And yet, I’m still having a great day!

          • KJ Snr

            Jan 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm

            Keep trying to convince everyone that you are having a great day. No-one is buying it.

          • PaulG

            Jan 10, 2018 at 8:02 pm

            Old age does strange things to your typing figners and golf swing… I know me too.

          • Martin Chuck

            Jan 11, 2018 at 9:44 am

            Geez, give a guy a break. I’ve messed up the “ae” in Michael many times as we all have (unless your name is Michael).

            I’m close to the situation as I’m a coach on RG and can reiterate the mutual appreciation for Michael Breed. You won’t find a better guy who’s passionate about helping golfers. Same can be said for Justin Tupper, whom you question for his spelling error.

          • Jerry

            Jan 14, 2018 at 5:57 am

            If the misspelling was consistent, I don’t see your point. He made an error in a section where you cannot edit your spelling errors. Some people are busy, comment quickly, and go. This section is not a resume’. Your OCD may be a bit obsessive for what is a hit and run comments section.

    • Michael

      Jan 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Helps if you spelled his name right…

  25. just plain bill

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

    i just didnt care for his style, so it limited how often i would watch…

  26. jc

    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

    he left because if he said “what I would tell you” or “what I could tell you” or “What I will tell you” so many times, people’s ears were bleeding!!!!!

    • Robert

      Jan 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

      The shouting cracked the walls. GC couldn’t afford any more plasterboard.

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