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Golf in Prison 👮🏌️‍♂️

Plus: Golfers with broken legs & Donald Trump

What’s up. The rough is back to “Good luck finding your ball”-height.

What we'll cover this week

  • Prison Golf - Torture for inmates?

  • Golf addiction - when you’re out, you’re out. Or not.

  • Chipping onto the green - it’s easier than you think

Estimated read time: 6 minutes

This Week I Learned

Balance is EVERYTHING.

After binge-watching hundreds of conflicting YouTube golf videos, I unconsciously developed the habit of shifting my weight onto my toes before every swing. The results? Let’s not talk about it.

The other day, I had another lesson with my local pro, and he was quick to point out my imbalance. Now that I’ve recentered my balance back to the middle of my feet, my game is much more enjoyable!

Useless golf videos we’ve watched this week, so you don’t have to:

21 = 276 minutes saved (what a rough week at the office)

Golf Course Inside Prison

Golf is a weird sport.

Some people are so obsessed with golf that they'll go to extreme lengths to play as much as possible. The warden of Louisiana's largest maximum-security prison recognized this passion and built a golf course for his prison staff, which the inmates maintain.

Video length: 10:50

This prison is larger than Manhattan and houses 6,300 inmates. The groundskeeper, a convicted murderer, has been in jail for 18 years (at the time of recording). He describes his job as “the best of a bad situation.”

When I first saw the warden, I had flashbacks to all the mean wardens from TV shows, but this man is really down to earth and understands true rehabilitation. Part of this rehabilitation involves maintaining the golf course, which is surprisingly beautiful, considering it was designed by the prison’s dentist - a complete amateur in golf course design.

The video is a fun watch and exudes the Southern flair you'd expect from Louisiana. Despite the tough circumstances, the energy is positive and leaves you with a good, albeit mixed, feeling because, well, it's still a golf course inside a prison 🤷‍♂️

One question remains: Should inmates be allowed to play golf on the course they maintain? What do you think?

Break a leg

Not even a broken leg can stop this dude from teeing off. Maybe it should’ve…

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Chipping onto the Green

Not confident about your chipping skills? It doesn’t have to be that way.

Here's one of Danny Maude's brilliant tutorials that has boosted my confidence in chipping. Confidence is half the battle when it comes to mastering this skill.

Video length: 11:54


  • Pendulum Motion: The club should move like a pendulum. I even imagine a TikTok sound in my head when I chip.

  • No Forward Shaft Lean: Avoid leaning the shaft forward, or you'll bury the leading edge of your wedge into the ground.

  • Butt of Club Rises: As you make contact, the butt of the club should slightly rise towards your hip, allowing for a more accurate ball flight.

  • Be Decisive: Don't be too careful. Give the ball a solid “pop” to ensure it has enough energy to reach your target.

    Especially the last tip is what usually screws up a chip for me. When I’m unsure and not confident, I end up with a dreaded double-chip.

Quick bites for the road

🏈 Josh Allen vs. Grant Horvat - Josh isn’t just a football star; he’s a golf phenom too. Watch this super mellow guy showcase his skills on the green. It’s a pleasure to watch him for 63 minutes!

📏 Driver Fitting for High-Handicapper - Never been to a club fitting? You need to see this. The difference a proper fitting makes is massive!

💭 Bucket List Trip Pack List - Planning a trip to St. Andrews or another dream golf destination? Here’s your MUST pack list to ensure you’re fully prepared.

👶🏻 Bryson plays with kids’ clubs - Watch Bryson DeChambeau play with clubs that are definitely too short while competing against our old friend Martin Borgmeier. It’s a hilariously entertaining video!

Back-Off Donald

Heckling Donald Trump takes some special kind of balls, but well, they did it.


How many views does Rick Shiels’ main channel get on average within 30 days?

👇 Answer see below 👇

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Quiz answer

Rick Shiels’s main channel averages 11 million views per 30 days [source]. His other two channels contribute an additional 2.25 million views per 30 days. In their niche, only Good Good surpasses his average, with 12 million views on average. (The PGA Tour still gets 27 million…)

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