The Golf YouTube Channels You Need to Watch in 2023
Amongst the many technological advancements in the sport over the last decade, one in particular has perhaps had the biggest impact - the golf YouTuber. Since their introduction, the way that we consume product reviews, absorb the latest tips, research our next golf break, listen to our favourite talking points, and even just kick back and enjoy the sport has changed forever. It’s impossible to list every channel that’s currently on the platform, but below we’ve noted some of our favourites, alongside a short overview of what they do!
The guy that started it all. Mark’s first videos came to YouTube in 2007 and in addition to providing PGA instruction, Crossfield also brought some of golf’s first video club reviews to the world. There pretty much hasn’t been a club released by a major manufacturer in the last 15 years that Mark hasn’t had on the channel at some point, although recent years have seen more of a focus on helping golfers to cut through much of the marketing noise from manufacturers, with an increased focus on data - as well as regular content with his friend, channel producer, and fellow PGA Professional, Coach Lockey.
Put simply, the largest golf channel on YouTube. Rick has amassed more than 2,000,000 subscribers, and more than 600,000,000 views since beginning his channel in late 2011. Originally focussed around tuition and club reviews given his background as a PGA Professional, the channel has developed over the last decade to include global collaborations, many different series’ of challenges, and just about every other type of golf content you can imagine!
Another channel that started up back in 2011, Piers and Andy from MeandMyGolf have become arguably the world’s best-known golf instructors. The pair have almost exclusively stuck to tuition-based content, which has seen them become one of the most trusted sources of all things golf swing. For much of the last few years, their YouTube has also helped to drive viewers to their website, where customisable golf plans can be created, based on the needs of the individual.
Peter Finch actually joined YouTube the day before his good friend Rick Shiels in October 2011, and much of his early content saw him and Shiels collaborate across their channels in on-course matches. Like others, he leaned on his experience as a PGA Pro to offer tuition and club reviews, but over time he could perhaps be called the great all-rounder of golf YouTube; playing in challenge matches, attempting his annual Quest for The Open, creating content from on-site at tournaments, and still doing the occasional club review.
Despite a marketing partnership with Callaway Golf, the team at No Laying Up tend not to stray too regularly into the world of golf products. Instead, their channel documents their time traveling around the world, with viewers often tuning to see the shenanigans of the individuals behind the brand. Content has always strived to have been of TV-level quality, but the last couple of years have seen this taken a step further, with the episodic releases of shows from their ‘Tourist Sauce’ and ‘Strapped’ series’. The gents first gained mass popularity with their podcast which has welcomed some of the biggest stars in the sport, and so it’s no surprise that these are also now recorded for YouTube, as well as a weekly preview show ahead of PGA TOUR events.
Erik Anders Lang is a content producer who has been on a one-man mission to share his enjoyment of the game with golfers from across the globe. Content is high quality, and generally follows Erik on his travels, either as part of his ‘Adventures in Golf’ series for Skratch, or from his time spent around some of the sport’s most well-known venues. Much of his content is now shared through ‘Random Golf Club Films’, a network created to bring golfers together online and in-person - with RCGs now in much of Europe, The UK & Ireland, and pretty much every state in the US!
Liam Harrison’s ‘Golf Mates’ was created to help to make the more regular golfer feel included in the online golfing communities. As we’ve seen above, many of the other UK ‘influencers’ have come from a PGA Professional background, and Liam’s aim has been to capture the more regular trials and tribulations of his fantastically-named pals (Mr Barlow, Old Man Pat, eBay Pete, Young Man Josh, etc) on the course. Whilst there is some great content on the Golf Mates channel designed to improve your game, our favourite videos tend to be those of the guys out on course mucking about!
And in a similar vein … Bad Golf was set up by comedians John Robbins and Alex Horne and the gents won’t mind us for saying that the channel was initially very appropriately named! Their first video explains how the pair had recently taken up the sport and wanted to document their time on course as ‘bad golfers’, as they thought it might be more enjoyable to watch than many of the other more established golfers on YouTube. However, over time their golf is much improved, and more than 50,000 subscribers regularly tune in to watch the guys take each other on around courses in the South East. Always a good fun watch, and incredibly useful as a course guide if you happen to be visiting any of the courses they’ve played!
Back into the world of the PGA Pro, and the channel of James Robinson … let’s do it, and let’s do it now! Robinson’s content generally sees him reviewing the latest gear, as well as sharing tips and tuition, and updates on his own game too. A hugely affable personality, the channel benefits greatly from James’ straight-talking nature, and content is easy-to-understand, as well as extremely enjoyable! In addition to the above, James also regularly takes to the course, and knocks around with some pretty good golfers too. A good watch for learning by osmosis with stars of the channel frequently knocking it around in the low 70s.
The Good Good gang are another group who spend their time making golf look like way to much fun! The team came together from across the US and now mainly film themselves out on the course competing against each other - and even taking on some of our UK-based stars. If you’re looking for a good introduction, check out their pinned video ‘The Greatest Golf Shot in YouTube History’ which documents perhaps the craziest five minutes of on-course footage you’re ever likely to see. Amongst their cohort is Garrett Clark from GM Golf who also uploads regular content to his channel too - giving the team a massive global reach in just a few years of existence.
Back to the UK for our last couple of options, and starting with The Average Golfer. As the name suggests, the channel was set up to give regular golfers some insight into clubs, courses and the sport in general. Over time, channel owner Andy has upped his production values and now creates some fantastic travel content, notably from Scotland, which blends fantastically with the more first-person videos as he takes equipment out on the course for a test run. All in, a great watch for those looking for buying advice, and general enjoyment from, well, an average golfer!
Last name up is one of the fastest growing channels in online tuition. Danny Maude has amassed more than 800,000 subscribers as he helps golfers to ‘unlock their golfing potential’. His channel is almost exclusively tuition based, with videos extremely informative and easy-to-follow. Maude tends to upload new content around once a week, meaning there’s always something new to check out ahead of that weekend’s golf. If you’re new to his channel, we’d suggest having a browse through his back catalogue of tips to find the area of your game that most needs a little attention …
Well, there are just some of the best golf YouTube Channels to keep you occupied this winter and beyond. Let us know what your favourites are!
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