I may run a website about golf, but I’m nowhere near being a golf expert. I go to several other golf websites, forums, and YouTube channels for any golf-related information that I don’t either learn firsthand on the golf course or from my coach.
That goes for other topics, too. There are several websites and channels I visit for my fitness and mental/mindset information. I have experience in both of these areas, but I’m in no way shape or form an expert.
Most of the information I consume on a day-to-day basis helps me on the golf course in some way. It either helps me play better, think better, stay calm under stress, or enjoy the game more – or all of the above.
I think it can do the same for you. That’s why I wanted to share the websites, forums, and YouTube channels I visit the most. Everything is listed below. You’ll find the name, URL, and a short summary of what you can expect to find and why you should check it out.
Some guys spend all their downtime watching golf instruction videos, chatting in forums, and reading blog posts about the latest swing tips. But I’m not one of them. I’d rather be playing or practicing golf instead of reading or talking about it.
But when I do want to read or talk about golf, these are the sites and channels I visit.
- Practical Golf – Jon has built an awesome website and community. His blog content focuses on strategy and mindset rather than swing hacks. His forum is the only one I currently participate in. I only wish he used fewer ads on his site as they make it tough to read his content.
- The Left Rough – Charlie covers the gamut of golf on his website. His content is thorough and easy to understand. I especially like his email newsletter. I wished he sent more emails (and who says THAT nowadays?).
- Adam Young – What I like about Adam is that his advice is different from a lot of the comment advice you’ll hear from other pros or bros, like “keep your head down.” A lot of what he focuses on is improving your ball striking, which every amateur can’t do enough of. He also shares a lot of great drills, especially in his programs (Strike Plan and Accuracy Plan).
- Golf Sidekick – I don’t watch many videos since I prefer to read, but I do watch Matt’s videos. I like how he uses a shot tracer in his videos. He also takes a simple, yet practical approach to the game of golf – an approach most of us should follow.
- Rick Shiels – Rick Shiels is one of the few PGA pro coaches I follow. He uploads a mix of golf content. One week he might post a few swing tips, while another week he might post a video of him playing a round (and explaining how/why he’s playing certain shots).
- Golf Science Lab – This is probably the site I visit the least, but Cordie posts a lot of good content. His content covers how to practice effectively, what to practice, how to get better, etc. He’s also one of the few sites that links to research papers to back up his claims.
- Golf Digest – I don’t visit their website much, but I get the magazine in the mail (and the digital copy using their app). This is where I consume most of my general golf content.
- Breaking Eighty – Sean focuses mostly on product and golf course reviews. I check out his site before buying something, as well as when writing my own reviews to ensure I’m being thorough. I especially like his golf course reviews. I created a list of courses to check out in my area using his site (since we’re both in/near the Portland, Oregon area).
I don’t smoke. I quit smoking cigarettes when I was 22 (which was 15 years ago). I never got into cigars or weed, either.
But I know many golfers like to have a cigar or smoke something on the golf course. If that’s something you’re into, then check out these websites.
- Cigarzine – This is my friend Randy’s website. While I don’t smoke cigars, I do enjoy reading his writing (regardless of topic). Randy covers a variety of topics on his site including product reviews and advice for common issues like cigar breath and how to cure a cigar hangover.
- Cigar Aficionado – The first time I checked out Cigar Aficionado they were advertising their March/April 2021 issue with none other than the 2020 Masters winner, Dustin Johnson.
- Cigar Craig – This is another recommendation I stole from Randy. He says Craig writes great reviews and, if you’ve spent any amount of time on the web, you know that good reviews are hard to find.
For the sake of transparency, I only regularly visit Cigarzine. The other two recommendations I got from Randy’s list of recommended websites for cigar smokers.
You get some exercise while playing golf but it’s not enough. We sit more than ever. We eat more food than ever. As a society, we’re fat, out of shape, and don’t have good mobility or conditioning.
This doesn’t translate well to the golf course – or your life expectancy. But it will make it harder to get better at golf, and put you on the path to becoming an immobile, fat, cranky old person.
If you want to hit longer drives and be able to walk from your golf cart to your ball without passing out from a lack of oxygen – and not break a hip between rounds – then check out these sites for some exercise, mobility, and nutrition advice.
- Minus The Gym – Ryan focuses on calisthenics, which are exercises you perform using your body weight. I watch his videos for exercise and programming ideas, as well as before I buy some equipment for my gym.
- Ross Enamait – I’ve followed Ross for years. His content is no nonsense and straight to the point. What I like about Ross’ content is that he shows you why most excuses (no time, equipment, etc.) are invalid, and that staying fit is a matter of hard work and consistency. He also shows you how to make your own equipment and how to use it to get strong.
- Calisthenics Family – I watch their videos whenever I need some exercise ideas or instructions on how to perform an exercise.
- Austen Cochren – Austen does a lot of exercises with bands, which is a great way to add resistance to your workouts. I check out his YouTube channel whenever I need some new exercise ideas or when I need to learn how to perform an exercise.
- Men’s Health – I enjoy their video series where they talk to celebrities about their health and fitness routines. It feels a bit like MTV Cribs and not every episode is worth watching ( I’ve found some of the celebrities annoying), but I’ve enjoyed most of the shows I’ve watched.
You already know that your mindset and attitude plays a huge role in golf. It impacts everything from your expectations, how your handle setbacks, goal setting, etc.
But you don’t want to just have a good attitude or mindset on the golf course. In fact, I’d argue that if you’re unable to have a good attitude or positive mindset off the golf course, that odds are you won’t have one on the golf course, either.
As the saying goes, how you do one thing is how you do everything.
Here are some of the websites and channels I visit to help me develop a good, positive attitude and mindset.
- Daily Stoic – I got into stoicism after visiting Ryan’s websites. What I like about stoicism is that a lot of it (as I’m interpreting it) is about simply accepting what happens to you and to accept that there are many things outside of your control – and not to get emotional about it all. Doesn’t that sound like something we could all use on the golf course? The Daily Stoic YouTube channel is good, too.